Supporting parents and educators from First Nations in Manitoba through story-telling

I had the opportunity to offer an educational workshop on Autism to staff at Ginew School Manitoba last month. I was thrilled with their enthusiasm to learn strategies to manage challenging behaviors and to know how to support their students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This coming week, I am very much looking forward to providing parents of children with ASD from the Sagkeeng First Nation a half-day workshop on March 15, 2017.  Parents need to know how to become detectives and how to interpret the behaviours they see at home.  This will be a very engaging talk and I am keen to share my stories!

If you are interested in scheduling a half- or full-day/weekend workshop for your community, please contact Tamara Rogers at


Tamara Rogers


Sensory-Friendly Visit to Manitoba Children’s Museum Dec. 29, 2016

The Manitoba Children’s Museum is offering a Sensory-Friendly Visit on December 29, 2016.  Please click on the links below for more information. 


Autism Society Manitoba Conference is on October 3, 2016

On The Spectrum Therapy Services is proud to sponsor Autism Society Manitoba’s conference this fall. We will be setting up an information table at the conference.  Come and check out the resources for those you love and support! Register by contacting Autism Society Manitoba at


Professional Development Days for Manitoba Educators and Support Staff

On The Spectrum Therapy Services will be providing half-day workshops for 2 separate school divisions in Winnipeg, Manitoba in September and October 2016.

If you would like to schedule a workshop on Autism in your school division, please call (204) 415-7656 for more information.

Thank you.

Autism Guide for Families with a New Diagnosis


Please note that various community resources are continuously expanding and transforming to meet the needs of clients.  This guide was written in 2014 and as such, is a template from which to start your search of information. Some of the content may be outdated so please contact the specific organization for updates.

Thank you,



Tamara Rogers

New Diagnosis of ASD

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Receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (in a child) can cause any parent to feel lost, fearful and overwhelmed.  Not knowing what the future holds is scary for most people, particularly when it involves a loved one.  Every parent copes differently with the news.  Some parents are information-seekers and will look immediately for answers.  Some parents will sit in disbelief and may maintain that the child does not have a diagnosis.  It takes time to absorb the news and each person will process this information in his or her own time.  There is no magic time frame.  It can take years to fully accept that the path a child is on will be different than the one the parent envisioned. Part of this journey may involve grieving the loss of what a parent had expected or dreamt about when planning to have a child.  For some parents, the diagnosis is a rellief as it clarifies that the child’s difficulties are not the parent’s “fault.”  One way to ease the fears and become comfortable with the diagnosis is to get informed.  Understanding the uniqueness of each individual child with ASD is a process.

Obtaining services is another stressor for many families embarking on this journey. Determining what services are available and which ones will be the “best” ones for any given family is a challenging task.

If you would like to find out more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, how it impacts on your child and what you can do to facilitate his or her development then call On The Spectrum Therapy Services.  Schedule a consultation with an experienced therapist who can help guide you through this difficult time.