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Autism Awareness

By Daniel Quin,

autism awareness

While a lot of work has been done in recent years to try to reduce the stigma associated with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, it does, unfortunately, persist. One clue to the reason for this possibly lies in the very name of the condition: the word “disorder” has less than positive connotations. When I’m working with a child or...

Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder

Edited by Jill Wright,

mild autism spectrum disorder

I was with a friend and her four-year-old son in the offices of a maternal and child health centre when the nurse told my friend to “Get him assessed immediately!.” According to the nurse, “It could be Autism Spectrum, but most likely a mild form.” I know from personal experience that the boy does have poor emotional regulation, and low...

Top five recommended apps for autism

Edited by Jill Wright,

top five recommended apps for autism

Children with autism can benefit greatly from apps because of their visual nature. Apps work because they can tap into the visual strengths and interests expressed by many children on the autism spectrum. While no app on its own can replace the work of parents, educators and therapists, a well-designed app can be a valuable tool that helps children communicate,...

10 early signs of autism in children

Early diagnosis of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder is crucial. Unfortunately, most children are not diagnosed until two or three years after the first signs of the disorder are identifiable. Why an early assessment and diagnosis is important Early interventions allow for better outcomes for children, especially in areas such as learning and cognitive ability, language development and adaptive functioning....