Navigating the Teen Years: Some Tips for Parents in Moving Forward
This is a Toolkit designed for parents of teens with neurodiversity to offer them some tips as they navigate the teen years and prepare for the next developmental stage of young adulthood. The Toolkit covers topics such as: parenting approaches and strategies; communication; puberty; sexual health and safety (gender diversity & sexual orientation); self esteem, identity, disclosure and advocacy; moods, depression & anxiety; friendships, fitness, recreation & community and; high school and preparing for adulthood. The Toolkit was created by Laura Beaune with input and review by several expert and stakeholder parents, experts and teens/young adults. The Toolkit features a couple of videos by Michael McCreary and a video called Amazing Things Happen.
Yukon - We have an ASD Diagnosis: Now What?
This booklet is helpful for families and individuals who have recently received a diagnosis and are wondering what services or resources are available to them in the Yukon. It was produced through the collaboration between Autism Yukon, the office of the Chief Medical Officer of the Yukon, and Disability Services.
Peer Networking and Building your Circle of Social Supports in Manitoba
There are a number of organizations in Manitoba that help people with disabilities and mental health issues, including people on the autism spectrum, learn and/or improve their social skills to assist them in communicating and making friends. These include Inspire Community Outreach and Manitoba Possible (formerly the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities), as well as organizations geared towards children and teens such as I Can Pretend! and OHEYS Autism Programs. Peer support groups can also provide a sense of connection to others in similar circumstances and Asperger Manitoba has a monthly facilitated meeting that is well attended.
Managing Stress During the Holiday Season Webinar
This workshop will discuss triggers for stress, specifically during the pressure of the holiday season. It will provide attendees with an understanding of how stress affects the body, will cover the difference between good and bad stress, as well as strategies to help manage stress during the holiday season.
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.
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.
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.
Skills Training Group for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Outcomes of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based Program
This intervention study examined the impact of a skills training group with daily mindfulness exercises for junior high and high school students. Positive outcomes were found.
Differences in Gut Bacteria Composition May Contribute to Some Cases of Autism Spectrum Disorder
This study examined biological processes that may lie beneath behaviour and gastrointestinal issues relative to autism. Along with offering study outcomes, further research is noted to be needed to clarify this relationship. It is noted in this summary that “caution should be advised against the use of popular nutritional supplements and over-the-counter substances in the treatment of ASD without first consulting a physician.”
Do Gluten-free or Casein-free Diets Relieve Autistic Symptoms or Problem Behaviours in Children With ASD?
This study examined a gluten-free/casein-free diet for children with ASD. The researchers noted a study limitation of a small sample size that may not be sensitive enough to detect small changes.
Theatre-Based, Peer-Mediated Intervention Increases Social Skills in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder
This study explored an intervention aimed at increasing social functioning in children and youth with autism. This intervention was found to improve social functioning, but additional research is needed.