I'm Dan Jones, autistic best-selling author, YouTuber and Jediist Mind Coach for The Church of Jediism. I am author of best-selling autobiography Look Into My Eyes: Asperger's, Hypnosis, and Me and a number of other books around parenting, hypnosis, self-help, and wellbeing. As well as having autism I also have over 20 years professional experience working with children and their families in a variety of setting from residential children's homes, to social care and family support work, up to managing teams of parenting and family workers, and prior to this I worked within homes for those with mental health issues (including some residents with autism - which obviously isn't a mental health condition, but they were in the homes).
|Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:50 AM||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&...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:45 AM||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 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:40 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:20 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:15 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
The biggest influence in my life has been my wife. A clear sign of this was when I gave my speech at our wedding. I wasn’t nervous through the wedding, as everything was planned and should have carried out as planned. Some bits that were likely to ruin the plans were getting me frustrated and angry, but it was nothing I wasn’t prepared for. The speech, however, definitely didn’t go as planned. When it came to me doing my speech, I had practiced it a couple of times just to m...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 4:30 AM||comments (0)|
A couple of weeks ago I was searching for a magazine from 1992 - I still haven't yet found the magazine... while searching I stumbled upon a folder of my old English school work. In the folder were stories I had written, the write up of my work experience I had done (I got work experience with a scuba diving company because I wanted to spend a week scuba diving if I'm not in school, rather than like most other students who got jobs in banks and shops etc...), and a write up about 'day in the ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Dan Jones on April 4, 2017 at 3:55 AM||comments (0)|
Extract From Dan Jones book ‘Look Into My Eyes: Asperger’s, Hypnosis & Me’
The event that transformed my life happened in 1993. The ITV television channel aired a programme called The Hypnotic World of Paul McKenna. The show was essentially a televised version of stage hypnosis. I had never seen hypnosis before and watching the show I didn’t really understand what it was. Paul would say that he couldn’t show the actual hypnotic inductio...Read Full Post »
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“Working with parents to reduce & prevent youth offending and re-offending”
For the last five years I have been working intensively with the Youth Offending Service to offer parenting support to parents of young people at risk of offending or already offending to reduce youth offending rates. Here is a brief summary of my findings. I offered a service to 321 families and tracked the youth offending rates for a year, and tracked 91 of the families over a three y...Read Full Post »