What Are Developmental Therapies?

The goal of developmental autism therapies is to build the ability of parents to understand, emotionally support, interact with, and guide their children.  Challenges embedded in fun, natural interactions leads to learning. Developmental therapies use information about how children develop social connection and communication, and work to support children’s movement along that pathway. Usually parents are trained to work with their children […]

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They’re Off! And You’re On!

An election is coming, and that is an opportunity to educate politicians about the shortfalls we experience as families of children with autism.  The following is adapted with permission from a helpful letter from Patrick Falconer, who is a part of Barrier Free Manitoba and Disability Matters: Vote 2016: Manitoba’s general provincial election officially started earlier this week. Politicians are now […]

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DIR and RDI Recognized in British Columbia!

In British Columbia, children diagnosed with autism receive funding, which they can use to choose a service provider from an approved Registry of Autism Service Providers. Up until now, ABA has been the the main therapy available, along with clinician supports.  However, after 10 years of requesting, the Ministry for Children and Families Special Needs have just included DIR Floortime, RDI, […]

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Where Do We Go From Here?

So here’s the deal for accessing services for children with autism in Manitoba: There’s two main approaches to autism therapy. They’re different in terms of both goals and methods. Right after a diagnosis, families need to pick an approach that suits their family, their beliefs about parenting, and family culture and situation. The program duration and extra supports between the […]

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