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Michele Trillian (KidsCAN)
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This is great! It's very encouraging to see companies who are dedicated to employing talented individuals with autism in the technology field.  Too often is it assumed that adults with autism will not enter the work force or are only capable of stocking shelves, but this is simply not true!
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Kids CAN is so thankful to Dip n' Dunk for hosting this amazing fundraiser!  We had the best time on Saturday enjoying all the delicious treats.  The Kids CAN tree is already so full we can't wait to see it at the end of November!  THANK YOU DIP N' DUNK!
Fantastic article about the Kids CAN Fundraiser Event held this past Saturday at Dunk'n Dip.
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Oakwood is highlighted in this month's issue of Professionally Speaking-The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers.
In their article Autism Now, ASD is discussed as it impacts classroom teachers.  Under the section "Learning to Be Social" , Chris Magowan, Assistant Director at Oakwood discusses how we use the DIR model in the classroom to support our students and draw out their true desires to connect!
We hope more Ontario teachers will consider learning more about this approach.
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Back in March Oakwood was fortunate enough to have Dr. Gil Tippy spend 2 days at our school working with staff, students and also parents.  Here is Dr. Tippy giving a presentation to parents about using DIR in schools.
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Oakwood is highlighted in this month's issue of Professionally Speaking-The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers.
In their article Autism Now, ASD is discussed as it impacts classroom teachers.  Under the section "Learning to Be Social" , Chris Magowan, Assistant Director at Oakwood discusses how we use the DIR model in the classroom to support our students and draw out their true desires to connect!
We hope more Ontario teachers will consider learning more about this approach.
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In the field of autism intervention there are several standpoints you can take, but one of the most popular debates remains the effectiveness of behavioural based interventions v.s the other.  Behavioural interventions (ABA etc..) are the most commonly used therapies in the field and certainly get the most media and political attention...but popularity and availability don't necessarily spell out success.  At Oakwood we take a developmental approach to teaching and we don't use the well known and widely available behavioural methods.  We understand that all children take time to develop, and that to invest time in their development is to help them achieve the core developmental milestones that all children do as they grow.  We cannot hurry this process by skipping ahead to teach rote skills, because to do this would be a disservice to our children and their families.   To ignore their individual developmental capacities would be to treat them as if they were not human beings who are worthy and capable of learning -truly learning and not just memorizing.  At Oakwood we work within a developmental teaching model known as DIR.  It takes time, and we know it is best for our kids.  It is not an overnight transformation or cure, but the results are worth the wait. 
" DIR is like a saving account- you put in, you put in, you put in...then finally one day, you get something really great back in return"
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It's Sensory Friday at Oakwood!
kids are getting messy and having FUN with shaving cream!  Each Friday our kids participate in sensory based activities that work on integrating their tactile, auditory, visual, vestibular & proprioceptive systems.
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Kids CAN Charity raised $6000 for essential programs that promote social & emotional development for children with autism!
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