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kaylee rogers - hallelujah

Wed 28 Dec 2016 11:01am

The voice of a 10-year-old girl from Co Down is being heard around the world after her version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah took the internet by storm.

Kaylee Rodgers has autism and ADHD, but has been growing in confidence with every performance after starting to sing at the age of just three.

The little girl, from Donaghadee, is a pupil at Killard House Special School and it was a video of the school choir’s version of Hallelujah that attracted more than 100,000 views.

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unexpected joys of raising autistic child - dancing with max - emily colson

Wed 28 Dec 2016 10:32am

Emily Colson talks about the trials and triumphs she's experienced in raising her autistic son, Max.

Her father, author Chuck Colson (now deceased), joins the conversation to discuss the lessons they've learned from Max which underscore the sanctity of all human life.

audio part one -

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Al B

iPad obsession

Sat 17 Dec 2016 4:50pm

Hi, I have 3 children and my middle child is a boy aged six who has recently been diagnosed with level 1 autism. He had been excluded from school for violent outbursts and a few weeks before Christmas he had his hours reduced to 8.45 - 10am. It became increasingly difficult to get him to go at all and all he wants to do is watch YouTube minecraft videos on his iPad. I told this to the headmaster who said without being condescending take it off of him. Your the adult. Not helpful advice but I tried that evening. And my son didn't stop screaming kicking, biting, spitting and throwing things.

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Jack Dove's 2016 progress

Wed 14 Dec 2016 5:39pm

Hello everyone,

Here is my latest YouTube update;


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My teenage son is being stalked on social media, text and phone calls

Tue 13 Dec 2016 8:21pm

Hello I'm new to the forum but really need some advice or ideas about this.  My 16 year old son has ASD and ADD and although he seems relatively normal on the outside he doesn't have great emotional maturity. He wants to have a girlfriend and had already lost one friendship at school over a girl. In that context, two days ago out of the blue he got a friend request from a girl and he accepted without us realising. As soon as he did she started messaging him and got him to give her his phone number and address.

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My teenage son is being stalked on social media, text and phone calls

Tue 13 Dec 2016 8:20pm

Sorry duplicate post!

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17year old with no formal diagnosis

Thu 1 Dec 2016 10:14am

Hi all. I am working with a young man who presents as streetwise, confident and is able to maintain good eye contact. He is currently undertaking agency work and is motivated and eager in seeking to gain an apprenticeship - with the support of a youth employment advisor.  However after working with him, I have noticed some traits which give the picture of a speech, language and communication and/or social communication need - ASD being a possibility:

 - This young man has difficulties with recognising 'safe' people and situations.

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Flat with a balcony?

Mon 24 Oct 2016 9:10pm

Hi guys. Haven't been here for quite a while now for various reasons but well need on advise from someone who understands...

Autism. It's not a processing error. It's a different operating system.
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Fri 21 Oct 2016 3:29pm

Hi everyone this is my first post so be gentle Smile 

my son aged 7 has recently been diagnosed with autism and I have a few questions . 

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Feeling bullied..?

Thu 29 Sep 2016 3:29pm

Hi everyone. 

Been a long time since I have been here. My 5yr old son finally received his diagnosis at the beginning of the year after three years working with professionals. We then moved across country and now I am hopefully no more than a few weeks away from an appoiintment with an autism unit after requesting referral due to my sons behaviour. I homeschool him and have no family anywhere near so almost all of my time is spent with him. I have joined a gym recently and enjoy going some evenings after he goes to bed (his dad stays home). 


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