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Sara Winter

Classroom aide to kids with autism

Sara Winter is a classroom aide to kids with autism and the founder of Squag.com, an online social space for kids on the autism spectrum to build ideas about themselves to share with their parents & peers. Sara lives in Toronto with her husband and two young sons.

Twitter: @squagdotcom

Making Your Kids Love the Classroom

Have you ever used headphones that were turned up way too loud? If you were wearing them all the time, how hard do you think it would be for you to be able to you to concentrate on other things? Have conversations? Ask questions like these to help kids understand what autism's like.
03/09/2012 02:13 EST

Sharing Screen Time

We all need to decompress in front of our screen of choice. Whether it's texting on our phones or cheering on our favourite football team, we all need to detach for a moment (or longer) in order to de...
01/23/2012 10:27 EST
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Isn't It Time To Go Back To School?

Many kids on the autism spectrum find it difficult to navigate the unstructured nature of the holidays, while at the same time they don't seem to get enough recreational or creative opportunity. Here are a few ideas that just may shake things up a little, and keep us all from experiencing the post-holiday crash.
01/04/2012 10:00 EST

Regulation, Regulation, Regulation

I have an 11-year-old nephew on the autism spectrum. I've been lucky enough to be his therapist at home and at school these past nine years. Watching him navigate his daily life has been the most impa...
12/22/2011 10:18 EST
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The Problem Wth Stuff

School is well under way and I see many kids walking through the halls literally under a mountain of unruly stuff. How do we help kids on the autism spectrum not only keep track of it all, but take ownership?
12/02/2011 12:44 EST
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The Recess Problem

For years, recess was a sensory nightmare for my autistic nephew. I watched him pace around the perimeter of the playground alone. Enter our gifted consultant. She told me to be out of sight, and let him fall apart and let him and his friends pick up the pieces. I was horrified. Let him cry? Let him scream? Really?
10/12/2011 02:38 EDT

School Is Out... Now What?

Even the smallest connected moments are the seeds by which everything else grows. Rethinking the way we interact with our kids as they grow older is both exciting and a challenge, so work in small blocks of time with manageable goals.
07/16/2011 09:15 EDT

Autism, Eating and... Television?

It's been very tough to watch my nephew's body reject tastes, smells and textures on its most basic level. But after watching Barefoot Contessa, Leo began to taste things here and there. Handling and smelling food opened up a whole new world to him.
06/15/2011 09:24 EDT