Living With Autism

Why People With Autism Shouldn't Be Labelled 'Different'

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

There are the horrific stories of parents who have harmed their autistic children for reasons beyond my comprehension. We as a society must learn to respect and accept differences. There is no dignity in dehumanizing autistic people by stigmatization and inaccurate assumptions.

Why Parent Training Is So Important For Families Coping With Autism

Julian Hung | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Living
Julian Hung

There is no question in my mind that parent training has made me a better parent. While there is a difference between the theory and practice of ABA therapy and while there is a difference between being a parent and being a therapist, the knowledge gained from the parent training offered by our early intervention team has been invaluable.

How Much Is Too Much Solitude For My Autistic Son?

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

The assumptions of others have always been and continue to be to this day, our worst enemy, especially for my son. Assumptions are always the prelude to judgments; judgments that are always made without knowing his story, his achievements and more importantly, his thoughts.

Don't Think of People With Autism as Belonging to a Homogenous Group

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

Marie Josée explains that there is a beautiful innocence in ASD. A person with autism will never try to manipulate a situation to make themselves look better. They are without malice, and they don't know how to pretend. I say what I need to and I don't mince words! My partner can attest to this. He knows I'm different, that I like to talk about stuff that is real, and he accepts me as I am.

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.

Maximizing Our Autistic Son's Chance For Success

Julian Hung | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Living
Julian Hung

Julian Hung's son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of two and a half. His son has since had three years of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapy and has made tremendous progress.

A PQ Majority Could Silence My Autistic Son

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Linda Mastroianni

The 41st Quebec general election is scheduled for Monday April 7, 2014. A new PQ majority government would mean a possible referendum for Quebec separation from Canada in the near future. Yes, I know, we've been down this road before, only now, I have an autistic child who can only speak English. The dynamics have suddenly changed for me. Don't get me wrong, I love this province, I just don't like what's it's become over the last two years but most importantly, it's the uncertainty, the unknown that scares me the most. My son risks being silenced in a province that could, in the future, choose not to recognize his language

How to Have Compassion

Ken Rabow | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Ken Rabow

As a life coach, I work with all sorts of people in their teens and 20s. I learn from all of them. One of my most powerful learning lessons came from a 13-year-old client with Autism, who allowed me to see the dangers of people in power trying to "do the right thing." I am pleased to share with you now the inner workings of one the most interesting minds I have ever met.

The Ups and Downs of Living With an Autistic Child

Emmanuelle Assor | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Emmanuelle Assor

A year after our child was given an ASD diagnosis, the word "Autism" still burns my tongue. It is a difficult word to say, but an even harder reality to come to terms with. There have been many positive lessons learned in 2013, which have been accompanied by many difficulties.

How To Talk To a Child With Autism

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

Contrary to popular belief, most kids with autism are not anti-social. Yet, many 'neurotypicals' still struggle when it comes to including a child with autism in the conversation. Those that do try, often fail because they don't know a few essential rules that can help make the interaction possible.

Autism Speaks, Your Negativity is Only Making Things Worse

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

I don't ever want my son growing up thinking that he is a burden to his family or to society. I don't want him to think that his autism is the evil in him. Because every time Autism Speaks uses negative words to describe autism, these same words are attacking human beings living with autism.

My Autistic Son Can't Speak French -- Should He Leave Quebec?

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

We live in a province where language is a huge issue. I can't even begin to tell you how many times people have said to me "Oh your son doesn't speak French?! Do you realize you live in Quebec"? Really, thank you kindly for pointing that out. Do YOU realize my son is autistic and for the first five years of his life barely spoke?

When Slacktivism Isn't Good Enough

Nikki Thomas | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Nikki Thomas

Raising awareness is often a good first step, and functions well as a means to an end -- but it cannot be viewed as an end in itself. Activism simply does not end with the sharing of a Facebook post or a retweet; it's great to tell your friends that something is important enough to share with them, but it's virtually meaningless if it doesn't lead to further action.

1 In 50 School Kids Have Autism: Health Officials

The Associated Press | Mike Stobbe | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Living

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.Heal...

My Life With Autism

Bridget Allen | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Living
Bridget Allen

One late spring day, there was a party invitation from Laurie on my desk when I walked into French class. Laurie was the "funny one" of the very popular girls. She was snarky before snarky was a thing. She had a quick wit that stung. I'd seen girls driven to tears by her so often I lost count. Our only conversations had been her asking me for help with algebra, so I had no idea why I was invited.

Snug Vest Is Therapeutic, Stylish Hug For Kids With Autism

John F. Gray | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

While volunteering and working with autistic children, Lisa Fraser noticed one of the key therapeutic devices of the day was, in her eyes, really ugly. The weighted vests was like slapping a label on kids and saying "Hey, look at me! I'm different." She believed that bringing a better design and even some style into these kids' lives, was an endeavour worth pursuing.

WATCH: Katy Perry Sings 'Firework' With Autistic Girl

2 For Couples | Neil Morton | Posted 10.18.2012 | Canada Impact

As part of a TV special to raise awareness about autism to air this Sunday (October 21) on Comedy Central, Katy Perry took to the stage with a 11-...

Could Autism Be Caused By One of These 10 Chemicals?

Everyday Health | Ian Landau | Posted 10.17.2012 | Canada Living

By: Ian Landau, Everyday Health Doctors from the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Centre in New York are calling for renewed efforts...

Regulation, Regulation, Regulation

Sara Winter | Posted 02.21.2012 | Canada Living
Sara Winter

I have an 11-year-old nephew on the autism spectrum. I've been lucky enough to be his therapist at home and at school these past nine years. Watching ...

Dealing With Illness? Read a Comic

Jane Tolmie | Posted 12.15.2011 | Canada Living
Jane Tolmie

The experience of chronic suffering is difficult to convey in clinical settings and language, but it can be rendered more approachable via a combination of creative techniques. The 'medical humanities' movement is following up on what the world of medical comics can tell us about human experience.