This presentation will focus on the supports available to families and how occupational therapists can not only support the individual with a disability but also the family/family environment.
You will learn what occupational therapy (OT) is, and how OT can support adults with autism.
This Toolkit is intended to inform educators, parents, and yet-to-be diagnosed females, transgendered and nonbinary individuals about an alternative presentation of autism. The ratio of males to females appears to be much lower than previously thought. Obstacles to diagnosing those who do not present with the male phenotype are revealed, and the overlap with sexual and gender minorities and with eating disorders are exposed. Problems with the classification system and diagnostic tools are illuminated and alternative tools are identified.
Managers know that finding and keeping good employees is key to long-term success and customer satisfaction. This course is designed to help employers and managers support employees with differences related to autism. It provides information to Canadian businesses, and breaks down myths and other misinformation regarding autism and intellectual disability.
This article summarizes a study that found some families face barriers to accessing early intervention services, such as a lack of available services or financial/resource limitations. This pilot study explored barriers and facilitators to treatment access among under-resourced families.
The study examined verbal responsiveness in children, and the impact of mother and father engagement. Parent engagement in play with their child, was videotaped and analyzed.
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 where focus groups were held with youth and young adults (15-25 years) about their health-related transitional needs in moving to adult care. Separate focus groups were conducted with caregivers.
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.
Adults with developmental disabilities may have complex care needs. This study examined their health outcomes.
This article summarizes a study that found children with autism often spend significant amounts of time engaged in screen-based activities, including video games. This study examined video game use and the potential for problem behaviours among 8-18 year old boys with autism.
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. 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.
A Toolkit for Visitors, Self-Advocates, Caregivers, Cultural Institution Personnel and Others. This toolkit is written to benefit neurodiverse individuals and their families, caregivers and friends who wish to enjoy museums and other community resources. Individuals who work at cultural institutions are given resources to help improve visitor experiences.
In this American study, post-secondary students were surveyed about their attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities. Overall, positive attitudes were identified, although a range of perspectives was reported.
This study examined elements of life satisfaction among adults with autism, compared to those without autism. Areas of differences, based on findings, are reported.
Research has found that individuals with autism are at risk of mental health issues. In addition to autism, the most common diagnoses reported in this study were anxiety disorders, oppositional disorders and attention disorder.
The researchers viewed psychotropic medication use in children and youth with ASD, based on a US database review.
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 research summary discusses a study where the Broad Autism Phenotype (BAP) Questionnaire and the Student Adaptation to College Questionnaire were administered to post-secondary students. The researchers examined (1) adjustment to post-secondary education based on BAP scores, and (2) adjustment based on enrolment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) versus non-STEM fields.
Health care professionals qualitatively reflected on challenges encountered in providing care to adults on the autism spectrum. Recommendations for moving forward are offered.