Transitioning Out of the Family Home
This webinar offers important considerations and insights for autistic individuals and their families in considering a transition out of the family home. Multiple perspectives are offered, with practical advice and issues to consider and plan for at this key point of transition from the home of one's family-of-origin.
Exploring Quality of Life and Aging in Autism
After our first "Exploring Aging and Autism" webinar in 2021, many viewers requested that we host another webinar focused specifically on improving the quality of life for autistic elders as they age. Join us for our webinar panel session where we will bring together researchers and leaders in the field to discuss various perspectives on this important topic.
Developing Self-Esteem in Teens and Young Adults
Self-esteem and self-confidence are important to our comfort and success in daily life. Teenagers and young adults, whether they have a diagnosis or not, can often struggle with feeling good about themselves. This toolkit was developed by Rebecca Farnell, a Registered Clinical Counsellor with years of experience working with neurodivergent teens to develop self-esteem and self-confidence.
Aging Matters: Indigenous Perspectives - Roots: Perspectives from Indigenous Families and Self-Advocates
Learn from experiences of families, unpaid caregivers and aging Indigenous adults with IDD in Northern Ontario. Hear stories of resilience from self-advocates and their caregivers’ stories on the joys and challenges of supporting their unique needs. Conversations will address a variety of subjects, including support navigation, systemic issues and planning for the future. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer and more fulfilled lives, but what are the challenges of aging with a disability?
Aging Matters: Indigenous Perspectives - Trunk and Branches: Perspectives from Caregivers and Community Supports
Hear first-hand accounts from paid caregivers and community support workers providing services to aging Indigenous adults with IDD. Conversations will focus on the strengths and challenges of small and/or remote communities in Northern Ontario including creative problem solving and the importance of relationship building and cultural competency when providing services. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer and more fulfilled lives, but what are the challenges of aging with a disability?
Aging Matters: Indigenous Perspectives – Water Droplets: Perspectives from Professionals
Understand the systemic barriers that remote and semi-remote communities face, strategies for better outcomes, and key touchstones for supporting Indigenous adults with IDD in Northern Ontario. Persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are living longer and more fulfilled lives, but what are the challenges of aging with a disability?
Promoting Better Mental Health: Animated Video
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.
The Sibling Collaborative: A Guide on Mental Health for Adults Who Have Siblings with Disabilities
This guide is for adults who have a sibling with a disability and want to learn more about mental health. If you’re involved in the care or well-being of your sibling with a disability this guide will provide you with information and resources to support not only their mental health but also your own. As you and your family members get older, you may find yourself taking on more of a supportive role in your sibling with a disability’s life. With that in mind, there may be questions about their mental health that you need answered. This guide will help you identify what questions to ask and where to go for additional information and support.
Specialized Inpatient Psychiatry for Serious Behavioural Disturbance in Autism and Intellectual Disability
This article summarizes a study that included individuals with autism and those without autism who were admitted for the first time to a specialized inpatient psychiatry unit (average age was 13 years). The impact of this intervention was examined.
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.
Treating Mental Health Conditions in Autistic Individuals: A Toolkit for Understanding Approaches to Mental Health Care
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.
Joyce and Chris’ Story: An Indigenous Mother’s Advocacy
Listen to the first 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 first episode features Joyce, a mother advocating for and supporting her son with autism in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, also known as Big Trout Lake, Ontario. The music is by Rest You Sleeping Giant (CC BY 4.0)
Finding Support From Others: Why Do Parents of Children With Autism Join Support Groups?
This article summarizes a study that found some parents of children with autism find support groups beneficial. This study explored a variety of factors that may influence a parent to participate in such a group.
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.
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.
Skills Training Group for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Outcomes of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based Program
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.
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.