Robin Williams and Suicide Prevention

The death of Robin Williams this week has taken the world by surprise. How could a man who has made us laugh so hard be in such a rough place that he decides to end it all? My personal favourite was his role in Patch Adams…he was a wonderful, caring and creative doctor who got that kids needed more than medications to feel better. Read more

Importance of Play

With the rise of video and computer games, we sometimes lose sight of how crucial good ol’ fashion playtime is for childhood development. Nancianne Chin, a Speech-Language Pathologist here at Canoe Therapy, is here to share the many ways that play helps children grow. Read more

Strategies for Transitions

We’re always excited to share posts from members of our pediatric therapy team. This post comes from Haley Payne, our very talented Behaviour Consultant and head of our Behaviour Therapy team.

Any parent can agree that at one point or another their child has had difficulty transitioning between activities, routines or events. Often, children can struggle with transitions whether they are small daily events (e.g. from a preferred activity to a less preferred activity) or larger transitions (moving, changing schools etc.) Often, children on the spectrum or those with other developmental disabilities have an especially difficult time with what can appear to be the smallest transition. This may  be a reflection of a need for predictability (Flannery & Horner,1994), or due to difficulty in comprehending what is happening next (Mesibov, Shea, & Schopler, 2005). Fortunately, there are many techniques and tools that can be used to help children transition more appropriately, independently and consistently. Read more

Speech Therapy & Literacy

This post was written by Nancianne Chin.

Most of us are familiar with Speech-Language Pathologists (S-LP’s) as professionals who teach children how to pronounce that ‘r’ sound, or help late talkers begin talking. Did you know that S-LPs help children with reading skills too? Read more

Holiday Gift Guide For Kids With Special Needs (Part 5 of 5)


By Nancianne ChinMeet our children’s therapist team.

As we round up our 5-part blog series we take a look at gifts that focus on literacy, an incredibly important life-skill. We’ve complied some great reads for children of different ages. But don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about the parents – we encourage you to check out  a couple highly-recommended books in Part 3 of our holiday blog series. Read more