A defining point in my teenage years was discovering the works of William S Burroughs, his revolutionary approach to literature changed the lives of many people. One mistake I made early on, not by choice, was I absorbed all I could find as fast as possible. Along with the ubiquitous Naked Lunch (which addled my … More Keep Your Subconscious to Yourself: Why We Dream.
I was born and raised in Hamilton New Zealand, Hamilton is surrounded by dairy farms and definitely had a very rural mindset. I didn’t enjoy living there, it was uninspiring, aggressive and had at one point one of the highest suicide rates in the world. When I was 19 I moved to Wellington, the country’s … More An open letter to Wellington, New Zealand.
Interesting article, certainly reflects my own views over the years. There’s a happy medium to be found for sure. http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/jan/19/learning-disability-care-institutions-atu
Puke, dog shit, road works, puddles, I walk everywhere I can, living in London now it’s kind of unusual for someone to walk everywhere. When I tell people I walk over an hour to get to work they are baffled, most people get public transport, many people cycle. Cycling gets promoted all the time to … More A Very Pedestrian Life
Anyone who has worked with people with Learning Disabilities, Autism, Dementia, Mental Health or children (with or without disabilities) will have come across some behaviour that challenges. Many professionals are now phasing out the term Challenging Behaviour to be replaced by Complex Behaviour, which certainly applies for learning disabilities and Autism. Complex Needs is … More Coping with Complex Behaviours.
My mother told me that as I child I walked up to the stove and put my hand firmly on the searing hot element, I have no recollection of this. I was quite young and no doubt the trauma of it probably erased it from my mind quickly. My mum always says it was … More I’m not special, and neither are you: What makes people unique?