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.
Launch into life! Quickstart Planning Tool
What do you want your adult life to look like? This QuickStart Planning Tool will Help you build a plan for success as you transition to adulthood. Developed by the Sinneave Family Foundation, this on-line course can help anyone with goal planning and life skills, but is particularly designed for use by individuals in the autism and/or intellectual disability community.
Peer Networking and Building your Circle of Social Supports in Manitoba
There are a number of organizations in Manitoba that help people with disabilities and mental health issues, including people on the autism spectrum, learn and/or improve their social skills to assist them in communicating and making friends. These include Inspire Community Outreach and Manitoba Possible (formerly the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities), as well as organizations geared towards children and teens such as I Can Pretend! and OHEYS Autism Programs. Peer support groups can also provide a sense of connection to others in similar circumstances and Asperger Manitoba has a monthly facilitated meeting that is well attended.
Thinking About Thinking: How to build stronger executive functioning skills Webinar
This workshop will provide a brief overview of the key areas of executive functioning (that is, thinking skills). Participants will learn a variety of strategies to help strengthen their own or other’s thinking as well as supports to overcome barriers to executive functioning.
Managing Stress During the Holiday Season Webinar
This workshop will discuss triggers for stress, specifically during the pressure of the holiday season. It will provide attendees with an understanding of how stress affects the body, will cover the difference between good and bad stress, as well as strategies to help manage stress during the holiday season.
Leisure Healthy Workshop Webinar
When life gets challenging, recreation and leisure activities are often the first to be cut from daily life. This workshop will present a fresh perspective about the importance of recreation and leisure and provide you with some ideas about how to keep it going when things get tough.
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.
How to assist newcomer families living with ASD - Guide for Service Providers
Resource created for service providers supporting newcomers to Canada. Includes information on the importance of inclusivity, guiding principles, bilingualism, case studies, and positive perceptions to take into account when working with this population.
The Aging Caregiver's Guide to Resources - Toolkit - Autism Calgary
This informative resouce includes chapters discussing important things aging caregivers can consider to prepare for the future regarding legal decisions, housing, support services, and employment options. Information is broken into supports for caregivers and supports for adult children.
Autism Ontario's 2018 Election Toolkit: Getting Started on your Town Hall
This toolkit offers steps for holding a town hall meeting to advocate and hear political candidates' positions and platforms related to the needs of people with autism (or other neurodevelopmental disabilities). Specific practical step-by-step information is provided.
A Guide to Facilitating Meetups for Adults Who Have a Sibling with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability
This guide is intended to provide a recommended process for hosting successful meetups for adults who have siblings with an intellectual or developmental disability. Much of the content has been geared to the needs of facilitators who are new to hosting sibling meetups. In most cases, the meetup facilitators referring to this guide will be siblings themselves.
Emotion Regulation in Children with Autism
Children with autism (average age of 5.7 years) and their caregivers participated in this study which collected information at two time points (10 months apart). The researchers examined elements such as child emotional regulation capacity, behavioural functioning, and social, language and academic skills.
Practitioner Beliefs About Exercise for Children and Youth With Intellectual Developmental Disabilities
Physical activity is important to overall health and wellbeing. Practitioners can play an important role by helping youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) engage in physical activity programs. Surveyed practitioners reported that physical activity programs are important for youth with IDD.