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IDEAS for Autism

Instruction, Direction, Education, Advocacy, & Support for Autism



The IDEAS for Autism Blog: To keep the local ASD community connected and informed.

Check here for information regarding upcoming events, new resource listings, information about local ASD supports, and more!

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Balance for Autism ...

Posted on April 20, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (4426)

A toolkit for health professionals working with individuals on the spectrum - a MUCH needed resource!  Share widely!

1 in 66 ..

Posted on March 29, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (348)

It's been a big week for ASD in Canada, the 2018 report from the National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System (NASS) was released - a first reporting of national data and information to improve our understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Canada.  The findings of the 2015 NASS report focuses on those aged 5–17 years, from six provinces and one territory: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, British Columbia and the Yukon.

Key findings:

Among children and youth 5–17 years old, the combined prevalence of ASD for the year 2015 is 1 in 66 (15.2 per 1,000).

Males were diagnosed with ASD four times more frequently than females. NASS found that 1 in 42 males and 1 in 165 females aged 5–17 years old were diagnosed with ASD.

Among those diagnosed by 17 years of age, 56% had received their diagnosis by 6 years of age; 72% had been diagnosed by 8 years of age; and less than 10% were diagnosed after 12 years of age.

The 2015 overall prevalence of ASD in Nova Scotia was 1 in every 68 (of 5–17 year olds).

Good Changes This in 2017!

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1476)

This April 2017 instead of hosting our third annual IDEAS for Autism Event, we decided to partner with Autism Nova Scotia to make information gathering and connecting with professionals more accessible and easier for families. Rather than having separate events during Light it Up Blue Day, IDEAS for Autism joined forces with Autism Nova Scotia and were provided the opportunity to attend Autism Nova Scotia events throughout the month of April in order to promote the IDEAS website and provide information to families - all in one location. 

As IDEAS begins to change the way information is provided to families, and progress with our partnerships with local ASD organizations, we hope that families find it more accesible and easier to navigate the many available resources that the HRM community has.

If you have any questions on IDEAS for Autism changes, or if you would like to become involved in future events, please contact [email protected]

Looking forward to an exciting 2018!

Brief PRT Training for Parents

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (756)

Has your toddler or preschooler been recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Are you waiting for early intensive behavioural intervention?

Caitlin Neily, registered psychologist, at Erica Baker Psychological Services is now offering Brief Pivotal Response Training (PRT) for families.

PRT is an evidence-based treatment designed to help children with ASD learn to socially-communicate and reduce challenging behaviours.

The service offers a week-long introduction to PRT in your child’s home, preschool, and/or community – teaching caregivers play and routine-based strategies to motivate your child to communicate in the context of daily activities.

For more information, please contact:
Caitlin Neily, MASP
Registered Psychologist
Level V PRT Trainer (Koegel Autism Consultants)

[email protected] or 902-445-3851

A New Year!

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (510)

At the beginning of the year, we get excited to begin planning and advocating for autism awareness. This year is especially exciting because IDEAS for Autism has been partnering with Autism Nova Scotia to bring the Halifax Regional Municpality even more exciting and useful events! This April, IDEAS will be bringing you our 3rd Annual IDEAS for Autism Community Information event! Because of our collaboration and partnership with Autism Nova Scotia, our event will be held as one of the many events during Autism Awareness Month through Autism Nova Scotia.

Stay tuned to the IDEAS blog and to for updates on our event!

Twas the Eve before IDEAS...

Posted on April 1, 2016 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (1070)

Twas the eve before IDEAS

the long awaited weekend

Word was a spreading

To family and friends

And teachers and speech paths

Were tweeting and posting

To OTs and psychologists

About the event we are hosting

So get a good sleep

And don’t forget to wear blue

As we support all things autism


One sleep til IDEAS and we are so excited to share this event with the HRM ASD community!

See you tomorrow!!! 


Posted on March 26, 2016 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (755)

The 2nd Annual IDEAS for Autism Community Information Event will be held in exactly ONE WEEK today!

Don't forget
It will be held at the Ambrae Multipurpose Centre from 1-3pm on SATURDAY, APRIL 2nd.
For those of you attending, there is lots of free parking available at the back of the building.

We have a great list of presenters who will be there providing their resources and information to the community.

Don't forget to add this event to your calendar and share it will people you know!


Posted on March 19, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (8149)

It is exactly two weeks today until the 2nd Annual IDEAS Community Event is hosted! It is coming up fast, so remember to save the date!

We are excited for information, direction, education, advocacy and support to be at the centre of our event. Lots of local resources and supports will be presented and families and community members will have the opportunity to interact and share their experiences.

There are 20+ presenters in a variety of professional fields who will be showcasing their resources and businesses: speech and language, Special Olympics, employment programs, community living programs, psychological firms, Skills Canada, Reachability, SLIDE Drama Fun, Novaread, Entreprenuers with Disabilities Network, Job Junction, Family Development Centre, Music Therapy, The Club Inclusion, AND MORE!

IDEAS will be hosted on Saturday, April 2nd from 1-3pm. Be sure to stop by to see what's happening within the ASD community.

For more information, contact Caileigh - [email protected]

ONE MONTH until IDEAS for Autism 2nd Annual Event!

Posted on March 2, 2016 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (1450)

We have one month to go until World Autism Awareness Day, International Light it Up Blue Day and our 2nd Annual IDEAS for Autism Community Event.

We have many presenters attending the event from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds. There will be so much information and resource sharing to be had.

If you would like to participate in this event, don't forget to email [email protected] to reserve your spot.

STAY TUNED for more details about this exciting event!

2nd Annual Event UPDATE

Posted on February 22, 2016 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (322)

We currently have some great presenters on our list of attendees for our 2nd Annual IDEAS for Autism Event, and are expecting even more!

To name a few, we have some professionals attending our event from local:

  • speech and language services
  • Special Olympics Nova Scotia
  • employment and community living programs
  • psychological firms
  • Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network 
  • Skills Canada
  • ReachAbility 
....and more!

It's going to be an informative and fun event - stay tuned!

* If you are professional or community member involved in the ASD community who would like to showcase your services at our event, please click on "contact" at the top and email Caileigh.