Physical Health and Safety for Teens
This Toolkit offers information that may be useful for teens. It addresses topics related to one’s physical development and health. Specific sections are titled: What is Puberty?; My Body, Sexual Health and Romantic Relationships; Personal Hygiene; Medication Management; Nutrition; Fitness; Fun; and Managing My Behaviour and Relationships. The Toolkit was written by Laura Beaune. Ms. Beaune is a social worker who has worked extensively with youth.
Autism, Intellectual Disability and supporting the Street Community
Autistic individuals and individuals with intellectual disabilities often lack resources and support and a number of them will experience homelessness as adults. In this online course created by shelter and day program/drop-in centre workers and an autism specialist, we provide information on how to recognize and support those who struggle with verbal communication or may have sensory processing differences. There are scenarios at the end of the course to help prepare you for common situations and give you options to try when managing conflict between community members.
Mental Health and Sensory Challenges for Teens
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.
Co-occurring Mental Health Conditions and ASD
This presentation discusses mental health conditions that often accompany autism. Autistic individuals are at risk for developing and/or being misdiagnosed as having a variety of mental health challenges that include anxiety, AD/HD, OCD, depression, personality disorders, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Clinical presentations of these co-occurring conditions will be outlined during this webinar. We will also discuss how they may present in individuals with autism, finishing with support options/suggestions.
Exploring Aging in Autism
Studies of autistic adults, especially those that are seniors, have been limited. Join us as four leading researchers share some of their findings and discuss topics such as dementia, diabetes, GI issues, Parkinson's, and improving quality of life for autistic seniors. We will have presentations by top researchers out of Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and the United States and time for the audience to ask questions as we discuss the unique challenges that autistic individuals face as they age.
Lifespan Approaches to ASD: a psychiatrist's perspective
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.
Autism and Anxiety
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.
Cultivating Courage: Online course for Caregivers
This course was created by self-care coach and parent Nicole Dauz of Caring4Caregivers. After her own journey with her daughter with a rare genetic disease and autism, Nicole is inspired to change the story around caregiving. She works with caregivers to recognize their worth, worry less, and find ways to celebrate their journey. In this course, she provides tools and strategies for caregivers to shift from feeling stressed and overwhelmed to regaining control and finding joy in their lives.
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. In this video, Kieran discusses Autistic Burnout, Masking, and strategies for supporting mental health for Autistic adults and elders. This resource was developed in partnership with the Pacific Autism Family Network.
AIDE Canada starts a conversation with Dr. Anthony Bailey about Mental Health
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. This resource was developed in partnership with the Pacific Autism Family Network.
AIDE Canada starts a conversation with Dr. Temple Grandin
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. This resource was developed in partnership with the Pacific Autism Family Network.
Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Group Recreational Activity Are Both Beneficial for Adults With Autism
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.
Rates and Risk Factors of Psychiatric Disorders in Children With Autism
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.
Emotional and Behavioural Problems in Youth with ASD and How They Relate to Mothers’ Mental Health
This article summarizes a study where researchers drew on data from a national survey examining 5-16 year old children/youth in the United Kingdom. The study examined emotional and behavioural problems in the children/youth with autism, and mothers’ mental health.
MYmind: A Concurrent Group-Based Mindfulness Intervention for Youth with Autism and Their Parents
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.