Canada Autism

Stop Making Degrading Assumptions About People With Disabilities

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Most of us have gone beyond the notion of jobs that can be performed only by men or only by women, and that race is something that is a predictor of behaviour of any kind. Why have we not begun to approach our assumptions around disability?

Father's Facebook Plea Lands Son Lifetime Supply Of Kraft Dinner

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2017 | Canada Parents

The six-year-old, who has autism, has issues with many other foods.

Baby Brain Scans May Reveal Autism Risk, Study Says

AFP/RelaxNews | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Parents

Autism can be diagnosed from about two years of age.

I Don't 'Survive' The Stress Of Autistic Sons – I Manage It

Stacey Haley | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Twelve years ago my twins were diagnosed with severe autism and I have lived in a constant state of alertness ever since. Therapists liken it to what a soldier experiences in combat. I have to admit that I can relate to the 24/7 heightened alert that never allows your mind or body to rest.

What I've Learned By Raising A Child With Autism

Julie M Green | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

It's hard to believe it's been five years since autism entered my life. My son is eight now. Raising him remains a mystifying experience, yet I have learned some valuable lessons along the way:

It's Time For The Federal Government To Show Real Leadership On Autism

Andrew Kavchak | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Andrew Kavchak

There is no cure for autism, but we've had solid peer-reviewed evidence for decades that Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI) based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) can have a dramatic impact on the development of kids with autism. Unfortunately, the treatment is not covered by medicare across the country.

Looking Beyond A Cure For Autism To Build A Network Of Care

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In the 18 years since Kilee was diagnosed, David Patchell-Evans' evolving understanding of her condition has mirrored changes in the way scientists talk about autism. From an incurable disease to a spectrum that will affect one in 68 children, we now view autism as a range of conditions that are distinct in every individual.

Finally, Films Made By Individuals With Autism - Not About Them

Julie M Green | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Living
Julie M Green

Imagine watching a movie made by someone with autism, rather than about someone with autism. Wouldn't that be a refreshing change from the norm? Individuals with autism found themselves the subject of countless documentaries and feature films rather than the creators and the mavericks calling the shots.

Autism Plus Insomnia Equals A Cry For Compassion

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

We should have known from their birth that this was going to be a lifelong battle. I remember after the twins were born, listening to other new moms brag how their kids were sleeping through the night at three months old and secretly hating them. I remember trying all the same things I had done with my first and wondering why it wasn't working with O and W. 1 to 3 hours of sleep for their first 18 months would destroy the strongest of men but somehow we survived it.

We Are Pioneering The Way For Our Children With Special Needs

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

People with autism are not all violent, unthinking, unfeeling or uncaring, incapable of progress or love. When supported in a loving environment and by people who believe in them and their potential locked within, most of the kids can go on to be very successful and lead fulfilling lives with loving relationships.

Please Stop Asking What My Son's "Special Talent" Is

Tanis Shaw | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Tanis Shaw

He doesn't have a "special" talent. In fact, less than 10% of the autistic population have some kind of savant talent. When you ask about his "talent" and he knows that he doesn't have one, he feels less. He feels as though he is being judged for being "wrong" yet again. I hug him and tell him that you mean well, and that the drawing he did of Spider-Man really did rock! What I wish you would ask instead, is this.

'Hockey Wives' Stars Move From The Rink To Investment Arena

YPNextHome | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada
YPNextHome

Written by Wayne Karl Spend a few minutes watching W Network's reality series Hockey Wives, and you quickly realize two things. One - it's not at all...

Autism Gifted Me By Turning Me Into A Real Grown Up

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Autism officially entered our lives on June 7th and then again June 14th, 2005. Not only was this new territory -- it was no man's land. Scary quicksand territory. Never before had our parenting skills been put to the test as it was in the latter half of 2005. Not just our skills, but our belief in ourselves as parents.

I Won't Let 'Autism Fatigue' Make Me Give Up On Halloween

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Recently, I have become aware that something seems to be happening in our little autism family bubble. I'll name it Autism Fatigue. After 13 years of nothing coming easy, 13 years of aforementioned preparation and coaching, and teaching and coping and surviving and striving and advocating and fighting and praying.. I got tired. Christmas had fallen to the wayside, and Halloween was next.

These Are Truths About Autism That Media Stories Get Wrong

Laurie Mawlam | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Living
Laurie Mawlam

Too often well-meaning journalists get it wrong when they write about autism. It's not so much the content of their stories that misses the mark as the language they use to describe autism itself. Reflecting on autism in a more nuanced manner using these basic pointers can help you avoid simplistic depictions and understand the true, lived experiences of those on the autism spectrum and those who support them.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy And Mindfulness Can Help Kids With Autism

Julie M Green | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

The child with ASD must learn to identify a broad range of emotions and corresponding facial and body expressions, then encouraged to tune into their bodies and rate the intensity of their emotion using a "feelings thermometer." We feel what we feel. Although our emotions are always valid, our thoughts about a given situation are often skewed and in need of revision.

Mom Worries Police Could See Son With Autism As A Danger

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Parents

So she's sharing an incredible experience she had with a Vancouver police officer.

How To Make Halloween Autism-Friendly

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Halloween is a fun time of year for most children. They love getting dressed up in costumes, going to parties, as well as going trick or treating where they get the best thing of all, candy! But for many children with autism this is a very difficult holiday. What can a parent do?

To The Police Officer Who Helped My Autistic Son

Alexandra Samuel | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Alexandra Samuel

When my husband answered the phone you gently took over the job of restraining my son...something that no public servant has ever dared to do. We've had teachers and support workers tell us that they're not allowed to touch a child, even when it's a matter of keeping our son safe. But you held him firmly and respectfully, as gently as you could, without a trace of anger or fear on your face. "I have a lot of experience with autistic kids," you told me, and it showed.

I Just Did What I Swore I'd Never Do With My Child

Julie M Green | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

What kind of mom drugs her kid? The mom who is tired of walking on eggshells, wondering who her child will hurt today. The mom who is tired of watching her baby suffer inside his own skin. The mom who, fighting back tears, dutifully takes the scrap of paper from the doctor with the round glasses.... What mom does that, anyway? The kind who will do whatever it takes to help her child feel better, even if it means doing precisely the thing she vowed never to do.

Playdate Tips To Help Kids Make (And Keep) Friends

Julie M Green | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

I want my seven-year-old to have friends -- at least one, maybe two. But at heart, I'm a realist. He has high-functioning autism. Socially speaking, the odds are stacked against him. Making friends is a concept as foreign and uncomfortable as the wooly sweater knitted by a well-meaning great aunt.

The Blended Family With Autism: Tips For A Smooth Transition

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Mastroianni

Blended families don't feel in unison or in sync right off the bat; it's not something that happens overnight. It takes patience, love, understanding, compromising and time. In our case, it took us a few years before we felt in sync, like a real authentic family. Having a child on the autism spectrum made this journey even more delicate.

What Real Inclusion For Kids With Autism Looks Like

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

Our son, Casey, has autism, a neuro-developmental disorder that is often characterized by rigid and repetitive behaviours, difficulty with social communication and uneven intellectual development, among many other challenges. Regular participation in an integrated public school has not always been easy for him.

Autism Friendly Attractions For Toronto Families

Julie M Green | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Nowadays, businesses are not only more aware of autism, some are willingly offering special accommodations. They are meeting families where they're at -- so kids like mine can enjoy what's on offer along with everybody else. The following autism friendly attractions is by no means exhaustive, and I would love nothing better than to see this list grow.

The Parenting Secrets We Don't Share

Rebecca Beck | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Rebecca Beck

We all have dirty little secrets. You know, the kind that you would be mortified if anyone were ever to find out. Most people's deepest secrets are well kept. My parenting secrets are not. I have an autistic son with no filter and he ensures that no secret is safe in our house.