Welcome Back!

The beginning of any school year comes with a lot of anticipation and anxiety. As teachers my husband and I prepare ourselves for the transition from a restful summer to the hustle of back to school by setting our alarms earlier and earlier everyday for the last week of summer. It never works, and after […]

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#BeyondAwareness

This weekend marks Mother’s Day and a time to reflect on our own journeys through Motherhood and also those who inspire, connect and support us. I have used my good friend Andrea Haefele‘s posts about her daughter Bella in the past, with the efforts to bring to light the struggles and successes of raising a […]

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A Letter to Petie

Today, April 2nd, marks World Autism Awareness Day. Today we Light it Up Blue in our homes and schools to show support for those who live with Autism, day in and day out. In my career, I have the opportunity to work with extraordinary teachers and families of children with exceptionalities. Having a sibling with special needs myself, I find […]

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AODA: A Decade in the Making

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was created to develop, implement and enforce accessibility standards for goods and services across the province. Read more about the ins and outs here, but in short the Act ensures that businesses and public spaces allow appropriate accommodations for people with disabilities to participate fully in society like […]

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Picture Books for Teaching About ASD

With Social Skills and Inclusion at the forefront of my teaching practice, I am always looking for new ways to introduce ASD concepts to the neurotypical peers of my students. In my experience, young children are the best receivers of this sensitive information, and I usually begin sharing knowledge with students in Kindergarten. These learners typically take […]

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A Letter to Kadence

 In honour of Mother’s Day, I am happy to share a post written by my good friend and co-worker Andrea Haefele. Andrea’s daughter Bella is a student of mine and from the outside presents as a non-verbal learner with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome. Andrea’s advocacy for her daughter’s exceptional needs knows no bounds, and […]

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