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.
But Why? Understanding The Reasons Why People Use Problem Behaviour and What You Can Do To Make Things Better
Have you wondered why someone uses problem behavior, even when they “know better”? What motivates someone to use problem behavior? In this workshop, participants learn: a) The simple reasons why people use problem behavior, b) How to determine why someone you know uses problem behavior, and c) A variety of practical strategies to promote the use of more positive behavior. This workshop is aimed at all ages and stages, and is useful for families as well as professionals.
Community Safety Workshop
Does your child/teen run away from you? Do you avoid taking your child/teen into the community because you fear for their safety? Then this workshop is for you! During this workshop, we will review how to: - Identify what skills could be learned to increase safety in the community - Use various tools and strategies to teach and practice new skills - Change the environment to help prevent wandering or to increase a person’s safety if they do wander - Create and implement safety plans for community visits
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
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.
A Useful Strategy to Regulate Emotions for Children and Teens with Autism
Twenty-one young people with autism were offered a cognitive appraisal strategy in a study that also involved a control group. Benefits of this approach were noted, and comparative results across groups were offered.
Rates and Risk Factors of Psychiatric Disorders in Children With Autism
Research has found that individuals with autism are at risk of mental health issues. In addition to autism, the most common diagnoses reported in this study were anxiety disorders, oppositional disorders and attention disorder.
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.
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.
Parental Expressed Emotion is Related to Externalizing Behaviours in Children and Adolescents With Autism
This article summarizes a study where 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
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.
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.
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 Autism?
This study examined a gluten-free/casein-free diet for children with Autism. The researchers noted a study limitation of a small sample size that may not be sensitive enough to detect small changes.
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.