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November 2020, Vol. 2, Issue 6
 
Dear Friend,

In July, Shining Through re-opened its doors to a small group of our learners and since then we have been able to safely resume an adapted version of most of our programs. The safety protocols we have put in place have proven to be successful and we are confident we can continue to do our best to keep our families and staff safe.

Although a lot of our learners have returned in-centre, some have also opted to continue their therapy online. We are proud of the digitized ABA therapy program we have worked hard to put in place, and are excited that our learners can continue to have the opportunity to learn new skills every day. Our plan is to maintain our virtual offerings for the foreseeable future, so that we can accommodate as many families as possible across our various services. 

This increase in protocols, as well as the development and implementation of an online therapy program, will undoubtedly continue to increase our centre's operational costs. If you would like to make a donation to help children and young adults with autism receive online learning, or in-person therapy safely, please consider donating here.

Thank you Toys"R"Us Vaughan Mills!
We had an early start to the holidays here at Shining Through! A BIG thank you goes out to Toys"R"Us Vaughan Mills for their generous donation of so many amazing toys. This is one delivery that we are certain will spread lots of joy to our learners (and their siblings!).
Friendship Club Gives Back
High school student Alec Wilkin and his friends started a friendship club a few years ago, and have been giving back to their community ever since. This year Alec ran an amazing campaign by selling stuffies with proceeds coming to Shining Through. We are very grateful for the support and generosity! 

If you would like to organize your own fundraiser and support Shining Through, but don't know where to start, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Fundraising Manager here.
Study Shows that Autistic Girls are going Undiagnosed

According to a study done by the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Autism is diagnosed in 1% of the population. Of this 1%, a reported ratio of four males to every female is diagnosed. Researchers believe girls with autism are not being diagnosed because they are adept at "camouflaging" their behaviour in an effort to fit in.

The study also
 highlights how autism can manifest differently between sexes. In this scenario females with autism use behavioural camouflaging strategies to seem less autistic in social interactions, leading to a delay in diagnosis.

Read the full article here.
Developmental Assessment

Is your child exhibiting speech delays, learning problems or developmental delays? Early identification of childhood challenges is critical for best outcomes. If you suspect that your child is not developing as they should, Shining Through can conduct various assessments to help determine the cause. If you would like more information, or to set up an appointment, please contact Shiri Bartman M.A., C. Psych. Assoc., BCBA at sbartman@shiningthrough.ca 

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Join the Movement on December 1st!
What is Giving Tuesday?  
Giving Tuesday is the day after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. It has since grown into a global generosity movement. Whether it’s helping a stranger, using your voice to advocate for an issue you care about, or donating to those who need your help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give!

Keep an eye out on our social media to help us celebrate this global day of giving, or visit Shining Through's Giving Tuesday page here and help us by sharing it with your network.
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Please consider donating them to a cause close to your heart, like the education of children and youth with autism. 

Please note that  Aeroplan®  donation platform will be undergoing a transformation from October 31st - November 8th, and will be introducing many new and exciting program features. Due to the update, the donation platform will be unavailable during that period.
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