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 was generated in an effort to sensitize those who interact with autistics, to the potential of verbal comprehension challenges. Until receptive language deficits are acknowledged, accommodations will not be made. When it is assumed that comprehension has occurred, yet a directive has not been followed, many are left believing that the autistic is non-compliant, defiant or even oppositional. It is therefore, critical that receptive abilities are examined and revealed so that strategies to improve understanding can be implemented. This document is the solely work of Dr. Glenis Benson who is a lifelong autism professional who has been presenting on communication challenges for a few decades. Anyone who interacts with autistics will benefit from learning this content.
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
There are a number of organizations in Manitoba that help people with disabilities and mental health issues, including people on the autism spectrum, learn and/or improve their social skills to assist them in communicating and making friends. These include Inspire Community Outreach and Manitoba Possible (formerly the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities), as well as organizations geared towards children and teens such as I Can Pretend! and OHEYS Autism Programs. Peer support groups can also provide a sense of connection to others in similar circumstances and Asperger Manitoba has a monthly facilitated meeting that is well attended.
Our Siblings with Disabilities and the COVID-19 Vaccine
During these past months of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us who have siblings with a disability have been feeling worried, stressed and guilt (visit our infographic here). Our siblings with disabilities have had their routines and activities disrupted, they haven’t been able to visit family and friends, they are worried about getting sick; and we have been anxious that they have not been able to understand all of the current public health restrictions.
Attitudes Towards the Inclusion of College Students With Intellectual Disabilities
In this American study, post-secondary students were surveyed about their attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities. Overall, positive attitudes were identified, although a range of perspectives was reported.
Mothers with Chemical Intolerance Associated with having Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
This study examined the relationship between maternal chemical intolerance and children having a diagnosis of autism or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Professionals suggest avoiding unnecessary chemical exposure if pregnant. Further research in this area is reportedly needed.
Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Group Recreational Activity Are Both Beneficial for Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder
This study examined cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and recreational therapy for young adults with mental health concerns. Beneficial outcomes were found in both intervention types; however, some differences were noted.