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Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs


Sunshine makes me happy.  Everytime I see the sun shining brightly, especially in places where I don’t expect to see it, somehow inspires me. I tend to have more energy and stay happy for longer.

The picture below was taken in Oslo, Norway- a place where I didn’t expect to see any sunshine particularly at this time of the year.  I took it as a sign of great things to come!
In response to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs



10 funniest English translations in Beijing

During my travels in Beijing, I have had a hard time with communicating with the locals. I had a very difficult time trying to find my way around the city because the signs were incredibly confusing.

They try their best to communicate with you, which is great. However, there are signs and product labels that were poorly translated to English. Here are the best ones:

10. An incredibly talented artist who can…

Make Your Face

9. Use Google Translate, they say. It will be fine, they say…

Umm… Sure!

8. The best way to tell shoppers that photography is not allowed:

Please don’t.

7. I still don’t get this. I found this gem of a sign in the men’s toilets at Beijing Zoo:

At least it says I am the best!

6. Found in the men’s toilet at The Red Theatre. Not to be taken literally! The floors are slippery. But if you want to slip, do it carefully!

The floors are slippery.

5. A rather confusing I Love Beijing t-shirt

You love WHAT?!?!
Someone who REALLY REALLY loves Beijing

4. Yet another Google Translate gem. This is a postcard, by the way.

Good good study!

3. The ‘No Parking Sign’ sign

Just park somewhere else!

2. Found in a Chinese Medical centre

1. I don’t mind if you don’t find this funny because my water bottle does!

The happiest water bottle in the world!

Does my student have Autism? Common signs to keep an eye on

Autism is a spectrum of conditions which affect different areas of people’s lives. Since its manifestation is very different from one person to the next, it is very difficult to tell whether a child has it or not, especially in the classroom. Students who have Autism but is not diagnosed are often labelled as ‘stupid’, ‘lazy’, or ‘odd’, amongst other things, which could lead to many different negative consequences such as bullying, and/ or depression. Therefore, it is important for teachers and teaching assistants to know what signs to look out for in order to determine whether a child needs to be referred to professionals to be assessed and diagnosed.

Below are a few common characteristics which majority of students with Autism present.Having worked with people of various ages (3-16 y/o) who have been diagnosed with Autism for a long time, I have noticed that they display some common behavioural patterns (AGAIN, REMEMBER THAT AUTISM IS A SPECTRUM OF CONDITIONS). I must warn you that this list is only a guideline and not an official diagnostic criteria. PLEASE NOTE that it is easy to go down the road of ‘home-based diagnosis’ and that teachers must remember not to do so.It is also important to remember that Autism manifests in different ways, therefore the magnitude of each characteristic, and the combination of characteristics WILL vary from one person to another. Students who exhibit these characteristics should be referred to the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (or equivalent). I always tell my colleagues at work that it is better to flag up a student as possibly having Autism (or another Special Need) and be proven wrong, than to ignore the signs and risk not getting the right help and interventions for the student.

Here is the list of characteristics/ behaviours:

  1. Makes very little or no eye-contact. Some children may give eye contact but would only look at you from the corner of their eyes.
  2. Can only understand questions (even simple ones such as what the weather is), when phrased in a specific way. If certain words or if the sentence structure is changed, despite the meaning staying the same, they will appear clueless  and may not give any response.
  3. Has difficulties imagining a situation or ‘putting themselves in other people’s shoes’.
  4. Takes spoken language literally and has a very limited understanding (if at all) of metaphors. If told ‘would you like to come and sit on the carpet?’ because it is carpet time, a students with Autism may respond with ‘No’.
  5. Instead of talking to people, they talk AT them. Conversations are led by them all the time, and the topics only revolve around the things that they like. They may lose interest  (or ignore you) if you speak about something that they do not find interesting.
  6. Finds it difficult to read facial expressions and emotions. 
  7. Displays inappropriate emotions. May laugh even if someone’s crying. May ignore someone’s cry for help.
  8. Does not obey your instructions unless their name is mentioned or unless you are talking to them face-to-face.
  9. Gets upset when routines change, e.g. when a lesson is cancelled, when a substitute teacher is taking the lesson or when moved seats.
  10. Repeats phrases they have heard, even inappropriate ones.
  11. Has little or no interest in seeking out other children to play with or interact with.
  12. Play with toys in an unusual way, e.g. instead of rolling cars to pretend they are real cars, students with Autism may line them up.
  13. May be overly fascinated by patterns or strong visual stimuli, e.g. brightly coloured poster on the corner of your classroom wall.
  14. Can be overly active or much less physically active than their same-age peers.
  15. Develpmental milestones may be achieved in a pattern that is not the same as everyone else– can be noticed when placing them on Profile Points level (England, UK).


More on Autism:

Vote for Miss Montana, Alexis Wineman

What does Autism mean?

Communication difficulties in Autism

Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper: Asperger’s Syndrome’s Poster Boy?

Guide to parents of students with ASD on coping with the first day back to school

Inspiring People with Autism:

Dr. Temple Grandin

Jessica-Jane Applegate (British Paralympian)

Satoshi Tajiri (Pokemon creator)

Carly Fleischmann

More on Savants:

The Psychology of Savants: Memory Masters

Artists with Autism

The Einstein Effect: Is there a link between having Autism and being a genius?