Welcome to Snap News in September!


Inspiration for Astronaut Doll

Hayden Geraghty, an eight-year-old autistic boy from Limavady, County Londonderry, had limited speech until the day Tim Peake was launched into space in 2015.Autistic boy inspiration for astronaut doll

Hayden began to count down to the rocket's take-off. His speech has been improving ever since.
Hayden, who is the youngest member of the Astronomy Ireland club, was the spark for a new addition to the Lottie Doll range called Loyal Companion Finn. 

>>More info

Teen VogueTeen Vogue What it's like to be a disabled model

What It's Like to Be a Disabled Model in the Fashion Industry

Teen Vogue's September issue profiled three models with disabilities: Chelsea Werner, Jillian Mercado, and Mama Cax.

Great article by Keah Brown @Keah_Maria #RepresentationMatters


Children's Trust, Brain Injury Hub

Me and My BrainMe and my brain book

The Children's Trust handbook for teenagers affected by acquired brain injury, Me and My Brain, is Runner Up #bmapiawards Special Award for Young Adults!
Click link below or image to see details of this and other books available for those affected by brain injury. 

(You can even download a free audiobook narrated by Richard Hammond!)

Claire WinelandClaire Wineland Cystic Fibrosis Campaigner dies

Very sad news at the beginning of the month when it was announced that Claire Wineland, public speaker and campaigner to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and founder of Claire's Place Foundation, had died after receiving a lung transplant.
Despite her debilitating illness, Claire lived life to the full and was a wonderful role model to others with cystic fibrosis. Even at the age of only 14, she was a proficient and engaging public speaker

Click on the read more link and see a video tribute below.

Claire Wineland Tribute (1997-2018) Cimorelli Turkey

Paralysed People Helped to Walk AgainParalysed people helped to walk again

Three patients, all paralysed from the waist down, have been able to walk again after having an electrical patch fitted to their spinal cords.

Experts say the device, which is placed below the injury, helps lost signals from the brain reach the leg muscles. 

The patch does not repair the damage but circumvents it by stimulating nerves lower down in the spinal cord. This appears to allow signals from the brain to reach the target muscles so the person can voluntarily control their own movements again.

 >> Find out more here... and see the amazing footage below of Kelly Thomas learning to walk again. 

Kelly Thomas learned to walk again after doctors attached an electrical patch to her spinal cord.

#Alopeciaisfashion Making hair loss fashionable

A campaign called #Alopeciaisfashion aims to make hair loss more accepted and visible in the fashion world.

It aims to make the condition more accepted in the fashion world and give a platform to models with hair loss.

>> Watch the video on BBC news here

GloWeek GloWeek promotional info for road safety

29th October to 2nd November

Support Child Brain InjuryTrust GloWeek campaign between Monday 29th October until Friday 2nd November to help highlight road safety and raise much needed income for their vital work with families across the UK.

The Snap staff will be taking daily selfies and posting on Facebook and Twitter! 

Free information sessions for schools - add info - Harriet CBIT on FF

>>Read More Here

Nannytax:National Nanny Recognition Week Logo

National Nanny Recognition Week: September 23-29, 2018

This week is National Nanny Recognition Week! The campaign is 20 years strong and aims to promote and celebrate the important work of a nanny. Now an international campaign, this week is well-known across nanny groups, organisations and communities -- but most nanny employers may never have heard of it. Surprise your nanny this week by acknowledging one of their community’s most important events. Whether it’s a trip to the spa, a day off or a simple note, this is a great opportunity to acknowledge your family’s special carer.
Created in 1998 by a group of industry professionals, to promote and honor professional nannies. In 1999, NAN - National Association of Nannies took the lead with NNRW, and held it the last week in September. Nannies, businesses and Nanny Support Groups across the country continue to hold NNRW the last week in September, celebrating and honoring nannies across the country and the world. 
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Learn more: www.nnrw.org/

The OT Practice Column:The OT Practice

How & When to instruct a children's Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapists work with children and their families with the aim of maximising independence in every day activities. Whether a child has complex and on-going needs or they require short term support with handwriting or concentration at school, an OT can support with the acquisition of new skills and the implementation of solutions.

In this article we explore the different ways you can access a paediatric OT through the NHS, Social Care or a private instruction.

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