Sunday, 20th August 2017

Dear reader,

 

Welcome to Axia's August
"Monthly Round-Up" Newsletter

Despite August still being "Holiday Season" for many, we've had a very busy month here at Axia!

Our monthly "Post-Diagnostic Support Group" took on a less formal approach, which included Calvin hosting a "Pokémon Go" event in Crewe, and a “Creative Session”  facilitated by Carly’s husband, Scott, with tile designing, colouring in, drawing, and doodling.

This months Posts include news on upcoming events, ways of "keeping in touch", guest reviews, Film Society reviews from Calvin, and of course the "Cake of the Month"!

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Tablet and phone games could help diagnose autism, study suggests

Tablet and phone games could help diagnose autism, study suggests

Author: Carly
Categories: News

Autism could be diagnosed by allowing children to play games on smart phones and tablets, according to a study... Read the full story

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North West Autism Event - Preston

North West Autism Event - Preston

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

A collaborative event for North West commissioners of services for people with autism Event information This autism event has been arranged in partnership with Regional North NHS England team and the North East and Cumbria Transforming Care Partnership. The event is open to people with autism, their families and carers and commissioners and professionals from Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and …

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"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" - Review

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" - Review

Author: Carly
Categories: Book Reviews, Guest Contributions, Guest Reviews

Book Review of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (1 April 2004) ISBN-10: 0099450259 Christopher is a 15 year old maths genius who sets about solving the mystery of a neighbour's murdered dog. What he uncovers along the way is quite surprising and enthralling. This is not a children's book. …

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Charity launches new autism-friendly banking initiative

Charity launches new autism-friendly banking initiative

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: News

A new initiative has been launched that aims to address some of the challenges that autistic people face when they deal with banks and other financial institutions. The new initiative is being launched thanks, in part, to a £5,000 donation from the Clydesdale Bank Spirit of the Community Award, presented to Scottish Autism at a ceremony in 2015. Now in …

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Swallows And Amazons (2016) - Review

Swallows And Amazons (2016) - Review

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

“SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS” Ok, let’s get the full disclosure out of the way first, I have not read the book Swallows and Amazons and I have never seen any of the previous adaptations of the story so this will be a very fresh perspective that I will be giving to this film and I am going to be judging it …

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Brazilian Polenta Cake

Brazilian Polenta Cake

Author: Calvin
Categories: Cake of the Month

Brazilian Polenta Cake By Hiago Castanho and Luciana Bianchi Selected by “Nerd Consultant” Calvin This month at our group I made this Brazilian cake known by the locals as Bollo De Fuba in honour of the recently ended Olympics and the upcoming Paralympics. It’s a bit of a dry cake so I recommend having it with tea, coffe , cream …

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Post Diagnosis - Keeping in touch

Post Diagnosis - Keeping in touch

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: News

I just thought it worth mentioning... At the recent post-diagnostic group we told/reminded people we wanted to stay in touch with people after their diagnosis. We do this through our Website our Film Society, Twitter and Facebook. We also welcome individual contributions particularly any comments on our film reviews. A good way to keep in touch with out having to …

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Aspies on Mental Health - Review

Aspies on Mental Health - Review

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: Book Reviews, Guest Contributions, Guest Reviews

Book Review of “Aspies on Mental Health” Speaking for Ourselves Edited by Luke Beardon and Dean Worton Jessica Kingsley Publishers ISBN: 978-1-84905-152-1 To the unknowing/neurotypical we Aspies may appear "odd" or "quirky", but most of us fight daily battles (to our cost) in trying to conform or appearing to be "normal". This book reminds me that I am not alone …

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Batman: The Killing Joke - Review

Batman: The Killing Joke - Review

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

“BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE”If there is one film that producer Bruce Tim has been trying to get going since DC went almost completely animated, it’s The Killing Joke and why not it’s one of the most iconic Batman stories ever written, although it could be argued that it’s more of a Joker story, but we will get more into that …

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Suicide Squad - Review

Suicide Squad - Review

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

“SUICIDE SQUAD”The DC Cinematic Universe is back with its 3rd entry in its franchise. Now if I’m honest, I am not the hugest Suicide Squad fan. I read a lot of the comics, I have read most of their new 52 stuff up until New Suicide Squad got boring and repetitive especially only having one excellent story arc, and even …

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“Interviewing Victims & Witnesses with Autism” - by Phil Morris

“Interviewing Victims & Witnesses with Autism” - by Phil Morris

Author: Carly
Categories: News

  During Axia’s August P-D.S.G. meeting, Dr. Buchan mentioned a recently received email regarding a presentation given by Phil Morris which she had seen titled “Interviewing Victims & Witnesses with Autism”   given at the “North West Criminal Justice Forum” on Thursday 14th July 2016. Due to the discussion on Axia’s “Autism Alert Cards” it was suggested that we share …

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Post-Diagnostic Support Group Minutes - August 2016

Post-Diagnostic Support Group Minutes - August 2016

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

Minutes of the Fourteenth Post-Diagnostic Support Group 17th August 2016 Today’s group was attended by 36 people. Items discussed were: Linda explained to the group that today would be a more informal, creative session facilitated by Carly’s husband, Scott, with tile designing, colouring in, drawing, doodling and in addition, Calvin would be doing a "Pokémon Go" session in Crewe. Following …

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“Transition Curve” - adjusting to a diagnosis

“Transition Curve” - adjusting to a diagnosis

Author: Linda Buchan
Categories: News

 Hello EveryoneHope the summer is turning out how everybody wants. I thought it might be helpful to remind people who are already aware of this but also to people new to the site and new to our service the attached transition curve.(CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE FULL SIZE IMAGE IN A NEW WINDOW)This can be very helpful to think about …

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North Wales 1st Annual Autism Conference

North Wales 1st Annual Autism Conference

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

North Wales 1st Annual Autism Conference Communication Across the SpectrumThe first North Wales Annual Autism Conference is an opportunity for individuals with an Autism Spectrum Condition, their families and professionals to network and access credible information from educators, researchers and specialists working in the field of autism.This is an opportunity to hear their experiences and access their knowledge about how …

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Autism Networks - Additional Services & Charity Disco

Autism Networks - Additional Services & Charity Disco

Author: Carly
Categories: Events, News

Autism Networks is working hard to provide additional services. To support this they are now open during the daytime on Tuesday 10:30am till 12:30pm and again on Thursday 12:15pm till 2:30pm.They are also developing the front of the centre and we now have a new carparking area that will take 7 - 8 cars. Fijitsu (Charity Partnership) and  AO.com will …

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Finding Dory - Review

Finding Dory - Review

Author: Calvin
Categories: Film Society

“FINDING DORY”Pixar was back on a roll last year when they released Inside Out which earned them yet another Best Animated picture Oscar, granted it went downhill a bit with The Good Dinosaur, but I still thought that was a decent movie, as anyone who read my review will attest to, but the one thing I commented on in that …

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NAS August Monthly E-newsletter

NAS August Monthly E-newsletter

Author: Carly
Categories: News

Welcome to the National Autistic Society’s monthly e-newsletter!It's already time to start thinking about school, and the National Autistic Society teamed up with Marks & Spencer to support the development of their brand new ‘Easy Dressing’ school uniform collection, designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum. Students at our very own Helen Allison School told the designers what they …

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