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.
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 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.
Listen to the second episode of the Storytelling Video Series for the Bi pi maadzing zaagidwin teg jichaaming / Circle of Life in the Spirit of Love project. Developed by Surrey Place, the series reflects voices and perspectives from Indigenous caregivers and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Northwestern Ontario.
Our second episode features Serena, an Inuk mother living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, who discusses her adult son's diagnosis of autism. His chronic health issues have impact Serena’s ability to live on her traditional land. Serena shares her disconnection with her Indigenous identity as she navigates motherhood in the South and builds her career as a social worker. Ultimately, with resilience and up against generational trauma, Serena celebrates her reconnection with her traditional ways.
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.
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.
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.
This video created by Matt Durraugh, a self-advocate from the autistic community, describes challenges and resources that exist for autistic community members seeking employment in Manitoba. Interviews with autistic individuals discuss challenges, services, accommodations and workplace relationships.
This article summarizes a study that examined cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and recreational therapy for young autistic adults with mental health concerns. Beneficial outcomes were found in both intervention types; however, some differences were noted.
This article summarizes a study that was based on a review of US-based emergency room use data. It was determined that children with autism were substantially more likely to visit the emergency department for psychiatric reasons, compared to children without ASD. Researchers examined the type of presenting psychiatric issue.
This article summarizes a study that used electronic medical records to examine how common medical or psychiatric conditions were for adults on the autism spectrum, compared to neurotypical peers. Autistic adults were reported to more commonly have some psychiatric and chronic health conditions.