Autistic Burnout Toolkit
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.
Navigating the Teen Years: Some Tips for Parents in Moving Forward
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.
Northwest Territories: We have an ASD diagnosis- now what?
This booklet is helpful for families and individuals who have recently received a diagnosis and are wondering what services or resources are available to them in the Northwest Territories. It was produced through the collaboration between Autism Yukon.
AIDE Canada starts a conversation with Kieran Rose about Masking
Kieran Rose is a well-known author and international public speaker from the UK who runs “The Autistic Advocate” website, where he shares his insights via essays and video presentations. He delivers specialist Autism and Neurodiversity training to professionals and works as a consultant across the globe. Kieran recently co-authored an academic publication on Autistic Masking. He is also the Founder of The Autistic Cooperative, an international network and lobbying group for Autistic Professionals and Advocates. In this video, Kieran discusses Autistic Burnout, Masking, and strategies for supporting mental health for Autistic adults and elders.
AIDE Canada starts a conversation with Dr. Anthony Bailey about Mental Health
Dr. Anthony Bailey is a Professor and Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He came from the University of Oxford where he was the first medical chair devoted to the study of autism. Dr. Bailey’s research has investigated the neurobiological basis of autistic disorders, using genetic, neuropathological and neuroimaging approaches. Dr. Bailey’s clinical work focuses on teenagers and adults on the autism spectrum. In this video, Dr. Bailey discusses mental health concerns and challenges facing adults on the autism spectrum, obstacles facing adults who are seeking a diagnosis, and how we can better support adolescents and adults and empower them to live their best lives.
A Conversation with Temple Grandin about Aging and Mental Health
In this video, Dr. Grandin shares her experiences with aging and the impact it can have on mental health issues like anxiety. She provides insight and helpful suggestions for autistic people who may be struggling with their mental health as they age.
Developing your Social Circle - For Self Advocates in Alberta
This video essay written and developed by a self-advocate on the autism spectrum discusses some of the ways that he developed his social circle in his Alberta community. This resource was developed in partnership with Autism Calgary.
Navigating the Social Network Super Highway Webinar
Having social networks is part of who we are as human beings. They play a significant role in most areas of our daily life. For adults with autism, creating and maintaining meaningful social connections can often feel difficult, confusing, and overwhelming. This presentation will focus on the importance of developing and maintaining connections throughout your community. We will discuss how to build networks across a variety of contexts including school, work, and recreation. The discussion will also identify strategies that can be used to support the growth of social connections across in-person situations as well as in the digital world.
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.
The Relationship Between Parent Anxiety Severity and Response to Anxiety Treatment in Adolescents With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Parental anxiety was examined relative to anxiety in youth with autism. Parents with a higher level of anxiety tended to identify greater anxiety in their adolescents. When youth responded favourably to anxiety treatment, parents were reported to experience decreased anxiety.
Community-based Respite Care May Help Decrease Psychiatric Hospitalizations in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
This US-based study examined home/community support and its impact on psychiatric hospitalizations among children with autism. The researchers examined hospitalizations for psychiatric reasons, use of community-based services, and autism therapy services.
A Review of Emergency Department Visits Made by Youth and Adults with Autism from the Parent Perspective
Individuals with autism typically access the emergency department more frequently than peers without autism. Parents in this study generally reported satisfaction with their child’s care, but provided recommendations to improve quality of care.