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Autism: Helping Your Child With Social Skills - Tips for Parents

Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)


When I was a teenager I didn’t have very good social skills. What helped me develop social skills was discovering hypnosis. I developed an interest in hypnosis for all the wrong reasons, I thought it would be a good way to control my environment – or at least the people in it. As I started learning I discovered that hypnosis has very little to do with manipulation and control of others, and is actually to do with communication skills. Social skills are something most children...

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Autism: Understanding Your Child's Behaviour - Tips for Parents

Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Those with autism often respond in a primal way. They want one message communicated to them, and will usually communicate one message back. They will be happy, sad, angry, anxious, they often struggle with subtle emotions like annoyance. This isn’t to say they don’t experience subtle emotions, but they find it difficult to recognise them if they do experience them, so they will often feel angry and be angry, they won’t feel annoyed which in most people would lead to a more m...

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Autism: Communicating With Your Child - Tips for Parents

Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Communication is different depending on the individual child. Those with low-functioning autism may struggle to understand and comprehend some things, whereas those with high-functioning autism may understand and comprehend more, but may find it boring or illogical, and so not be interested in listening, and then there are all of the people in-between. As someone with autism I have always found it easier to understand and communicate with animals than people. This is because animals generally...

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Autism: Dealing With Anger - Tips for Parents

Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Those with autism often have extremes of emotion, they can be calm one minute and angry the next, sometimes without any obvious cause. This can be intimidating and frightening for parents. There are some helpful ways to manage anger. Obviously, the best way to manage anger is to reduce the chances of anger occurring. To do this a parent can find ways of communicating which, as far as possible, don’t create opposition. This isn’t saying don’t put boundaries in place, just red...

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A Little Something About Me & My Journey

Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I received an adult diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) a few years ago. I suspected I had autism for many years, but I didn’t want to be labelled, so never sought diagnosis until my life hit a point where I felt it was the only way I would get the help and support I needed.

Growing up I had always been different to others around me including my three brothers. My mum described me as a little scientist. As a child I was generally quiet, I tried to keep away from people, I...

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How An Autism Diagnosis Gave Me My Life Back: A Human Givens Perspective By Dan Jones

Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A few years ago I became depressed and suicidal due to workplace discrimination. I had thought for many years that I might have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) but didn’t like the idea of having a label, I had seen so many people get labelled and then act and be treated as if they were the label. I had always been told I was very good at my job – which was helping families turn their lives around, but in my latest role things had shifted. On courses I was being told that if I didn&...

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Extract From 'Look Into My Eyes' by Dan Jones 'Primary School Years: Meditation, Animals & Developing Interests'

Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

At about eight years of age, I found a book that had a profound influence on me - The Magic of Thinking Big. This was a book I found lying around the house one day, and as a small child who loved magic, seeing a book with ‘Big’ and ‘Magic’ both written in the title was enough to make me want to know what it was about. The book taught me that you can achieve almost anything; you just have to plan and put in effort.

I learnt an incredible amount between the ...

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Extract From 'Look Into My Eyes' by Dan Jones 'Primary School Years: Friendships'

Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Many of my earliest memories are from my primary years. I don’t really remember much before that, and what I think I remember, I can’t be confident about - are they my memories, or just memories based on photographs I have seen? In this chapter, I will share my experience of my primary school years from about five years old up to ten or so. During this time, I began to recognise that I was different and started to learn about how to cope with the world around me.

Mum alway...

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Extract From 'Look Into My Eyes' by Dan Jones 'Primary School Years: Developing Influence Skills'

Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Although during my primary years, I had poor emotional connection. I didn’t really notice it. From my perspective, I was living in my own world. My dad had written about my poor emotional connection, and mum has mentioned my difficulties with emotional connection, but to me, I was more interested in doing things on my own. Human nature is a wonderful thing, although I didn’t approach others to try to befriend them. Others would sometimes approach me; I liked familiarity and certai...

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Extract From 'Look Into My Eyes' by Dan Jones 'My views on 'curing' autism and the value of autism to society'

Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I think I am like most others with Asperger’s, in that I see it as something that is a part of me, not as something to be cured. It doesn’t mean I don’t wish I could change some aspects of myself, and I am aware that parents of children with low functioning autism often say they wish there was a cure. As autism is a spectrum, there are some people who have limitations but wouldn’t want to be cured of their autism, and others who have significant limitations or debilita...

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