Autism: It's Not Just for Males Anymore
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.
Neurodivergence and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder from Sexual Assault: A Toolkit for Moving Forward- PART 1
Neurodivergent persons have a higher risk of being diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and have higher rates of sexual abuse than their neurotypical peers. This toolkit was a direct request from focus groups with autistic self-advocates. PTSD can be extremely challenging, but there are resources available to help. We have made every effort to avoid triggering persons while still providing relevant and useful information. There are also additional resources and suggested readings at the end of the toolkit if you would like to learn more about this topic. This toolkit is broken into two parts: 1) Understanding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and 2) Moving Forward from PTSD.
HELP with Behaviours that Challenge: A Tool for Primary Care Providers
The Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program of Surrey Place Toronto published a tool called HELP with Behaviours that Challenge (HELP) to help primary care providers and other individuals who support people with IDD implement this approach into practice. The HELP tool provides a framework that promotes an in-depth exploration of the underlying causes of symptoms and behaviours, even if they appear to meet the criteria for psychiatric disorders. The tool offers a multi-perspective evaluation of situations where those disorders, such as anxiety and depression, may be present. Primary care providers can anticipate and alleviate patient distress with the comprehensive framework
Exploring Physical Health and Aging in Autism
Physical health is something most people worry about as they age, but few research studies have focused on healthy aging in autistic individuals. Join us for this webinar with experts from around the world as they discuss what we know, what we need to know, and what future directions research studies should take in order to better support autistic adults as they approach their senior years.
Understanding Complex Self-Injurious Behaviours
Self-injurious behaviours (SIB) frequently occur in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. These are often called "complex" behaviours as there can be multiple reasons a person may be engaging in them and it can be difficult to know how best to support the individual to stop causing themselves injury. In this toolkit, we describe the reasons SIB may occur, ways you can help professionals narrow down the causes of the behaviour, and suggestions on how to reach out to specialists who may be able to help.
INSAR 2022: Mental Health Conditions and Autism Among Females: Emerging Evidence about Comorbid Diagnosis
The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is the largest autism research conference in the world. At this year's conference, the topic of mental health conditions in autistic males and females was discussed. Rates of comorbid diagnosis, meaning being diagnosed with more than one health or mental health condition, are higher for autistic individuals compared to the general population. Few research studies have looked at these rates in autistic males vs. females. Researchers found that autistic females were more likely than autistic males to have one or more comorbid diagnoses. Potential reasons for the difference are discussed along with links to a self-assessment questionnaire and additional resources.
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.