Cybercrime, Safety and Well-Being on the Internet for Autistic Individuals
This 60 minute webinar will teach caregivers and support persons how to help an autistic person be safe while online, set up boundaries, and become familiar with the types of online risks. We’ll explore tools that support internet safety and well-being and look at using visual supports, creating structure for breaks, and personalizing tools in order for the support to be effective.
Building Resilience, Self-Esteem and Confidence to Support Well-Being
This webinar will teach caregivers and support persons how to build resilience, self-esteem and well-being and why these things are central to a person’s good mental health. We’ll explore the components that create the scaffolding around an autistic person in order for them to feel well within themselves – predictability, structure, physical activity, pursuit of interests, creating motivation, reducing anxiety, and building confidence. It is this scaffolding that allows a person to thrive, not just survive.
Impossible Conference Research Collection
The AIDE Canada Impossible Conference Research Summaries - AIDE Canada has collaborated with self-advocates and families to have them describe the most profound, unsolvable problems faced by the autism and/or intellectual disability community. We will be discussing these problems at the AIDE Canada 2023 "Impossible Conference".
How do we ensure the health needs of older autistic adults are met
Autistic seniors may be at increased risk of certain diseases associated with aging. They are also less likely to have their needs met in healthcare and residential care settings. Unfortunately, there is limited research in this area, and findings from different studies are mixed. This literature review summarizes what we know and explores strategies to better support individuals and their families. Increased research and collaboration with older autistic seniors are recommended.
Improving care for individuals with self-injurious behaviors
Self-Injurious Behaviours (SIB) are a complex and difficult to treat. Reasons behind the SIB can include sensory processing differences, physical health concerns, behavioural challenges, communication challenges, and/or genetic predisposition. This literature review identifies considerations and explores strategies to better support individuals and their families. Increased research with individuals with both high and low support needs is recommended.
How to represent those who cannot voice their own opinion on complex issues?
This review offers a brief summary of selected literature addressing self-representation among non or minimally-speaking autistic individuals with or without intellectual disabilities. Examples of potential ways to support representation are offered. The literature advocates for knowledge development and training in communication strategies for community members such as health care providers.
Improving Access to Mental Health Resources in Rural and Remote Regions
Insufficient mental health services are identified as a pressing challenge in rural and remote communities. This literature review identifies considerations and service delivery approaches that have been attempted, as reported in the academic literature. Increased community-focused research is recommended.
Supporting the development of personal skills in their child/family member
This toolkit discusses supporting the development of personal skills in a child/family member (Values, personal boundaries and boundary setting, safer and healthy decision-making, healthy communication, self-advocacy, emotional regulation)
Mental Health and Planning for the Post Highschool World
This webinar focuses on mental health considerations for autistic people as they move into and through adulthood. Information addresses mental health issues and needs, supports, transition considerations, service provider/therapist preparedness, and strategies for moving forward.
Building Resilience, Self-Esteem and Well-Being
Throughout life, every person faces challenges, obstacles and difficulties that they must overcome. The ability to bounce back through adversity is called resilience. Resilience involves working through challenges in a proactive way which helps build confidence and mastery in overcoming difficulties. Being able to do so supports personal growth, good mental health, and contributes to positive feelings of self-worth and self-esteem, this toolkit offers suggestions and strategies to help foster resilience.
Understanding and Alleviating Anger Rumination and Perseveration
This booklet explores strategies to reduce perseveration and improve emotional and self-regulation. Strategies used in low arousal approach practices such as exercise, anxiety reduction, distraction and sensory regulation are discussed as well as how to build interoceptive awareness. By using these tools in the early stages of perseveration, rumination can be reduced and lessen the chance of behavior of concern occurring.
Supporting Children with Developmental Disabilities in the ER: A Course For Paediatric Emergency Department Staff
People who work in the Pediatric Emergency Department will treat children and adolescents who may have developmental disorders like autism and/or intellectual disabilities. Some may have challenges with communication, difficulty registering or tolerating pain, or be experiencing a mental health crisis. In this course, a paediatrician, psychiatrist, triage nurse, and parent all provide their perspectives on how best to support children and adolescents with developmental differences during visits to the ER.
QuickStart Nova Scotia Helping Parents Get a Head Start
Quickstart nova scotia is a parent-mediated coaching program designed to empower caregivers of toddlers with a suspected, provisional, or confirmed diagnosis of autism to teach and support their child’s development. The interdisciplinary team of behaviour analysts, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and parent coaches will share the program’s use of the early start denver model intervention to provide a naturalist teaching framework that is flexible, accessible, collaborative, and supportive for the family.
Autism and Affordable Housing: Promoting Action by Sharing Lessons Learned
In recognition of National Housing Day, this webinar will highlight lessons learned over the years by The Sinneave Family Foundation’s (Sinneave) housing team. Sinneave has worked with autistic adults, families, affordable housing providers and support agencies to help many autistic adults find a home of their own. This presentation will share ideas that promote action to enhance housing opportunities.