Ford Government Under-Serving Autistic Youth and Families in Ontario

The impact of today’s announcement will impact the parent’s of children with Autism, their teachers and most importantly, their siblings and classmates. Our youth will bear the brunt of these changes.

See Autism Ontario’s response: http://bit.ly/aomar11

As a Parent Coach and Educator in Ontario schools, I’m beyond concerned!!!

Kids Act Their Worst Around Their Mom, Why is That?

Parents often tell me that their kids are angels at school, and their teachers can’t say enough positive things about them, but when they get home, it all unravels, and it’s awful!

Why do kids tantrum at home, but hold it together in public?

Jill from Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons says: “More than anything else, kids understand that home is their soft place to land. They know they can trust you.”

Why do you think kids behave differently with Mom versus Dad?

Leave me a comment, let’s talk.

Movement Programs at School

Inspired by Alberta’s initiative, Don’t walk in the Hallway, this Manitoba school was inspired to install a Sensory Path.

Video: www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=1417953859625

This is such a fun and fantastic way to work out the wiggles so students can renew themselves and reenter their classroom ready to learn.

Chevalier sees a strong future for movement programs in schools. “I think a lot of schools are embracing opportunity for choice in seating in the classrooms, and this just directly complements that concept.”Brandy Chevalier, Principal, Roland School

She hopes such exercise “can become a preventative measure for some behaviour issues that might happen by a child who cannot regulate themselves to sit in class.”

What’s the Big Deal?

This program gives parents structure, and a safe place to learn and share. As a Certified Mad2Glad Parent Coach I am in a position where I have some tidbits of advice for parents that don’t involve doctors, therapists or negativity in any way, and I put the power to improve their lives, their families and themselves in their own hands.

I also now have simple and solid advice for educators that may be counterintuitive to the way that they were taught, but brings them such joy at the outcome of these simple tiny tidbits of advice.

My Mentor: Samantha Moe

Samantha Moe, founder of Mad2Glad, is a passionate, positive and empowering visionary. She has taken the elephant in the room, named it, studied it and figured out a way to embrace it and overcome it. Both as a parent and a teacher, this Mad2Glad work heals the weak spot, the WHAT DO I DO and that’s the one thing, no matter how educated we’ve become, that nobody but Samantha has figured out.

This blueprint is a system, rooted in neuroscience, child development and the experience of professionals and parents – and it works! I’m so grateful that she’s chosen to share her wisdom to help more and more families find calm and enjoyment in their family’s lives.

2018 Reflections

As I reflect on 2018 on New Year’s Eve, and on why I became a Mad2Glad Parent Coach, I remember teaching Kindergarten and being surprised at the increasing numbers of children I’d see coming in with needs, and shocked at the types of violent incidents I’d witnessed and experienced by these little people.

This article summarizes it well: https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/9073686-violence-is-durham-s-2018-education-newsmaker-of-the-year/

But most disenheartening was listening to the parents of these children ask me how I was going to fix “it”. Without parents as partners, I honestly didn’t know where to start, especially when they themselves were expressing helplessness. Technically, my job was to teach the Curriculum published by the Ministry of Education along with learning skills that get reported on, and some developmentally appropriate self-regulation strategies so children can be ready to learn. And yes, there are support personnel in our schools but they are a resource, not a sole solution. The solution, I figured out, always starts within the safety and security of HOME.

I’ve always believed two things:

  1. A parent is a child’s first and forever teacher and knows them best. I’d often consult with parents as a source of information and experience when figuring out how to best serve their child as their teacher.
  2. All children have gifts. They each bring something awesome, beautiful and special to this world, and I believed it to be my job (with help from their parents) to tap into it and help motivate them to shine.

Becoming a Parent Coach was a calling, it was ignited by a clear need within my community, and a gap I plan to fill. I cannot imagine a better way to serve our children than by helping their parents build a secure and loving foundation for them at home.