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.
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.
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.
Considering Tracking and Location Technologies in the Autism and Intellectual Disability Community
This review briefly introduces technology-based tracking and locating applications. It presents Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/surveillance systems and Quick Response (QR) code identification systems, with a focus on autism and intellectual disability. Examples of available platforms are identified, as are considerations and cautions in considering such technology use.
Toilet Training Basics
Toilet Training Basics is a workshop for parents of Autistic children and aims to support the early stages of toilet training. This workshop will provide parents with ways to prepare their home for toilet training, understand the signs that their child is ready to begin, as well as learn strategies for daytime, nighttime, and bowel training. Followed by questions from the day, and troubleshooting.
Popular Autism Clinical Supports
“How can I best support my child now that they have a diagnosis of autism?” If you are a parent asking yourself this question, you are not alone. It can be overwhelming to sort through the different options and to know which one is most likely to help your child develop the communication and life skills needed to grow toward independence. There are many options, and opinions, on how best to support autistic children. There is no single answer. It is best for parents to do their research and make decisions on what is best for their child. It can be helpful to reach out to other parents and to Autistic people who received the kind of therapy you are considering so you can learn about their lived experience and perspectives as you make decisions about your child’s care.
Cultural Experience Video Essay: Part 2 - Israel
Listen to the storytelling video by a family who has immigrated from Israel with an autistic child. This video is the second video of AIDE Canada’s Cultural Experience three-part video essay series brought to you by Autism Ontario. The series reflects the voices and perspectives of caregivers and individuals with autism on their experience immigrating to Canada. This series compares and contrasts services, supports, cultural norms and mentalities toward autism with other nations to Canada.
Communicating With ER Staff
Going to the Emergency Room can be an overwhelming and stressful experience for children and their parents. In this webinar, we will hear from a panel of experts that includes a triage nurse, an emergency pediatrician, a psychiatrist, and the parent of a child who has had frequent emergency room visits. They will discuss how to minimize stress and discomfort, communicate with medical professionals, and ways to prepare for visits ahead of time.
The Gift of Being Different
The Gift of Being Different, a short documentary, follows Grant Bruno as he navigates the world of autism. Grant is a parent to Autistic children and a PhD researcher exploring autism in First Nations communities. Grant is a registered member of nipsihkipahk (Samson Cree Nation), one of the reserves that makes up Maskwacis, Alberta. Through the film we learn his community views autism as a gift.
Sexuality and the Spectrum: Lessons on Sex, Dating, and Love, Autism Style with Amy Gravino
Too often, autistic individuals have never been taught the necessary skills to be successful in sexual and romantic relationships by the time they become adults. This session, which features a woman on the autism spectrum sharing her firsthand perspective, will dispel some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding autism and dating, discuss the potential for using ABA to teach dating skills and the challenges involved with teaching these skills, and offer strategies and resources to help parents and clinicians begin conversations about relationships and sexuality with their family members and clients
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".
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.