Integrated Autism Consulting Covid Catch-Up: Spring 2020 3






COVID Catch-up: Spring 2020
    Edition #3
        Forever Grateful: Gratitude

It is during challenging moments in our lives that we appreciate the positive aspects of our life circumstances. With this in mind, week three invites you to share your gratitude. 
Thank you to everyone who has connected with us and who continues to support us during these uncertain times. We are grateful for our involvement with all of you!
As a thank you we would like to offer you some fun on line with no cost to you!
Week three invites you to think about gratitude.

Make a list of what you are thankful for, take pictures, if you are really industrious what about a daily gratitude journal? or just take the next five minutes to focus on the this question: What are you grateful for? Here is what some of our folks have to say…..


David Burns
Hi there folks,
My name is David Burns, I live in Angus and I’m 28 years old. I have a younger brother named Alexandre or Alex for short. I like to read graphic novels, manga, novels and bande dessinée. I also like to watch movies and play video game.
Some of my favorite movie franchises are Star Wars, The LEGO Movie and Tron. Some of my favorite game series are Animal Crossing, Mario & Luigi and Story of Seasons.
I can both read and write in French and English. Science fiction is my favorite genre to watch and read. 

I am very grateful for my family.
My mom goes to the grocery store to buy food for us.
My dad works from home to keep a roof on top of us.
My brother but he’s pushing the limits of my patience right now. I am also very grateful to live in a very comfortable home because my dad works hard to provide for us. My mom always brings me to my appointments and to work.
My brother sometimes brings me to eat at a restaurant and I always go to him for tech advice.
Without their support I wouldn’t able to accomplish what I do.


  Alanna Wilson

Hello, my name is Alanna Wilson, but I everyone calls me Ali. I am 30 years old and live in Barrie, ON with my mom, dad and two younger siblings. My sister Brianna, who is 28, is a mining engineering graduate student from Queen’s University. She is currently taking a civil engineering program at York University in Toronto, where she commutes back and forth from home to school most of the time. But right now she’s home and taking her classes online, due to the quarantine. My brother Jonathan is 26 and is currently living in Keswick, ON, where he works at a water treatment plant.
My family also have two precious and loving dogs: Megan, aka, Meggie, is a 7 almost 8 year old French Spaniel, and Finn is an adorable 1 ½ almost 2 year old Llewellin Setter. They certainly keep us busy, as they are both full of energy but I love them both, as they make us all laugh.
I have many accomplishments that I’m proud of, but these are the most important ones:

  1. When I was 14, I was on the 2004 Grade 9 Honor Roll at Huron Heights Secondary School in Newmarket, ON.
  2. I am a graduate of Keswick High School in Keswick, ON. In 2007 I received the Passport to Safety Certificate, as well as earning my Grade 12 Secondary School Diploma as well as getting on the Honor Roll in 2009.
  3. I also graduated from the CICE (Community Integration Through Community Education) Program at Georgian College in Barrie, ON in 2016, receiving my certificate.

My interests are many, but the main ones are books, movies and animals. I also love writing stories in my spare time and dream of becoming a published author someday. I am also a very organized and detailed person. My other hobby is history, for that was my best subject when I was in public school and high school. I love reading anything about the R.M.S. Titanic, a fascination that started way back in public school; I’ve been interested in it ever since, collecting memorabilia and many books about it over the years.
There are many things that I’m grateful for.
First off, I’m grateful for my family and my beloved dogs, as they’ve always been there for me and been a shoulder to cry on when I need it. Both my parents and siblings have always been supportive of me, and we’re very close. They always know the right thing to say to make me feel better and smile, as well as make me laugh and I always have a lot of fun with them. My family are willing to do things with me, such as going to musicals, even though it’s not something they want to do. Also, they have always supported my Titanic hobby, which I am very grateful.
Secondly, I’m also grateful for my best friend Kylie Andrade, who lives in Newmarket ON. We’ve known each other since Grade 9, where we first met at Huron Heights Secondary School; so we’ve been friends for about 15 years now. We communicate a lot of the time by email and see each other as often as we can, so I’m fortunate and happy that we’ve kept in touch all these years.
Kylie and I have three things in common: we both have autism, so we can relate to one another and talk about anything. We also have similar interests in books and the library, as Kylie is currently employed at her library in Newmarket. Kylie also has a cute black cat named Bosco, and when she visits she snuggles with Finn and Megan, so she and I have the same love of animals.
I’m also grateful to Pat and my coach Chantelle at Integrated Autism Consulting. They’ve encouraged me to try new things, such as the Transition to Life course and Social Club, as well as helping me to start thinking about my future and eventual employment.
Lastly, I am grateful for all the teachers and tutors that I’ve had over the years. For they were always there to support me and worked with my parents to make sure I had the accommodations needed in order for me to succeed.
Written by Alanna (Ali) Wilson

Regular Weekly Features
Game on by Jacob Wilson
This week Jacob reviews Divinity: Original Sin game series!
Click here to read his weekly review on the IAC blog.



                                           Bea’s Look of the Week

Beatrix Switzer: Make-Up Artist
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Click here to read about her on the IAC blog.


                                                Olivia’s Works of Art



    Tip of the Week

Focusing on the goodness in your life will have a positive effect on your mental health but that is just the beginning. Read the article below to find out the many other benefits of gratitude.
7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round


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