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Boy With Autism Who Had ‘No Friends’ Inundated With Cards And Gifts From Around The World

An 11-year-old boy with autism who wrote on his homework sheet that he had no friends has been inundated with gifts and cards. Christopher’s dad, Bob Cornelius, posted a photo of his son’s homework to Facebook last week with the heartbreaking realisation. When asked to finish the sentence: “Some of my friends are…”, he realised…


Mum In Tears After American Football Player Ate Lunch With Her Son Who Has Autism So He Wouldn’t Be Alone

The touching story of an American football player who joined a boy with autism at a dinner table, so he didn’t have to eat alone has captured many people’s hearts.  Bo Paske, from Florida, US, often eats his lunch on his own in the canteen at Montford Middle School. But on Tuesday 30 August 2016, American footballer Travis Rudolph…


Nearly A Quarter Of Children With Mental Health Problems ‘Turned Away By Treatment Services’

Nearly one in four children and young people with mental health problems are being refused the treatments they need, according to a new report. Around 23% of children referred for mental health treatment by their GPs or teachers are turned away, due to difficulty recruiting staff and government funding not reaching frontline services, according to the…


Dads Urged To Take More Photos Of Their Partners To Capture Family Life ‘Messy Hair’ And All

A woman’s post about why more dads should take photos of their partners has struck a chord with many mums. Kaylin Schimpf, from Texas, encouraged men to get behind the camera and capture family moments, including “messy hair, no makeup or a dirty old t-shirt”. Schimpf said too often, women are ones behind the camera.  “It…


Tearful Mum Defends Son With ADHD Who Is Often Called A ‘Bully’ And Asks People To ‘Give Him A Chance’

A mum has spoken out in defence of her son who is often called a “bully” at school. Sonia Buckley, from Victoria, Australia, explained her son Billy has ADHD, ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), intellectual learning disabilities and a severe behaviour disorder.  In a six minute video shared on Facebook, the mum said she needs people’s help…


Parents Admit Sleep Deprivation Affects Mental Health And Their Relationships

Nearly a quarter of parents admit a lack of sleep impacts their wellbeing and mental health. What’s more, 22% of 7,535 parents surveyed by Netmums, in conjunction with The Children’s Sleep Charity, also said their relationship with their partner is negatively affected by their tiredness.  “Our research clearly shows that sleep deprivation impacts on the physical, emotional and mental…


Childhood Obesity Is Becoming Increasingly Common, Latest NHS Stats Show

Childhood obesity is becoming increasingly common, according to the latest NHS data. Among four- and five-year-olds in state reception classes in England in 2015-16, 9.3% were obese – an increase from 9.1% the previous year, according to the national child measurement programme (NCMP). The number of obese 10- and 11-year-olds in Year Six also rose…