Masking and Mental Health
While not everyone who masks will face mental health concerns, masking, and its complexities, can place an immense toll on the mental wellbeing of autistic individuals. In this webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of the interconnectedness of masking and mental health along with strategies to support their overall mental wellbeing.
Autism and ADHD: A Conversation with Two Researchers in these Fields
This summary of an interview offers key messages from a conversation with two researchers, Dr. Emma Climie and Dr. Adam McCrimmon whose research focuses on autism and ADHD. They offer insight into ADHD and autism, including reflection on the experiences of people with both ADHD and autism.
Helpful Resources from AIDE Canada Library for Parents of Autistic Children
Parenting is one of life’s most rewarding challenges, and this journey can be uniquely layered for parents of autistic children. Here's a compilation of some valuable resources from the AIDE Canada Library which parents may find beneficial.
No Longer a Question Mark After the Period: Autism and Menopause
Menopause is a normal part of aging, and it happens to all people with a uterus. Though everyone experiences symptoms in different intensity, everyone noticed some things. Symptoms to be discussed later. It’s not something to be afraid of. There are resources and support, and we hope this document helps you and psychological support. Later on in this document there will be resources to help you communicate your needs and health.
Intellectual Disability and Osteoporosis – Why is it so common and what can we do about it?
Osteoporosis can lead to serious bone fractures and breaks if a person falls. In this research summary, we summarize what we know about osteoporosis and why it tends to be more common in individuals with intellectual disabilities. We also provide suggestions on how best to prevent and/or treat osteoporosis to improve overall health and prevent broken bones later in life.
YVR Airport Interactive Travel Skills Training Videos
Have you ever wanted to visit a far-off destination, but struggled with anxiety related to air-travel? Together, YVR Airport, AIDE Canada, and Pacific Autism Family Network have created some exciting new resources for the neurodiverse community!
Screening Tests and Tools for Autism in Adulthood
Adults who suspect that they might have autism traits may seek an autism test and diagnosis for a variety of reasons. They might want to gain more self-awareness or find needed support and services. Three examples of autism screening tests are described. Evaluation research has cautioned about screening tool accuracy, and researchers recommend limits in their use. This caution suggests the use of autism screening tools as a part of a comprehensive autism diagnosis assessment with clinicians trained in diagnosing autism.
Voices of Autism (VOA) Collection
Welcome to VOA collection, showcasing a diverse and insightful array of videos created by the Voices of Autism. Explore a wide range of topics, including advocacy, employment, education, daily living, and more. Join us in promoting awareness, understanding, and empowerment within the autism community through these engaging and informative videos.
Voices of Autism (VOA) - Your Rights
This collection features videos that highlight the human rights of people with autism and the challenges they face in accessing them. Topics in this category include transit access, disability rights and community accessibility. The videos are meant to raise awareness, promote advocacy, and foster inclusion for people with autism and their families.
Voices of Autism (VOA) - School
This collection features videos that introduce and explain some of the important subjects that students learn at school. The topics are on life skills that aren't taught. The videos are designed to help students develop their interests and explore skills they may not have learn about in school such as time management, mental health, financial planning, driving and more.
Voices of Autism (VOA) - Employment
This collection features videos that explore the issues and opportunities of employment for people with autism. Topics include interview preparation, being a confident member of the workforce and how to answer specific interview questions. The videos are aimed to inform, support, and empower employers, employees, and job seekers on the autism spectrum.
Voices of Autism (VOA) - Daily Living
This collection features videos that show the challenges and joys of living with autism, from the perspectives of people with autism. This collection is intended to showcase community celebrations and the nitty gritty of everyday life. The videos are meant to educate, inspire, and celebrate the diversity of the autism spectrum.
Sensory & Motor Strategies Collection
People with autism often have sensory processing differences, meaning they perceive sensory stimuli differently than others. These variations can lead to heightened or reduced sensitivities, making some environments challenging. Understanding and addressing these needs is crucial. The good news is that AIDE Canada has compiled a list of resources to help.
Voices of Autism (VOA) - Our Favorite Topics
This collection of videos is about autism and popular interests. It showcases some of the common and diverse interests that people with autism have, such as life with pets and community gaming. It also explains how these interests can benefit people with autism in terms of learning, coping, and expressing themselves. The videos aim to celebrate, educate, and support viewers.
Back to School Collection
It is that time of the year again and AIDE Canada and partners are here to help! We have curated a back-to-School collection covering Kindergarten to Post-Secondary. The collection consists of toolkits, book recommendations from our library, videos and much more to help you with this transition back.
Alexithymia & Autism: When you don’t know what emotion(s) you are feeling
Alexithymia, or the "lack of words for emotions", impacts up to half of all Autistic people. People with Alexithymia tend to have challenges with identifying and describing their feelings, recognizing bodily sensations, and a thinking style that focuses on external experiences rather than internal sensations and emotions. This toolkit describes the latest research on how alexithymia intersects with autism, interoception, and mental health. The toolkit also provides evidence-informed resources people can try if they want to reduce the impact of alexithymia on their day-to-day life.
An Introductory Overview of Some Mental Health Challenges and their ‘Co-Occurrence’ with Autism
This overview identifies selected examples of mental health challenges that may co-exist with autism, including prevalence rates. We address some key considerations related to assessment and support for autistic individuals with co-existing mental health conditions. This review includes reflection about these co-existing conditions by Dr. Ade Orimalade, a psychiatrist specializing in autism and mental health.