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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Video Game Use is Associated With Problem Behaviours in Boys With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Children with autism often spend significant amounts of time engaged in screen-based activities, including video games. This study examined video game use and the potential for problem behaviours among 8-18 year old boys with autism.
Community-based Respite Care May Help Decrease Psychiatric Hospitalizations in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
This US-based study examined home/community support and its impact on psychiatric hospitalizations among children with autism. The researchers examined hospitalizations for psychiatric reasons, use of community-based services, and autism therapy services.
Reducing Stress Using Mindfulness for Parents of Adults with ASD Compared to Information Sessions
Mindfulness is identified as a technique that may be helpful to caregivers. This approach was used with caregivers of adults with autism, and was found to have a lasting effect on reducing caregiver distress.
Practitioner Beliefs About Exercise for Children and Youth With Intellectual Developmental Disabilities
Physical activity is important to overall health and wellbeing. Practitioners can play an important role by helping youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) engage in physical activity programs. Surveyed practitioners reported that physical activity programs are important for youth with IDD.