Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a life-long neurological disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to the people and world around them. ASD can affect behaviour, social interactions, and one’s ability to communicate verbally. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that while all people with ASD will experience certain difficulties, the degree to which each person on the spectrum experiences these challenges will be different.
Ontario Autism Program
CTN Events- Coffee Chats and Workshops
CTN Mentor Program
Autism Ontario Knowledge Base Resource Site
Kerry's Place for Autism Services
Autism Teenage Partnership
Adults with ASD
First 100 Day Toolkit
A Guide for Parents of Autistic Kids written by Autistic Adults
A Grandparent's Guide to Autism
A Parent's Guide to Autism
A Sibling's Guide to Autism
Introduction to Behavioural Health Treatments
York Region ASD Resource Kit
Autism Navigator (parent education videos and courses)
What is Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)?
Ontario Autism Program
Autism Ontario CommunityConnect site to find professionals
Toilet training tips for your child
Challenging Behaviours Tool Kit
Sleep Tool Kit
Blood Tests for children and youth with autism (LifeLabs Program)
Celebrating the autism community- video by Autism Ontario
App for kids with autism
MedicAlert Autism Program
York Region Police Registration for children with autism- Project Lifesaver
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Vision Resources for Families
Apps for iPads for kids with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
"Cerebral palsy" literally breaks down as cerebral = "of the brain" and palsy = "lack of muscle control". In other words: a lack of muscle control due to an injury to the developing brain. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a medical diagnosis that professionals use to describe a wide variety of conditions. CP is an umbrella term and it is important to remember that every individual who has CP is unique. It can be helpful to educate oneself on common traits and causes of CP (please see our Guide to Cerebral Palsy), however these generalizations do not apply to everyone. Ontario Federation of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy Now- Advanced Neurorecovery (Toolkit)
CP Resource Site
CP-NET Research Project Information
World CP Day Poster- 'The 6 F-words of CP"
Webinar: Mental Health and Well-Being in youth with Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Developmental Apraxia of Speech is a speech disorder that interferes with a child's ability to correctly pronounce sounds, syllables and words. It is the loss of ability to consistently position the face, tongue, lips, jaw to produce speech sounds and for sequencing those sounds into syllables or words.
Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Speech and Language Resources
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and body of people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Each person with FASD has both strengths and challenges and will need special supports to help them succeed with many different parts of their daily lives.
FASD is the leading developmental disability in Canada. It affects 4% of Canadians (over 1.5 million people). That‘s more people than Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and Tourette‘s syndrome.
In Canada, we now use the term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD to describe the range of impacts that can occur in the brain and body of individuals prenatally exposed to alcohol.FASD is a whole body disorder, affecting both the brain and the body.
There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. Experts recommend that the safest option is no alcohol at all.
FASD Ontario Website
Information about FASD- About Kids Health
FASD Ontario Network of Expertise
Indigenous FASD/Child Nutrition Program
Ministry of Children and Youth Services New FASD Initiative
FASD Success Show with Jeff Noble
Social Media Facebook Groups and Twitter Accounts to Follow
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Kids
Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf
Hearing Resources for Families
Kinark - Ask a Service Navigator - Online
Are you a parent or caregiver of a child (2 – 18 years old) who is registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP)? Are you looking for services and information to support your child’s needs? Our Service Navigation team is here to help! Kinark’s Ask a Service Navigator sessions support families by answering the questions you may have when navigating the different autism services available.
York Hills - The F Words - Online
This workshop will provide parents and other caregivers and the professionals who support them with a framework for helping children with ASD achieve their potential.
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