Musical Interlude: Elizabethan Serenade

This is a recording from the dress rehearsal preceding the “Vánoční koncert ze Senátu” (Christmas concert) that QUATTRO Chamber Orchestra gave on 15th December 2009. You are present in the Main Hall of the Wallenstein Palace (Hlavní sál Valdštejnského paláce) at The Lesser Quarter of Prague (Malá Strana). This palace is the seat of the Czech Senate, the upper chamber of the Czech Parliament. [From the YouTube page]


Learning to Live With My Son’s Autism – David Mitchell

Novelist David Mitchell looks back on the heartbreak – and joy – of learning that his son had autism. Plus, below, an extract from the book by a young Japanese boy that helped him. [Quote from The Guardian]

“When I was small, I didn’t even know I had special needs. How did I find out? By other people telling me I was different and that this was a problem. True enough. It was very hard for me to act like a normal person, and even now I still can’t “do” a real conversation. I have no problem reading books aloud and singing, but as soon as I try to speak with someone, my words just vanish. I can’t respond appropriately when I’m told to do something, and whenever I get nervous I run off from wherever I happen to be. So even a straightforward activity like shopping can be really challenging if I’m tackling it on my own.” [Extract from The Reason I Jump]

The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice From The Silence Of Autism, by Naoki Higashida, translated by David Mitchell, published by Sceptre at £12.99. To order a copy for £10.39, including free UK mainland p&p, go to

Creating a personalised tablet case and a discount code for readers – Product Review

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Autism Mumma (Jeannette)

There is one thing guaranteed to calm/entice/capture my children’s attention and that is me saying “would you like a few moments on the iPad/my phone”.

They are little whiz-kids on these, any app seems to be mastered incredibly quickly and they are learning so much through play – not least the importance of sharing/taking turns.

D has her little ipad mini, in its tough case and T will be getting his own for his birthday.

But the question arose about a case for T, I wanted something that would be individual to him and also provide protection to his (not inexpensive) gift.

The answer came in the form of a case from and I’ve created a case which I hope he’ll like.

(Please read to the end for a discount code to create your own case)

The case was created very quickly and easily using the ideal case…

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Autism on the Seas: Cruises for Families with Autistic Kids

Taking a holiday with your autistic kids can be challenging, especially when people around you don’t quite know what to expect. Tours organized for families with autistics can help ease the strain, since you’ll be with like-minded families, and staff with experience relating to autistics. Autism on the Seas organizes cruises and land resort stays for families with children who have special needs, including autism. More information may be found on their website and Twitter feed, as well as videos on their YouTube channel. The video below is from a cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas in October 2012.

The Leading Developmental Disability Service Supplier to the Cruise Industry since 2007, dedicated to assisting the cruise industry in providing cruise vacations for individuals and family’s living with Special Needs, including, but not limited to, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and all Cognitive, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

In collaboration with Royal Caribbean International, we have been providing “Cruises with our Staff” for amazing vacationing experiences. We also provide “Land Resort Stays with our Staff”. And for those individuals and families who wish to vacation on their own, we provide “Individual Cruise Assistance Services” on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, NCL, Princess and Disney Cruise Lines.  [From the Aots website]


New Autism Research Report Launched

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Barry Carpenter Education

A Future Made Together

A Future Made Together: Shaping Autism Research in the UK

Autism research has taken great strides toward understanding autism, its causes and its consequences. This research has the potential to transform the everyday lives of those with autism and their families. Yet there is still a huge gap between knowledge and practice, which means that, for the most part, the advances in research fail to impact upon those who need them most: autistic people, their parents and carers and those who help support them.

Commissioned by the charity Research Autism, this project aimed to describe the current landscape of autism research in the UK, embedded within an international context, and to compare the nature of the research being conducted with the views and perspectives of key stakeholders.

The resulting Report is the most comprehensive review of autism research in the UK ever undertaken. It also sits…

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