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Front. Integr. Neurosci., 24 May 2013 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2013.00038
- Human Development and Psychology Division, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
The autism diagnosis requires deficits in social interaction and communication, yet neither occurs in isolation. This brief literature-based analysis provides evidence that other factors are involved in autistic people’s atypical social communication. The brain is a complicated system where regions serve multiple, general, and overlapping roles. Sensorimotor and broad cognitive processes underlie both neurotypicals’ and autistics’ social cognition and behavior. Sensory strengths sometimes underlie autistic people’s difficulties, especially in dynamic contexts that require multimodal integration. Social abilities and behaviors occur between people in social contexts, and autistic and neurotypical people share mutual difficulties in understanding one another. This paper challenges attempts to reduce autism to social deficits, and suggests the need for better interpersonal and societal understanding of and support for autistic people. Continue Reading
Here’s another video of my boys engaged in mortal combat, this time with the Sutherland Medieval Regiment (SMR) at the Woronora Cemetery Open Day held on 11th April 2015 during Australian Heritage Week. “Son2” is the Viking with white pants, brown leg-wraps, and the green and white round shield and “Son4” is the Hospitaller Knight wearing the black tabard with a white cross on his chest and back.
The theme for this year’s Spheres Of Light Samhain Weekend on 1st – 3rd May 2015 is “Day of the Dead” (held in southern Sydney, Australia).
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14th March – 15th March 2015
Liverpool Girl Guide Hall (Sydney, NSW Australia)
Sponsored by the Pagan Awareness Network Australia Inc. with a discount for PAN members!
Festival of the Minds is a celebration of wisdom, curiosity, and the search for knowledge within ourselves, our fascinating world and the mysteries beyond.
It is a weekend of lectures for the pagan practitioner looking for something new or challenging, or the inquisitive mind who craves to be mentally stimulated. The Festival aims to provide unique topics, hard to come by information or alternative viewpoints to enhance the minds of our attendees. Continue Reading
Spring has sprung once again so it was time for the 35th Lugarno Lions Club Spring Festival on Sunday 21st Septemeber 2014. Son2 & Son4 as members of the medieval re-enactment group called Einherjar, participated in some of the combat re-enactments on the day. I made a video of Einherjar’s afternoon show featuring Son2, the horn-blowing Viking in green tunic who wasn’t fighting on the day — and Son4, the Hospitaller knight in black tabard, plate armour on arms and legs wearing the Great Helm (the “Ned Kelly” shaped helmet). A tiny bit of the ending got chopped as my iPhone presumably ran out of memory and shut off automatically …lucky it was right at the end though! :D