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.
Creating Healthy Relationships to Address Bullying and Trauma
This webinar features Canadian psychologist, Debra Pepler as she discusses approaches to supporting children with autism to have safe and harmonious relationships with peers. By supporting children with autism and their peers, we can promote healthy relationships, which in turn, support healthy development and prevent the long-term harms associated with bullying and victimization.
Culturally Responsive Communication with Families in which a Child has Autism: A Toolkit for Health Care Providers
Helpful information is provided for health care providers in the aim of offering culturally-responsive communication with families in which a child is being assessed for developmental disability. This guidance is particularly relevant given the ethnocultural diversity of Canada, and the importance of person and family-centredness in service provision. The toolkit was developed by the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC) and specifically Arjun (AJ) Balasingham and Dr. Shivajan Sivapalan.
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.
Improving Communication: Examining Understanding
This toolkit is designed to help those who interact with autistic individuals understand and accommodate potential verbal understanding challenges. Sometimes we assume that our loved ones understand us but a directive has not been followed, This can lead to feelings that the autistic person is non-compliant, defiant or even oppositional. Writen by Dr. Glenis Benson, a lifelong autism professional.
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.
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.
Effects of a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy on Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Children (ages 9-16 years) with autism were randomly assigned either to a cognitive behavioural therapy or a social recreational group. Both approaches were found to reduce anxiety; however, some differences in outcomes were found.
Language Difficulties Related to Autism Impede Post-secondary Adjustment
This research summary discusses a study where the Broad Autism Phenotype (BAP) Questionnaire and the Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire were administered to post-secondary students. The researchers examined (1) adjustment to post-secondary education based on BAP scores, and (2) adjustment based on enrolment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) versus non-STEM fields.
Oh, Brother: Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may Demonstrate More Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
The researchers surveyed mothers who have both typically-developing children and children with autism, as well as mothers whose children are not diagnosed with autism. Questionnaires addressed sibling psychological adjustment, broader autism phenotype in siblings, sibling relationship quality, maternal depressive symptoms, and the impact of the child with ASD on the family.