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Revisited post: ADHD vs Autism Spectrum

17/10/2018

Revisited post: ADHD vs Autism Spectrum

This morning I received in my email, a post I wrote 13 years ago in 2005 on a suspect case of ADHD

It’s been years since I wrote that post. I don’t even remember I wrote it as it was more than 13 years ago. 

Having reread that post, I do concur and make the case that the child is actually a suspect case on the Autism spectrum rather than ADHD. 

I have met adults who take Ritalin to help calm themselves down, and they seem pretty normal when on the medication. 

Since 2005, I’ve had the opportunity to work much closer with children on the autism spectrum since then. 
As I reread the post, I get the feel and sense that the child in the post is more closer to having symptoms of Autism than of ADHD. 

However the characteristics that were displayed is much closer to a high functioning child on the Autism spectrum.

Having a child that is crying and screaming for not apparent reasons, pulling things from the shelves, running out into the yard on their own, and preferring quiet places, as well as difficulty socialising with other children are all similar characteristics of children on the spectrum I have observed. They can’t be left on their own and need constant adult supervision in order not to hurt themselves. 

Children on the Autism spectrum either be high functioning, or low functioning. The highly functioning ones have high literacy and numeracy skills where they are able to recite the numbers up to 100, read simple three to four letter words by the age of 5. Socially, they are able to feed themselves and put themselves a drink of water, but have difficulty when toileting. 

As I can only say, that was the best prognosis at least from an observer’s point of view at the time I first wrote that post in 2005


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My 10 best hangout foodie places in Wyndham

16/10/2018

My 10 best hangout foodie places in Wyndham

Having lived out here in the western suburb of Truganina for the past three years, I can tell you without a doubt that this place is totally boomin'!

Now the City of Wyndham encompasses and includes the little "suburbs" that are under the Wyndham Council. This includes Truganina, Williams Landing, Point Cook, Werribee, Wyndham Vale, and Tarneit. 

The car park lots at the train stations of Williams Landing, and Tarneit station are full by 7am each morning. Drivers come early to catch a spot before catching the free train ride to the Melbourne CBD before 7:15am every morning. 

Hence now in random order, I will list the foodie places here within the city of Wyndham that you should visit. (I have good taste.  You won't go wrong with my recommendation). 
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15/10/2018

Book review: Mastery by Robert Greene


I've been going through my library of audio books on Audible to make productive us of my time whilst waiting to start my new job. 

Apart from The Barefoot Investor that I am fond of listening to when going on car drives, this is among other audio books that have bought in 2018 from Amazon Audible.

The recording: 
Now, this is one of the books that I recommend you should get. Depending on where you got it from (there is the Kindle, and the Audible version). I bought the Audible version. Both are available from Amazon Australia.

The Mastery audio book version has a 16 hour recording. It's not the kind of book that you could listen to in one reading, as there are many parts the reader needs to digest in parts over many readings. But it is worth it.

Let me recount the reasons why I think you should get it (and The Barefoot Investor, of course.. LOL)

I chose to order the audio version of the book as it was something I could listen whilst going about my work or driving. I also enjoy the narrator's reading. His voice is pleasant to listen to, without inducing sleep, well paced, emphasising on areas which he knows the reader needs to pay attention to. 

The content: 
Mastery is as the title states 'mastery', of the human mind, their career path, and their endeavours. 

Having also read a previous book in 2005 by Robert Greene, the 48 Laws of Power, I have come to expect his story telling style of using well known history figures in order for him to illustrate his point. The 48 Laws of Power was a bit hard core reading, so it didn't really caught on with me. 

Each chapter takes roughly about an hour to listen to, and with 16 chapters to go through, you'd be spending an immense lot of time digesting what the author has to say in the material. Mastery is a much a easier read, with its points more digestible and succint. If you are a person who is looking for more reason and practical strategies for you to master your craft, this book is a better read. 

What I really enjoyed listening to Mastery was it brings to point that mastering your craft, or trade of your choice is still relevant now as it was 500 years ago.

What and who we have come to know as "geniuses" in their field of work did not come by accident. They put in many hours of study, hardwork, and persisted. It was not by luck or by chance, but they went through intense years of study in the apprenticeship phase before going out to strike out on their own.

It also brought home the point, and for me, that if I want to be successful in the field of work, or craft that I want to excel in, I have to put in equally just as many hours of study in order to master it. Mastery is not a "touch and go", and what we have in this day and time are just tools that helps us to practise and master our skills in the different areas in order to excel. 

There is no such thing as luck, and circumstances that can hold us back. One of the compelling examples that Greene uses is Leonardo Da Vinci. Born out of wedlock in 1452, his illegitimate standing prevented him from being able to receive proper formal education, and being able to attend university.

Yet, this did not stop him from pursuing his dreams and his ambitions. Without the education to pursue formal education in reading, writing and arithmetic, his future prospects for what they would have deemed a proper lucrative profession would be bleak.

This somehow was a blessing in disguise. Having the freedom to roam as he pleased as a young child (being illegitimate and all, they probably didn't pay much attention to him), he stole drawing paper from this father's office (his father was a notary who kept expensive rolls of paper in his office) to  sketch objects and animals as he wanted. At the age of 14, he started what is to be his formal apprenticeship as an artist in Florence.

Da Vinci always danced to his own tune. He never let his background prevent him from having his own dreams. One of the things that Da Vinci hated was the dependence forced upon artists to gain royal favour, to live on commission. He established a new strategy for his own livelihood, and be more than an artist, and pursued all the crafts that he needed to support himself. 

Just like Da Vinci, we need to know our own strengths, our weaknesses. Seeking our own path, with as much perseverance and persistence as we possibly can. Regardless of background or  circumstances, it is a matter of mind over matter.

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Update: Reversal of Medibank gap payment

13/10/2018

Update: Reversal of Medibank gap payment

9th October (Tuesday):
One week after this incident, Dr. Leong calls me to inform me that Medibank has approved her enrolment into the Medibank program as a member Provider! (woo hoo!)

I was on my work shift when she called, so she left me a message which I listened to on the iPhone 7.

Dr. Leong said that Medibank had actually agreed to reverse the gap reversal charge but because she didn't have my membership details at that time (I think she was at home), she could not provide any details.

The dentist then told me that she will follow up on the process by this weekend.

12th October (Friday):
Dr. Leong called me again. She wasn't coming in for work, but she called me to update me on the progress.

She told me that all the information from my customer profile has been sent to Medibank. Medibank has approved the reverse of the gap payment and it will be credited into my bank account the next working day the following week.

My Thoughts:
In spite of everything that has happened, I didn't have to do much on my side. This incident was a blessing in disguise for Dr. Leong as if should this situation was not brought to her attention, it would have affected another customer.

I thank Providence that I didn't have to incessantly call Medibank to deal with this situation, and I didn't have to do anything else apart from the initial call to Medibank.

What do my readers think? I am just relieved that the whole procedure went well.
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08/10/2018

Medibank: Gymbetter app pay-by-visit to the gym

Printscreen of the GymBetter site
Despite the sloth speed that Medibank takes in processing the enrolment of a service provider (read this post), they still have programs that benefit their customers.

When one of my Sydneysider friends, Hyunju came over recently, she oh-so-casually mentioned if I ever used the gym benefits that is offered by my medical card.

Gym Benefits? What gym benefits?

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Medibank Extras: I was wrongly charged at the dentist

05/10/2018

Medibank Extras: I was wrongly charged at the dentist

I took a week off from work this week as I was going to spend time with some friends who had come down from Sydney.

On my day off, I decided to go and see the dentist. I am with Medibank Extras, as most of my readers would know. This is my first time for this year that I am going for my teeth clean and check, which is covered under Medibank Private.

However when I received my statement, I had a shock of my life! It said on my statement that I had to pay 70% out of pocket. 
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02/10/2018

I bought a new website template from Etsy


Recently I made the decision to finally have my own domain. To complete the whole ownership  process, I decided it was high time to also update the template. The template that I had been using all this while was the free template available from Google Blogspot.
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