Kanata - Carleton

Kierlyn - 8 years old

On August 10th, 2010 I became the mother of a beautiful daughter who we named Kierlyn. Born at 32 weeks she was as strong as a child born at full-term and came into this world without a sound. I was always confused and curious as to why she never cried in the first year of her life. As time went on she was showing signs of late development in a lot of her milestones. In the first 2 years of her life she never made a sound, did not crawl until the age ...

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Isabelle - 5 years old

Our five year old daughter, Isabelle, was diagnosed with ASD last May. This followed years of working on her speech delay through private therapists and being bounced around to doctors. Isabelle is beautiful, lively and has a future full of possibilities. However, she will need support to achieve that future. She has come so far with help but still navigates her world with a speech delay and struggles to interact positively with her peers and baby sister. Ar school, she is learning her letters and numbers but still works on basic printing and tracing. Her transition into school was facilitated ...

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Lucas McArthur - 7 years old

Hi! My name is Lucas. I am 7 years old. I am a really happy kid and LOVE to give hugs and get high fives! I love to play with Grossery Gang but my favorite toys of all is Octonauts figures and books. I even have an Octopod that I carry around with me! I also love to play outside. I was diagnosed with ASD three weeks after my third birthday. My mom knew something was different with me before I turned two. Before I was diagnosed with ASD, I was ...

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Molly - 11 years old

This is my beautiful daughter, Molly. She is 11 years old. Molly was diagnosed with ASD at 4 years old. It was not a complete shock when the psychologist said the word “autism”, we had been seeing the signs for over a year. Molly was considered too “high functioning” to receive IBI. Over 7 years, she has received 3, 6-8 week “blocks” of ABA therapy and two “blocks” of speech therapy through our local service provider (CHEO). We have been fortunate to have benefits to be able to supplement her therapy. In no way ...

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Miles Clayton-Hogg - 7 years old

In many respects Miles is your typical 7 year old. He loves LEGO, Minecraft, swimming, and basketball. Due to his severe autism however, Miles is also still learning to talk, needs help toileting and eating, and has a 20min meltdown when he sees a popcorn ceiling. Miles was diagnosed just before his 3rd birthday and was put on a waitlist for services. At that time we started to pay for therapy privately for Miles. Due to the severity of his autism, his therapy was $85,000 a year. Over the next three years we refinanced our house and took out our ...

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Emmett - 4 years old

My son Emmett is an extrovert. We didn't know this at first. He kept to himself. As a result I had a very clean house. He was diagnosed at 19 mos and has been in some form of programming ever since. Mostly privately funded programs. In April 2018, we received direct funding and he was able to start receiving the full therapy he required- 25 hours/week. He went from non-verbal to now talking in 4-6 word sentences (still a struggle but man, the kid likes to talk! And I love every bit of it) He connects with us now. He seeks so much attention ...

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Lucy Perlin - 6 years old

Lucy Perlin is 6.5 and was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when she was almost 3 years old. She is on the moderate end of the spectrum with cognitive and language delays, sensory challenges, and difficulty following instruction. After two years of ABA therapy and a school readiness program, Lucy began kindergarten in the fall of 2017 with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She was supported by an Educational Assistant, shared with 2 other children with higher needs. We decided to move Lucy to a private school when we learned that she was eating her yoga mat everyday at ...

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