Whether or not you know and love someone with Autism in Ontario, you’ve probably heard more about Autism lately than ever before. Recent cuts to the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) have brought widespread protest, condemnation and sheer outrage from parents, therapists, educators and families. The OAP has had many failures to launch and been fraught … Continue reading The Autism Divide in Ontario
“Mom, is Santa Claus real?” As parents, as purveyors of Christmas, we have all been asked. We all have an answer prepared. There is a pact among parents. An unspoken arrangement. The magical spirit of Santa is our responsibility to maintain. We take our task very seriously- it is not about the gifts and the … Continue reading Disparity: The Santa Conundrum
1) Be vigilante about positive reinforcement vs negative reinforcement So often we focus on the treats and stickers and checkmarks our children earn while working towards a new goal as the source of positive reinforcement. For some parents this even creates another conflict because they feel they are being forced into a “bribe” … Continue reading 5 things I learned about fostering communication in children with exceptionalities…
Welcome to Pro-Informed Consent I’m writing this to all of you who have posted those tragic tales of kids with cancer leukaemia who might die because of threats from unvaccinated children, or of your elderly mother who is somehow in danger because of antivaxxers, or who has stated in a public forum that vaccines have … Continue reading Antivax Isn’t Real, and You Sound Silly Saying it
week 7: The cats are rising.
Yesterday I went into my local Shoppers Drug Mart. I shop there a lot. At least I did. While it’s fairly obvious that a large percentage of consumers do not love the move to automation (there are entire social media campaigns about this!) the response to customer feedback has been mixed, to say the … Continue reading Voting With Your Dollars: How large chain store stores have missed the mark and failed to nurture opportunity.
So let’s talk about Jussie Smollett. If you somehow missed this story, the actor reported a hideous hate crime, gaining widespread support and sparking many important conversations. Subsequent investigating indicated he had orchestrated the incident. Quickly, the support for the actor (and by extension, the LGBTQ community and persons of colour) took a negative turn. … Continue reading Jussie Smollett’s Hoax Shines a Light on Prosecutorial Bias
Partly, I was silent because I was taking it all in. Hearing those voices all around me. Most I knew, some I did not. Seeing some bold and public male statements. Feeling the prodding questions of keyboard warriors. Absorbing it, without escape.
I imagine a time 200 years from now when our understanding of ourselves, and our worlds, and our moons and stars is significantly more advanced. I imagine the people and how they will reflect on "that time we thought there were only two types of humans".
Nothing more accurately demonstrates how different I am from my son than a Federal election. While I definitely float on the left side of the pool, he is far more conservative than I. I would suggest that he floats on the far right side of the pool, but that would infuriate him and he would … Continue reading When your kids are nothing like you – Election Edition