10 Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome: Know the Signs Asperger’s syndrome is part of the autism spectrum disorder, also known as ASD. According to medical experts, it is a mild form of autism and generally manifests without extreme mental disabilities. The main outward characteristics of a person with Asperger’s syndrome are poor social skills, lacking nonverbal communication, and being clumsy. Unlike other forms of autism, brain imaging has not shown a common pathology between sufferers. Scientists believe that there may be a genetic cause of the syndrome, as many times multiple people in one household can have the illness. In a small percentage of cases, exposure to certain chemicals and medications while in utero are believed to have contributed to Asperger’s. Here are 10 classic symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome. 1. Children who have Asperger’s syndrome may have difficulty cultivating friendships.
Infographic: United States of the Environment In the spirit of two popular infographics that map out the best and worst of all 50 U.S. states — the United States of Awesome and the United States of Shame — MNN decided to see how each state shines or suffers in regard to environmental and public health. Our "United States of the Environment" maps depict each state's No. 1 and No. 50 ranking for issues such as conservation, agriculture, energy efficiency, disease prevalence, pollution, natural resource availability and education, among others. Check out the two maps below, and see our list of states, stats and sources for more information. Sources for "good U.S." map:Alabama: Lowest rate of alcohol abuse or dependence (U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Alaska: Most wetlands (U.S.
Use of ADHD drugs 'increases by 50% in six years' 13 August 2013Last updated at 04:24 ET Common symptoms of ADHD include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness There has been a 50% rise in England in the use of drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in six years. NHS prescriptions for methylphenidate drugs, including Ritalin, rose from 420,000 in 2007 to 657,000 last year, the Care Quality Commission said. The watchdog warned health workers to "carefully monitor" their use as they have the potential to be "abused". The drugs are one of a number linked to the "smart-drug" craze, where students take medication to help them focus. Methylphenidate is known as a psychostimulant. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote I think it's a real trend. End QuoteProfessor Tim KendallConsultant psychiatrist While it is not completely clear how it works, it is thought to stimulate a part of the brain that changes mental and behavioural reactions. 'Worrying' trend Mother of child with ADHD: "My son was suicidal at 8 years old"
Global Warming: Early Warning Signs www.boystomenproject.com Real or Perceived Attacks on Self Esteem. The Four Rooms | Coady1's Blog Introduction Our work with people takes us to some interesting places and over the last couple of days I’ve been checking out some ideas and observations in the context of Transactional Analysis. As is often the case, some tangential work sprang to mind and here it is-an easily digestible metaphor for how we stay in touch with (or otherwise) those feelings and beliefs that nurture or attack our self-esteem. Self Esteem might be described as “the way we think about ourselves” and there can be a number of pulls on our self-esteem, sometimes in opposing directions. Room One Conditions of Entry: We are happy to allow anyone into this room, there’s nothing here we would want to hide from public view there are no items or photographs on display that might embarrass us or lead to difficult questions being asked. Room 2 Conditions of Entry Room 3 This is a very private room, one that only a few people have had any access to. Room 4 Which do we keep open? Which can’t we close? Which do we not dare enter?
i-am-fat-worthless-and-ugly-the-diary-entries-of-ballet-dancer-tallulah-wilson-who-died-after-being-hit-by-a-train-9059278 In a private diary by Tallulah Wilson discovered by transport police, she had reportedly written: “I am fat” on one page, with “what am I? You are nothing” on another. One page simply read: “fat”. St Pancras Coroner’s Court in north London heard how in a separate document the teenager, who was hit by a train at St Pancras station in October 2012, had repeatedly written the word “worthless”, with the word “ugly” inked largely on the following page. The senior Coroner for Inner London North, Mary Hassell, told the jury at the inquest: “I presume you will have seen a photograph of Tallullah - a very lovely looking young woman.” Ms Wilson's diary entries were revealed the day after the court heard that she was obsessed by the internet and escaped reality by posing as a cocaine-taking character that she had created. It was also revealed that the teenager would post pictures of herself online that showed she had self-harmed. The inquest continues.
Expose at your own risk - news Comment:4.7 average rating | Comments (5)Last Updated:25 July, 2013Section:news How much should young teachers reveal about their private lives? There is a balance to be struck between emotionally available and complete enigma, Irena Barker writes Would you insist on students calling you by your first name? Would you invite them over for pizza at your house, or introduce them to your husband or wife or dog? In the modern world obsessed with security checks and business-like “professionalism”, few teachers now go this far. By encouraging staff to share their lives and hobbies with students, he says, the school is modelled on “a family rather than a platoon”. The openness and lack of formality lead to “a greater acknowledgement of common humanity” between staff and students, he says. To most teachers, this scenario at an English independent school is the stuff of dreams: Bedales is an expensive idyll with pleasant students and 70 per cent of teachers living on site. Teachers’ experiences
300,000 more children in absolute poverty than last year - and it's likely to get worse Child poverty has risen and looks set to keep rising. What else can we learn from the latest poverty figures? Conor Darcy highlights the key trends. The latest UK poverty figures have been published today in the Households Below Average Income report. As it includes a range of numbers and methods of measuring poverty, we need to look at them all to get a handle on what they're telling us. These measures are often contested and can seem confusing and contradictory. The headline figure is the 2 per cent rise in children below the (purple) absolute low income line. What that means is an extra 300,000 children have fallen below this line since last year, a worrying development and the biggest jump for quite some time. A different view emerges from the (grey) relative low income measure, which looks at the number of children below 60 per cent of the median income for 2011/12. That’s the picture for children but what about the rest? What’s the overall verdict then?
Salvation Army refused to believe child abuse complaints, commission told | World news The Salvation Army reacted with disbelief and suspected people were money-grabbing when they began receiving complaints about abuse in their homes for children, the royal commission into child abuse heard on Tuesday. Major Marina Randall, who with her husband Major Clifford Randall blew the whistle on extreme abuse by two Salvation Army managers at a Queensland home for boys, said there was a naivety in 1999 about the handling of abuse allegations. She was giving evidence at a hearing into how the Salvation Army Eastern Territory responded to allegations of child abuse at two homes in Queensland and two in NSW. Randall and her husband were house parents at Alkira Home for Boys in Indooroopilly in Queensland from 1973 to 1975. The then young couple were shocked at what they witnessed – a regime under Captain Lawrence Wilson and then Captain John McIver in which children were brutalised. Both said they decided to leave when a boy had his arm dislocated during a beating by McIver.
New online help for domestic violence victims | Staffordshire Moorlands District Council New online help for domestic violence victims COMMUNITY safety workers have launched a service enabling victims of domestic violence and abuse to report offences online or by text. The new website allows victims, friends, relatives and professional organisations (known as third parties) to report incidents securely to the police. Each report generates a unique reference number for the police and person reporting the incident, and all information is dealt with in strict confidence. Reports can also be made by text, using the keyword, SNODV, and calling 60777. The website and texting facility have been developed for the Staffordshire Moorlands Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership by the District Council, Moorlands Housing, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Women’s Aid. “On average nationally, two women die every week because of domestic violence, and some victims will suffer up to 40 times before having the courage to report to the police or even get help.
Child Porn Teacher Geoffrey Bettley: Michael Gove Pressured To Explain Controversial Decision Michael Gove was under increasing pressure on Thursday to explain why his department approved a decision to allow a teacher who downloaded child abuse images back into the classroom. The Education Secretary has been urged to appear in the Commons to tell MPs why Geoffrey Bettley was reinstated after being cautioned by police for possessing an indecent image of a child. Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, said that many parents would be "deeply disturbed" that Mr Bettley, 36, had been allowed to teach again. Geoffrey Bettley will be able to teach in schools, a disciplinary panel ruled Mr Bettley was suspended from St Mary's Catholic School in Menston, West Yorkshire, in December 2010 after police found nearly 200 child abuse images on his computer. He accepted a police caution and was dismissed by the school following a disciplinary hearing in December 2011. The decision was signed off by a senior official at the Department for Education.