News & Events
Visit here often for timely updates about autism research and all the latest news about autism, including treatments and resources.
Global and local news coverage about the opening of Breakthrough Autism Academy
August 2, 2012
The opening of our new centre-based program, Breakthrough Autism Academy, has created a lot of excitement across the global and local news. We got some great news coverage from the following news outlets: Global and Mail, Yahoo finance, Newsblaze, Marketwatch – the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and the Richmond Hill Liberal.
Visit our new Breakthrough Autism Academy and help your child reach their full potential
July 31, 2012
We’re always looking for new ways to enhance your child’s learning. This September, we’ll be opening the Breakthrough Autism Academy, a centre-based program for children with autism. The centre will be located at 519 Sixteenth Avenue in Richmond Hill (between Yonge and Bayview). The site features a beautiful, free-standing space and was created specifically for children […]
Social Skills Training – Peer mediation is the most effective approach!
July 27, 2012
Does your child need help developing his/her social skills? Did you know that the best way to help a child with autism develop these skills is not by getting an adult to teach them (i.e., instructor lead approaches) but rather to get other typically developing peers to model and teach them social skills? Click here […]
Free ABA workshops
May 5, 2012
Breakthrough Autism is excited to offer a series of free ABA workshops in partnership with Autism Ontario – York Region Chapter. Want to learn about these workshops? Read more about it on our Events page. Hope to see you there!
Ask the Right Questions – How to Prepare For Your Child’s Transition to School
May 3, 2012
Are you getting ready for your child to transition to school in September? There are a number of steps that you can take to set your child up for success well before school starts. It’s never to early to start planning. The first step is to set up a meeting with the team of school […]
How to save money on materials for your child’s ABA program
April 26, 2012
Looking for creative ways to save money on supplies for your child’s ABA program? Read this wonderful blog about how to find some great deals on materials for your child’s ABA program.
Breakthrough Autism Celebrates World Autism Awareness Day on Daytime Toronto!
March 17, 2012
On April 2nd, the world celebrates Autism Awareness day. This year, we are extremely excited to announce that our Executive Director, Nancy Defina-Marchese will be appearing on the talk show Daytime Toronto on April 2nd to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of autism. If you live in the Greater Toronto Area, tune into Daytime Toronto […]
March Break Toy Sale – Amazing Deals
March 8, 2012
Live in the Greater Toronto Area and looking to get some new toys for your child? Or maybe some supplies for your child’s ABA or IBI program? Check out the Samko and Miko Toy Warehouse for some incredible deals! They only have their sales a few times a year, so don’t miss out. This sale […]
Looking for fun ways to teach your child language and other social skills?
February 18, 2012
Looking for a fun, engaging way to teach your child language and other key social skills? Try Pivotal Response Training (PRT). PRT involves capturing your child’s motivation, teaching in the natural environment (e.g., during play time, dinner time, anytime) and using natural reinforcers. Dr. Robert Koegel and Dr. Lynn Koegel have created fantastic, parent friendly […]
Proposed Changes to the Diagnostic Criteria for Autism
January 22, 2012
The American Psychiatric Association is proposing new diagnostic criteria for autism. There is much discussion about these changes. Checkout these links to read about the proposed changes and some differing viewpoints about these changes: American Psychiatric Association – DSM 5 proposed changes Article talking about different viewpoints on the changes: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-01-20/autism-experts-moving-closer-to-overhauling-diagnosis-rules-after-studies.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/21/us/as-specialists-debate-autism-some-parents-watch-closely.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/01/20/a-new-definition-of-autism-could-exclude-many-now-diagnosed-expert-says.html