From Just Surviving to Thriving in High School
This Toolkit offers ideas and tips that may be useful for youth in high school. It addresses topics such as: making the most of high school, independence and organization, friendships, as well as other issues for teens such as smoking, vaping, drugs, alcohol and making good decisions. The Toolkit was written by Laura Beaune. Ms. Beaune is a social worker who has worked extensively with youth.
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.
Autistic Burnout Webinar
Autistic Burnout' describes periods of chronic physical and/or mental exhaustion, reduced tolerance to stressors, and can include the loss of communication and/or life skills. Join us as we bring together leading self-advocates and researchers who will share their experiences, explain the latest scientific research, and provide strategies for dealing with this distressing experience.
Beyond High School: Self Identity and Managing Life
This Toolkit offers information that may be particularly useful for teens who are nearing the end of high school and moving toward adulthood. It includes information, practical tips and exercises under the following titles: “What You Need to Know: Facts about Teens Like Me”, “The Future: Education, Job Training, Employment and Housing”, “Independence & Organization: What’s the Deal with Executive Functioning?”, “Steps I Can Take in High School”, “Life After High School”, and “Money”. The Toolkit was written by Laura Beaune. Ms. Beaune is a social worker who has worked extensively with youth.
Interpreting Social Situations Interactive Video Series
Social situations can be hard to navigate, especially if you are unsure if a person is treating you with respect or not. In this interactive video series, we present you with social situations that autistic self-advocates identified as being confusing or hard to respond to. You can choose how you think you should respond to these situations and then see a possible outcome.
Creating Healthy Relationships to Address Bullying and Trauma
This webinar features Canadian psychologist, Debra Pepler as she discusses approaches to supporting children with autism to have safe and harmonious relationships with peers. By supporting children with autism and their peers, we can promote healthy relationships, which in turn, support healthy development and prevent the long-term harms associated with bullying and victimization.
Professional Development - Customer Service
Managers know that finding and keeping good employees is key to long-term success and customer satisfaction. This course is designed to help employers and managers support employees with differences related to autism. It provides information to Canadian businesses, and breaks down myths and other misinformation regarding autism and intellectual disability.
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.
Promoting Social Participation in Children Diagnosed with ASD
Following a diagnosis of ASD in a child, parents can sometimes feel disempowered. This kit is designed to help them better understand what the diagnosis entails, how best to support their child at home on their road to empowerment, and to restore their confidence in their essential role as parents. The kit includes scientific explanations as well as practical and easy-to-apply at home advice.
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.
Developing your Social Circle - For Self Advocates in Alberta
This video essay written and developed by a self-advocate on the autism spectrum discusses some of the ways that he developed his social circle in his Alberta community. This resource was developed in partnership with Autism Calgary.
Peer Networking and Building your Circle of Social Supports in Manitoba
This video and resouce sheet were created by a self advocate from the autism community. It discusses personal experieces of self advocates , as well as options and considerations for building a circle of social supports in Manitoba. This resource was developed in partnership with Autism Calgary.
LGBTQ2S+ Toolkit, Celebrating Neurodiversity, Gender Diversity and the Community
This toolkit addresses LGBTQ2S+ awareness, visibility, and dialogue for individuals with neurodiversity and for their caregivers and families. Gender Identity, sexual freedom, and the rights of neurodiverse people are important for growing and thriving. All people have the right to self-determination meaning, in this case, the right to engage in mutual relationships that are consensual and respectful and, importantly, the right to be informed about our bodies.
Growing Up With Autism in Past Generations
Adults with autism report a range of experiences including for some, instances of bullying, missed diagnosis as children and thus, missed service access. Some also describe a journey of self-discovery later in life when a diagnosis is determined. Early detection, and service provision across the lifespan, are important.
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.
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. This resource was developed in partnership with the Centre for Autism Services Alberta.
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.