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.
Making Your Own Decisions
This Toolkit is about self-determination among autistic people and/or people with intellectual disabilities or other challenges. Self-determination refers to the process of making one's own decisions. The opportunity to make decisions supports individual well-being and opportunity. Strategies for moving forward are offered. The Toolkit has been written by Jackie Ryan, PhD (cand.).
Toolkit: Networks of Support
This toolkit identifies three forms of planning long term for individuals with autism or intellectual disabilities: Circle of Support/Circle of Friends, Personal Support Network/Lifetime Network, and a Microboard™ (and Aroha Entity). This may be of benefit for families in planning and decision making.
Yukon - 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 Yukon. It was produced through the collaboration between Autism Yukon, the office of the Chief Medical Officer of the Yukon, and Disability Services.
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.
Navigating Services: During the COVID-19 Pandemic and as Restrictions Ease
Juggling life through the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging. But if you are someone living with autism and/or intellectual disability, or a family member caring for someone with autism and/or intellectual disability, this may be an especially stressful time. The loss of routine, connections with others and the shut down of services and places to go for support, may be causing additional stress and challenge. Changes in the way that we normally live may lead to isolation, and perhaps cause a setback in developmental or behavioural gains. It may be very hard for caregivers without the supports and helpers that they received prior to the pandemic.
Antipsychotic Medication Paired with Intensive Behavioural Intervention: An Effective Aggression Reduction Strategy in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children and youth (average age of 11 years) with autism and displaying aggressive behaviour were divided into groups based on medication regimen used/not used. Therapists and teachers rated aggression and adaptive behaviour.
Attitudes Towards the Inclusion of College Students With Intellectual Disabilities
In this American study, post-secondary students were surveyed about their attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities. Overall, positive attitudes were identified, although a range of perspectives was reported.
Mothers with Chemical Intolerance Associated with having Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders
This study examined the relationship between maternal chemical intolerance and children having a diagnosis of autism or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Professionals suggest avoiding unnecessary chemical exposure if pregnant. Further research in this area is reportedly needed.
Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Group Recreational Activity Are Both Beneficial for Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder
This study examined cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and recreational therapy for young adults with mental health concerns. Beneficial outcomes were found in both intervention types; however, some differences were noted.
Rates and Risk Factors of Psychiatric Disorders in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Research has found that individuals with autism are at risk of mental health issues. In addition to autism, the most common diagnoses reported in this study were anxiety disorders, oppositional disorders and attention disorder.
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