A requested speaker
at venues ranging from Toronto Sick Kids Hospital to the national Autism Canada conference, Jackie has been demystifying autism for over 20 years. “We had the privilege of having Jackie present four workshops at our YWCA Cambridge Child Care Staff PD Day. It was a rare opportunity to learn from someone with firsthand knowledge of Autism. Our staff came away with an understanding of what someone with Autism experiences physically every day and strategies that will be useful in a child care setting to help support learning and reduce pain and stress for those children in the Autism Spectrum. The day was invaluable to our staff and they continue to benefit from Jackie’s information.”
- Vicki Warren, Director of Child Care Services, YWCA Cambridge“I have learned so much from you and I am grateful that you are able & willing to host these seminars. I love that you are able to speak from personal experience. You are a living example that your methods & research work.”
Jan Klassen, Special Education Specialist, Guelph Ontario
Most autistics are:
- average or higher-than-average in intelligence, despite appearances
- highly curious and self-teachers (if given a helpful environment)
- highly stressed - a peace-making classroom enables our learning like nothing else!
If you’re an educator looking for both short-term and longer-term best practices which manage and diminish disruptive and challenging autistic behaviours in the classroom, welcome! These and other toxin and stress-reduction strategies not only create a positive atmosphere, they also increase tolerance and learning for everyone affected.
A single caring mentor can make a tremendous difference in the health and learning outcome for any child or student, regardless of the rest of that child's environment. These materials are intended to equip each of you to create such an oasis in your classrooms.
Jackie McMillan has autism, and has spent the years since 1976 - a year of dramatic gains and losses in physical, mental, and emotional function - figuring out what helps, what hurts, and the science which explains this inside-out view on autism recovery.
Since there's not much point keeping this information to herself, she has been avidly developing skills and tools to communicate her ongoing gleanings since her first, informal diagnosis in 1988 (the formal one came 20 years later).
Hope-inspiring - Engaging - Accepting - Empowering - Enlightening - Change-making