Resources for Families

Here are some of the resources that I recommend to my clients to help families deal with some of the unique challenges developmental disabilities can bring about.


Websites / Locations


RDI Connect– Through our innovative Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Programs, RDIconnect has gained a worldwide reputation for designing family-based programs for an entire range of developmental difficulties.

Social Thinking – A treatment framework and curriculum developed by Michelle Garcia Winner targets improving individual social thinking abilities, regardless of diagnostic label. Professionals and parents alike are using these methods to build social thinking and related skills in students and adults.

SCERTS Model– The SCERTS® Model is a research-based educational approach and multidisciplinary framework that directly addresses the core challenges faced by children and persons with ASD and related disabilities, and their families.

– Transformations Learning Centre (Nanaimo, BC) is a warm and inviting environment that provides specialized education services for children who are diagnosed with Autism.

Speakeasy Therapy –  Speech and language therapy and Communication disorders including Special Education Assessment, Intervention, training, and Consulting.

– Aspire!  Occupational Therapy Services (Qualicum Beach, BC)


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The Peers Treatment Manual (Social skills for Teenagers with Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders)

by Elizabeth A. Laugeson and Fred Frankel

Darcy working with students in a shop class

Building Social Relationships

by Scott Bellini

Think Social: A Social Thinking Curriculum for School-Age Students

by Michelle Garcia Winner

Thinking About You Thinking about Me

by Michelle Garcia Winner

When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children who Live with Anxiety

by Kari Dunn Buron

The Incredible 5-Point Scale

by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis

The Way I Feel

by Janan Cain

Have you filled your Bucket Today A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids

by Carol McCloud

The Verbal Behavior Approach

by Mary Lynch Barbera

Local Services (Nanaimo)


If your family needs some RESPITE:

Call Laurie Jenks (EA)

2775 Glen Eagle Cres

home 250-729-2484

cell 250-616-8606