Supporting Individuals with Limited Speech
Individuals with limited speech can often benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC refers to interventions designed to compensate for an individual’s communication difficulty. In this toolkit, Dr. Pat Mirenda, one of Canada's leading researchers, describes the different types of AAC, what sort of considerations one should make when deciding on an approach to try, and refutes some of the myths surrounding AAC.
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)]
Supporting Individuals Working with Young Children with Special Needs in Rural and Remote Areas - Module 4: Increasing Children’s Language
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: • Develop an understanding of the stages of typical speech and language development, • Be able to explain and utilize a variety of techniques to enhance language skills, and • Understand emotion words and how to encourage their use with children.
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.
Healthy Relationships, Sexuality & Autism - Webinar Part 1
The Healthy Relationships, Sexuality and Autism (HRSA) supports teens and adults (19 years and up) with autism through introducing concepts of sexuality and social skills through interactive, sex-positive, inclusive sexuality education lessons.
Tips for Taxes
This dramatized video tells a true life story of an autistic man who could not get help from Revenue Canada. Thankfully Autism Calgary was able to help him get the forms filled out successfully and the problem was solved. The video also covers two tax credits available to people with disabilities and how to get those credits. 5 minutes in length with dramas and interviews.
How to Deal with Legal Issues
A true life drama opens up this video, telling the story of "Susan"-- an autistic woman who lost a court case because she could not communicate with the judge. Two presenters with autism give practical advice on what to do and how to deal with stressful situations like this. 8 minutes in length with dramas and interviews.
Healthy Relationship Collection
AIDE Canada and partners have collaborated to bring you a collection introducing healthy relationships, and what it takes to create them. We discuss everything from setting boundaries and healthy communication to pronouns and gender diversity in a Neurodiverse world.
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.
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.
Worktopia: A Parent's Guide to Helping Your Child Enter the Workforce
Guide for families when looking to prepare their child to enter the workforce. Includes information on the steps for moving forward, how to support and engage your child, and resources for developing a work experience plan. Created by the Sinneave Family Foundation.
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.
Launch into life! Quickstart Planning Tool
What do you want your adult life to look like? This QuickStart Planning Tool will Help you build a plan for success as you transition to adulthood. Developed by the Sinneave Family Foundation, this on-line course can help anyone with goal planning and life skills, but is particularly designed for use by individuals in the autism and/or intellectual disability community.
Prepare to Launch: A Resource Guide for Parents of Adolescents with Autism
Guide for families to help transition their child from adolescence to adulthood. This guide includes information on developing health and well-being, education and employment, communication and social relationships, independent living skills and self-adovcacy, and legal and financial issues. This resource also provides information on self-care for caregivers throughout the process and and a transition planning timeline. Created by the Sinneave Family Foundation.
Navigating the Social Network Super Highway Webinar
Having social networks is part of who we are as human beings. They play a significant role in most areas of our daily life. For adults with autism, creating and maintaining meaningful social connections can often feel difficult, confusing, and overwhelming. This presentation will focus on the importance of developing and maintaining connections throughout your community. We will discuss how to build networks across a variety of contexts including school, work, and recreation. The discussion will also identify strategies that can be used to support the growth of social connections across in-person situations as well as in the digital world.
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.
Fathers’ Verbal Responsiveness More Impactful Than Originally Thought on Language Skills of Children With ASD
The study examined verbal responsiveness in children, and the impact of mother and father engagement. Parent engagement in play with their child, was videotaped and analyzed.