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Why I started Michelle Hatcher Media… 

digital marketing for beginnersI’m often asked about what it is that Michelle Hatcher Media does. Sounds like a reasonable question! 

Its an answer I trot out almost to the word… We offer courses, books and step by step guides to help people find independence and happiness in life. 

Then I stop myself… 

It’s what we do but not WHY we do it. 

Years ago I started my first business. I focused on being the voice between those in society who couldn’t speak and the agencies who controlled the environment they lived in. 

Why? 

Because I knew what it was like to get ignored. 

And this is how it began… 

About twenty years ago I lived next door to drug dealers. 

I was alone, with a baby and vulnerable and an easy target for entertainment. 

I spent the next three years battling with local authorities. I was bullied night and day and the butt of every prank my neighbours put upon me for kicks. 

Myself and my baby were spat at in the streets. We put up with loud music night at day, used needles thrown over the fence into my garden. 

The worst was having human excrement pushed through my letter box. 

Young stoned men using my letter box as a urinal. I had to nail my letter box shut and have another neighbour take my mail first me. 

It was the darkest, most frightening three years of my life. 

I did eventually get them moved after a long struggle to be heard by the council and the police but little did I realise, it was not over. 

They were moved to a property a few streets away. My ordeal didn’t stop. My drugged up neighbours were out for revenge. 

Next my car and house were targeted. My car would have its windows smashed almost nightly, eventually my insurance company refused to repair my car yet again and it had to get scrapped. My house was sprayed with graffiti in the middle of the night. My front door kicked repeatedly at night. Sick and urine on my porch. 

And why? Because I was a single mother who stood up to them. 

Since then each business, venture and project I have seen through has been in favour of the silent ones. The people who lacked support from anyone. 

I have stood up for the vulnerable, the silent and the ones lacking in confidence, guidance and inspiration. 

Digital marketing for beginners and signs of Aspergers syndrome have been no different. 

These two projects have drawn me to work with some of the most incredibly talented people in the world today. We, together draw on our experiences to help the ordinary people in the world do extraordinary things in both their personal and professional lives. 

That’s what we will continue to do for ever more… 

Because we all deserve a life we can get proud of. 

Find out how we are supporting sole traders and home start up businesses in reaching bigger audiences and generating more sales: https://digitalmarketingforbeginners.net

Find out how we are transforming young Aspergers lives and encouraging careers and adventure at https://signs-of-aspergers-syndrome.org.

Thanks for reading. 

Michelle Hatcher 

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Relationships

Do you need help with your love life? Are you stuck in a relationship you want to get out of, yet fear you can’t? Are there financial issues that stop you from leaving and finding happiness elsewhere?

Michelle is your guide through the darker times we sometimes have in our personal lives.

Michelle has been the master of her own destiny. Married three times, she represented herself, with no legal rep in one of the most emotional divorces anyone can fear going through.

She has developed strong willed, determination in all her goals.

Her no frills, take action approach to coaching has seen her develop and make extraordinary shifts in the lives of extraordinary people, everywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle’s qualifications:

Certified Life Coach – Manchester Centre of Excellence.

Membership of the ILM, certified in Team Leadership and Management.

Member of the International Association of NLP and Coaching

NLP Practitioner, certified. Member of the Association of Integrative Psychology, United States.

Counselling

Chamanic Therapies and Practices: Manchester Centre of Excellence.

Member of the Complimentary Medicine Association.

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Top 5 Autism Sensory Toys For Under £25.

top five sensory toys for autism

I have recently received a couple of emails asking if we would have a look at the best sensory gifts and toys out there for our younger children, so today, I am pleased to give you my Top Five Favourite Sensory toys on a reasonable budget!

We all know the importance of using sensory stimuli to help children on the spectrum communicate, tell us how they are feeling and develop a sense of language. In my experience, the use of soft lights, projection equipment and gentle music and sounds (bubbles, water fountain etc) have been a wondrous invention for help children calm, feel secure and safe and relieve stress and anxiety, particularly after a meltdown. If only we could take a sensory room around with us to help our children get through the day!

All these items I have chosen represent the toys I used for my Autistic son during his primary school into teenage years. They are all shipped from the UK and the postage and packing is FREE!

(To find out more about each one, you can either click on the title or the image to open a new window)

The Aquarium auquarium for autism

This amazing bit of robust kit has been one of my son’s favourite things for almost 10 years. Even after it had been thrown once or twice during a meltdown, it still worked. What was interesting was that as the motor began to become noisy over the years, it was still a piece of calming therapy for Jon. It was as if the gentle rolling noise of the motor was a part of the sensory experience. We said a humble farewell to it when Jon turned 15. He guessed then, he was a little too old for it and didn’t need it anymore. For the whole decade, this was a wonderful thing to have around. The slow motion of the fish moving from the front to the back of the aquarium was soothing, for all the family! This one pictured was found on eBay is £20.41 shipped from the UK with free postage and packing.

 

Stars on the Ceiling!

Years ago, I bought for Jon’s room loads of little star and planet shapes night sky scenewhich were made out of glow in the dark plastic. On one side adhesive tab so they would stick to the ceiling. Of course, this was in the days long before I heard of the internet! These days, you can get the same starry scene effect, but now on a projection monitor. My next best calming toy is this wonderful night scene of a starry sky. Perfect to help your little snooze off to dreamland at night. Getting to sleep is a stressful thing for the parents so why not make it easier on yourself with this gadget?  My son, Jon had something similar to this on his wall which he was able to tap on and off himself during the night if he woke up. This dome like light projector takes AA batteries and can be attached anywhere you need, it also has the same push on push off mechanism that your child can easily use.  Cost is £10.87, free postage and packing, dispatched from London.

 

Fibre Optic Heaven! 

Probably the first toy I bought Jon during his toddler years was a fibre optic lamp, very similar to this one pictured. First making appearances in lounges during the 70’s up and down the country, these simple, high effective and durable lamps have been giving people fibre optic lampjoy for hours all over the world, no doubt. Very much like the engine sounds of the aging aquarium, the fibre optic lamp went through a noisy, yet endearing retirement yet still refused to give up its job of making Jon happy. The really cool thing about fibre optic is that your child can gently touch these little lights with no harm of heat or burning. Perhaps the only thing I would change is the fact that it is very light. The body of it is made of plastic with a small on/off switch which could be operated by your child if they are not too young. The strands are usually fastened all together and can come out in one lump so just be wary of this if you decide to buy. Otherwise, a good investment for a few quid. Cost: £13.87.

 

Coloured bubbles of joy

sensory toys for autistic childrenThese beautiful, tactile bags of coloured bubbles I think have been around for at least 40 years. I remember having a similar version of these as a child myself, however, I believe they were slightly crudely made at the time, with thicker plastic outer coating and stiffer bubbles with limited movement. These are wonderful as they encourage hand and eye co-ordination as well as visual stimuli. Easy to handle and sturdily made, these are durable and have enough movement in the coloured bubbles as you would hope for. They also come with a timer which can help you educate your child to accomplish tasks in a certain time frame. They can be used to monitor visual progress in understanding movmement and colour. As well as soothing, they, like all of these toys, help children to learn about shapes, colours, movement and for more high functioning children; how things work, move and interact. They come in a pack of three of different colours although you won’t be able to pick colours yourself. Cost: £20.87. A word of warning with similar toys on the market. Many of these cheaper versions are shipped from China and may not have the same safety regulations as the UK. So please be aware if you are tempted to spend a lot less than £20.

 

Magical Dome. 

This is a very interesting device, particularly because its function options are so diverse. According to the images added to the listing on top 5 sensory toys for autistic childreneBay, it can be activated by your mobile phone so it can act as a speaker if your child likes certain music to help them go to sleep. The colours are wide and varied and can be managed also on the device. It is smaller than some customers have reviewed but over all given positive reviews. I like this because it has a timer on it so it will shut off after an hour’s play. This means that you can go to sleep with it still on but more importantly, it won’t over heat due to prolonged use. In my book, this is a thumbs up. It has simple to use instructions with clear indication of the on/off switch and is adapatable and easy to use. Cost £23.99

 

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