Things you may ask us

Does my child need a formal diagnosis to attend Jelly Bean House?

 No. Jelly Bean House is open to any child who has difficulties of any type. Contact us today to have a discussion.

What are the signs and symptoms of Autism?

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication.

Social communication challenges - Children and adults with autism have difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication. For example, they may not understand or appropriately use:

  • Spoken language (approximately one-third of people with autism are nonverbal)
  • Gestures
  • Eye contact
  • Facial expressions
  • Tone of voice
  • Expressions not meant to be taken literally

Additional social challenges can include difficulty with:

  • Recognizing emotions and intentions in others
  • Expressing emotions
  • Seeking emotional comfort from others
  • Feeling overwhelmed in social situations
  • Taking turns in conversation
  • Gauging personal space (appropriate distance between people)

Restricted and repetitive behaviours - Restricted and repetitive behaviours vary greatly across the autism spectrum. They can include:

  • Repetitive body movements (e.g., rocking, flapping, spinning, running back and forth)
  • Repetitive motions with objects (e.g., spinning wheels, shaking sticks, flipping levers)
  • Staring at lights or spinning objects
  • Ritualistic behaviours (e.g., lining up objects, repeatedly touching objects in a set order)
  • Narrow or extreme interests in specific topics
  • Need for unvarying routine/resistance to change (e.g., same daily schedule, meal menu, clothes, route to school)

What are the signs and symptoms of ADHD?

There are three subtypes of ADHD:

  • Predominantly Inattentive - The majority of symptoms fall under inattention.
  • Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive - The majority of symptoms are hyperactive and impulsive.
  • Combined - This is a mix of inattentive symptoms and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms.

Symptoms of Inattention

A child who shows a pattern of inattention may often:

  • Fail to pay close attention to details or make careless mistakes in schoolwork
  • Have trouble staying focused in tasks or play
  • Appear not to listen, even when spoken to directly
  • Have difficulty following through on instructions and fail to finish schoolwork or chores
  • Have trouble organizing tasks and activities
  • Avoid or dislike tasks that require focused mental effort, such as homework
  • Lose items needed for tasks or activities, for example, toys, school assignments, pencils
  • Be easily distracted
  • Forget to do some daily activities, such as forgetting to do chores

Symptoms of Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

A child who shows a pattern of hyperactive and impulsive symptoms may often:

  • Fidget with or tap his or her hands or feet, or squirm in the seat
  • Have difficulty staying seated in the classroom or in other situations
  • Be on the go, in constant motion
  • Run around or climb in situations when it's not appropriate
  • Have trouble playing or doing an activity quietly
  • Talk too much
  • Blurt out answers, interrupting the questioner
  • Have difficulty waiting for his or her turn
  • Interrupt or intrude on others' conversations, games or activities

What kinds of issues does Jelly Bean House address?

Any of these: - Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Trauma, Developmental Disorders, Defiance Disorders, Learning Difficulties, ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, Auditory Processing, Sensory Integration, Speech Delays, Physical Disabilities, Down Syndrome and other Neurological disorders.