The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program of Surrey Place Toronto published a tool called HELP with Behaviours that Challenge (HELP) to help primary care providers and other individuals who support people with IDD implement this approach into practice.
The HELP tool provides a framework that promotes an in-depth exploration of the underlying causes of symptoms and behaviours, even if they appear to meet the criteria for psychiatric disorders. The tool offers a multi-perspective evaluation of situations where those disorders, such as anxiety and depression, may be present. Primary care providers can anticipate and alleviate patient distress with the comprehensive framework
This article provides an introduction and links to the Promoting Capabilities tool created by Surrey Place and in consultation with leading clinicians in Canada. This tool guides clinicians in shifting the focus from assessing what adults with IDD can or cannot do independently to evaluating and addressing the accommodations and support for decision making that they need to be involved as much as possible in reaching decisions about acceptable and preferred healthcare interventions. The Promoting Capabilities tool mitigates ableism present in the healthcare and legal systems by recognizing that adults with IDD have a range of decision-making capabilities.
This booklet is helpful for families and individuals who have recently
received a diagnosis and want to know what services and/or resources are
available to them in Nunavut. It was produced through collaboration
between Autism Yukon and the Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit
Self-injurious behaviours (SIB) frequently occur in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. These are often called "complex" behaviours as there can be multiple reasons a person may be engaging in them and it can be difficult to know how best to support the individual to stop causing themselves injury. In this toolkit, we describe the reasons SIB may occur, ways you can help professionals narrow down the causes of the behaviour, and suggestions on how to reach out to specialists who may be able to help.
The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is the largest autism research conference in the world. At this year's conference, the topic of motor skills difficulties in autism was explored by researchers from various fields. One presentation discussed the barriers to timely diagnosis and the long-term impact of motor issues for autistic adults. The second presentation discussed Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and the use of a screening tool in assessing autistic children for DCD. Links to useful screening tools are provided so individuals can bring their concerns regarding DCD to their doctor.
Teaching self-care techniques can be challenging for some children, especially if they struggle with sensory processing differences. In this toolkit developed by OT Moria Pena, common personal hygiene issues are discussed and practical strategies are provided.
Individuals with limited speech can often benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC refers to interventions designed to compensate for an individual’s communication difficulty. In this toolkit, Dr. Pat Mirenda, one of Canada's leading researchers, describes the different types of AAC, what sort of considerations one should make when deciding on an approach to try, and refutes some of the myths surrounding AAC.
Hear first-hand accounts from paid caregivers and community support workers providing services to aging Indigenous adults with IDD. Conversations will focus on the strengths and challenges of small and/or remote communities in Northern Ontario including creative problem solving and the importance of relationship building and cultural competency when providing services. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer and more fulfilled lives, but what are the challenges of aging with a disability?
Understand the systemic barriers that remote and semi-remote communities face, strategies for better outcomes, and key touchstones for supporting Indigenous adults with IDD in Northern Ontario. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer and more fulfilled lives, but what are the challenges of aging with a disability?
Over the last almost 3 years researchers, clinicians, autistic people , autistic scientists, and families have been working on developing recommendations on what can be done in the next 5 years to address the current needs of autistic individuals and families worldwide. The commission was published in December 2021. The webinar will review the key points of the commission as they pertain to recommendation about the health wellbeing of individuals, systems and policy.
This article summarizes a study that included individuals with autism and those without autism who were admitted for the first time to a specialized inpatient psychiatry unit (average age was 13 years). The impact of this intervention was examined.
Autistic individuals are more likely to experience mental health challenges than the general population, yet there are few studies that focus on the best mental health approaches for those on the autism spectrum. This toolkit provides background on mental health treatments that are backed by research. The toolkit also provides helpful summaries and reflection questions to help you decide which mental health approach(es) to pursue.
This article summarizes a study that found supportive therapies and interventions have shown mixed results for children with autism. This school-based intervention was found to be effective for some children but not for others.
This article summarizes a study that examined support groups and their impact for parents of children with autism. Overall, support groups were reported to be helpful.
This article summarizes a study that addresses suicide risk among adults with Asperger Syndrome. The summary concludes that it is important to raise awareness about mental health concerns that these individuals may face, and mental health interventions are advocated.
This article summarizes a study that found practitioners can play an important role by helping youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) engage in physical activity programs. Surveyed practitioners reported that physical activity programs are important for youth with IDD.
This study tested a new therapeutic intervention, called Aligning Dimensions of Interoceptive Experience (ADIE), to see if it reduced anxiety in autistic adults. Participants were either given this new intervention or an already established intervention, and then tested on their anxiety levels. The study confirmed that the new ADIE intervention can reduce anxiety in autistic adults.
This toolkit is designed to help families gain an understanding of the reasons why children and youth on the autism spectrum experience feeding difficulties and provide effective strategies that can be implemented at home.
Join Autism Nova Scotia and AIDE Canada for the third in a four-part series on Autism and Trauma.
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