Children & Youth

It’s time for a national conversation on the use of seclusion rooms in Canadian schools

It’s time for a national conversation on the use of seclusion rooms in Canadian schools

I’ve often wondered why there’s very little public outcry when the media reports on the cruel use of seclusion rooms for kids with developmental disabilities and delays in schools across Canada. I’ve worked with kids born with developmental disabilities since I was 16 years old. I started out as a respite worker for families through […]

Turning the sex ed clock back to 1998 puts our youth at risk

Turning the sex ed clock back to 1998 puts our youth at risk

LGBTQ youth face additional mental health pressures associated with stigma and discrimination   It’s now widely known that the Ontario Ministry of Education will be reverting to the 2010 sex education curriculum to teach our youth – despite widespread criticism. What’s worse is youth in grades 7 and 8 will actually be taught the 1998 […]

Students with developmental disabilities need sex-ed too

Students with developmental disabilities need sex-ed too

There has been a lot of discussion recently in Ontario and elsewhere about sex education. We have heard from diverse groups about what is taught and what is not taught in our schools. But there is one group whose voice has been missed. Our students with developmental disabilities need sex education too.  And no one’s […]

Buzz-word parenting, what to do?

Buzz-word parenting, what to do?

Helicopter parenting. Tiger parenting. Free-range parenting. These are buzz-words we hear all the time that are supposed to describe the “best” approaches for parents to take raising their children. We all want the best for our children and parents happily and eagerly adopt the latest, greatest advice. Even governments enact legislation that promotes one approach […]

We make them, you take them

We make them, you take them

The reality of mothers who give birth in care There is a well-known connection between teen pregnancy and child protection services.  Girls who spend time in the care of child protection services have higher rates of teenage pregnancy and teenage mothers are more likely to have their child taken into care. Teenage mothers who give […]

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Aging out of foster care with no number to call — an interview with Dylan Cohen

Dylan Cohen shares a personal story of life in and out of government care. He is an Indigenous former youth in care and campaigner for Fostering Change in British Columbia and a Contributor with EvidenceNetwork.ca.  Dylan seeks to create opportunities for youth in/from care across the country through advocacy and public policy justice. Interview by […]

The power of music to improve the challenges associated with autism

The power of music to improve the challenges associated with autism

Music interventions are evidence-based with positive results — so why don’t we use them more often?   My son is practicing the piano as I write this and it’s the sweetest sound.  He’s spent two years working slowly through the same level, but it doesn’t matter; he’s improving and the benefits of both music therapy […]

Including the family in children’s literacy education

Including the family in children’s literacy education

Almost nine million Canadians can’t read well enough to perform everyday tasks   In Canada, two out of five adults – that’s nearly nine million people – cannot read well enough to perform everyday tasks. Reading difficulties start early. It is very well established that children who are not reading well by the end of […]

Kids with autism have a significantly higher risk of drowning than the general population

Kids with autism have a significantly higher risk of drowning than the general population

We are neglecting our responsibility to kids in care

We are neglecting our responsibility to kids in care