3 Reasons Why Canadians (and Everyone Else) Should Stop Using the 1 in 68 Autism Stat (For Now)

1 04 2014

Well, well, well. Just in time for World Autism Awareness Day,┬áthere is a very highly publicized new stat about autism. This number will be used and referred to many times on April 2, 2014. It will be etched in stone and be forever called the “autism rate” or “rate of autism.”

The media coverage of the new prevalence numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been nothing short of disappointing and shallow.

Then again,┬ánone of us should be reading about science or medicine via press release and that is what most media coverage of science and medicine is. Read the rest of this entry »





Goodbye IBI, Hello School Again

24 03 2014

This week has arrived. It was always going to arrive.

It’s probably more correct to say, this week was always going to arrive again.

My son began full day school again this week. For two and a half years he has been working hard at Intensive Behaviour Intervention (IBI). That’s the only publicly-funded option for ABA therapy in Ontario.

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40+ Skylanders Later or Why It’s Not Just a Game

13 01 2014

It’s hard to put my finger on the moment when my life became overrun by small plastic characters that light up. I could go dig out the receipts or bank statements, but it’s probably just better that I accept at some point in the last year Skylanders became an important part of parenting. Read the rest of this entry »








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