Canada Autism

5 Early Warning Signs Of Speech And Language Issues

Jeanette Podolsky | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Jeanette Podolsky

At the age of 2, a child has a vocabulary of at least 50-100 words. If your child is still only using a few words and has not caught up with peers, it could be the sign of a language delay.

How To Prepare Your Special Needs Child For Meeting Santa Claus

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Ah, that first visit to Santa. Remember how your little one cried and was scared, clinging to you? But you knew that this was temporary. Next year, he/she would be fine with the Santa visit, a rite of passage for most North American children today. But what if your child is not like all the other children?

Why Parents Of Kids With Autism Are Opening Their Own Schools

The Huffington Post Canada | Patricia Tomasi | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Parents

“I just assumed that the school board would be receptive to working with our team, willing to create the best educational plan available for my son. Boy was I wrong.”

3 Things Successful Leaders Do To Bring Out The Best In People

Marco Pasqua | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business
Marco Pasqua

Many of today's biggest leaders and influential people credit mentors and their teachings as the main source behind their success. The following are three of the techniques that work for me and have my own unique spin on how to incorporate them into your daily life.

How to Advocate for Your Child Without Being a Jerk

Julie M Green | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

I generally regard myself as a Nice Person, until my son's needs are compromised. Until your kid is wronged or overlooked in some way, you have no idea how fiercely your mama bear will react. Whether it's a major incident or some minor trifle, your child does need to you to "fight" on their behalf until they are mature enough to do so of their own accord.

Recommendations Issued In Murder-Suicide Of B.C. Autistic Boy And Mom

CP | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Some recommendations dealt with the lack of support services in remote and rural areas.

5 Fun Fall Activities For Your Special Needs Child

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

By keeping our kids back from activities, we don't only do them harm by not exposing them to different experiences, we also deprive ourselves and the rest of our family from good, old-fashioned family fun. I used to be one of those overprotective parents when it came to my special needs son. Not anymore. I have to say that our adventures as a family have gotten better for the most part.

Why Autism Isn't a Cause of Divorce

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Linda Mastroianni

The challenges parents face raising a child with autism is amplified a thousand times over. We often don't know what to do or how to help our child. But even with all the challenges, autism isn't what causes a couple to divorce.

5 Ways for Special Needs Families to Handle Anxiety

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 09.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

These five tips can be taught to children and adults. At this time of year, as children and their parents are frazzled with back to school, multiple extra-curricular activity schedules and homework, I think this can be especially helpful. It can be a family's lifesaver in our ever increasingly fast-paced and stressful world.

How to Be My Friend As a Mom of a Special Needs Kid

Julie M Green | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

A strange thing happened when my son was diagnosed with autism a few years ago. Some of my friends dove for the hills. They didn't all disappear, but some just gradually dropped off. This post isn't about finger-pointing. I get how hard it is. You don't know what to say without feeling awkward or guilty.

5 First Day of School Survival Tips for Special Needs Parents

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

I think all parents are frazzled at this time of year, particularly special needs parents whose children take anxiety for school to a new level. What can we do as parents to make the first day of school easier? Well, I have found out that the following five things have helped me survive that first day.

If You Have a Child With Special Needs, You Can't Go it Alone

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

No kid comes with a guidebook. Kids with developmental disabilities of all kinds, both physical and neurological, are as diverse in thought, behaviour, strengths and weaknesses as their neuro-typical peers. With the added anxiety of raising very different children from what is expected, stress levels are higher, parenting is harder and divorce runs rampant among special needs parents. That is why it is so important for them to remain on the same side.

3 Things You Need to Know About Autism in Canada

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O’Grady

Many organizations and affected families across the country have been calling for a national autism strategy. The wide range in disparity of publicly funded services for autism across the country has even generated a kind of "medical migration" with several published accounts of families leaving their home provinces (most commonly, Atlantic provinces, Ontario and Quebec) to move to Alberta or British Columbia where autism services are more readily available and/or more flexible. It is also no longer uncommon to find Canadian families using crowdsourcing campaigns to fund their children's autism and related therapies.

Autism Destroyed My Marriage, But I'm Not Mad

Trish Klein | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada
Trish Klein

Autism has a bad rap with families and marriages. Pulling them apart. The stress, the constant worrying, the lack of time with your spouse and other children. The focus becomes your affected child and there is no time for you and forget about your partner. I thought my marriage was strong. It wasn't strong enough.

My Son With Autism Got a Party Invite We Could Finally Accept

Trish Klein | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Trish Klein

Autism and birthday parties -- kinda like nuts and gum. We parents of the "specials" know only too well the hurts our kids feel when they are left out of the social gatherings relative to childhood. Organized sports, play dates, sleep overs and yes, the dreaded birthday parties.

Can Your Marriage Survive Autism?

Julie M Green | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Sometimes it feels as though there are three parties in my relationship -- my husband, me, and Autism. For a long time autism ate up every minute my spouse and I spent together. I'm by no means an expert, but here are a few pearls I've gleaned after 15 years' married about making a relationship work when you have a child with special needs.

Why Aren't We Trying to Cure Autism?

Jonathan Alderson | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Jonathan Alderson

Professionally, talking about curing autism elicits raised eyebrows and contemptuous headshaking. Cure is considered synonymous with false hope. After all, diagnostic manuals confirm that autism is a lifelong disorder with no known cure.

►10 Year Old Drops The Mic With Speech On Autism

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"I have autism and I want to tell you what it is and what it is like living with it."

10 Tips to Help Young Adults With Autism Transition into the Workforce

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

Entering into the workforce is a milestone in one's life; a rite of passage that is often identified as the beginning of their journey into adulthood. But for so many young adults with autism, this transition can be the most difficult and stressful time in their lives. Here are 10 tips to help young adults with autism transition into the workforce.

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.

Almost No One From My Son's Class Came to His Birthday Party and it Broke My Heart

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

"It is with sadness that we will have to decline the birthday party invitation for your son," one mother wrote me, "as such short notice was given." I felt like I had been punched in the gut. Again. You see, my son Casey has autism, and I had been busily planning all the arrangements for his seventh birthday party for weeks. I wanted to tell her, in earnest, that I had tried, I really tried, to get it right this time.

11 Ideas For Taking A Child With Autism Camping

The Huffington Post Canada | Tara Wilson | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Parents

Regular outings are hard for my family. My eight-year-old daughter Maggie has autism, and she is a homebody. She likes routine and the familiar. When ...

The MMR Vaccine Still Doesn't Cause Autism According To New Study

AFP/ Relax News | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Living

(Miami, United States-AFP) - Yet another scientific study has found no link between autism and the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), a...

'There's A Level Of Desperation There That Is Pretty Unfathomable'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia

An inquest will look into the murder-suicide of a B.C. mother and her autistic son.

The Real Autism Crisis Is in Our Classrooms

Julie M Green | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Julie M Green

Inclusion is held up as the ideal learning environment, and rightly so. Successful integration is possible, yet it doesn't magically happen when you throw a child with high-functioning autism into a class of 20+ children, cross your fingers and hope for the best. In many cases, though, in schools across the country, this is exactly what is being passed off as inclusion.