The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is the largest autism research conference in the world. At this year's conference, the topic of chronic pain in autism was explored by researchers from various fields. One presentation explored how Central Sensitivity Syndrome (CSS) relates to autism. CSS is an umbrella term for a group of health conditions that include chronic pain issues. The presenting researchers found that autistic individuals were more likely to be diagnosed with conditions that are commonly found in CSS, suggesting that there is a great deal of overlap between symptoms of CSS and the physical health and mental health conditions commonly associated with autism. Links to useful screening tools are provided so individuals can bring their concerns regarding pain management up with their doctors.
This Infographic reviews sexual consent. Sexual consent happens when people want to be sexually active with each other. Sexual consent is used to communicate to a partner that sex or a type of sexual activity is wanted or not wanted. Consent means everyone understands what they are consenting to without feeling pressured to do something they are not comfortable with.
The Quebec Federation of Autism (FQA) is a provincial grouping of organizations and individuals committed to the interests of autistic people and their families and loved ones. Several helpful employment-focused resources are offered. These have been summarized, and offer support in seeking improved employment opportunities.
Being a caregiver of those with intellectual disabilities and/or those with developmental disabilities can be both rewarding and challenging. This toolkit is designed to provide families with strategies to help individuals navigate their needs and balance them with the needs of their loved one. There is a section just for sibling caregivers as well as activities to allow you to make plans for the future.
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.
The Toolkit addresses two important areas for teens: mental health and sensory issues. It offers a range of information including practical ideas and strategies. The Toolkit was written by Laura Beaune. Ms. Beaune is a social worker who has worked extensively with youth.
Each province and territory in Canada is responsible for setting up and running their own school system; there is no federal department or national system of education. While education services are much the same across the country, there are some differences among provinces and territories.
Following a diagnosis of ASD in a child, parents can sometimes feel disempowered. This kit is designed to help them better understand what the diagnosis entails, how best to support their child at home on their road to empowerment, and to restore their confidence in their essential role as parents. The kit includes scientific explanations as well as practical and easy-to-apply at home advice.
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.
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.
Individuals with autism can face challenges related to anxiety at a rate higher than the general population. Anxiety relative to autism is examined.
Parents raising children with autism generally may experience more stress than parents of typically-developing children. It is important for service providers to support parents in managing the stress they experience.
The information in this toolkit was adapted from an 8-week course where parents and their children participate separately in weekly, 90-minute sessions to explore self-regulation concepts and develop skills to improve reactions to stressful situations. These program materials were adjusted to provide families with a general understanding of issues related to self-regulation and concrete strategies to try at home.
This toolkit is designed to provide autistic persons and their families with an introduction to the 8 sensory systems, questions to help determine the individual’s most impacted sensory systems, and to give an overview of strategies to try at home. Additional resources, including an overview of professional treatment options, are provided along with recommended reading and websites.