Special needs

Using animals as therapy

Anyone who has a pet knows how calm and happy they can make you feel. From the relaxed noise of a cat purring to the over excited dog waiting for you behind the front door, animals can make you feel great. It’s no wonder then that using animals as therapy is a growing concept. As

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Treating ADHD naturally

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the UK’s most common behavioural disorders said to affect between two and five per cent of children and youngsters. Those with ADHD find it difficult to pay attention, display hyperactivity and impulsiveness. They may find it difficult to sit still, hard to follow instructions and have a reduced

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Testing for Downs Syndrome

What is Down’s syndrome? Down’s syndrome affects around one in every 1,000 babies born. As they grow up, these babies will have learning difficulties. These difficulties vary hugely and while some people are affected quite severely, others will be able to live relatively ‘normal’ lives. Health conditions linked to Down’s syndrome include heart conditions and

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Anaemia in children

It’s often difficult to know exactly what is wrong with your child when they are feeling ill or off colour. Children pick up bugs and viruses all the time, especially when they start to mix with others at nursery and school. But how can you tell if your child’s symptoms are down to a run

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Equine therapy

Relationships with animals are well known for their soothing, healing qualities, and some people find trusting a four legged friend easier than opening up to another human being. Horses have featured as a steady companion to human beings for a very long time and there seems to be something innately supportive in the relationship between

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Cystic Fibrosis in children

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that interferes with the movement of salt among certain cells in the body. It is a life-threatening condition that results in the production of thick secretions in the form of salty sweat, heavy and sticky mucus, and viscous digestive juices. The movement of these secretions around the body can

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