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.
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.
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.
Creating an Inclusive Workplace Together
Establishing a successful inclusive workplace should not be one sided and doesn’t just take the efforts of one person or team. In this webinar, The Sinneave Family Foundation will share a unified approach to creating inclusive workplaces that looks at actions and responsibilities of both the employee and employer. Attendees can expect to walk away with tangible tips and strategies they can action in real time. This framework for collaboration will enhance inclusive employment experiences by highlighting the considerations and needs of a neurodiverse workforce and inclusive employers.
A Self-Advocate’s Reflection on the Use of Technology to Support Executive Functioning
This toolkit offers information about how technology can support executive function in people with developmental disabilities. This resource provides information about how the brain works and common or new technological advances such as apps and programs available on your tablet or device to support everyday success.
Tips for Doctors: How to Connect Better with Your Autistic Patients
Autistic people have different sensitivities, struggles, and needs than one other and everyone else. It is important to know, accept, and accommodate struggles that autistic people may work with in order to make their experience with you more comfortable. It will also help you to assess, diagnose, and treat your patients more effectively. Here are some things that doctors should know and can do when treating autistic patients.
What are Diagnosis and Supports?
In support of the National Autism Conference, this infographic and video and infographic explain “What is a Diagnosis?" and "What are some autism supports?". The accessible language series was created to help individuals with intellectual disability participate more meaningfully in the development of the National Autism Strategy.
DOHaD 2022: Early Adverse Childhood Experiences and Sleep
Children with developmental disabilities are more likely to experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) than their neurotypical peers. A common health issue in people with a history of childhood trauma is insomnia, with trouble getting to sleep quickly and an inability to stay asleep both being problematic. ACEs can affect the ability to sleep soundly through the night well into adulthood, with the more ACEs a person experiences, the less sleep they get. Researchers are looking at the role sleep plays in the long-term health impact of ACEs, and what can be done to protect the physical and mental health of individuals who had a high number of ACEs growing up.
DOHaD 2022: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Chronic Low-Grade Inflammation
People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) may have a range of physical, behavioural, and/or learning challenges. Most studies have explored learning and behavioural challenges in children, so not much is known about FASD in adults. More studies are needed to understand the long-term health effects of prenatal alcohol exposure in adults. Some researchers are suggesting that FASD be considered a ‘whole-body’ diagnosis after a survey of adults with FASD found higher rates of physical health issues. This means that doctors should screen patients with FASD more carefully for certain physical and mental health issues as they age. Autoimmune disorders caused by chronic inflammation, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, are more common for people with FASD, but researchers are still trying to understand why.
Autism: It’s Not Just for Males Anymore – A Primer for Professionals
This Infographic is a brief summary of a Toolkit, by Dr. Glenis Benson, addrssing educators, parents, and yet-to-be diagnosed females, transgendered and nonbinary individuals about an alternative presentation of autism. The ratio of males to females appears to be much lower than previously thought. Obstacles to diagnosing those who do not present with the male phenotype are revealed, and the overlap with sexual and gender minorities and with eating disorders are exposed. Problems with the classification system and diagnostic tools are illuminated and alternative tools are identified.
Getting an Autism Test and Diagnosis as an Adult in Manitoba
This video developed by Matt Derraugh talks about how to get an autism test and diagnosis as an adult in Manitoba. The perspectives of other self advocates from the autism community provide insight into the experiences of adults seeking an ASD diagnosis in Manitoba.