Canada Autism

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.

How the Digestive System Affects Autism

Dr. Derrick MacFabe | Posted 05.31.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Derrick MacFabe

The finding that metabolism and genes in autism may not be irreversibly damaged but can actually be altered by compounds produced from bacteria, provides an important link between the gut and brain in autism, and validates the stories that families have been telling us.

5-Year-Old Autistic Boy Rescues Injured Man From Snowbank

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Impact

Chase Faulingham is being hailed a hero. The five-year-old autistic Nova Scotia boy, who can barely speak, has been lauded after coming to the aid ...

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.

Autistic Boy Kept In 'Isolation' Rooms At School: Lawsuit

CBC | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada

A GTA family is suing the Peel District School Board for $16 million after their autistic son was allegedly separated from other students and kept in ...

Autistic Boy Handcuffed At School During 'Difficult Day'

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada

The mother of an autistic nine-year-old who was handcuffed by police during a "difficult day" at his Ottawa school claims the education system is fail...

How Can This Principal Call Special Needs Kids the 'R' Word?

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

This is another prime example how the rights of special needs children continues to be violated by the same people that are in a position to protect them. The abuser doesn't see these children as whole. They see them as deficient, less than and certainly not worthy of respect and dignity. This principal didn't see them as whole human beings. She saw them as "animals." What message is the school district sending when they fire the person that has reported the abuse?

Cineplex Launches Screening Program For Autistic Movie Buffs

CP Health and Home | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO -- Cineplex Entertainment is launching a special screening program for people with autism spectrum disorder and their families. The Canadia...

A Parent's Role in the Life of a Child With Autism

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

The problem is that an ASD is a permanent neurological disorder; it doesn't go away, but rather confirms itself over time. As parents of children with special needs, we each have to find our path. Over time, we all find our way. For me this was, and continues to be, a lesson in acceptance and redefining my values.

More Research Isn't the Key to Helping Autistic People Today

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 02.17.2015 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

As important as research is, I truly don't believe this should be the number one priority when discussing how to improve the lives of people with autism. How is research helping the autistic individuals living in our society today? The ones that are stigmatized for who they are; the children who are on waiting lists for government funded therapy that unfortunately never comes and whose parents are forced to go privately, depleting finances at an astounding rate. They are not part of an incomplete puzzle. They are here, they are whole and they are deserving of equal opportunities.

Is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sending Our Kids the Right Message?

Ken Rabow | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer represents how in the past, people with dysfunctions had been exploited for others' gains. This story suggests that if people with dysfunctions don't exploit themselves to others, they are sitting about and being useless and lazy.

What Some Parents Don't Understand About Children With Autism

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

Clearly Dr. Shepherd-Look's comments demonstrate how her degree in psychology does little to help her understand autistic children. Perhaps she should speak to autistic people before making such inaccurate, misinformed, misguided and completely ridiculous remarks about the mitigated bonding between mother and child.