Children With Autism

Dad's Desperate Search For Blue Cup Ends In Best Way Possible

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Parents

Marc Carter was originally searching for a blue Tommee Tippee cup for his son with autism.

'Silent Santa' Helps Kids With Autism Get The Visit They Deserve

The Huffington Post Alberta | Michelle Butterfield | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Alberta

No big crowds, long lineups or loud noises at this Edmonton mall.

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.

Internet Helps Find 'Lifesaving' Blue Cup For Boy With Autism

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Parents

"The cup keeps him alive. If we lost the cup and couldn't find another Ben would die."

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.

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.

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 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 11.22.2016 | 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 11.26.2016 | 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.