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February is Psychology Month – Tips to support your child with ASD and mental health needs 

February is Psychology Month in Canada. Did you know that up to 70% of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) also experience mental health challenges, such as anxiety and depression?  Often times, children with autism are misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed because their mental health symptoms are attributed to their developmental disability.   It is important […]

How Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) strategies are incorporated into your child’s special education program through PPM 140

Back to school is here! For children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it is common that Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) strategies are used within their special education program to support learning.   In May 2007, the Ontario Ministry of Education introduced Policy/Program Memoranda number 140 (PPM 140). PPM 140 is a directive that incorporates methods of […]

What are Transition Strategies?

Transition strategies are techniques used to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) during changes or disruptions to activities, settings or routines. These techniques can be used before, during and after a transition, and can be presented verbally (such as telling your child what they need to do) or visually (such as showing your child […]

What is an Individual Education Plan (IEP)?

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a written plan developed to support your child in school. It is a working document that describes the strengths and needs of an individual student, the special education program and services established to meet that students’ needs, and how the program and services will be delivered to best support them. It describes the students’ progress and includes a […]

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