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Visit here often for timely updates about autism research and all the latest news about autism, including treatments and resources.
Don’t Leave ABA Without Them: Top 3 Must Have Skills for All Children with Autism
June 18, 2015
It’s no secret that services based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are considered to be the gold standard in treatment options for children with autism (e.g., endorsements from US Surgeon General, the American Academy of Pediatrics, US legislated insurance coverage). Access to ABA-based treatment can ultimately improve the quality of lives for children with autism. […]
World Autism Awareness Day 2015: Celebrating Breakthrough Moments!
April 1, 2015
April 2nd is always an extra special day at Breakthrough Autism. On World Autism Awareness Day, we not only celebrate autism awareness but also the amazing breakthrough moments that we have shared with all of the children we work with and their families. It’s truly remarkable to think that not so long ago (i.e., back […]
Thanksgiving and autism: How teaching a lesson on gratitude taught me a lesson!
October 10, 2014
I’m often thinking about gratitude in my job on a daily basis. In fact, when people say to me how amazing it is that I teach kids with autism all kinds of different skills, my first thought is always how grateful am I to be learning from the kids that I work with. Yes, that’s […]
Why We Celebrate Breakthrough Moments
August 1, 2014
As a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) in the field of autism for over 15 years, I’ve been fortunate to see the power of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) throughout my career. ABA-based treatment in autism is all about figuring out what specialized learning tools will work for each child and applying them. Over time, I’ve […]
The Doctors Talk Show, One Family’s Courage and Breakthrough Autism
October 26, 2013
The Doctors television show today celebrated the Begley’s family courage in speaking out about an anonymous hate letter that they received. This hate letter highlighted that we still need much more understanding and acceptance about autism from our communities. From these unfortunate circumstances, we have also seen how one family’s strength can get more people […]
Hamilton Life – Our Executive Director will be a Show Expert
October 2, 2013
We’re very excited to announce that our Executive Director, Nancy Defina-Marchese has been invited to be a regular show expert on Hamilton Life every 2nd wednesday. They’ll be discussing the latest in news and research related to autism. If you live in Hamilton or surrounding area, tune in every 2nd Wednesday at 12, 3 or […]
3 Key Tips for Reducing Challenging Behaviours
August 18, 2013
Figuring out the right approach to dealing with dealing challenging behaviours can be a key turning point in your child’s life. However, simply picking any given strategy and trying to apply it is like putting a band aid on the situation. On the other hand, taking a behaviour analytic approach, allows you to truly get […]
Autism Ontario – Camp Funding
May 18, 2013
Looking for some additional support to help your child participate in summer camp, like Breakthrough Autism’s Super Saturdays, this year? Autism Ontario is now accepting applications for their Summer Support 1:1 worker fund. Click here to apply. Anyone can apply for this funding regardless of income and applicants are selected based on a lottery system. […]
Our Executive Director talks about ABA and apps on CP24
April 26, 2013
Technology has created some pretty exciting opportunities to help enhance children with autism’s educational programming. Did you know that our Executive Director, Nancy Defina-Marchese, in partnership with Sarah Kupferschmidt, another BCBA, has created an app for kids with autism to help them learn to how to identify a variety of items? Click here to see […]
World Autism Awareness Day – Our challenge to you!
March 11, 2013
In honour of the upcoming World Autism Awareness on April 2nd, we at Breakthrough Autism are issuing a challenging to everyone in our community. This year, let’s move past awareness and starting thinking acceptance. For those in our community, think about what you could to do help a family whose child has autism or a […]