The F-Words for Child Development
The F-Words for Child Development is a holistic approach to health that focuses on factors (fitness, function, friends, family, fun and future) that are important to every child’s development. To learn more, please visit CanChild’s website.
This ASD Next Steps guide has been organized around the F-words for Child Development and has received input from and been inspired by families across York Region.
This guide includes commonly asked questions and resources most relevant to those with a new diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Refers to how we participate in our daily lives.
What support is available for families and caregivers?
Refers to how children, youth, and adults stay physically active, including exercise and other recreational opportunities
Includes particular activities children, youth, and adults are involved in or enjoy participating in
Refers to the friendships established with peers; social development is an essential aspect of personhood.
What development is all about; it refers to parents and their children’s expectations and dreams for their future
Disclaimer: These questions and resources are meant to serve as suggestions. It is not an exhaustive list and every individual on the Autism Spectrum is unique. They may not apply to you and your family or may not apply at this time.
Rosenbaum, P., & Gorter, J. W. (2012). The ‘F‐words’ in childhood disability: I swear this is how we should think!. Child: care, health and development, 38(4), 457-463. https://www.canchild.ca/f-words
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