Anxiety and Depression are the two most common mental health conditions for people with developmental disabilities. This short animated video walks viewers through two popular, evidence-based practices that can help us feel better when we are struggling. The script was written, developed, and narrated by Dr. Fakhri Shafai of AIDE Canada.
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.
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.
This article summarizes a study that examined the impact of a skills training group with daily mindfulness exercises for junior high and high school students. Positive outcomes were found.
Being trauma-informed is about acknowledging the need to understand a person’s life experiences in order to deliver effective services. With this approach, service providers can improve engagement, health outcomes, and wellness for their community. This collection of resources can assist service providers and individuals to develop an approach that improves understanding, and helps to recognize, and respond to the effects of all types of trauma.
In this Webinar we will be discussing strategies for supporting social emotional competence as a framework for responding to challenging needs through a trauma informed lens
Join Autism Nova Scotia and AIDE Canada for the third in a four-part series on Autism and Trauma.
The word media is used to describe the many different ways of communicating information to people in society. Examples of media are the internet, websites, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snap Chat, podcasts, music, television, the news, movies, magazines, radio, advertisements, and many more.
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.
In this webinar we will be discussing the impact trauma has on individuals with neurodiverse needs and the developing brain.
This presentation discusses a holistic, person-centred, team-based approach to autism, including the interplay between autism and medications that are sometimes prescribed for attention, depression, anxiety, repetitive behaviours, etc. Dr. Bailey discusses how a psychiatrist can be a valuable member of the support team and how prescriptions may sometimes be part of a well-rounded approach to supporting autistic individuals.
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.
Researchers randomly divided 40 adults with an autism diagnosis into a mindfulness group and a wait-list for the treatment. Positive outcomes of the mindfulness group were found.
This article summarizes a study that found mindfulness-based training (MBT) is being used to support youth with autism and their parents. Intervention findings of MYmind demonstrated promising yet mixed results, with further research needed.
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.
This workshop will discuss triggers for stress, specifically during the pressure of the holiday season. It will provide attendees with an understanding of how stress affects the body, will cover the difference between good and bad stress, as well as strategies to help manage stress during the holiday season.
This webinar panel session brings autistic self-advocates together to share their personal journeys and approaches to self-advocacy in Canada. Despite taking very different paths, each of our panel members has contributed to nationwide efforts to improving acceptance and inclusion of autistic individuals. This resource was developed in partnership with Voices of Autism and the Pacific Autsim Family Network.
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 articles summarizes a study that found mindfulness is a technique that may be helpful to caregivers. This approach was used with caregivers of adults with autism, and was found to have a lasting effect on reducing caregiver distress.