Autism and Anxiety
Autism and anxiety often go hand in hand. Many children with autism also have anxiety disorders. How is anxiety different alongside autism? How is it the same? What can we do about it…and when? How do we know if it's serious? Please join Autism Yukon and Dr. Kerns for an interactive, FREE, live webinar addressing these topics.
First Responders and Autism
This program was designed by the Pacific Autism Family Network to assist those that work in Frist Responder Positions. The course will help those individuals understand autism and how they can utilize strategies to support people on the autism spectrum when responding to an incident or emergency. The course takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Autism in the Pediatric Emergency Department: Supporting Successful Visits
An emergency department visit can be very stressful for children with developmental disabilities and their parents, and can present service challenges for health care providers. Tips are offered for navigating an emergency department visit. / Going to the hospital is stressful for everyone, but can be especially so for children on the autism spectrum. In this toolkit, researchers, medical professionals, and parents have provided background information, tools, and strategies on how to make these stressful visits go more smoothly.
Navigating Services: During the COVID-19 Pandemic and as Restrictions Ease
Juggling life through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging. But if you are someone living with autism and/or intellectual disability, or a family member caring for someone with autism and/or intellectual disability, this may be an especially stressful time. The loss of routine, connections with others and the shut down of services and places to go for support, may be causing additional stress and challenge. Changes in the way that we normally live may lead to isolation, and perhaps cause a setback in developmental or behavioural gains. It may be very hard for caregivers without the supports and helpers that they received prior to the pandemic.
Police and Autism – Training Video
This training video developed with the support of the RCMP, the Vancouver Police Department, and the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform, provides information for police officers on best practices to improve community safety for the autism community.
Defining Crisis in Families of Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorder
This article summarizes a study that found parents of children with autism may experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. ‘Crisis’ was described by mothers to occur when they were unable to meet the demands in their lives and lacked sufficient external resources. Interventions can address causes of crisis.
Predictors of Emergency Service Use in Adolescents and Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder Living With Family
This article summarizes a study that addressed emergency service use by people with autism, including engagement with police and paramedics, and emergency department visits. Proactive care planning and training for staff and families are advised.
Psychiatric-Related Emergency Department Visits Among Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
This article summarizes a study that was based on a review of US-based emergency room use data. It was determined that children with autism were substantially more likely to visit the emergency department for psychiatric reasons, compared to children without ASD. Researchers examined the type of presenting psychiatric issue.
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