Non-contingent Reinforcement

When starting a new behaviour protocol for their child, autism parents have always been told to withhold any reinforcer until their child does what they want them to do. While the long-term effects of this protocol will be worth it, having to follow it can lead to a...

The Importance of ABA in Schools

Applied Behavioural Analysis. ABA.  It's a sticky word. What is it really? It falls under the field of Psychology and under the science of behaviour.  A therapy...yes. Strategies? That as well. Teaching? You know it. It can be a foreign term- and even when you hear...

Autism Therapy Funding and How it Affects YOU

Unless you live in a bubble you know that recently the Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS) has changed the structure of provincially funded treatment for Autism. For those who are unaware of what the changes mean, the coles notes version is that every child...

Benefits of Inclusive Camps for Children Without Disabilities

Earlier this year, one of my fellow colleagues wrote a blog post about The Joy of Inclusive Camping! You should definitely go and read it if you haven’t read it already. What I’d like to focus on in this post is the benefits of inclusive camps for children without...

The Importance of ABC Data

I think everyone in the autism community can agree that one of the first thing that pops into your head when meeting a child with autism is “I wonder why they're doing what they're doing”. I know that every time I interact with a child I haven't worked with before I...

Social Events and Autism

Growing up as a child, I recall many social excursions with my family. Activities such as concerts, picnics, vacations and Sunday bowling, I always had something to look forward to. After all, children deserve fun outings instead of staying home and relying on...

Autism Doesn’t End At 5

Over the past week, Autism intervention has been a hot topic of discussion in the news and media. Due to the recent changes in Government funding, Autism services of Ontario have been drastically altered.The ministry has made a change to increase Autism funding in...

People First Language

“Remember: a disability descriptor is simply a medical diagnosis; People First Language respectfully puts the person before the disability; and a person with a disability is more like people without disabilities than different!” –National Inclusion Project I was so...

The Importance of Taking Breaks

There is a mountain of snow outside today!  Some of you are at work, some shovelling their driveways, and some spending time at home with your kids. Now, if you are a KID - you are likely shouting from the rooftop today that you can stay in your PJ's that little bit...