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National Library of Scotland

National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Scotland is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. We are a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance. You can see collection items online, and hundreds more digital resources may be available if you register. Anyone can get a library card to consult material in our reading rooms. The National Library of Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No.

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Understanding the Spectrum - a comic strip explanation By Rebecca Burgess (edited by Julia Seidel and Erik) Note: This is a great handout for Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month (April). Rebecca Burgess is a freelance comic artist and illustrator living in the UK. She has an interest in history and folk songs that runs through a lot of her work. Her obsession with comics runs into her spare time, where she draws two web comics!

How to Write a Story: Creative Story Ideas, Tips to Help You Write Your Own Book Get creative story ideas, write your own book! Want to write a good book? Check out these tips on how to write a story that captures readers' attention from beginning to end: How to Write a Story #1: Know Your Market, Get Story Ideas and Outline Your Plot The first step is to know who you are writing for, and what your readers want; this may lead you to novel ideas for stories. Work on your plot and prepare your story outline before you begin writing.

Augmentative and alternative communication Techniques used for those with communication impairments An AAC user indicates a series of numbers on an eye gaze communication board in order to convey a word. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.

How to Make Readers Feel Emotion on January 30th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill and last modified on February 8, 2011 I wrote an article on the importance of creating emotions in readers, but I’ve noticed that writers are looking for specifics on how to accomplish that. So, this article complements that first one, presents practical tips on how to stir the reader’s emotions. Media Literacy – Levelling the Playing Field for People Living with Disability Approximately 44 million Europeans are reported as living with a disability. This can often prevent them from taking a full part in society and economy, whether by way of education, employment and society more generally. These disabilities can take the form of a physical impairment or a mental illness or disorder which hinders basic function. It is difficult to live a full and active life when there are barriers to taking part in it.

What to do after NaNoWriMo If you found a month madly dedicated to one project exhilarating amidst the exhaustion :-) there are more challenges throughout the year, some lasting a month, some a week, some 3 days, some 24 straight hours. :-) (The NaNoWriMo folks aren't affiliated with any of these except Script Frenzy.) From the I Wrote a Novel, Now What? page at the NaNoWriMo site which might have more challenges added throughout the year (plus a few free contests). (For readers in the future, if you've stumbled across this page during November, the link probably won't work. Developing the Frith‐Happé animations: A quick and objective test of Theory of Mind for adults with autism - White - 2011 - Autism Research It is now widely accepted that individuals with autism have a Theory of Mind (ToM) or mentalizing deficit. This has traditionally been assessed with false‐belief tasks and, more recently, with silent geometric animations, an on‐line ToM task. In adults with milder forms of autism standard false‐belief tests, originally devised for children, often prove insensitive, while the Frith‐Happé animations have had rather better success at capturing the on‐line ToM deficit in this population. However, analysis of participants' verbal descriptions of these animations, which span scenarios from “Random” to “Goal‐Directed” and “ToM,” is time consuming and subjective.

Creative Writing Exercises for Craft No matter what stage you're at with your writing, it's always beneficial to work on craft and technique. These creative writing exercises target common problems and weaknesses. Switch Point of View Both first person and third person have their strengths and weaknesses; what works for one story may not work for another. This creative writing exercise will help you observe the effect of writing in the point of view that's less familiar to you.

Animated theory Fans of Dancing With the Stars probably love the Frith-Happé animations, in which a big red triangle and a small blue one execute a series of deft maneuvers far more fluid than the awkward moves of B-list celebrities. The animations test ‘theory of mind’ — the ability to recognize and interpret other people’s desires, beliefs, and intentions — in people with autism. A new study by the researchers who created the animations pinpoints exactly which part of social understanding is interrupted in people with autism. The researchers found that the basic building blocks of social cognition are intact in people with autism, who spontaneously recognize and focus on social triangles to the same degree as healthy controls do, and are even able to adopt the triangles’ perspectives. It’s only at the final stage — correctly interpreting the social interactions — that they falter.

25 Awesome Virtual Learning Experiences Online - Virtual Education Websites Just because you’re online doesn’t mean that you can’t experience the world first-hand — or as close to first-hand as possible. Here are websites that feature virtual learning experiences, exposing online visitors to everything from history to geography, astronomy to anatomy, literature to government. 7 Wonders Panoramas – 360-degree views of the Seven Wonders of the World. Arounder Virtual Tour of the Moon – 360-degree panoramic views of the moon, courtesy of the Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions. (Many other Earth locations also available on Frissiras Museum – A virtual art gallery from Athens, Greece that allows you to explore paintings by clicking through their entire collection.

ADHD: Everything You Need to Know Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that can cause above-normal levels of hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. People with ADHD may also have trouble focusing their attention on a single task or sitting still for long periods of time. Both adults and children can have ADHD. It’s a diagnosis the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognizes. 26 Steps to 15,000 visitors a day C) Site Design: The simpler the better. Rule of thumb: text content should out weight the html content.