Do you want to listen to ideas worth spreading?
TED.com is a website devoted to global conferences where experienced and respected people share their thoughts and ideas with the world. The TED annual conference series began in 1990, and since June 2006 the talks have been offered for free online viewing through the TED.com website, which now has over 2,400 talks. Altogether, the talks have been watched over one billion times worldwide.
A great talk to start with is ‘How autism freed me to be myself‘ by 16 year old Rosie King, who challenges stereotypes of people with autism and contextualizes the issue by asking us, “Why be normal?” Rosie’s talk is only 6 minutes long, but has been viewed well over one million times and has both a transcript and multi-lingual subtitles. There are currently seven other TED talks on autism at http://www.ted.com/topics/autism+spectrum+disorder.
Other child & family areas to browse within the TED.com video library include:
Play (14 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/play
Family (19 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/family
Parenting (26 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/parenting
Children (92 talks) http://www.ted.com/topics/children
TED is owned by a nonprofit, nonpartisan foundation. TED’s speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. You can download most TED Talks in MP4 or MP3 format either directly from the website or through the TED app, which allows you to watch talks offline from your mobile device, although you will need to first download the TED app via iTunes or Google Play. This is great if you have a slow internet connection or you want to watch Talks when you’re travelling.
This first-of-its-kind website remains a valuable resource.
Minnesota Parents Know is a resource filled with convenient and trusted child development, health and parenting information. The site was developed for parents by the Minnesota Department of Education, and it provides research-based information on child health, development, nutrition and safety in raising strong and healthy children.
The information on the site is organised into sections on the newborn, ages 1-2, ages 3-5, grade 12 and student-parents, and within each category there is a Parenting A-Z and a section on child development. There are a good range of videos accompanying the written information, with some available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Lao & Khmer, courtesy of ECHO Minnesota.
The history of MN Parents Know dates back to 2006, but sadly the site does not appear to have been updated since 2013, so there are some broken weblinks. Nevertheless, it remains an attractive site and is easy to navigate.
I think the site is worth bookmarking because it is free, does not require any log-in, and you may find that one day it contains just the resource that you’re looking for!
Want to know more about what adopting a child will be like?
First Steps is a free e-learning package by First4Adoption to help potential adopters in the early stages of the adoption process get a better understanding of what adoption entails and help them decide if it really is the right choice for them.
First Steps provides real insights in to life as an adopter through video and audio episodes and online lessons. It captures the stories and views of social workers and adopters, both with first-hand experience of what adoption is like. The lessons have been designed to help adopters understand the issues they need to be aware of and crucially, give them tips on how they can be overcome.
The topics include:
- Backgrounds of children and why they come into care
- Attachment and its importance in adoption
- Identity, heritage and life story work
- Challenges and transitions to new situations
To access all the materials you’ll need to register – an email address is all that’s needed – and then you can track your progress and scores in the exercises you have completed. First Steps works equally well on phones, tablets and computers.
Visit First Steps here: http://firststeps.first4adoption.org.uk/