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Does Adult Screen Time Impact Children?

children in front of screensIt seems there is a new article or research every week about the adverse effects of screen time on children. Too much screen time has been linked to child obesity, attachment issues, lack of sleep, delay in language acquisition and sensory overload to name just a few.  

While children are watching TV, using a computer, gaming device, tablet or smartphone, they are missing out on opportunities. Opportunities to make connections with the world around them including forging real relationships with peers and adults in their life; opportunities to problem solve, to be creative, to feel, touch, smell and make sense of their environment. 

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the reason I jump book coverBook Review: The Reason I Jump

The book is a unique memoir written by Naoki Higashida, a thirteen year old boy with Autism. Naoki is unable to use expressive language to communicate however he has developed the skill of using an alphabet grid to construct sentences. His book allows the reader to enter into his world. He formats the book as a series of questions and answers such as “Why are your facial expressions so limited?” and “Is it true you hate being touched?”. Naoki’s answers are personal; however at times he does use the pronoun “we”. I think it is important for the reader to reflect and not generalize as no two children on the Autism Spectrum are alike.

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Is your child receiving CISS support? Would like to share the positive impact it has on them with other families?
We would love to hear your successes and share them in our newsletter! Contact us at to find out the criteria to write a short article.

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Let Your Hands Do The Talking - Level I


March 22nd to April 26th, 2018.
From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Andrew Fleck Children's Services
700 Industrial Avenue
Ottawa, ON

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April 26th to May 31st, 2018.
From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
2 MacNeil Court, Kanata, ON

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Sign Language Classes

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Communicating Concerns to Families

Free training for early years professionals

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Tuesday, February 20 - Informal Discussion and Information Sharing and Respite Services
Kim McLeod, AKA Granny K, will join us for the first 30 minutes to share information on Respite Services. Kim and supports families in accessing respite at the Rotary Home and has been an advocate for children and families with disabilities for many years. The rest of the evening will be information sharing and discussion.
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Learning language begins at birth and you are your child’s best teacher. The way you interact and talk with your child will make all the difference in their language learning. Here are some useful tools about language learning:

You are cordially invited! Inclusive recreation (Special Needs) Camp Fair

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Sunday February 25, 2018
Jim Durrell Arena
1265 Walkley Road 10:00am - 3:00pm

Don’t be disappointed! Join us for a Camp Fair on February 25th 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Jim Durrell Arena, located at 1265 Walkley Road (613-247-4811). Secure your child’s spot in Shared Care!

The City of Ottawa Special Needs staff will be on-site with camp information to answer any questions you may have. The City of Ottawa has invited over 40 specialized camps and organizations to this event, including some residential camps.

For program information and information on this event please call Christina McCormick at 613-580-2424 ext. 29291.

Keep in mind that all school boards' SEAC 
(Special Education Advisory Committee) meetings are open to parents. Upcoming meetings are as follows. Click on the links for the details.

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