Unleash The Positive Mind e-course is awarded top ratings on Udemy

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But there is more in store for this amazing parent and author. Read on to find out more.

The new and exciting Unleash The Positive Mind 2 hours e-course on Udemy focusing on CBT methods with Autism has, this week, been awarded 4.5 stars out of 5. Created by CBT and NLP therapist, Michelle Hatcher, she has worked hard on her research on communication skills over the last 10 years so she’s had little time to stop and reflect. With a #1 Best Seller on Amazon already making heads turn and the launch of the official course handbook, we caught up with her on her recent successes to ask why, where and what was the inspiration behind this revoluntionary course.

 

Following the mad rush to enrol by hundreds of students in its first 72 hour launch, the Unleash The Positive Mind course was expected by its creator, Michelle Hatcher, to do well, but says the mother and CBT Therapist, she was still taken by surprise. Yet her goal isn’t to stop there. Next week, she and Jon embark on some pretty life changing events…

It was quite extraordinary. I knew there was a call for parent training in Autism but we didn’t expect such popularity. It means that a lot of hard work and effort has paid off. I am delighted. My next venture is to document Jon’s forthcoming corrective spinal surgery due to his Scoliosis through a YouTube series. The idea is to do two things; one, to enable other parents out there with ASD children going through corrective surgery, and two, to help me through a pretty dark and emotional time. I never forget that I’m a parent too! It will be good therapy for me as well as helping others all over the world.

The short course which focuses on only a handful of carefully restructured CBT methods, has been an incredible help to many families already, encouraging once non-verbal children to quickly pick up communication skills which had been otherwise, put aside.  Michelle says,

I have always had the belief that some barriers in Autism are down to a deep lack of self-trust. Once children found an ability to do something well, the progression from there on is natural. Many parents experience their child’s frustration in not being able to be heard. It can be hugely disappointing for the parents when children move into their own closed worlds, feeling safe there.

The fact that families could see results by implementing some core strategies in communication is hugely encouraging, but it still has to be said that there is still no cure for Autism. Michelle Hatcher, mother of 15 year old Autistic Jon, whom she bases much of her work and research, said,

We must be realistic in our mind set that there may never be a cure for Autism, however, the methods I worked on with my own son have indeed, worked. Taking these methods beyond our own parameters, I’ve been able to work personally with other parents and got the same positive results.

So why is it down to the parents then to teach the skills that specialist teachers and ASD units should be doing? I found Michelle Hatcher had a firm answer to this.

The key when working with Autism is not to work against it but work with it. One of the things I discovered was that a child with Autism has a very powerful bond with their primary caregiver. Thus meaning that they see this person as their lead teacher in life. So in that case, why not just train this caregiver to teach the child what they need to learn? For me, it was perfectly simple. All I had to do as a parent was to teach my son the skills that the school wasn’t teaching him, for one reason or another.

Yet perhaps the one thing that does stick out from the success of this new e-course for parents is that schools are letting our children down. Does this mean that this course will highlight the failings once more of our own educational system?

That may well be the case, but I do think that for parents, this isn’t new news. Parents for many years have felt frustrations of their own when it comes to the relationship between school and home. This course is merely handing back to the parent the dignity and importance where some schools have undermined that in the past.

You can find out more about the e-course Unleash The Positive Mind here and download the official course handbook here. 

Follow Michelle on YouTube here and subscribe to her Autism Parenting series and follow her and Jon LIVE from Monday 28th of November ‘Correcting the Scoliosis’

 

 

How to get financial help living with Autism

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The cost of bringing up a child with Autism can affect parents, carers and families emotionally. Not only do you need time to digest the diagnosis, but there are the endless calls and emails getting the right support, meetings with schools and so on. What fails to come to mind is the financial cost.

In 2014, paediatric study in the U.S printed by Time Money found that it costs the average U.S family in one lifetime, $1.4 million bucks. Ok, so they don’t have the NHS to fall back on, but don’t think the U.K gets away with no cost to the family at all. In fact, in the U.K, the figure is around £220K. Now, don’t get me wrong, that’s an ordinary lifetime where the child is state educated, takes one holiday a year and where the Autism is not severe.

If we were to compare that figure to how much it costs to raise one non-autistic child in the U.K, to raise one autistic child, it’s three times as much.

According to the charity, Ambitious about Autism, having the means to put in place some relative care for your autistic child for his or her life time, costs homes, savings and pensions. At the present time, only 11% of parents in the U.K say they can actually work full time, leaving around another 70% of parents saying that the support they receive is far from enough to allow them to do so. Families often have to survive on one income alone, leaving the other parent the full time carer which can have a devastating impact on self esteem, confidence not to mention, their own independence.

This means it is more vital than ever to intervene as early as possible to get your child up to independent speed by the time they are 25. Not only will this take the pressure of the already heavily burdened NHS, but it will give you back your hard earned savings, your home and your time off. People who care for people live shorter lives becoming more susceptible to chronic or long term illness earlier in life.

The most the average working, healthy person can expect to receive from the state pension at 70 is less than 7K a year. So where will that leave your child? To the state? Where’s the money going to come from if the government intends to undercut the social budget? Will they end up being homeless? Jobless? Alone?

It’s a frightening thought.

You can find out more from my book, Extraordinary Journey on Amazon and CreateSpace (Amazon partner) now to find out how I got Jonathan up to speed, and got me, the peace of mind knowing that I wouldn’t have to sell my house!!

In the meantime,  I have put together for you, a quick list of what you can do to help get support from the government now, if you qualify.

Apply, It’s always worth trying.

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  • Working Tax Credit – if you household income is under 15K or there abouts (check the direct gov website for a more accurate figure)and work at least 16 hours a week. You can see if you can claim here by using the direct gov calculator.  If you have a partner living with you, you will need to their employment and salary details which will be requested for on the form.
  • Child Tax Credit – you don’t have to be working to claim Child Tax Credit,  however, you will need to give details about any household income you have, such as from a partner. You need to fill out a Form TC600 for Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit. You can request one of these by calling the HMRC Tax Credit Helpline: 0845 300 3900 or you can go to the link here to find out if you are eligible. If you find that filling out forms is hard work and stressful, you can contact Ambitious About Autism of the National Autistic Society to find support groups who can help you.
  • Carer’s Allowance – if you are caring for someone for 35 hours a week or more, you might be eligible. The weekly rate is around £62 for one person and they don’t have to be living with you. You can apply online and the form isn’t that long. You can apply here. It is worth mentioning here that this benefit can affect any other benefits you may be claiming. You will also need to take into account your own income and not earn more that £100 a week. This only focuses on you, and not any other adult living in the house bringing in an income, although to complete your claim, you may need to send in further information at their request. You can only claim this or Carer’s credit, not both. If you prefer, you can call and ask for a printed form to fill out to claim by calling this number 0800 882 200
  • Disability Living Allowance – is what you can get for your child if you are helping them with daily tasks, such as eating, washing and getting dressed. The amount you can be entitled to is split (care component and dependent living rate) depending on what your child needs assistance to do. The form is long winded and very detailed. You will need to write out exactly what your child needs you for in order to get through the day. However, once you claim it, it will run until your child is 16, then you can apply for them to receive PIP. You can go directly here to claim.
  • Personal Independent Payments – (if your child is over 16) is the new next step from DLA. As 16 years old is seen as the age of financial responsibility, this regular amount can be paid directly to your child’s account. However, if this is not appropriate, then it can be paid to you as the carer. You need to be between the ages of 16-64 and can be claimed if you have a long term disability, such as autism. But like DLA, what you get and if you qualify largely depends on how your condition limits you and your daily living and care for yourself, not actually what you have. Think mobility and independence. Again, the forms are very lengthy and will need a lot of writing, so get someone to do this for you if you need help. If you call HMRC, they can also help you with the form. To claim, click here. 

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get your child's social and comunication skills up to speed today!Michelle Hatcher is the author of the Progress Pentagon parenting courses and founder of the best-selling : Unleashing The Positive Mind Masterclass. She is a certified CBT Therapist, NLP Practitioner, mother of 15 year old Jon who has Autism and PDA and certified Life Coach.

She is also a member of the Complimentary Medical Association, the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists
and The Association of Integrative Psychology.  Her autobiography, How To… uncovers the secrets of Autism and how to overcome it plus it tracks her life as a mother of an Autistic child, how she developed her best-selling courses using CBT and NLP with Autism. She is also a public speaker on Autism Awareness.

She lives in Wiltshire with husband Nick, son, Jon and three cats; Apple, Missy and Augusta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bed without the meltdown

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Bedtime. Parents dread it, but no more than parents with special needs children.

My son Jon is 15 and has Autism and PDA. He loves is laptop and can’t wait to hook up with friends all over the world and play war games, battles and recreate WW2 flying planes, sailing battle ships. You name it, he gets engrossed in it.

Then it’s bedtime. Both Nick and I have to get up and go to work in the morning and it’s time we all got a good night sleep. Jon would, in the past, kick off, scream, throw things, have a tantrum, meltdown, cry, in fact everything he could think of which would either send us away exhausted from his room and give up or distract us enough that we might just change our minds…

We were at our wits end. Nothing worked. I even tried saying ‘Jon, I’ll give you a tenner, if you come off your laptop now and got to bed…’ I got up as far as £50 one night and suddenly thought, this is ridiculous!!

Then I came up with an idea.

How about I go up to him, ten minutes before I want him to go to bed, and take an interest in what he’s doing?

It worked!

Now, I say to Jon each night in a cheerful voice, ‘Hey Jon, want to show me what you’ve made or been playing before you go to bed?’ And he says, ‘OK.’

So then we have five minutes of bonding. He shares with me what he has been doing, who he has spoken to, Which bits made him laugh and so on. I engage with him and show a genuine interest in his games. Then I say, ‘Great! Looks like you’ve have a good time!’ Bedtime now?’

And he happily shuts the pc, brushes his teeth and goes to bed…

This might take some repetitive practise but, it soon worked with Jon.

Try it, and let me know how you got on in the comments box below!

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Like this post? You will love How To Turn Your Child’s Autism Around And Save Money!michelle hatcher

how to save money and educated your autistic childMichelle Hatcher is the author of the Progress Pentagon parenting courses and founder of the best-selling : Unleashing The Positive Mind Masterclass. She is a certified CBT Therapist, NLP Practitioner, mother of 15 year old Jon who has Autism and PDA and certified Life Coach.

She is also a member of the Complimentary Medical Association, the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists
and The Association of Integrative Psychology.  Her autobiography, How To… uncovers the secrets of Autism and how to overcome it plus it tracks her life as a mother of an Autistic child, how she developed her best-selling courses using CBT and NLP with Autism. She is also a public speaker on Autism Awareness.

She lives in Wiltshire with husband Nick, son, Jon and three cats; Apple, Missy and Augusta.