Autism – When the news is first given…

By | 18 April 2018|Special Needs|

When we notice that our little one shows behaviours that are different from those we can observe in a cousin or a daycare friend of the same age, it sets off an internal alarm. What if our precious bundle was not normal? What if it was something that will follow him through his whole life. [...]

Screening and Diagnosis of ASD

By | 30 June 2017|Special Needs|

ASD is an abbreviation for autism spectrum disorder. Since May 2013, the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) uses the term ASD which was previously part of the family of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) - Asperger Syndrome, autism and Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. However, children now are on a continuum of ASD, instead of [...]

MargOT the Occupational Therapist – What is dyspraxia?

By | 30 June 2017|Special Needs|

Dyspraxia is a disorder in acquiring multistep motor tasks and planning multistep movements. Little is known about dyspraxia, which is difficult to diagnose and causes significant difficulties for school-age children. Dyspraxia is often referred to as the “hidden handicap.” Indeed, the condition is difficult to diagnose and dyspraxic children are often considered lazy or clumsy. [...]

ADHD

By | 30 June 2017|Special Needs|

ADHD stands for attention deficit disorder with (or without) hyperactivity. It is a disorder where the individual sometimes has difficultly controlling thoughts, words and actions. Some are inattentive (forgetful, lose things, have difficulty completing an activity, trouble listening to instructions), impulsive (in words, gestures), hyperactive (like being on a springboard, moving hands or feet, hyperactivity [...]

Executive Functions and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

By | 30 June 2017|Special Needs|

What are executive functions? Executive functions are high level mental processes which provide a coordinating role for adaptation to new situations and can only be done through automation. These functions, done out of habit, make decisions and assess risk, plan ahead, prioritize and direct actions and deal with new situations. Here are some executive functions: [...]

Children with special needs : adaptations in class

By | 23 June 2017|Special Needs|

The teacher has to deal with children with different types of temperament on a daily basis. In addition more children with special needs require adaptations in class (ex : from children with an attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD\ADHD), to children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), etc.) Here are a few ideas to [...]

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