What is Autism?

Autism affects people world-wide and it is the fastest growing developmental disability, it is estimated that 1 out of 68 newborn babies in the USA has autism. In 2000 the number was 1 in 150 births. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism is five times more likely to affect boys than girls. ..

Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome

Imagine having an illness that affected your ability to read vital social cues such as facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language; how hard would it be to effectively communicate with others? Such is the struggle faced by those with Asperger’s syndrome, one of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)....

Asperger’s Syndrome vs. High-Functioning Autism

The primary difference between the two conditions is generally found in the area of language development (notably, those with Asperger’s syndrome usually do not experience delayed language development while young) but the differences go beyond this one area...

Managing Behavioural Difficulties in ASD Children

Behavioural difficulties are common in children who have ASD, but they can often be mitigated through effective management. It’s vital that parents and caregivers understand these behaviours are not their “fault”, they are merely symptoms of the underlying difficulties the child with ASD is facing...

How to Deal with Obsessive and Repetitive Behaviour

For many people with an Autism, obsessions, repetitive behaviours, and routines that might appear overly rigid or unhealthy are actually a source of comfort and self regulation. To help manage these issues, it’s vital to understand the causes of such behaviour and how to best respond to them...

Troubleshooting Common Problem Areas in Children With Autism

When dealing with a child on spectrum, the presence of sudden or chronic behaviours that are aggressive, odd, or socially inappropriate can present challenges one may feel ill-equipped to deal with. Being prepared ahead of time can help a great deal in managing these issues in the calm, logical way...


Autism Services in Durham Region

Local psychologists and psychotherapists working with ASD clients:


New Beginnings Ontario
Psychologists and Psychotherapists   

105 Consumers Drive Unit 2
Whitby ON
L1R 6M1


Stephanie Moeser
Clinical Social Worker/Therapist

160 Charlotte Street
Suite 100
Peterborough, Ontario Canada K9H 6K8
(705) 927-1318


Jeff Packer MSW
Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Andrea M Duncan


58 Rossland Road West
Suites 204 & 214
Oshawa, Ontario Canada L1G 2V5
(416) 930-2378


Karen G. Wright

Supportive Counselling Therapies
Pickering, Ontario Canada L1W 2L5
(905) 999-8732


Paula Conforti
Psychological Associate

623 Liverpool Road
Pickering, Ontario Canada L1W 1R1
(905) 839-7898


Tanya Smolkin
Marriage & Family Therapist

1250 St Martins Drive, Unit 6
Pickering, Ontario Canada L1W 0A2
(905) 492-5664


Mr. Steven A Finlay
Marriage & Family Therapist

1295 Wharf Street
Pickering, Ontario Canada L1W 1A2
(905) 767-4167


Tracey Angela Grose
Clinical Social Work/Therapist

700 Finley Avenue, Suite 4 & 5
Ajax, Ontario Canada L1S 6W1
(905) 442-2315


Jessica Biggar

360 George St North
Suite 312
Peterborough, Ontario Canada K9H 7E7
(705) 243-2442




Organizations and support groups:


Autism Intervention Program Kinark Child and Family Services – Regional Provider of the Autism Intervention Program in Durham, Ontario.

Kerry’s Place Autism Services – Oshawa  community outreach program for children, adolescents, adults and their families

Sunshine Learning Centre Inc – Durham Region (http://www.sunshinelearningcentre.com)  ABA therapy, respite care, tutoring, and life skills programs

Precious Minds Resource & Learning Centre – North Durham  (http://preciousminds.com) providing support to families with children who have learning problems


Support Groups (via “Autism Ontario”):

ASD Family/Caregiver Support Group

(next meeting: November 28, 2014)

Older Teens and Young Adults Family/Caregiver Support Group

(next meeting: November 11th, 2014)

For information contact:  durham@autismontario.com

Autism Ontario – Durham Region

850 King Street West, Unit 20, Oshawa, ON


Online Support Groups and Resources

Autism Ontario -Durham Region Parent Support Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/autismdurhamparentsupportgroup/)

Autism Support Group in Durham Region Ontario (https://www.facebook.com/groups/5597213060/)

Home Base Durham (https://www.facebook.com/HBDAutism)

Autism Zeitgeist (http://autismzeitgeist.com/autismibiinfo/Welcome.html) – Ontario government funded Intensive Behavior Intervention (IBI) program for children with Autism