General Resources on Complex Developmental Needs

Brain-based disabilities can have some overlap in presenting concerns, and often resources and strategies can be effective for individuals with quite different diagnoses.  The following resources may be of use for children, youth and adults living with a variety of special needs.

If you know of a resource relevant to complex developmental needs that you find of particular value, please contact the Asante Centre.

Getting Kids in Sync

Sensory Resources Inc. (2003)

Carol S. Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child and The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun demonstrates SAFE (Sensory-Motor, Appropriate, Fun, and Easy) activities with the help of the children of St. Columba's Nursery School in Washington, DC.  These activities help children of all abilities to develop their bodies and integrate their senses, and they are easy to use in a home or school.  

How Difficult Can This Be? Understanding Learning Disabilities

PBS Video and McIntyre Media (1996)

For kids with learning disabilities, the classroom can be an intimidating place.  In this video, Richard Lavoie leads a group of parents, educators, psychologists, and children through a series of exercises that cause frustration, anxiety, and tension - feelings all too familiar to children with learning disabilities.  By dramatizing the classroom experience so vividly, Lavoie lets us see the world through the eyes of a child. 

I Can Be Safe Online
A webite designed to help individuals with brain-based disabilities learn how to be safe online, including when using social media sites.

The Out-of-Sync Child

Sensory Resources Inc. (2001)

The Out-of-Sync Child helps to explain what sensory integration dysfunction is, how to recognize the symptoms, and how to help those affected with an emphasis on early diagnosis and intervention.  


Canadian Association Of Paediatric Health Concerns

About Kids Health (2016)                                                                                                      Children’s mental health plays an important role in their development, education and overall health.  Experts in mental health, knowledge translation, and website design at SickKids partnered to develop a mental health webpage that provides credible, plain language content on a variety of mental health topics.

Airports and Special Needs Travel: A Complete Guide

Circle of Friendship (2012)

When traveling with a child who has special needs every step you take needs to be very carefully planned. In this post writers give you five steps to get through the airport as fast and efficiently as possible.