Understanding Developmental Therapies: Resources to Share

Last summer, two of us from ADAPT decided to see if we could create a way to share with parents what developmental therapies were all about.  We were fortunate to receive a grant from Community Living Manitoba, and began to ask clinicians for their help writing a description of three therapies available in Manitoba: Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), DIR/Floortime, and […]

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Research: Well Being and Quality of Life on the Spectrum

We know that both nature and nurture have an impact on the way people grow.  The social environment – parents, school, friends, community opportunities – has a big impact on the quality of a person’s life, and people with autism are no exception.  This is a hopeful thing.  Social environments can be changed. An article published this month in Pediatrics […]

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Cafe Scientifique: The Neuroscience Of Autism

Cafe Scientifique is a series of seminars for the public, offered by the University of Manitoba at McNally Robinson Bookstore. In March, Cafe Scientifique presented a panel discussion on the neuroscience of autism.  The event was recorded, and now the video is online for the community to enjoy and learn. Topics include what we know about the genetic basis of […]

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New Resources, New Logo!

ADAPT exists to help parents learn more about developmental therapies for supporting children with autism. This fall, Community Living Manitoba offered us a grant to do just that. ADAPT has used the opportunity to create two documents: A brochure for parents of newly diagnosed children, offering encouragement and perspective, with a little advice on how to keep the wellness of […]

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The Way Things Stand: Developmental Therapies in Manitoba

Emma was recently diagnosed with autism. Her mother likes the approach of Autism Outreach, but is concerned that the program is limited to ten visits and ends when Emma starts school.  She’s uncertain how much help and guidance she will need, and feels pushed towards the ABA program, as it will follow children until they are adults.  She likes the […]

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Steve Gutstein on Autism Awareness

RDI Connect offers a podcast series exploring aspects of parenting and teaching children with autism.  The following is an excerpt from a reflection of what autism awareness really needs to be, by Dr. Steven Gutstein.   “There’s a lot more awareness that there is such a thing called autism, but there is not a great deal of awareness of what […]

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Introducing the Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Winnipeg

Editor’s note: ASAN in Canada has rebranded to Canadian Autistics United.  Links in this article are updated. April 2 is World Autism Awareness – or better yet, Autism Acceptance Day. Who could tell us more about autism than people who are autistic?  So to mark the occasion, we met with members of Winnipeg’s Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) to ask […]

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