Autism Spectrum Disorder

My Son With Autism Fills Me With Hope

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

Alex is only 17 but he understands some things better than I do as an adult. So I tell myself that everything is still possible, that we need to continue to dream, that nothing is lost. I look at Alex and I am filled with hope.

Why Parent Training Is So Important For Families Coping With Autism

Julian Hung | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Living
Julian Hung

There is no question in my mind that parent training has made me a better parent. While there is a difference between the theory and practice of ABA therapy and while there is a difference between being a parent and being a therapist, the knowledge gained from the parent training offered by our early intervention team has been invaluable.

How Much Is Too Much Solitude For My Autistic Son?

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

The assumptions of others have always been and continue to be to this day, our worst enemy, especially for my son. Assumptions are always the prelude to judgments; judgments that are always made without knowing his story, his achievements and more importantly, his thoughts.

Don't Think of People With Autism as Belonging to a Homogenous Group

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

Marie Josée explains that there is a beautiful innocence in ASD. A person with autism will never try to manipulate a situation to make themselves look better. They are without malice, and they don't know how to pretend. I say what I need to and I don't mince words! My partner can attest to this. He knows I'm different, that I like to talk about stuff that is real, and he accepts me as I am.

3 Ways You Can Help Families Affected by Autism

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, and April is World Autism Awareness month. Unfortunately, it's no longer uncommon for most of us to know families struggling just to keep up with the day-to-day tasks required of them because they have a child with autism. Here's how you -- as a family member, friend, neighbour or even just as a friendly acquaintance or concerned citizen -- can help families affected by autism.

Maximizing Our Autistic Son's Chance For Success

Julian Hung | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Living
Julian Hung

Julian Hung's son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of two and a half. His son has since had three years of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapy and has made tremendous progress.

5 More Things Everyone Should Know About Autism

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

I decided to bring to light some information that people should know about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With a growing number of children living with an ASD, this information will help you better understand the experiences of these children, and their parents. The following are my last five points, though there could have been many more.

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Autism

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

I recently noticed that for the most part, when I talk about Autism the people around me don't really know what I am talking about. They all seem to have a vague idea about the problem, but no more. I constantly have to repeat the same information. This demonstrates clearly that we still need to educate people about Autism or ASD.

The Ups and Downs of Living With an Autistic Child

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

A year after our child was given an ASD diagnosis, the word "Autism" still burns my tongue. It is a difficult word to say, but an even harder reality to come to terms with. There have been many positive lessons learned in 2013, which have been accompanied by many difficulties.

Probiotics May Improve Symptoms of Autism

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

A collaboration of over 20 American researchers found a possible answer although at first glance, it seemed ludicrous. The team looked at the bacteria in the gut of both normal and autistic children in the hopes of identifying any changes. Indeed, there were.

Autism: The Day Our Lives Changed Forever

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

When you have a "special" child you automatically become a "special" parent. Some parents will say that their children's autism has given meaning to their lives. That it unlocked a new-found spirituality within them. Not us. Not yet. Our child's autism has not added any sense of purpose to our lives.

Autism Doesn't Just Happen to Other People

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

"Your son lives in a parallel universe." That was the first blow. A harsh sentence uttered by the teacher in charge of the little family daycare center my son had been attending for a few months. It was announced that our son had a "problem." That was in February 2012. A lot has happened since then...

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...

Could Autism Be Caused By One of These 10 Chemicals?

Everyday Health | Ian Landau | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada Living

By: Ian Landau, Everyday Health Doctors from the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Centre in New York are calling for renewed efforts...

How Tablets Can Help Your Child's Learning Disability

Robert Whent | Posted 05.06.2012 | Canada
Robert Whent

While certainly not a cure, technology's ability to create differentiated learning environments and to create exciting simulations and virtual environments will go a long way in helping children with learning disabilities succeed.

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.