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.
Neurodiversity in Cultural Institutions: Making the Most of Visits and Welcoming Those with Diverse Needs
A Toolkit for Visitors, Self-Advocates, Caregivers, Cultural Institution Personnel and Others. This toolkit is written to benefit neurodiverse individuals and their families, caregivers and friends who wish to enjoy museums and other community resources. Individuals who work at cultural institutions are given resources to help improve visitor experiences.
Thinking About Thinking: How to build stronger executive functioning skills Webinar
This workshop provides an overview of the key areas of executive functioning (that is, thinking skills). Viewers learn a variety of strategies to help strengthen their own or other’s thinking as well as supports to overcome barriers to executive functioning. This resource was developed in partnership with the Sinneave Family Foundation.
Sensory Processing in Autism: The Neuroscience & Practical Strategies for Home Webinar
This workshop provides information about our current scientific understanding of the brain and the issues that can contribute to sensory processing differences. Presentes explain the science, and viewers learn a variety of evidence-based strategies for families to try at home. This workshop aims to help improve sensory reactions and empower autistic individuals to manage their sensory experiences. This resource was developed in partnership with the Pacific Autsim Family Network.
What is Autism? A Guide in Arabic
This booklet provides general information about important topics in autism and includes strategies to try at home. Sections related communication, routines, education, work, and supports are included. The guide appears in English along side an Arabic translation.
Early Sensory Over-responsivity in Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorders as a Predictor of Family Impairment and Parenting Stress
This article summarizes a study where parents of toddlers with autism helped to examine child sensory over-responsivity (SOR). The researchers address parenting stress and restrictions of activities linked with SOR.
Video Game Use is Associated With Problem Behaviours in Boys With Autism
This article summarizes a study that found children with autism often spend significant amounts of time engaged in screen-based activities, including video games. This study examined video game use and the potential for problem behaviours among 8-18 year old boys with autism.
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.
Theatre-Based, Peer-Mediated Intervention Increases Social Skills in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder
This article summarizes a study that explored an intervention aimed at increasing social functioning in children and youth with autism. This intervention was found to improve social functioning, but additional research is needed.
Sensory Processing Differences Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to provide autistic persons and their families with an introduction to the 8 sensory systems, questions to help determine the individual’s most impacted sensory systems, and to give an overview of strategies to try at home. Additional resources, including an overview of professional treatment options, are provided along with recommended reading and websites.