Parent Advice Videos

Parent Advice Videos are questions asked and answered by parents across Canada. This project was created and developed by Canadian parents from the autism community.

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How can I make friends?

What advice would you give to someone in a similar situation or to your younger self?

What tools do you use to communicate with the person you care for at home?

How does having a dual diagnosis, make it different?

How can I help my child be authentic to themselves and take part in the world around them?

I am so overwhelmed and exhausted; What can I do to keep going?

How do I decide what kind of schooling to do with my child?

What strategies worked to help teach the person you care for to communicate?

How can I discover and support my child's interests?

How can I be resourceful when I feel there is such limited support?

What can I do to presume competence in my child?

How do I help my child find interests, an area of study, or a career path?

What is respite? Do I need it?

How do I explain and support the body changes through puberty?

Is early intervention important?

How do you encourage others to communicate with your child?

What was the greatest outcome of teaching the person you care for a way to communicate?

What tools do you use to communicate with the person you care for in the community?

Should I disclose my child's diagnosis when meeting new people or registering for camps or groups?

As a parent, how can I plan for the future of my child?

How do I deal with challenging or unexpected public interactions when out with my child?

How do I support meaningful communication in my child's journey to independence?

If I know my child is Autistic, do I really need a formal diagnosis? Do they need it?

As parents, how do we deal with feeling that we are failing our children?

What challenges may we face as a family, and how can I support my child in the challenges they may encounter?

Will my child ever be independent? What can I do now to help my child build independence?

Should I be worried if my child doesn't want or have any friends?

How can I know if I am supporting my child or expecting too much?

How can I know when or if we should leave our current school?

Will my child ever be able to self-regulate or find good coping strategies? How do I support this?

What sort of therapy should we do? How do we decide?

How do I support and advocate for my child in the medical model while maintaining our culture and values?

How do I set priorities when choosing therapy or interventions for my child?

Once we have an autism diagnosis, how do we decide what to do next?

How can I respond when someone doesn't believe my child is Autistic?

If and how can I explain my child's diagnosis to friends and relatives?

When and how do I tell my child they are Autistic?

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