Posts Written By Yvonne Kai

What to Do if You Feel a Medical Professional Has Misdiagnosed Your Child

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As a parent, your main concern in life should be to ensure your child stays happy and healthy. If you start to notice your child isn’t following the same developmental trajectory as their peers, this can be an unsettling time and you may have lots of unanswered questions. Before you can put a plan of action into place, you will need to get a diagnosis of whether your child has autism. It’s likely that you will have to wait a long period of time before a diagnosis can be made, but if you don’t get the result you expected, here is a guide on what you can do.

Receiving the Wrong Diagnosis

If you believe your child is displaying autistic traits, it’s only natural that you will want to get an official diagnosis, however, if you haven’t received the diagnosis you expect, you will need to understand why this decision was made. 

Diagnosis tends to solely be focused on observation. There are two main areas of difficulty that children with autism experience. These are social interaction/communication, and repetitive activities and behaviours. Common signs of these include sensory sensitivities, highly focused special interests, and in some cases, learning difficulties. Autism is a broad spectrum, so your child may display these signs on a varying level. If you find that the medical professional carrying out your child’s diagnosis doesn’t believe that they show any problems in the two main areas, you may not get the autism diagnosis you expect. If you have any concerns, it’s important that you ask for clarification. Diagnosis reports can be hard to read, so it’s best to seek help in a face to face environment. 

What to Do Next

If you aren’t happy with your child’s diagnosis, there are several things that you can do. Firstly, make sure to book an appointment with your GP who will refer your child for a second opinion. While there is no obligation for them to do this, explaining your worries and concerns may make them change their mind. If you’ve come to a barrier, you may want to consider arranging a private diagnosis for your child, especially if you disagree with the decision made by the NHS. 

There are specialist centres that your child can be referred to in order to get the right diagnosis, however, the number of these centres is very limited, so you may find you cannot access one in your local area, meaning that it may take longer to get referred. Make sure to ask your GP or another medical professional who is involved in your child’s care for more information or look online.

Making a Complaint

There is a fine line between not agreeing with a diagnosis, and being treated unfairly by a medical professional, however, if you wish to make a complaint, you’re well within your rights to do so. You can find out more here about how to make a complaint to NHS England. You may also want to claim for medical negligence if this is applicable, which is where experts like may be able to help.

If you have any concerns about your child’s diagnosis, it’s important that you seek help and advice straight away. Whether it be asking for a second diagnosis, going down the private route, or seeking medical negligence compensation, there are several things that you can do. 




Wellness® Natural Pet Food Launches the Wellness Foundation to Give Nourishment and Love to Pets Who Need it Most

 New charitable foundation partners with Best Friends Animal Society as its inaugural effort to help provide natural nutrition to more dogs and cats

The Wellness Foundation is charitable organization that was born with a singular goal in mind: to ensure that every pet on the planet is born, bred and raised with love.

TEWKSBURY, Mass., Aug. 20, 2019 – Whether they’re born into a loving family or on a journey from homelessness to a forever home, all pets’ health and happiness begins with a fundamental necessity: a meal that makes a difference. That’s why Wellness® Natural Pet Food, the maker of wholesome, nutrient-rich, natural food and treats for cats and dogs, launched the Wellness® Foundation, a new charitable organization that provides natural nourishment to pets in need.

The Wellness Foundation was born with a singular goal in mind: to ensure that every pet on the planet is born, bred and raised with love. Part of that mission includes helping homeless pets begin life in a new home with the nutrition they need to feel their best. To do that, the Wellness Foundation has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society, America’s leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters, by providing rescue pets in Best Friends lifesaving centers across the country with Wellness food and treats to ensure that with each bite they take, they are one step closer to a happier future.

A recent national survey[1] conducted by Wellness Natural Pet Food found that the majority of American pet parents (76 percent) say they believe in the healing power of natural nutrition and high-quality ingredients for pets when they are sick. What’s more, almost all (92 percent) of respondents have proactively turned to natural foods as a solution to help their pet feel better when they’ve been under the weather.

“One of the things that makes pets so special is their ability to love unconditionally. At Wellness, we’ve always believed that loving them back starts with making sure their bowls are filled with the best possible nutrition,” said Camelle Kent, Chief Executive Officer of WellPet, maker of Wellness Natural Pet Food. “The Wellness Foundation not only allows us to ensure more pets across the country have that same opportunity to be healthy and happy, but it also invites pet parents to join the movement. By feeding Wellness to their own pets at home, pet parents will now know that they’re enabling us to do the same for pets in need.”

The Wellness Foundation partnership with Best Friends includes taking on the responsibility of being the official pet food partner. By donating food and treats to the thousands of dogs and cats in the care of Best Friends’ lifesaving centers, the Wellness Foundation will help fuel their ability to thrive in a new home. The Wellness Foundation has also committed to volunteering at Best Friends’ centers and events to further spread awareness of pet adoption across the U.S.

“At Best Friends, we’re on a mission to achieve no-kill in America’s shelters nationwide by 2025, and we believe we’ll be able to do so with the help of partners like the Wellness Foundation. We’re thrilled to work with Wellness not only to provide our pets with nutrition but also to have a partner who is equally committed to spreading awareness about pet adoption,” says Julie Castle, Chief Executive Officer of Best Friends Animal Society.

To celebrate the partnership, Wellness Natural Pet Food will launch a co-branded treat with Best Friends: Wellness® CORE® Bestie Bars. Packed with protein and superfood ingredients and without grains, corn, soy or artificial colors or flavors, these treats are inscribed with sweet sayings to spread the love with furry best friends and will be available this fall.

Each package of treats calls on pet parents to spread the word by posting a picture of their dog with their Bestie Bars on social media with #SaveABestie and @wellnesspetfood, adopt or donate by visiting, or join the movement at


About Wellness®:

At Wellness, we’re a family-owned company of pet parents on a mission to raise the bar in pet food, because we believe the right choice at mealtime forms the foundation of a long, happy life together. That’s why we do things the right way, not the easy way—we are 100 percent focused on natural nutrition all the time, crafting our pet food and treats recipes that are carefully sourced and thoughtfully prepared. That means we use the finest, natural ingredients, ensure the highest quality standards, and create delicious recipes pets crave to make every mealtime count. Like you, we know that our pets provide us unconditional love, and providing uncompromising nutrition is one way we can do the same for them. This includes pets in need. Through the Wellness® Foundation, we support organizations across the country who are as committed as we are to ensuring every pet on the planet is born, bred and raised with love. To learn more about Wellness Natural Pet Food, visit and, and find Wellness on Instagram and Twitter: @wellnesspetfood.


SMILE! SOX™ for the whole family!

Forget the ghosts, goblins and cobwebs – the most frightening part of Halloween for most kids is not having the right costume to wear. Fortunately, a new line of socks from the makers of the recently-introduced SMILE! SOX brand will make dressing scary an easier feat than ever before.

As you know, I recently went to visit my sister in Calgary! We had fun wearing Smile Sox together with her family!

Introducing SCARY! SOX–a bewitchingly fun line of high-tube pumpkin-orange socks for kids and Moms featuring six hauntingly scary faces ready to go toe to toe with every zombie, ghoul and vampire they encounter Halloween night.


Available now on the siteSCARY! SOX are sold as 3 pair packs:


  • Kids (12” Tube Socks; One Size Fits Most) – 3-Pair Price: $9.99
  • Tweens & Women’s (16” Tube Socks; One Size Fits Most) – 3-Pair Price: $11.99

SCARY! SOX™ are made of 98% soft polyester and 2% Spandex for maximum comfort and wearability.

Like SMILE! SOX, SCARY! SOX™ are lots of fun for kids and Moms! Wear them to a Halloween festival, to the Pumpkin patch, a school party, or on a Halloween Haunt.              

SCARY! SOX are also ideal gifts to send to friends and family or to give away as Halloween party favors.

Commented Paul Hockley, President of Keepers International, parent company of both SMILE! SOXand SCARY! SOX, “Given the tremendously positive response we’ve received since introducing SMILE! SOX, we wanted to create SCARY! SOX that Kids and their Moms could enjoy not only while trick-or-treating, but all day long or anytime during the year when life is making them feel, well, a little batty. We look forward to the successful launch of SCARY! SOX and to unveiling other fun seasonal socks in the near future as well.”


 Helping Kids Wear A Smile Every Day

Taking the phrase “Nothing You Wear Is More Important Than Your SMILE!” to boldly expressive new heights, SMILE! SOX was introduced last month to help everyone from little kids to young tweens and women share their innermost feelings in the most creative, colorful, and eye-catching manner possible.


SMILE! SOXcollection consists of six different sets of six socks featuring expressions running the emotional gamut from joy to grumpy to playful. Six-pair sets of Kids Small and Medium-sized SMILE! SOXare only $18.99 and six-pair sets of Tweens & Women’s sizes are $21.99. In addition, consumers who purchase five sets or more get 15% OFF plus free shipping, and free shipping is also offered on purchases of $25 or more. SMILE! SOXare sold on the www.smilesox.comsite.

Meet The SMILE! SOX Family                                                                                                                                                                 

Born to help young people express whatever mood they might be in at any given time, the SMILE! SOX family is comprised of six adorably colorful characters:


SMILEY!          Feelin’ happy! Let’s get the day started and have some fun!

JOLLY!             Full of happiness and delight! Come on, let’s go play!

WINKY!          Feelin’ mischievous? Or playful? Let’s stir the pot a little!

                        GRUMPY!      Grrr! Not feeling it today – goin’ back to bed!

                        GOOFY!          Seriously? Let’s do something silly today! Who’s with me?

                        HAPPY!           Content as can be. Feelin’ good and full of positive energy.

About SMILE! SOX                                                                                                                                                                        

Based in Southern California, SMILE! SOX™ is independently owned and part of the Keepers International family. Founded in 1954, Keepers is a pioneering wholesale distributor of premium-quality, high-fashion socks that began by serving independent apparel and shoe stores along with larger regional department and sporting goods stores located on the West Coast. Today Keepers’ socks are sold in Dress, Casual, and Sport styles for men, women and kids at stores all around the world.


Frozen Yogurt for Dogs is THE ‘Dog Parent’s’ #1 Essential This Summer

Cami has been so bummed since her knee surgery recovery and all the antibiotics she took wiped out the good and bad bacteria. I found the best thing for her! Probiotic Fro Yo from Bear and Rat!

Niko and I went to Whole Foods today and picked this up for Cami!

The Bear & The Rat: Cool Treats for Dogs makes gut health for dogs uncomplicated, and it is exactly perfect for summer. First, the cool treats are made with a handful of human-grade ingredients & they are healthful for dogs. With one serving of In Clover’s Optagest (organic prebiotics & four plant-based digestive enzymes), the cups are amazing for healthy stools & less gas. One cup a day will also help dogs absorb their meals better.

It’s fun. The Bear & The Rat celebrates birthdays, gotcha days & has a motto that “everyday’s a pawty,” because when you’re a spoiled dog, it totally is!

Here’s how to throw a birthday-gotcha day-block party for your dog. Create a Frozen Yogurt Bar. Put several toppings out in colorful bowls — jerky, crunchy treats, freeze dried bits, sardines, etc. and label each one, so the humans know what’s what. Think visually. If you have a cake stand, bring it out so that you have varying heights, perfect for those Instagrammable photos. Add a bright tablecloth, hats for pups & humans, streamers. Don’t forget to have frozen yogurt for humans, so that everyone is able to celebrate together.

About The Bear & The Rat: Cool Treats for Dogs

“The Bear” is a Lhasa Apso who growls like a bear. His brother-from-another-mother is a Rat Terrier. The husband-wife owned company believes in making high-quality frozen yogurt treats & supplements that are fun to eat & make gut health uncomplicated. All of the products are made in a real ice cream facility with ingredients you can pronounce. Join the pawty on

Happy Gotcha Day Cami! It’s been three awesome years being your dog parents 😛


Plant Therapy Pup and Pony EO Blends

Since Cami’s Hey surgery we’ve had a lot of time to stay home. She’s not allowed to go to the dog park and run around at either swim or at least the first six weeks. We had lots of time and a chance to try Plant Therapy’s Pup and Pony essential oils We have diluted some of these with sweet almond oil so that we can apply it to Cami’s belly and neck for for relaxation. NEW pup-friendly essential oils from Plant Therapy. 

For those doggies scared of fireworks or siriens , Confident K9 blend promotes relaxation and soothes worry, and it can be used for behavior issues ranging from excessive barking and shaking to chewing on your belongings.

You can apply it in these areas or use a diffuser! This is a felt diffuser that clips onto a collar or harness and it’s so pretty!


Renovating Your Home: A Guide  

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Your home is your most valuable asset, and it is something to be proud of – it’s where you can create the rules and maintain each room with a sense of pride. When we move, there is often so much to worry about that any structural or decorative problems with our home will be overlooked in our haste to unpack the boxes and get the chance to sit down and relax in our new property. Once you have settled in, or if you have been living in the same décor for over a decade, it is time to start thinking about how to renovate your home. This article gives some pointer about how and where to start.




The kitchen is the heart of your home – a room where you can create a beautiful space for family and visitors alike. A charming kitchen will have you brimming with pride to invite people over – or just to spend your Saturday afternoons baking treats with the radio on. There are many ways that you can renovate your kitchen, but before anything else, you should start by figuring out how you can make the space as social as possible. 


Traditional kitchens were made to be very small, with only one family member cooking and the family eating in a separate room. It is possible your kitchen still maintains this design, without much room for social interaction and relaxation. If this is the case, it is worth knocking down walls to make your kitchen and living area open-plan so that everyone can relax and cook together. 


In order to make a friendly and social kitchen, it is worth considering installing a kitchen island to remove a sense of formality – this will give you extra space for when you are cooking a big meal, too. The focus on the room, however, should be a large kitchen table where the children can do their homework, and you can enjoy a morning cup of coffee appreciating the quiet hum of family life together. 


Disused Spaces


Is there a room that is just used to store junk and sports equipment? That room could be repurposed as a spare bedroom, office space, or a place to enjoy hobbies. Turning an unused space into a spare room can be extremely lucrative in the rise of rental properties across the globe. 

If you don’t mind sharing your home with others, you could boost your income every month by letting someone stay at your house. If you don’t like the idea of sharing a bathroom or kitchen with someone you don’t know, it could be worth converting your basement into a self-contained apartment, or you could transform a stable or shed into a modern space for guests to stay. 


It is worth investing in all the modern technology that twenty-firstcentury life demands if you are creating a space to rent out. This is a basic requirement for many home rentals – in addition to contemporary design and a functioning kitchenette, ensure WiFi is provided – and you can even consider smart-home controls, too. 






There is nothing more irritating than loud noise coming in from the street. When you first moved in, perhaps you were able to ignore this,but now that gradual irritation may have started to affect your night’s sleep. 


You can search for window companies ‘near me’ online to find a company that will replace your windows and help instill an ambiance of calm into your home. It is imperative that you install good quality windows because old windows can be very wasteful when expensive heating (or cool air from your air conditioning) is lost through them, in addition to the problems you may experience with sounds from the street. 




Trends for bathrooms are constantly evolving, and it’s worth refurbishing your bathroom with a simple and classic décor style in mind. Do not be distracted by bathroom tech fads or gadgets that will look outdated in a few years and cost a lot more than a simple bathroom would. When you are refurbishing your bathroom it is important to be realistic about the future. It is essential to ask yourself the question: is your bathroom suitable for an older person? 


If you are looking to sell your property in the next few years, it is important to think about what other people would like in their bathroom. Most people find a bathtub is rarely used and consumes a lot of water, therefore making bills extremely expensive. It is also not worth it to buy the most expensive shower and sink if you are going to sell the house soon.

There are a few simple things that can be done to renovate a home from being tired and dreary to contemporary and comfortable. Look around your house and see what you think can be improved and renovated to help make your home feel brand new again.