As mother's day is approaching let me ask, "What do Autism Mothers, David Gledhill Saint, Steve Dodds, Nick Knowles and Robert Kiyosaki have in common?" The answer is they all understand the power of the gift of giving.



David Gledhill and Steve Dodds have recently produced some music and together with PreSonus have a global songwriter's competition to find lyrics and a melody to their music. It has been called 'Give2Get'. So many people in this world are out to get what ever they can, and only once they have got it do they possibly think about what they can give. It is refreshing when you find people who believe in first giving.



Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad and founder of Rich Dad World and Coaching also believes in the principle of giving to charity. Another principle he lives by is the necessity to work to learn not to work to earn. He believes it is important spending time working for free so that you can learn all you need to know about a job. Later, when you have acquired the knowledge you will earn so much more. Give first, only then will you truly get.




Nick Knowles has been the presenter on DIY SOS for many years now, has been helping families in need. It can be seen on the faces of all those volunteers on each build, that giving is truly a gift and that actually it is better to give than to receive. Nick told me about the families he helped who had a child with Autism and about the unique challenges that brought to designing their house.



Steve Dodds; Athene Burdge; Nick Knowles


Autism mothers give and give and give, to their children and to other parents. They give their time, their emotions, their everything, often until they are beyond exhaustion. A mother's love is both instinctive and a choice. Being woken several times a night,being used as a verbal and sometimes physical punch bag, always having to advocate for your child, can take it's toll on anybody. Yet the funny thing is most Autism moms I meet are positive and cheerful, willing to help wherever they can. They have learnt to appreciate the small things in life, to love deeply and how to encourage anyone who is feeling down. They have the gift of giving without expecting in return. All you Warrior Mothers out there, I salute you!



It is a biblical principal that 'you reap what you sow'. The more you give to your child with ASD the more you will reap the benefits of a healthier, happy child and a better quality of life for the whole family. It is NOT easy, but for example, the five months that it may take you teach your child a new skill, will save you years of time in the future when you don't have to do it for them or pay some else to do it .





Many years ago it was believed that once a child reached seven years of age their brain was hardwired for life. The old saying, 'You can't teach old dogs new tricks' was believed and hope was taken away from parent's whose children 'has a lot to learn'. research has since shown that our brains are ever changing and new nerve growth was possible, that are brains are neuroplastic and not hard wired. Oh the joy of knowing that with the right stimulation at the sufficient intensity, frequency and duration means ANYONE can learn ANYTHING, behaviours can be changed and even those with severe brain damage can regenerate brain cells! Never give up! With the right help and enough hard work I have seen SO much more is possible than we can ever imagine. We never stop learning and we should never stop teaching our children either. As a runner I like to use the expression 'It's a marathon not a sprint'.  So ladies let's get our endurance running shoes on and go 'kick some butt'!!!


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