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Three Tips to Make Social Concepts “Click”

Developing “friends” and true “friendships” are processes that take years as well as various experiences. It relies on one having the ability to connect with others on a personal level.  Many of the clients...

What We Do With What We Hear

Auditory processing; in simple terms, is “what we do with what we hear.” When someone asks us a question, we take it in, make an association with what we know, and respond. I was working...
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“Social Downloading”: Three Tips to Teach Kids Appropriate Timing

Have you ever come up with what you thought was a great therapeutic tool, only to discover your thinking on the topic needed a little more flushing out? This article is a great example...

Childhood Anxiety: Learn to Dance the Tide

"Childhood Anxiety is treatable, but 80 percent of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder are not getting treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report.  Anxiety is a normal part of...

Emotional Interpretation of Children with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs and particularly parents of children on the autism spectrum, are often led to believe that their child has "no emotions or no empathy". Unfortunately, this is a stereotype based...

5 Ways to Encourage Independent Play

As we move into the new year, we will continue to have crazy weather.  Sometimes weather too poor to send our children out to play.  Yet, there is work to be done, kids to...
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It’s Just a Question…

Have you ever said or done something and the other person with you reacts more strongly or differently than you might have expected?  Perhaps you mention to your friend that you are going to...
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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Building Community Integration Skills in Kids with Autism, Part...

You know you want your child to be a part of his community. If you read my last article, you know that being a part of the community is something you have to teach. You...

Teens with Autism Finding Mentors Within Their Own Community

When on the spectrum, connecting with others with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be incredibly supportive.  The support stems from the simple fact that we understand each other and can offer unconditional acceptance. ...

What is “Stimming” and Why is it Important?

Does your child frequently rock, bob their knee, make annoying humming noises, squint or smell strange things that he shouldn't?  These behaviours are forms of sensory stimulation or otherwise referred to as  stimming and...