Physical Health and Safety for Teens
This Toolkit offers information that may be useful for teens. It addresses topics related to one’s physical development and health. Specific sections are titled: What is Puberty?; My Body, Sexual Health and Romantic Relationships; Personal Hygiene; Medication Management; Nutrition; Fitness; Fun; and Managing My Behaviour and Relationships. The Toolkit was written by Laura Beaune. Ms. Beaune is a social worker who has worked extensively with youth.
Developing Healthy Sleep Habits: Animated Video
This short animated video provides tips for developing healthy sleep habits for individuals with developmental disabilities. The script was written by Dr. Penny Corkum of Dalhousie University and was developed and narrated by Dr. Fakhri Shafai of AIDE Canada.
Exploring Aging in Autism
Studies of autistic adults, especially those that are seniors, have been limited. Join us as four leading researchers share some of their findings and discuss topics such as dementia, diabetes, GI issues, Parkinson's, and improving quality of life for autistic seniors. We will have presentations by top researchers out of Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and the United States and time for the audience to ask questions as we discuss the unique challenges that autistic individuals face as they age.
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
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.
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.
Autistic Burnout Toolkit
The term ‘autistic burnout’ refers to a condition many have experienced when facing prolonged periods of stress. A person may experience long-term exhaustion (3+ months), loss of function, and reduced tolerance to things in their environment. In this toolkit, autistic self-advocate and author Sylvère Moulanier describes the causes of autistic burnout, how to tell if you are experiencing burnout, and provides tips and strategies to support yourself and work towards feeling better. While this toolkit is written for autistic individuals, it can also be useful for those seeking to support their loved ones who are struggling with autistic burnout.
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.
Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Yukon: All you need to know before a diagnosis
This booklet guides families and individuals through the diagnostic process for autism 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.
Aging and Osteoporosis: Risks & Prevention Infographic
Adults with developmental disabilities are at higher risk of developing osteoporosis – a bone disease that makes them vulnerable to fractures. This infographic points out some important facts and tips about osteoporosis and developmental disability.
Aging – Record of Abilities Infographic
A record of abilities is a simple way to document and/or illustrate a person’s functional and cognitive abilities over time. It can be helpful when working with or caring for older individuals with developmental disability. This infographic can help you get started using this tool.
AIDE Canada starts a conversation with Dr. Temple Grandin
In this video, Dr. Grandin shares her experiences with aging and the impact it can have on mental health issues like anxiety. She provides insight and helpful suggestions for autistic people who may be struggling with their mental health as they age. This resource was developed in partnership with the Pacific Autism Family Network.
Moving toward Recovery as COVID-19 Pandemic Restrictions Ease: Some Ideas for Parents of Children and Youth with Autism and Intellectual Disability
The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in extraordinary challenge and stress, but recovery after the pandemic may pose additional challenges that require a thoughtful response. Below is the story of one youth adjusting to the easing of pandemic precautions. His story and what follows will offer some ideas and tips on coping in times of pandemic outbreak recovery.
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.