Join the Big Give for Autism

Big Give for Autism
Big Give for Autism
On September 17, the Autism Society will host their first ever “Big Give for Autism” campaign. So here at PatientTalk.Org we thought it a great opportunity to show our support for the ASD community. Indeed it was just over six years ago that our son was diagnosed with autism.

The Big Give for Autism is a one-day awareness and fundraising event designed to raise funds for the Autism Society, their affiliates and partners spread across the country. The day-long initiative highlight the critical need for services, resources and therapies that will allow people , like our son, living with an autism diagnosis to reach their full potential.

The Autism Society relies upon the very important and tremendously appreciated donations from friends and supporters to effectively serve the needs of those on the autism spectrum and their families. Funds raised from the Big Give will remain in local communities enabling the Autism Society to advance the work on helping each person living with autism maximize their quality of life.

The Big Give for Autism was created to give donors the power to decide how you want your money spent. If you wish to help your local community, then we encourage you to give to your state and local Autism Society affiliate. If you want to have a national impact with your donation, then we encourage you to support the Autism Society.

To find out more or make a donation please go to the Big Give for Autism website.

As you can see Big Give for Autism have produced a Facebook cover. We hope you will consider downloading it and putting it on your own facebook page.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – please use this Facebook Cover to show your support

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To mark the occasion we have produced a new Facebook profile cover.

It would be really great if you could download the cover and share with family and friends.

For more information on breast cancer please go here.

ABC, Talk with Me! An new app to help with the education of children with autism. Download for free here.

App for autism
App for autism
A couple of days ago I was contacted by a Ukrainian project called ABC, Talk with Me who have developed a new mobile app which could be of great interest to the autism community. Apart from being the father of a child with autism I also had a grandmother who lived for a few years in Kiev (where the company is based. I’m also a major fan of social media as a way of supporting the autism community.

They asked if I could help them put the word out so given my family circumstances I agreed.

Now I’ve not used the app so I’d be very grateful if you do decide to download it you would use the comments box below to share your thoughts about it. I will then share back with ABC Talk with Me.

You can download the app here.

As some background to the app ABC, Talk with Me have shared “Each year, the number of autistic children increases by 10-13%. Therefore today it is critical to enhance social adaptation of autistic children. Overcoming language barriers of children with special needs is one of the top priorities. For these children to gain language skills, a hard work of parents and teachers is required. Giving a kid an opportunity to express his or her emotions and desires means a better adaptation of this kid in society and in the family.

The new program ABC, Talk with Me! – is state-of-the-art level of education of children with special needs. Its main element and integral component is augmented reality, which has a direct impact on the imagination. The program also improves one’s memory and attention, as well as motor nerves and language skills (reading, perception of pronounced words and speaking) through the study of foreign languages.
We have accumulated and analysed a large enough bulk of information on the characteristics of children with autism and the Asperger syndrome in order to make sure that our program fully meets the needs of young users. First of all, it was necessary to use the visual aspect, because the image effectively promotes one’s imagination. As they say – seeing is believing!

Using a mobile app for the ASD community
Using a mobile app for the ASD community
Secondly, in addition to entertaining elements, the program should definitely contain educational blocks as well. Thus, a new knowledge is acquired by playing a game that promotes a better perception of this new knowledge.

For example, if one’s tablet or phone is aimed at the alphabet block with some letter of the alphabet, our new application will turn this letter into a picture with animation. For children who have successfully reached the next game level, the new task is to make words out of blocks with letters. At this stage, a cartoon animation appears in front of them. Putting together such letters as D, O and G results in appearance of a nice doggy at the tablet or phone screen. A child can improve his or her pronunciation by repeating the narrator’s words.

The project founders believe that together we can make the lives of other people more interesting and easy. If you don’t stay indifferent to these problems, you can contribute to making these big differences!”

The Signs of Depression

Signs of Depression
Signs of Depression

Our friends at Licensed Master Social Work Services, PLLC. have produced this very useful infographic about the signs and symptoms of depression. It would be great if you could share to help us raise awareness.

Please check out Licensed Master Social Work Services website here.

How to Make Sense of Your Cholesterol Levels

We have been covering Cholesterol a fair amount of this blog but thought that this was a great overview of the subject.

What do you think?

cholesterol levels infographic

Learn the better indicator of heart disease risk than just your total cholesterol – plus the dangers of statins and the need to supplement with CoQ10 if you’re taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs – through our infographic “How to Make Sense of Your Cholesterol Levels.” Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our infographic page for the high-res version.

<img src="" alt="cholesterol levels infographic" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;">Learn the better indicator of heart disease risk than just your total cholesterol - plus the dangers of statins and the need to supplement with CoQ10 if you're taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs - through our infographic "<a href="">How to Make Sense of Your Cholesterol Levels</a>." Visit our infographic page for the high-res version.</p>

Helping a disabled child with a better experience at school – this is a great infographic

Disabled children end up facing a lot more issues in school due to a lack of awareness among staff and non-disabled peers. Bullying is a common complaint voiced by disabled children, sometimes even as young as seven years old. However, this situation can be easily rectified by making sure that schools have proper access and mobility equipment, teachers are trained in special needs education, educating non-disabled children in equality, tolerance and diversity. For more information on how to improve the life of a disabled child at school, check out this below infographic from UKSMobility.

Helping a disabled child with a better experience at school
Helping a disabled child with a better experience at school

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Understand shoulder pain including shoulder tendinitis, frozen shoulders, and rotator cuff tears
Understand shoulder pain including shoulder tendinitis, frozen shoulders, and rotator cuff tears

Our friends at Sports & Spine Orthopaedics have asked us to share this great infographic looking at some common cause of shoulder pain. Inclusing shoulder tendinitis, frozen shoulders, and rotator cuff tears.

You can find out more here:-

Nursing Stress: The Facts & Figures – check out this infographic

Nursing and Stress Infographic
Nursing and Stress Infographic

Designed by R. Morton for Medicare’

Are you a nurse?

Does this ring true?

If so please share your story in the comments section below.

Thanks in advance!

You can see the original here.

How one hospital is raising breast cancer awareness

Breast cancer awareness
Breast cancer awareness
An open afternoon is being held at the Breast Care Centre at Glenfield Hospital on Friday 28 August from 2-4pm, to raise awareness of the NHS Breast Screening Programme, the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and raise money for the unit.

The Breast Care Centre, which opened in 1999, is a purpose built unit at Glenfield Hospital which brings together the specialist staff needed to provide the majority of breast care services for the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Past and current patients, relatives, visitors and staff are invited to come along to see what happens behind the scenes in the department in a bid to raise awareness of the service provided.

On the day there will be exciting activities taking place for visitors to enjoy. There will also be department tours, with demonstrations of the equipment and imaging procedures.

Amanda Gibby, General Manager for Breast Imaging at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “It is important that women are aware of the importance of attending their breast screening invitation and also the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, which is why we are holding this event. We hope to welcome and educate as many people as possible during our open afternoon, and will be using the opportunity to raise some money for our Breast Care Butterfly Account, which will be used to purchase new equipment to improve patient care and experience.”

Breast Screening is offered to women from the age of 50-70 every three years and women over the age of 70 years can self-refer for screening. Women invited for screening are given the choice to attend the centre at Glenfield or visit one of our mobile units, which aim to make screening more accessible in the counties. Detecting cancer early can mean that treatment is more effective. However, not all changes are a sign of breast cancer.

“Camp WindSpark” – a fantastic OT opportunity for the autism community.

Camp WindSpark Flyer
Camp WindSpark Flyer

My name is Marielise Jacobs. I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist. I am contacting you in hopes that you will help me to spread the word on a day camp program called “Camp WindSpark” that I’ve organized to happen over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7. I have attached a flyer for you to review and hopefully share with others who may be interested. Please e-mail or call me if I can answer any questions you might have.

The camp was created as an opportunity for children/youth to be exposed to a fun, positive outdoor experience and; at the same time, to learn new skills to enhance their quality of life and improve function.

Camp WindSpark is designed to provide support to families who have children with Asperger’s Syndrome and/or high functioning Autism. Camp activities will engage the kids in a way that is meaningful, while helping them to learn and practice using skills that can be challenging such as social interaction and motor coordination. Learning to windsurf requires skills such as balance, attention, and coordinating a sequence of movements. Volunteer OT staff will be assisting campers during windsurf instruction provided by Calema Windsurfing. OT staff will lead land-based games and crafts that promote sensory and social skills in a real world environment during the camp program.

Research shows that kids with Autism often have less opportunity to participate in leisure and outdoor activities.

Research has also shown that spending time outdoors is a great way to promote health. As an Occupational Therapist with a former career in outdoor programming with youth, the idea for Camp WindSpark was born. I am also a currently certified Red Cross WSI (Swim Instructor), and Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute certified. I believe that children with special needs often have untapped potential and that the use of outdoor activities opens their world in a wonderful way. I want to give kids an opportunity to do something that goes beyond the walls of the clinic that can help them to thrive and grow as children while improving function in their everyday lives.