Social Storytelling

Social stories are designed to provide personal preparation for a challenging situation.

Written By Jess Urcuyo

2014-9-29-social-storytellingWhat really gets your social nerves a-fluttering? What about landing the final interview for your dream job? Flying by yourself to an exotic travel destination where you don’t speak the language? Going to your significant other’s work Holiday party? Read more

Anxiety and Children

Check anxiety types in children and treatment for anxiety disorder

We’re thrilled to share a blog post written by our Clinical Child Psychologist, Marie-Eve Dubois. Dr. Dubois is bilingual, helping children and families in both English and French at our Burlington therapy center. This post will also be featured on our blog in French! Read more

Encouraging Self-Esteem in Your Child

Learn simple techniques to increase your child’s self-esteem

Sel-esteem

It is heartbreaking for parents to see their child feel that they don’t measure up to their peers. Understandably, parents worry of the emotional impact on their child. Indeed, it has been found that low self-esteem in adolescence predicts depression up to two decades later (Steiger, Allemand, Robins, & Fend, 2014). Read more

What’s it like to be a sibling of a child with autism – the secret lives of siblings (Part 1)

Me and my brother with autism
When people ask me what it’s like to be a sibling of a brother with autism, I tell them with absolute sincerity of the wonderfully close relationship we’ve always had.

This is Part 1 of our 10-Part blog series about the challenges and experiences of the siblings of kids with a diagnosis. Be sure to check back for future posts in the series.

Read all posts from this series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 Read more

How to Prepare for Halloween with Children with Special Needs

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It’s time again to get ready for Halloween!

For many families this means choosing costumes to wear and candies to distribute to our little “Trick or Treaters.”

With food allergies, food sensitivities and childhood obesity becoming increasing concerns in our society, we are welcoming and encouraging a new Halloween fad. Why not try offering non-food or non-candy treat options to your little ‘trick-or-treaters’ this year?  Here are some suggested ideas: Read more

School Suspensions: Good or Bad?

Written by Dr. Marie-Eve Dubois

school-suspensionsWe’re now a few weeks into the school year, and while we’d hope things would be settling by now, this is not always the case. Children who had been doing well for a few weeks are now testing their teacher’s limits, while parents of other children have already started receiving calls saying their child might get suspended. One way or the other, these phone calls are distressing to many parents. Aren’t suspensions bad? Or is there any positive to them? Read more