Hockey is the New RDI

Nadiene is the mother of two children: Lincoln, who is a nine-year-old boy with autism and his 8-year-old sister Charlie.  In 2011 she and her husband Jay participated in the Relate program at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children, which was then a pilot project.  She wrote about that experience here. We wanted to hear from her again, now that their family’s […]

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Signey and Scottie

Service dogs can be a great help to people with autism.  In October of 2015 Jackie shared about her family’s reasons for getting a service dog for her daughter.  Here’s a followup post on how things have gone, and how a service dog has helped Signey grow. So, when we decided to buy a service dog for our daughter, Signey, […]

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Giggle Games

Credit for these ideas goes to Marlaine Willborn, a speech therapist in Winnipeg.  This post is based on ideas she had compiled and shared with me when I was trying to get better at engaging my children in play.  Her resource came primarily from ‘Giggle  Time:   Establishing a social connection’ by Susan Aud Somers. One of the most daunting […]

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Beads, Birds and Babies

We love stories – here’s one about a mother and her child, learning to communicate and problem-solve through play. My son has begun his Autism Outreach therapy.  For those of you unfamiliar with it – it’s a developmental therapy offered for children with autism.  And it’s basically using play to help kids hit those developmental milestones.  Our therapist is amazing.  […]

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A Girl and Her Dog

Service dogs are fast becoming an accepted and recognized support for children and adults with autism.  In addition to helping with safety concerns such as wandering, service dogs also provide social-emotional and sensory support that can help children cope with a sometimes chaotic world, give them opportunities to interact and play, and even help them sleep well.  Here is one family’s story. […]

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