What are Diagnosis and Supports?
In support of the National Autism Conference, this infographic and video and infographic explain “What is a Diagnosis?" and "What are some autism supports?". The accessible language series was created to help individuals with intellectual disability participate more meaningfully in the development of the National Autism Strategy.
Healthy Relationships, Sexuality & Autism - Sexuality Education Resources for Caregivers Project
This project aims to develop accessible, comprehensive sexuality education resources that support the needs of caregivers of autistic people, autistic individuals, and other stakeholders. We hope that these resources will build their capacity to provide comprehensive sexuality education information to the autistic person(s) in their lives.
Perspectives on Complex Behaviours: Understanding and Supporting Children with Self-Injurious Behaviour
Complex behaviours, including severe Self-Injurious Behaviours (SIB), in children with developmental disabilities can be challenging to manage and support. Medical professionals typically do not have much experience with severe SIB, and families can struggle to find adequate resources and specialists to help. In this series of interviews, we explore the perspectives of a parent, a pediatrician, and a behaviour analyst who are all connected to the Self-Injurious Clinic at BC Women and Children’s Hospital and the Family Support Institute of BC in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Indigenous Individuals who are part of the intellectual disability community described their challenges and joys during a project created by AIDE Canada and partners Surrey Place, from 2021 to 2022. The year-long project, which was structured around the first nations holistic lifelong learning model, began with a series of community gatherings hosted by an Indigenous Elder. Forty community members attended the gatherings. The resources below were built to amplify and respond to community voices.
Promoting Self-Determination Across the Lifespan
Self-determination is the process by which a person controls their own life; their individual way of thinking and making decisions without outside influence. In this workshop, you’ll learn about self-determination and why it’s so important for individuals on the spectrum to begin developing these skills at a young age. This workshop will discuss strategies for various stages of development and will share the “One Page Profile”: a tool to assist in self-determination in a variety of settings
Supporting Children in Geographically Rural and Remote Areas
Many children who live in remote areas do not have the benefit of regular visits from professionals and/or therapists. Support staff may also be hard to find. This webinar will give some practical tips for families who find themselves in this situation
Nunavut - We Have an ASD Diagnosis, Now What?
This booklet is helpful for families and individuals who have recently received a diagnosis and want to know what services and/or resources are available to them in Nunavut. It was produced through collaboration between Autism Yukon and the Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society.
Ensuring Safety: A Parent’s Perspective
Written by a parent for parents, this toolkit offers considerations in seeking safety for one's child with autism. Areas in which an autistic individual may grapple with issues of safety are addressed, along with ideas for moving forward well and developing a safety plan.
Picky Eaters Webinar
This workshop will begin by discussing some of the common myths around mealtimes for children with ASD, as well as explore different types of eating behaviours. We will then “dig in” and describe a model for why picky eating develops, which includes physiology, motor skills, and/or learned behaviours. To conclude, the workshop speakers will share and discuss some general strategies for caregivers and parents to take home and apply.
Autism Training in the Correctional System
This course offers autism-focused training in the field of corrections. Modules specifically address the aims of increased understanding about autism, considerations for the correctional system, including support for autistic individuals within the correctional system, and means to promote individual well-being.
Supporting Individuals Working with Young Children with Special Needs in Rural and Remote Areas - Module 6: Filling their Toolbox: Guiding Children’s Behaviour
As part of a six-module course for individuals working with, or considering working with, young children with exceptionalities in rural, remote and Northern communities, this Module will assist learners to: • Describe how attachment and self-esteem relate to guiding children’s behaviour, • Describe and utilize and apply the “ACT” approach in supporting positive outcomes.
Social Skills and Play Dates for Children on the Spectrum
In this workshop, we will discuss strategies to support and teach a variety of social skills, how to set up a play date, and how to best support a play date. This workshop is designed for parents of children who have basic joint attention (i.e. purposefully sharing focus with others) and requesting skills. [Developed by the Centre for Autism Services Alberta, presented by Sally Nandee (SLP, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst) and Insung Peak (Behavioural Case Manager)]
Celebrating the Small Steps: An Introduction to Teaching Independence
Trying to teach your child how to do up his zipper? Feed herself? Cross the street safely? This interactive workshop will teach you the skills you need to break these activities down into simple, achievable steps for you and your child.
Basic Communication Strategies For Early Communicators
This session covers key components of communication for early communicators who may not use words up to and including those who are speaking in simple sentences. The session is ideal for parents who have concerns about their child’s communication and for support personnel who are wanting to ensure they are thinking about critical aspects of communication.