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.
What are they saying without saying it? Interpreting facial expressions and body language webinar
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.
What is Associated With Positive Outcomes for Children With Autism in a School-based Intervention?
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.
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.”
Peer Networking and Building your Circle of Social Supports in Manitoba
This video and resouce sheet were created by a self advocate from the autism community. It discusses personal experieces of self advocates , as well as options and considerations for building a circle of social supports in Manitoba. This resource was developed in partnership with Autism Calgary.
How Can Under-Resourced Families Access Early Autism Intervention? A Pilot Study
This article summarizes a study that found some families face barriers to accessing early intervention services, such as a lack of available services or financial/resource limitations. This pilot study explored barriers and facilitators to treatment access among under-resourced families.
Skills Training Group for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Outcomes of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based Program
This article summarizes a study that examined the impact of a skills training group with daily mindfulness exercises for junior high and high school students. Positive outcomes were found.
What is Autism? A Guide in Arabic
This booklet provides general information about important topics in autism and includes strategies to try at home. Sections related communication, routines, education, work, and supports are included. The guide appears in English along side an Arabic translation.
Video Game Use is Associated With Problem Behaviours in Boys With Autism
This article summarizes a study that found 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 article summarizes a US-based study that 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.
Becoming More Trauma Informed in the Autism Community
Being trauma-informed is about acknowledging the need to understand a person’s life experiences in order to deliver effective services. With this approach, service providers can improve engagement, health outcomes, and wellness for their community. This collection of resources can assist service providers and individuals to develop an approach that improves understanding, and helps to recognize, and respond to the effects of all types of trauma.
Time to Get up and Go to Work
In this presentation, participants will learn about the foundational steps to seek, secure, and maintain employment. Beginning with pre-employment skills such as exploring interests, resume writing, and job searching, through to interview skills and other self-advocacy skills (e.g., seeking supports, disclosure), participants will learn about a variety of strategies to help autistic individuals be successful in the workforce.