Children With Autism

Playdate Tips To Help Kids Make (And Keep) Friends

Julie M Green | Posted 09.09.2016 | 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.

Is Melatonin Safe For Kids?

Julie M Green | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Many people have trouble getting a decent's night sleep, myself included. When I first heard about melatonin, it sounded too good to be true. A pill that would help me ease into the land of nod, and keep me there. And it was natural, to boot. What's the catch, I wondered? Well, seemingly none, it turns out.

I Thought I Understood Bullies Until My Son Became One

Julie M Green | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

The other thing about bullying is this: no matter which side you're on, it feels awful. When I saw that boy with the icepack, I felt sick. Sad and scared and frustrated. How could my child do this, when I work so tirelessly to teach him to be compassionate and caring? I felt responsible, and desperate.

Sweet Photos Show Unbreakable Bond Between Autism Service Dogs And Their Mini-Humans

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Parents

So much love.

Experts Say You Shouldn't Praise Children (But I Think The Experts Are Wrong)

Julie M Green | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Experts say you shouldn't praise children. I'm no psychologist, but I think they're wrong. Kids absolutely need to be praised. They deserve to be celebrated -- for the right reasons. I don't beat on to my son about how smart or handsome he is (though of course I'm biased on both counts). But when I know he has done something especially challenging, I don't skimp on the praise.

Toronto Starbucks Barista With Autism Has Serious Dance Moves

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Parents

“Sam never thought he would be able to work behind the bar but his manager Chris believed in him."

How One Family Handles The Holidays

The Huffington Post Canada | Kate Wells | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Parents

Christmas is just around the corner - the hustle and bustle of going from store to store; the magic in the air; the joy of spending time with those yo...

Canadians Rally To Make This Boy With Autism's Wish Come True

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Parents

All Will wants is primose markers and Canada has delivered.

Holiday Survival Tips For Sensory Sensitive Children

Julie M Green | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Take my little man, for instance. If the mere sound of nail clippers is 'painful' to him, you can imagine how torturous Christmas is. Before he was diagnosed with autism, we spent the better part of a gathering holed up in a bedroom away from the very family we were there to visit.

5 Ways to Ease Your Anxious Kid Back to School

Julie M Green | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Back to school. Three words that evoke dread in most kids and many more parents. While there were some definite ups, my son's introduction to school life a couple years ago was a fairly rocky one. So in an attempt to make this year's transition smoother, I'm determined to get a head start.

Yoga Can Help Kids With and Without Special Needs

Julie M Green | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Think yoga is just for stressed-out adults? Think again. The benefits of yoga can be reaped by young children, and the practice is gaining popularity with the preschool set. Not just with typically developing kids, either.

Autism Destroyed My Marriage, But I'm Not Mad

Trish Klein | Posted 07.15.2016 | 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.

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 ...

'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.

Autism And Diabetes Could Be Linked

CP | Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press | Posted 06.14.2015 | 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 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.

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.