Sleep Challenges in Developmental Disabilities
Sleeping issues are often reported among the developmental disability population and are particularly common in children and youth on the autism spectrum. This toolkit summarizes our current knowledge around sleep differences in individuals with developmental disabilities and provides an overview of evidence-based strategies that can be tried at home. There are also links to additional resources and questionnaires that can help you discuss these challenges with your child's medical team.
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.
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.
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.
Theatre-Based, Peer-Mediated Intervention Increases Social Skills in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder
This article summarizes a study that 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.
A Randomized Waitlist-controlled Trial of Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Improve Emotion Regulation in Children With Autism
This article summarizes a study that examined the effectiveness of a 10-week manualized transdiagnostic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy intervention entitled “Secret Agent Society: Operation Regulation”. Positive outcomes are reported.
Children With Autism And Their Transition Between Primary And Secondary School
This article summarizes a study that found individuals with autism may experience difficulty during transition. The transition from primary to secondary school may be one of these difficult junctures. This was examined, and researchers address issues of bullying.