Children With Autism

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

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia

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

Autism And Diabetes Could Be Linked

CP | Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living

CHICAGO - Diabetes that develops early in pregnancy may increase women's chances of having a child with autism, according to a new study. The risk ...

The Real Autism Crisis Is in Our Classrooms

Julie M Green | Posted 04.01.2015 | 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.

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.

Parents of Autistic Kids Are a Lot Like Olympians

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

While watching the Sochi Olympics this past February I was blown away by the prowess of these young athletes defying the laws of gravity, and surprising me at every turn. Then one night I thought to myself that actually, our lives as parents with autistic children are kind of the same. Except we don't win a medal at the end.

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.

My Son's Autism Doesn't Affect His Empathy

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

The thought of teaching my son Emilio to say "I'm sorry" in an effort to build and develop more empathy never crossed my mind. That's the reality of raising children with non-verbal autism; their parents are concentrating on having eye contact with their child; they are working on communication skills so they can verbalize their basic needs like "I want water".

Why Autism Is Diagnosed Later In Minority Children

Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press | Posted 04.29.2012 | Canada Living

WASHINGTON - Early diagnosis is considered key for autism, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children. Some new work is begi...

My Autistic Child Has Never Had A Friend

Silken Laumann | Posted 04.16.2012 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

Everybody deserves to have friends, a person or people who love and care about them. For a special needs child, this can be the biggest challenge of all.