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.
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.
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.
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.
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.