Tag: asperger syndrome

How to Improve Memory and Relish its Importance in Daily Life

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak

There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.
(Hamlet Act IV, Scene V)

Rosemary herb plant

From the encyclopaedia we learn that memory is the brain’s ability to store, retain and recall information. It was originally a topic that was studied by philosophers, but in the 20th century psychologists studied memory, and it fell into the field of cognitive psychology or cognitive neuroscience. Memory can be looked at from many angles, but it is the combination of short and long-term memory that we are interested in when we are looking at our own learning progress or hoping for our children’s success. Read more

Moderation is the Name of the Game: Balancing the World of Technology with the World of Nature

by Dr Angel Adams and Dr Patricia Papciak

I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.

– Bill Gates.

Last week we had a power outage that plunged our whole neighbourhood into darkness for the entire night. As we had no electricity or gas, we could only use the light of flickering of candles to help us manoeuvre our way around in the pitch dark. The positive side of this minor disaster was that there was no TV, no R&B or rap music, no popping sounds from the Facebook chat, no computers or computer games. There was only the sound of the wind blowing through the trees outside and the opportunity to see a crescent moon silently rising in an indigo-coloured sky not veiled by the city lights. It made me acutely aware of how intrusive our world of technology can be. Read more

The Power of Letting Go

by an Anonymous contributor

“The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow –

Image: Relaxing on the beach

Photo by cosmo-girl

This time last week I sat on a beautiful beach in Cyprus shaded from the direct glare of the midday sun, protected by a simple red cafe parasol, but most important of all by the loving warmth and affection of good friends and family. The good news about going on holiday is that it gives you time for reflection as you are not distracted by the everyday routines of life. The bad news is that if you have a child with Asperger Syndrome, like my son, it can create extra challenges. Our structures and escape holes are temporarily suspended away from home so that I have to be in many ways more innovative and calm with my son. I also wish to balance this with sensing pleasure and joy in the moment of being away from home. How can I do this? The change and release of routine is huge and I almost don’t know what to do with myself! Read more