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.
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.
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.
Considering the Co-Occurrence of Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
This literature review provides an overview of research on the co-occurrence of ASD and ADHD, and features quotes from a conversation with Dr. Adam McCrimmon, an autism expert and Associate Professor of Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary, and Dr. Emma Climie, an ADHD expert and Associate Professor of Applied Child Psychology also at the University of Calgary.
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.
INSAR 2023 Research Summary: Aging in Autism – Adult Outcomes
The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) is the largest autism research conference in the world. This year's meeting was held in Stockholm, Sweden on March 3-6, 2023. One major focus this year was on autism and aging, especially in the senior years.
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.
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.
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 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.