Sensitive Santas Around Ontario

I’ve written before about how Christmas can be a tough time for kids on the spectrum, or kids who have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), or kids with a host of other special needs that make typical holiday events such as visiting Santa Claus at the local mall almost impossible. In the past two years, more… Continue reading Sensitive Santas Around Ontario

Teaching your child with ASD about gifts

Photo Courtesy of Pete and Project 365 on Flickr

One of the most common questions I hear during the holiday season is “How do I teach my child gift etiquette?” Gift giving occasions with kids on the spectrum can be tricky to say the least. Gifts may overwhelm, kids may forget the social niceties we spend all year teaching them causing friends or relatives… Continue reading Teaching your child with ASD about gifts

Dos and Don’ts of Giving Gifts to Special Needs Children

With the holiday season fast approaching, I’ve had a few queries as to how best to alert friends and family members as to what the best gift for a special needs child is. Buying gifts for kids at Christmas is tough, and if the child has special needs, it can be hard to figure out… Continue reading Dos and Don’ts of Giving Gifts to Special Needs Children

Word Wednesday – with a twist!

The logo for the neurodiversity movement is a rainbow coloured infinity symbol.

In case you haven’t guessed I’m pretty passionate about my work with kids who have autism. This means that I occasionally get pulled into some of the Autism wars. I firmly believe that there are very few black and white situations in life, and even fewer in the world of autism. There’s a saying that if… Continue reading Word Wednesday – with a twist!

An Open Letter to Parents of Special Needs Children

I’ve got something to tell you, and I’m pretty sure you all need to hear it right about now. Whether it’s back to school time coming up shortly, or your kid has already been in school for the past few weeks, it’s going to be okay. It may not seem like it now – with… Continue reading An Open Letter to Parents of Special Needs Children