Welcome to the Colour-se7en website.
I have, as have most people on the autism spectrum aquired special interests over the years, one of my special interests(obsessions) is the autism spectrum itself, so to share my interest with you all I have produced the following website which I hope will inspire, encourage and empower, thank you for visiting! Colour-se7en also hosts pages which incorporate the parent support group CAPAAS.
I would like to share the following with all visitors to this website. When I finally get to sleep at night/early morning, I never dream of a world without autism, nor do I think of the possibility of eventually being included in a mainstream society. I actually dream of a world in which autistic people can and do live happy and productive lives, within a society where predjudicial attitudes are a thing of the past, and true inclusion is the only way forward.
So this mentioned, welcome to the colour-se7en website - a point of reference on the World Wide Web for information on the subject of Asperger Syndrome and other Autistic Spectrum related disorders, my aim is to create more public awareness on this seemingly little known and talked about subject. The name for the web site came about after much thought about the Autistic spectrum its range and complexity, together with the structure of an everyday rainbow, bringing its own complexity and spectrum with many different hues and shades of one colour.
"Just as the rainbow has its spectrum so too has Autism.....welcome to the colour-se7en...Steve McGuinness.
The colour yellow features in the number seven in the logo, I feel it represents hope in the understanding of autism and the connection of all of the pieces of this illusive and complex puzzle, it also represents the number seven as I see it 'yellow' (see synathesia, in asperger syndrome). As I write on this web site I tend to refer to anyone on the spectrum as an 'autistic' despite the fact that every autistic is different from every other one, however the similarities between people on the spectrum are far greater than those not on the spectrum. There is a possibility that there may be certain statements written by me within this website that you may not agree with and as such may be likely to offend, I would like to apologise now if I do offend as it is not my intension to do so . For instance people have been heard to say, which I feel is one of the most devastating myths with reference to autistic children in that they cannot show affection. I would say to this while sensory stimulation is processed differently in some children with autism, they can and do give affection, but it may require patience on a parent's part to accept and give love on the child's terms.
A S D (Autistic Spectrum Disorders).
Due to the fact of its invisible nature, creating awareness and understanding of this condition can be difficult. It was first identified in 1943 and Autism is still a relatively unknown disability, with this in mind all autistic spectrum disorders are estimated to affect the lives of over 500,000 families throughout the UK. I personally think one of the most controversial statements that has been made is the fact that Aspergers and other Autistic disorders are caused due to an adverse - effect or reaction to immunisation for instance, the triple type of vaccines and others with heavy metal preservatives which were used in (previous times) in the manufacture of them, my perspective is the argument actually fails to address that while females are affected, all Autistic spectrum disorders are overwhelmingly male, however both sexes are immunised in approximately the same equal numbers.
There is an external link to an article of interest " Mercury in Vaccinatations may be behind the increasing levels of autism and AD among american children".
In no way does this site constitute medical advice. I am writing about my opinions on autistic related issues which I do express. Every care has been taken to ensure that the information in this website is accurate however inaccuracies may nevertheless occur. If you discover any information which you believe to be inaccurate please contact me click here there are a number of links from within this website to sites maintained by other groups and individuals. These links are provided in good faith. The presence of a link does not necessarily imply that I endorse or support those groups, nor does the absence of a particular group imply that I do not support it. I cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss caused by any inaccuracies within this website, or in linked sites / pages.
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In late 2008 I revamped the overall look of the colour-se7en website giving it the cleaner look it has now.
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I have placed the following information on Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) which form part of one of my special interest, (obsessions) here on the world wide web for the following reason - those battling with Asperger Syndrome - either in themselves, or for parents of children and loved ones affected by Asperger Syndrome/ Autism. I am not a Doctor, Psychologist or Psychiatrist, However as a person with an ASD it is a big part of my life, and also my son's click this link to see a picture of us both, maybe you are able to relate to this picture? Of course this is not really us - we are actually much taller!
News....'Introducing Quiet Riot to the World'
A new powerful group of people has been formed, which is calling itself ‘Quiet Riot’. Quiet Riot were introduced to me by my good friend Joe Wittaker The group is a gathering of people who use ‘facilitated’ or ‘assisted/augmented’ communication.
We are at this time nine adults and have been meeting in Manchester and thanks to Joe Whittaker have been able to get together to meet and discuss our purpose in working together. We are diverse in every way, but share the one important aspect of ourselves, that we need assistance to communicate. Dont just take my word for it meet 'Quiet Riot yourself, hear what they have to say'
News.... Undercover reporter 'haunted by abuse of patients.
Joe Casey spent five weeks filming undercover in a private care hospital on the outskirts of Bristol after getting a job as a support worker. He was shocked by what he witnessed.
My experience at Winterbourne View will stay with me for a very long time.
more on this story click here
Panorama's Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed, BBC One, Tuesday, 31 May at 2100 BST and then available in the UK on the BBC iPlayer.
For the CQC review of Castlebeck Group Services click here
Calmer by Nature
Earlier this year I was introduced to Barry Wheelock who has for some sometime now been producing some film work which has been greatly recieved by many individuals on the autism spectrum. Many people I know have found these DVD's extremly useful as a calming and coping strategy, I have taken these DVD's on some of the talks that I give on autism all over the country these have been well recieved.
Used by Healthcare Professionals
Healthcare professionals around the world buy or license our products to help their patients with:- Stress, Anxiety, Insomnia, Sensory Problems, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, ADHD & Mental Illnesses
Calmer By Nature - One
Our original DVD has been seen by thousands across the globe. The film takes you on a magical journey, following a mountain stream to the sea and along the way you will have close encounters with wild deer, badgers and nesting woodpeckers, all entirely unaware of any human presence. Then on to fields of wild poppies and hedgerows bursting with spring flowers and trout in gin clear streams with ducklings, ending at the coast with rock pools and curlews flying into the sunset.
Running time 57 minutes
Price: £15.95, Post & Packing: £1.90
Our products are used by individuals and Healthcare Professionals around the world.
They will help you relax, to escape into nature, and to de-stress. Calmer by Nature’s products are a natural therapy and will transport you to nature’s special magical places and sounds whenever you feel the need.
These precious and relaxing moments captured during thousands of hours amongst nature, will make you feel as if you are actually there - in the wild places; by the streams, in the glades with the animals in the woods and forest.
No music or voiceover
The DVDs and CDs contain no people, voiceover or music so you will simply be soothed by nature’s calls, sounds and silences, totally uninterrupted.
In an instant you can have close encounters with wild deer in the forest, observe swallows and woodpeckers feeding their young or watch seals swimming in the sea with their pups.
You may prefer to be on the bank of a beautiful river or stream with bluebells or watching badgers in the moonlight. Whatever your mood, you will be alone with your thoughts gaining peace and calm.
Used by Healthcare Professionals
Healthcare professionals around the world also buy or license our products for:-
- Stress and Anxiety
- Depression and Insomnia
- Occupational Therapy
- Alzheimer’s & Dementia
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Sensory Problems
- Sensory Therapy & Stimulation
- Sensory Integration & Processing Disorder
- Special Needs
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Mental Illness
A patient said “it draws you in gently while you float down the river and escape to a place that is safe and peaceful – respite from the world and chaos – away from my looming crisis”.
And from an autistic patient “the outside inside when you feel you can’t go outside – this will be my great escape in winter and late at night when I can’t go out and need to”.
From a therapist, “amazingly calming, I’m going to share this with my friends and relatives as well, I want and am going to buy one for myself. I will definitely be showing this to the rest of my team – we need them”.
Msitua - Autism Consultancy
Below I have placed links to pages within this website to work produced by people with autism/Asperger Syndrome who I have worked with through involvement in the Msitua - Autism Consultancy I set up at the latter end of 2010. The work by the individuals forms part of a peer/mentoring project run through Msitua
Training/talks workshop information - all enquiries email
Very often people seeking to help people on the autism spectrum cannot 'see' for looking, all too often people like myself who themselves are on the spectrum can assist due to the fact we have a different perspective than that of those with neuro-typicality. It is very often our perspective which can provide the logical strategies required to help individuals move forward.