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Sleep

Most of us can recall a time that we were so tired or sleep deprived that we could barely function. This, in and of itself reminds us of how critical sleep is to our overall well being. If we know the impact it can have on our ability to concentrate and function we need to keep it in mind when we think about the people we are working with as well. I am a huge proponent of daily communication logs […]

Getting Lost

A lost child – a parents nightmare. I have partnered up with Dr. Kendra Thomson at Brock University to evaluate a parent training package on teaching parents how to teach his/her child with autism what to do if they are lost.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are now 1 in 68 children diagnosed with autism. Unfortunately for half of the parents who have a child with autism, they are also always concerned for his/her safety because […]

Crossing the Street

The ability to cross the street or go out in the community is not something that we should ever take for granted. It allows us to experience so many incredible things. I remember one of my first placements as a student in my psychology undergrad. It was in a group home for adults and I was sent there to observe and learn about a behaviour plan for a 27 year old woman. This woman had autism and had been in […]

Teaching How to Request

Communication skill – having the ability to “request.”

As a parent of a child with autism, one of the most significant things you can do to help your child with autism is to give them a voice. Just imagine what it might be like to not be able to communicate that you need something. Giving your child the gift of a voice, whether that voice is through sign language, an augmentative communication device or verbal communication, could be the most empowering gift […]

Sexual Abuse

vulnerable to sexual abuseI was honoured to be named Top Safety Contributor for Autism Parenting Magazine in 2014 where I have written numerous articles on keeping your child with autism safe. I think that every parent’s most basic intention with his/her child is to ensure that he/she is kept safe.   Sexual abuse is not all that frequent, but the impact that it has can be devastating. Children […]

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