iPads for Learning

iPads are everywhere.  They are generally popular, and for many children, iPads aren’t just used as toys but as learning tools in schools as well.  Families of children with autism seem particularly drawn to owning iPads. Why are they so popular?  And how are they helpful for people with autism? People with autism often have difficulties learning and communicating, because […]

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Ask a Clinician: Connect with Me!

I work with a child who’s hard to connect with. Why is it so hard? What can I do to make it easier? Great question! Relationships are one of the things that make life worth living. For children with autism, differences in communication skills, sensory processing, interests and behaviour may all contribute to problems developing and nurturing relationships. Whether you’re […]

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Funding Support for Kids with Disabilities: Understanding The New Plan

Manitoba schools are in the process of changing from one special needs funding model to another, and many parents are asking questions. Every change is an answer to a problem. The following is an explanation of what is happening, why it was thought necessary, and what parents should expect from their child’s school. Many thanks to Karen Fraser, who wrote […]

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Introducing Me: Teaching New Friends About Autism

Should your child’s peers know what autism is, and that your child has it? The answer depends on the child and the situation.  Our family decided early on that it would be more helpful than harmful, and so every year, when our children enter school, we have made sure that there is an opportunity for our children’s new classmates to […]

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Augmented and Alternative Communication

“Communication is life. It is the only vehicle we have for connecting meaningfully with others.” Joseph Grenny, author   Our daughter began speaking with words when she was 3.  When she was six, she spoke mostly with sentences that she’d memorized or with short words and phrases.  She shared requests or comments about what she wanted or was doing in […]

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Inclusive Education Resources

Once your child is in school, how do you know what you should expect?  Sometimes problems arise.  Where do you go for advice? There are several made-in-Manitoba documents that exist to help parents know what to expect from their child’s school, and how to effectively resolve problems that arise. A Parent’s Guide to Inclusive Education – Community Living Manitoba Community […]

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