Rural Collection

AIDE Canada
AIDE and partners have created many toolkits, webinars and infographics covering a wide range of topics from education to housing and beyond specifically for the rural & remote communities, and have curated a list for ease of use, with links and descriptions.


Building Capacity for Individuals with ASD in Rural or Remote Communities


Individuals with autism and their families who live in rural and remote communities can face barriers to accessing needed services. However, these communities may also have the potential to form partnerships among community members that offer important support and a “sense of community”.


Supporting Children in Geographically Rural and Remote Areas


Many children who live in remote areas do not have the benefit of regular visits from professionals and/or therapists. Support staff may also be hard to find. This webinar will give some practical tips for families who find themselves in this situation.


Supporting Individuals Working with Young Children with Special Needs in Rural and Remote Areas

This is a six-module course aimed at people in rural, remote, and northern Canada who work with, or considering working with, children who have special needs.


Module 1: From Goals to Outcomes, The Role of the Paraprofessional


This Module addresses the following:

  • Understanding the scope of practice of an individual working with children with autism and other exceptionalities.
  • Determining appropriate boundaries in this work, and the importance of confidentiality, and
  • Promoting self-care.


Module 2: Overview of Child Development and Exceptionalities


This Module addresses the following :

  • Stages of typical child development, including brain development,
  • Some similarities and differences between autism and other exceptionalities, et
  • Some general signs and characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


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This Module will assist learners to:

  • Understand processes of care and support,
  • Know how to interpret goals in Individual Program Plans (IPP), and
  • Be able to work towards goals in day-to-day routines.


Module 4: Increasing Children’s Language


This Module will assist learners to:

  • Develop an understanding of the stages of typical speech and language development,
  • Be able to explain and utilize a variety of techniques to enhance language skills, and
  • Understand emotion words and how to encourage their use with children.


Module 5: Sensory Processing Differences and Self-Regulation


This Module will assist learners to:

  • Have an understanding of the concepts of sensory processing differences and self-regulation,
  • Have an understanding of the influence the environment can have on children and their behaviour, and
  • Be able to explain and demonstrate a variety of techniques to support children in self-regulating.


Module 6: Filling their Toolbox: Guiding Children’s Behaviour


This Module will assist learners to:

  • Describe how attachment and self-esteem relate to guiding children’s behaviour,
  • Describe and utilize the “ACT” approach to children’s behaviour, and
  • Use the “ABC” approach to determine the function of a child’s behaviour, and learn to modify the child’s environment/approach (according to that specific behaviour) in order to encourage more positive outcomes.


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