The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/07/2017 People who need help already languish on wait lists, and that may not change. We’ve come to the end of another Mental Illness Awareness Week, the time of year when government suddenly finds the money and resources for programs and initiatives long overdue which they announce with great fanfare and […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/02/2017 Not all screen time is bad. Porchya Bernier’s son, Jordan, missed most of junior kindergarten because of his sensory issues related to autism. “The school asked me to remove him,” says Bernier. “He couldn’t handle the loudness and busyness of the classroom and had problems focusing on his own […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 08/22/2017 Touching or following other children on the playground is how five-year-old Kellen tries to make new friends. “I have to intervene at that point,” says Kellen’s mom, Heather Atkinson-Rossi. “I tell the children his name and explain that he doesn’t have words but likes watching and running with others.” […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 06/01/2017 New screen time recommendations by the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) released today for children under the age of four do not apply to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities are excluded as well as older children and […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/01/2017 DeAnny Wry’s 12-year-old son, T.J., was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) last year, three years after he was first diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “Our journey has been a long one,” the mother-of-two from Dawson Creek, B.C. tells HuffPost Canada. “We did not know […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/23/2015 This September, two new schools designed especially for children with autism opened their doors in Ontario. The schools were created and funded by parents who felt the public education system couldn’t meet the requirements of their children’s special needs. In Aurora, Serena Thompson started the Lighthouse Learning […]