Autism: See Potential
This video highlight important considerations for better understanding autism. It features Michael McCreary who effectively narrates this introduction to autism. This is an Autism Ontario initiative made possible by a grant from Autism Speaks Canada. This is a creative depition about living with autism, based on a first-hand perspective.
The information in this toolkit was adapted from an 8-week course where parents and their children participate separately in weekly, 90-minute sessions to explore self-regulation concepts and develop skills to improve reactions to stressful situations. These program materials were adjusted to provide families with a general understanding of issues related to self-regulation and concrete strategies to try at home.
A Guide to Facilitating Meetups for Adults Who Have a Sibling with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability
This guide is intended to provide a recommended process for hosting successful meetups for adults who have siblings with an intellectual or developmental disability. Much of the content has been geared to the needs of facilitators who are new to hosting sibling meetups. In most cases, the meetup facilitators referring to this guide will be siblings themselves.
Difficulties Transitioning From Pediatric to Adult Care: the Voices of Youth With Autism and Their Caregivers
Focus groups were held with youth and young adults (15-25 years) about their health-related transitional needs in moving to adult care. Separate focus groups were conducted with caregivers.
The Relationship Between Parent Anxiety Severity and Response to Anxiety Treatment in Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Parental anxiety was examined relative to anxiety in youth with autism. Parents with a higher level of anxiety tended to identify greater anxiety in their adolescents. When youth responded favourably to anxiety treatment, parents were reported to experience decreased anxiety.
Emotion Regulation in Children with Autism
Children with autism (average age of 5.7 years) and their caregivers participated in this study which collected information at two time points (10 months apart). The researchers examined elements such as child emotional regulation capacity, behavioural functioning, and social, language and academic skills.
Parental Expressed Emotion is Related to Externalizing Behaviours in Children and Adolescents With ASD
A survey was administered to 111 parents across 20 states in the USA. It inquired about child/youth autism expression and behaviour characteristics, as well as parent attitudes, parenting style and stress.
Early Sensory Over-responsivity in Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorders as a Predictor of Family Impairment and Parenting Stress
Parents of toddlers with autism participated in a study examining child sensory over-responsivity (SOR). The researchers address parenting stress and restrictions of activities linked with SOR.
Defining Crisis in Families of Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder
Parents of children with autism may experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. ‘Crisis’ was described by mothers to occur when they were unable to meet the demands in their lives and lacked sufficient external resources. Interventions can address causes of crisis.
Feeling Different From Others May Be Linked to Depression in Youth with Asperger Syndrome
Individuals with Asperger Syndrome (AS) may face challenges related to depressive symptoms. Children and teens with AS who negatively compared themselves to others were found to have more depressive symptoms. Interventions aimed at assisting these young people with these negative thoughts are warranted.