Rates and Risk Factors of Psychiatric Disorders in Children With Autism
Research has found that individuals with autism are at risk of mental health issues. In addition to autism, the most common diagnoses reported in this study were anxiety disorders, oppositional disorders and attention disorder.
Effects of a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy on Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Children (ages 9-16 years) with autism were randomly assigned either to a cognitive behavioural therapy or a social recreational group. Both approaches were found to reduce anxiety; however, some differences in outcomes were found.
Oh, Brother: Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder may Demonstrate More Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
The researchers surveyed mothers who have both typically-developing children and children with autism, as well as mothers whose children are not diagnosed with autism. Questionnaires addressed sibling psychological adjustment, broader autism phenotype in siblings, sibling relationship quality, maternal depressive symptoms, and the impact of the child with ASD on the family.
Improving our Understanding of Unmet Needs among Adults with a Developmental Disability
This research summary discusses a survey that found many adults with developmental disabilities are not engaged in the workforce. Policy development is needed. Change should include, but also extend beyond, the workplace itself by addressing barriers at a broader systems level.
Aging and Autism: A Think Tank Review
More needs to be learned about aging in autism. In this Think Tank report, future research needs were noted to include the engagement and perspectives of autistic individuals. As autism is experienced across the lifespan, supports need to be available across the life course.
Care Experiences of Adults With a Dual Diagnosis of Developmental Disability and Mental Health Conditions
Accessing services for people with a developmental disability and significant mental health issues can be challenging. Availability and accessibility of services and service provider training are important in moving forward.
Building Capacity for Individuals with ASD in Rural or Remote Communities
Individuals with autism and their families who live in rural and remote communities can face barriers to accessing needed services. However, these communities may also have the potential to form partnerships among community members that offer important support and a “sense of community”.
Information Needs of Individuals With Intellectual Disability and/or Autism and Their Family
This research summary discusses a study in which individuals with autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disability and their families described areas in which they felt well informed and others in which they felt less informed. They identified areas in which they desired more information and how they would prefer that information to be conveyed. The internet was the most common way to gain information, although information from direct service providers was seen as more reliable.
Leisure Healthy Workshop Webinar
When life gets challenging, recreation and leisure activities are often the first to be cut from daily life. This workshop will present a fresh perspective about the importance of recreation and leisure and provide you with some ideas about how to keep it going when things get tough. This resource was developed in partnership with the Centre for Autism Services Alberta.
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