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.
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.
Dispatchers and Paramedics Course: Strategies for Responding to Emergency Calls with Autistic People
Dispatchers and Paramedics often have the challenging job of helping people with incomplete information. In this course developed with BC Emergency Health Services and the Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC, first responders are provided with an introduction to supporting autistic patients during calls, provided with guidance on the ABCD approach to emergency calls, and provided with useful de-escalation support strategies to improve the likelihood of successful outcomes during calls.
Pregnancy and Autism: A Guide for Autistic People Before They Give Birth
Pregnancy can be both an exciting and scary time for all new parents. For new parents who are also Autistic, there can be additional concerns about how pregnancy will impact their sensory processing differences and anxiety if medical professionals will be supportive in the way they need, and if they will be able to maintain their physical and mental health throughout the pregnancy. This toolkit describes the latest research, prepares you for what you may experience, and provides guidance on how to best advocate for yourself during your pregnancy journey.
INSAR 2023 Research Summary: Obstetric Care and Pregnancy Experiences Among Autistic People
The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is the largest autism research organization in the world. This year's conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden on May 03-06. One focus this year was on pregnancy experiences in Autistic parents.
People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can have a range of health and support needs as they age. Join our panel of experts to learn about the perspectives and lived experiences of those connected to the FASD community. We will hear from people with FASD, parents, medical professionals, and leaders of FASD support organizations as they share their thoughts on supporting the needs of adults with FASD.
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.
Understanding and Alleviating Anger Rumination and Perseveration Webinar
This webinar will teach caregivers and support persons what rumination is, how to recognize the signs of rumination and perseverative thoughts, the connection between mental health issues and rumination, and how to diffuse rumination before it morphs into behaviors of concern. Strategies used in low arousal approach practices such as exercise, anxiety reduction, distraction and sensory regulation will be explored as well as how to build some interoceptive awareness. Building these tools through available resources will round out the webinar.
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.
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)
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.
Supporting Knowledge Acquisition in Areas Reflective in Comprehensive Sexuality Education Toolkit
This is the third toolkit in the Sexuality Education Resources for Caregivers project. The project aims to develop accessible comprehensive sexuality education resources that support the needs of caregivers of Autistic people, Autistic individuals, and others. These resources will explore how there is a gap in access to comprehensive sexuality education for Autistic people and for their caregivers to support with sexuality education. Please note: this toolkit is meant for an adult audience and contains information on the definitions of some words related to sexuality.