This series of tip sheets provides suggestions for practical plans and actions that can help ensure the safe and secure future of your child, of any age. The number of steps and the amount of work may seem overwhelming, but it’s important to begin the process and see it through, one step at a time. There is perhaps no other task that will give a parent more peace of mind.
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Increasingly, adults are diagnosed for the first time with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and other Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Many of these adults were not suspected of having an ASD and therefore were not diagnosed as children or youth because of our lack of understanding of the breadth of the autism spectrum.
In Canada, studies have shown that only approximately 3% of individuals with a disability are actively engaged in organized sport.
However, educators and others are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of personal fitness for students with special education needs and typically developing children alike2. And some are convinced that physical education has a central role to play in building self-esteem and social skills that in turn lead to a more active and inclusive lifestyle for young people with autism.
Frequently Asked Questions: Getting a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Adolescence or Adulthood?
Even though we have known about autism for several decades, it is still common for older youth or adults to come to the attention of clinicians while seeking assessment for a possible Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Below are some of the most common questions from parents of youth or adults, or from the adults themselves, when seeking an ASD diagnosis.
The purpose of this webinar is to define applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and clarify how it fits into the Ontario education system through the implementation of Policy and Program Memorandum 140 (PPM- 140). Applied Behaviour Analysis has been shown to be an effective, evidence-based treatment for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Systematic and guided application of these principles within the educational
setting can improve the behaviour, communication, learning, and social challenges experienced by children with ASD.
This one-hour webinar, facilitated by Leslie Cohen and Antoinette Falco, will focus on positive steps you can take to help your child enjoy successful play interactions with peers. Learn a variety of techniques for managing and structuring playdates and getting your child ready to have fun with other kids.
Few professionals have worked extensively with teens and adults with Asperger syndrome/HFA. Dale Munro is an exception. Based on his publications and vast clinical experience, Dale will focus on innovative clinical and support approaches. It is Dale’s goal to improve the lives of these remarkable but under-served people with ASD, and their families!
The cliché, “It takes a village” was never more apt than in the treatment of ASD. Caregivers, extended family, teachers, multi-disciplinary professionals, and community partners provide an essential network of care and support. As part of this network, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has long held a key role in the treatment of people with ASD. A central component of this role is the removal of barriers that prevent people with ASD from effectively accessing social, educational, clinical, and community resources.
Everything you wanted to ask your doctor about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and more! This webinar will cover early signs of ASD, when and how to make a diagnosis, early intervention principles, and medical problems including sleep, nutrition, GI problems and toilet training. Dr. Wendy Roberts will also review competence building at all ages and communication strategies.
Join Jonathan Leef for a discussion about the current research on gender identity and sexuality in ASD. This webinar will focus on issues of capacity and consent, gender identity, and sexuality. Our hope is that this webinar will de-stigmatize these issues for parents and clinicians.
Jonathan Leef, M.A. (Ph.D. Candidate)
This webinar will help parents, caregivers and people on the spectrum to better understand the prevalence of psychiatric medication use in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. It will also help caregivers of individuals on the autism spectrum to develop an approach for deciding when psychiatric medications are appropriate and aid them in evaluating the positive and negative effects of psychotropic medications.
Join Daniel Roth for a discussion about the health risks facing individuals with developmental disabilities, why exercise should be a priority, and how to overcome the barriers to accessing and participating in healthy activities. Learn what makes for a successful exercise program and simple strategies to help get your family moving this summer.
Join Dr. Ross Greene (author of “The Explosive Child”) as he discusses CPS, (Collaborative and Proactive Solutions), an approach that recognizes challenging behaviour in children and equips parents to develop tools and techniques to reduce these challenging episodes.
What is CPS?
The CPS model has been implemented in countless families, schools, inpatient units, therapeutic group homes, and residential facilities. The approach sets forth two major concepts:
Join Dr. Stuart Shanker, author of "Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (And You) Break the Stress Cycle" and "Successfully Engage with Life", as he discusses the importance of self-regulation for the wellbeing of adolescents with ASD. Dr. Shanker’s research has shown that Self-Reg,
(Dr. Shanker’s method for understanding stress and energy flow), is highly effective in helping parents, professionals and teens alike manage
This webinar, with Dr. Mohammad Zubairi, will promote a discussion and reflection on how front-line professionals may engage with elements of culture in their day to day practice, and how we can best learn from and collaborate with diverse children and youth with autism and their families.
Presenter - Dr. Mohammad Zubairi
Finding Your Way Through the Healthcare Maze: Lessons From Research on Health Services and ASD
Tony Attwood, a well-known psychologist in the field of Autism Spectr
Like many other parents of a youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I find thoughts of the future can be positively paralyzing. To overcome that paralysis, I decided to focus on helping my son prepare for some form of work when he leaves school. The focus is not on career development, but simply to increase the options that will be available for him to make a meaningful life for himself once he leaves school.
My son is not one of the “stars” amongst adults with autism. His computer skills are fine, but not extraordinary. He has no special scientific aptitude. His math skills meet the needs of daily life, not the demands of technical or commercial endeavors. Yet he is happily engaged in a variety of jobs – some volunteer, others remunerative – that give structure to his life week after week. Because of them, he is a contributing, well-known, and accepted adult in our community.
A child going to school for the first time is a milestone for every family. When a child has special needs, the process of getting ready is even more important! Everyone (the child with autism, their family, school staff and other students) benefits from good planning, clear information and some important activities in the months before a child begins his or her journey through the education system.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders often experience bullying at school, and it is important that parents and professionals work together to address this problem.
This webinar reviews ways of supporting youth who are experiencing bullying to increase their coping skills and to help stop the problem from happening in the future. Effective interventions require knowledge and a team approach, and the current workshop discusses what children can do, and what adults can do, to make everyone feel more safe.
Communication between a student’s home and school can have a significant impact on his school program, the on-going development of skills and on the relationship between parents and teaching staff. Many parents report that they wait anxiously to read the communication book at the end of the day and that their emotional state can be considerably influenced by its content.
As society has developed a deeper understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), we have access to more information about the issue of eye contact, much of which has come from persons with ASD who have been able to report on their experience.
Girls On The Spectrum - Exploring Sex And Gender And Their Influence On Recognizing Autistic Characteristics
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