Amy Lockwood was nearly two months pregnant when her neighbourhood had a block party. Every half hour, families would migrate from one house to the next, where a different appetizer and alcoholic beverage were served.

At each house, Amy declined a drink, reminding her neighbours that she was pregnant. She has strong personal connections with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and knew the dangers of drinking while pregnant. But every time, she was met with a response that shocked her.


A unique autism intervention called the Social ABC’s has received national attention this week after a recently published study shows the program improves communication and development of children with diagnosed or suspected autism.

The study—published by Holland Bloorview and IWK Health Centre—enrolled 62 children aged 16 to 30 months with confirmed or suspected autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their primary caregivers. The treatment group received the Social ABC’s intervention immediately, while the control group waited six months to start. Children in the treatment group saw significant improvement, while the delayed group made little to no progress.


Kids Brain Health Network Board Member, Donna Thomson, is the mother of two adult children, one of whom is Nicholas, who is living with severe cerebral palsy.

In a new article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Thomson discusses the challenges faced by families in navigating the treatment, therapy, and support options available in caring for children with neurodevelopmental conditions.