Music therapy can be extremely beneficial to the developing child with ASD who struggles to make sense of the world and of other people.Children with ASD find it difficult to express their feelings, foster social relationships and make friendships; they can often appear anxious or withdrawn. Such signs mean that speech can also be difficult (if not, non-existent in some cases), as well as concentration and emotional stability. But music has many counteractive benefits to autistic behaviour, writes Caroline Crabbe, General Manager at Jo Jingles.
How do we persuade our "reluctant readers" to read? Well, let’s start by re-branding them, says author and teacher Kate Hanney.
Christmas is a stressful time for most families, even more so if you’re a step-parent and have your partner’s children spending the holiday season with you. New York based writer Dr Wednesday Martin, author of Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel and Act the Way We Do, has been a stepmother for ten years and gives her top ten tips for surviving the holiday season.
As parents we have two major functions to ensure that children have a consistent, safe and secure environment in which they can learn reasonable rules and understand why they are important and to nurture self-discipline or self-control. Anne Coates author of Parenting Without Tears Guide to Loving Discipline outlines some strategies.