This article details some interesting things to do over the 2021 winter break.
AIDE and partners have created many toolkits, webinars and infographics covering a wide range of topics from education, to housing and beyond specifically for this territory, and have curated a list for ease of use, with links and descriptions.
This program was designed by the Pacific Autism Family Network to assist those that work in Frist Responder Positions. The course will help those individuals understand autism and how they can utilize strategies to support people on the autism spectrum when responding to an incident or emergency. The course takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Managers know that finding and keeping good employees is key to long-term success and customer satisfaction. This course is designed to help employers and managers support employees with differences related to autism. It provides information to Canadian businesses, and breaks down myths and other misinformation regarding autism and intellectual disability.
Some autistic people struggle with nonverbal cues like interpreting facial expressions and body language in social situations. If you are not sure how someone is feeling, it can be difficult to know how best to respond. In this webinar intended for autistic individuals, Dr. Fakhri Shafai will describe what we know about face expression and body language processing in autism. She will also break down facial expressions tied to certain emotions and provide clues to look for when trying to decide how a person is feeling.
This course was created by self-care coach and parent Nicole Dauz of Caring4Caregivers. After her own journey with her daughter with a rare genetic disease and autism, Nicole is inspired to change the story around caregiving. She works with caregivers to recognize their worth, worry less, and find ways to celebrate their journey. In this course, she provides tools and strategies for caregivers to shift from feeling stressed and overwhelmed to regaining control and finding joy in their lives.
Should you speak more than one language to your child with Autism? This workshop will give you a foundation of knowledge about how children with Autism can learn more than one language and will provide insight into the importance of using your home language with your child. You will spend time making a personalized plan on how to start and/or continue exposing your child to another language. Bring your questions and challenges to discuss and we will provide ideas and strategies to help you!
Autistic individuals are more likely to experience mental health challenges than the general population, yet there are few studies that focus on the best mental health approaches for those on the autism spectrum. This toolkit provides background on mental health treatments that are backed by research. The toolkit also provides helpful summaries and reflection questions to help you decide which mental health approach(es) to pursue.
Listen to the first Storytelling Video Series for the Bi pi maadzing zaagidwin teg jichaaming / Circle of Life in the Spirit of Love project. Developed by Surrey Place, the series reflects voices and perspectives from Indigenous caregivers and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Northwestern Ontario.
Our first episode features Joyce, a mother advocating for and supporting her son with autism in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, also known as Big Trout Lake, Ontario.
The music is by Rest You Sleeping Giant (CC BY 4.0)
This series of infographics quickly lays out the education supports in each province and territory for students from kindergarten to grade 12. This resource was designed for students and parents who are looking for education supports specific to their region.
This article summarizes a study that found some families have multiple children with autism. Researchers suggest a genetic link to autism. This experience of having more than one child with autism can be complex as the experiences and needs of each individual with autism are unique.
Guide for families when looking to prepare their child to enter the workforce. Includes information on the steps for moving forward, how to support and engage your child, and resources for developing a work experience plan. Created by the Sinneave Family Foundation.
This is a mapped listing of provincially funded income replacement supports for adults living with a disability. Click on the hyperlinks for more information.
This article summarizes a study that found supportive therapies and interventions have shown mixed results for children with autism. This school-based intervention was found to be effective for some children but not for others.
This clickable infographic can help you find the government college and university funding programs in your area.
This is a list of resources available primarily in Calgary, Alberta. Includes contact information for OT, physio, SLP, recreation, psychologists, and autism-specific agencies in the area.
What do you want your adult life to look like? This QuickStart Planning Tool will Help you build a plan for success as you transition to adulthood. Developed by the Sinneave Family Foundation, this on-line course can help anyone with goal planning and life skills, but is particularly designed for use by individuals in the autism and/or intellectual disability community.
Downloadable handouts with simple illustrations for creating Lanyard cards, tips to try if anxious, and guidelines for when to wear certain headphones during a flight
Based in Australia, this study examined behavioural issues in preschool aged children with autism. Researchers found that more child behavioural issues were related to parental depressive symptoms, stress and fatigue.
Guide for families to help transition their child from adolescence to adulthood.
This guide includes information on developing health and well-being, education and employment, communication and social relationships, independent living skills and self-adovcacy, and legal and financial issues. This resource also provides information on self-care for caregivers throughout the process and and a transition planning timeline. Created by the Sinneave Family Foundation.