My Child With Autism's Imaginary World Is as Vivid as the Real One

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

Kids with autism are also often singular in their attention to the things they love and the things that give them pleasure; this sometimes makes them wholly present and pure receptacles of joy. In my son Casey's case, he dreamt of city buses.

Odin's Birthday Shows We Mistreat Those Who Aren't "Normal"

Julia Tausch | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Julia Tausch

Odin will remember this birthday forever, I'm sure, and what people in Peterborough and people around the world did for him is remarkable. What will be even more remarkable is if we can keep Odin in our minds now that his birthday is done. If, because of his story, we can be more aware of how many other stories like his are going on right now. If we can start to think about how our culture enables this story to happen again and again. Odin and his wonderful mom have started a conversation. It's up to all of us to keep it going.

Are Characters On Autism Spectrum On TV Getting It Right?

CP | Nick Patch, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - When "Parenthood" creator Jason Katims created the character Max Braverman — an intelligent, inscrutable, insect-obsessed youngster with A...

New Changes To Asperger's Diagnosis

CP | Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press | Posted 01.31.2013 | Canada Living

CHICAGO - The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sou...

Making Your Kids Love the Classroom

Sara Winter | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada Living
Sara Winter

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.

Sharing Screen Time

Sara Winter | Posted 03.24.2012 | Canada Living
Sara Winter

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...

Isn't It Time To Go Back To School?

Sara Winter | Posted 03.05.2012 | Canada Living
Sara Winter

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.

The Recess Problem

Sara Winter | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada Living
Sara Winter

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?

School Is Out... Now What?

Sara Winter | Posted 09.15.2011 | Canada
Sara Winter

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.