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March 27th 2012:Using social media to connect young persons with autism

Sara Winter has a twelve year-old nephew on the autism spectrum. She’s been his aide at school for a decade. She’s the mom of two boys, one with ADHD, anxiety and celiac disease. In Toronto, she created squag.com, a website to encourage kids of 8+ with autism. Her parent-child communication system SquagpadTM is now being tested. Kristina Chew is an Associate Professor of Classics at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey. She blogs daily about life raising her teenage autistic son, Charlie, at We Go With Him (http://autism.typepad.com) and about education, disability issues and huma

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Kristina Chew

Dr Kristina Chew is an Associate Professor of Classics at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ. She blogs about life with her 13-year-old son, Charlie, who's on the moderate-to-severe end of the autism spectrum. In her blog, We Go With Him http://autism.typepad.com, she describes a particular problem for him, low muscle strength. She’d noticed that he benefited from family exercises like fast walking and biking. The more his physical abilities increased, she saw, the clearer was his speech. Now, she writes, he sprints or pedals at super-fast speeds simply because, having had to struggle with things like talking and moving, he's amazed, and pleased, that he can. She’s has published vario
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Sara Winter

Sara Winter has a twelve year-old nephew on the autism spectrum. She’s been his aide at school for a decade. She’s the mom of two boys, one with ADHD, anxiety and celiac disease. She’s passionate about creating social, recreational and creative opportunities for underestimated kids. She’s been trained in key therapies. She created squag.com, a website that encourages mindfulness, self-reflection and original thinking for kids of 8+ with autism. Her parent/child communication system SquagpadTM is now being tested. She writes for The Huffington Post Canada, Autism Speaks Canada, Friendship Circle International, The Autism File Global, and Autism Aspergers Digest.
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