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.
Understanding what is happening inside your body: Interoceptive Training for All Ages
Some people with neurodevelopmental differences have a hard time noticing signals from their bodies or being able to tell what they mean. Interoception is the sensory system that lets us know when we need to eat, drink water, or use the washroom. It is also the sensory system that allows us to know when we are becoming upset or anxious. Autistic researchers and colleagues from South Australia created a curriculum for schools to help teach students better interoception skills. AIDE Canada joined with Dr. Wenn Lawson, an Autistic researcher from South Australia, to adapt this curriculum for an online course. Links to the full curriculum are included.
A Self-Advocate’s Reflection on the Use of Technology to Support Executive Functioning
This toolkit offers information about how technology can support executive function in people with developmental disabilities. This resource provides information about how the brain works and common or new technological advances such as apps and programs available on your tablet or device to support everyday success.
Tips for Doctors: How to Connect Better with Your Autistic Patients
Autistic people have different sensitivities, struggles, and needs than one other and everyone else. It is important to know, accept, and accommodate struggles that autistic people may work with in order to make their experience with you more comfortable. It will also help you to assess, diagnose, and treat your patients more effectively. Here are some things that doctors should know and can do when treating autistic patients.
Ensuring Safety: A Parent’s Perspective
Written by a parent for parents, this toolkit offers considerations in seeking safety for one's child with autism. Areas in which an autistic individual may grapple with issues of safety are addressed, along with ideas for moving forward well and developing a safety plan.
Supporting Individuals Working with Young Children with Special Needs in Rural and Remote Areas - Module 5: Sensory Processing Differences and Self-Regulation
As part of a six-module course for individuals working with, or considering working with, young children with exceptionalities in rural, remote and Northern communities, 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.
Skills Training Group for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Outcomes of an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based Program
This article summarizes a study that examined the impact of a skills training group with daily mindfulness exercises for junior high and high school students. Positive outcomes were found.
Early Sensory Over-responsivity in Toddlers With Autism Spectrum Disorders as a Predictor of Family Impairment and Parenting Stress
This article summarizes a study where parents of toddlers with autism helped to examine child sensory over-responsivity (SOR). The researchers address parenting stress and restrictions of activities linked with SOR.
What is Autism? A Guide in Arabic
This booklet provides general information about important topics in autism and includes strategies to try at home. Sections related communication, routines, education, work, and supports are included. The guide appears in English along side an Arabic translation.
Video Game Use is Associated With Problem Behaviours in Boys With Autism
This article summarizes a study that found children with autism often spend significant amounts of time engaged in screen-based activities, including video games. This study examined video game use and the potential for problem behaviours among 8-18 year old boys with autism.
Autism Intellectual Disability and supporting the Street Community
Autistic individuals and individuals with intellectual disabilities often lack resources and support and a number of them will experience homelessness as adults. In this online course created by shelter and day program/drop-in centre workers and an autism specialist, we provide information on how to recognize and support those who struggle with verbal communication or may have sensory processing differences. There are scenarios at the end of the course to help prepare you for common situations and give you options to try when managing conflict between community members.
Mental Health and Sensory Challenges for Teens
The Toolkit addresses two important areas for teens: mental health and sensory issues. It offers a range of information including practical ideas and strategies. The Toolkit was written by Laura Beaune. Ms. Beaune is a social worker who has worked extensively with youth.
Neurodiversity in Cultural Institutions: Making the Most of Visits and Welcoming Those with Diverse Needs
A Toolkit for Visitors, Self-Advocates, Caregivers, Cultural Institution Personnel and Others. This toolkit is written to benefit neurodiverse individuals and their families, caregivers and friends who wish to enjoy museums and other community resources. Individuals who work at cultural institutions are given resources to help improve visitor experiences.