Education & Training

Schools may be closed, but learning can continue!
Curated educational and training tools to assist with keeping busy at home in the absence of in-class instruction. Compiled in partnership with our regional Hubs, this educational information, specifically designed for those living with ASD/ID and their families, is presented by jurisdiction for ease.

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Stay at Home Guide: 100s of Activities & Resource for Families on Pause

A webpage with activities ranging from physically active games to e-learning websites for children at home.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children General, Education, Resources|

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention & Control in Schools

This UNICEF report provides guidelines and recommendations for parents and education staff/administration which focus on reducing rates of transmission in school settings.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

Supporting your child with a neurodevelopmental disorder through the COVID-19 crisis

This article provides parents strategies and communication skills to help children cope. Hyperlinks to cartoons, stories, & videos are provided to help parents explain.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

30 ideas to entertain yourself during social distancing

30 ideas and  even more links  to entertain yourself during social distancing: streaming services, activities, games, online learning, virtual tours.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Resources|

How coronavirus is affecting kids on the spectrum and their parents (in quarantine)

A news-story of families with a child with ASD & some tips on how to manage changes.

May 5th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Ontario, Resources|

Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times

This PDF is a 60-page comprehensive document that provides info on understanding COVID19, expression, coping & calming skills, routine building/management, fostering connections, and changing behaviours.

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

Supporting Children and Youth with Autism and Intellectual Disability and their Families during COVID-19

A webpage by AIDE Canada that provides an infographic alongside an in-depth look at how to manage during the pandemic

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

Coronavirus Plain Language Glossary Words To Know

Plain language glossary synthesizing main expressions used by the media to communicate about COVID-19. Also includes advice about daily life.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Staying Sane at home with your Kiddos: For families with older children and teens

Info, ideas, activities, online learning opportunities  and testimonies about staying at home with older children and adolescents on the spectrum.

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Alberta, Diversions, Education, Resources|

Staying at home during Coronavirus

Plain language information about COVID-19,  good practice to prevent the propagation of the virus as well as activities ideas.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Talking with Chidlren About Coronavirus Disease 2019

This article for parents & professionals explores general principles for talking with children and important facts about COVID-19 to include in the discussion.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

A COVID-19 guide written in plain language about staying home

A COVID-19 guide written in plain language about staying home, and staying connected.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Ontario, Resources|

What is the Coronavirus?

A comic book for children that provides details on the symptoms, progression, hygiene practices, social changes (i.e., school closure), & emotions related to COVID-19. 

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Teaching handwashing to Children with a Developmental Disability

This webpage provides a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to prompt/establish proper hand hygiene practices.

May 5th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

School of Strength

Workout made accessible: clear instructions, warm ups, flexibility exercises, fitness videos, nutritional advice and more.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Resources|

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

A Public Health Agency of Canada Website with general information on COVID-19 relating to current events, personal health, financial/economic support, & safety considerations.

May 1st, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Children ASD-ID, Education, General, Resources|

Stay at Home Guide: 100s of Activities & Resource for Families on Pause

A webpage with activities ranging from physically active games to e-learning websites for children at home.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Diversions, Education, General, Resources|

Advice for Caregivers of Children with Disabilities in the Era of COVID-19

This is an article by the American Psychological Association for parents, which provides readers with strategies to minimize stress, communicate effectively, and reassure one’s child.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

6 Ways to Support Children with Autism During the Pandemic

A health blog post by the University of Michigan, exploring 6 practice ways to support children with autism.

May 5th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

Strategies to Support Teens & Young Adults With Autism Spectrtum Disorder During COVID-19

This webpage provides information on how COVID-19 affects those with ASD differently, as well as 7 concrete. strategies to providing support.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

How to Talk to Kids About the Novel Coronavirus Without Scaring Them

This news article explores how parents can navigate conversations on COVID-19, model positive behaviour, and keep track of their child’s mental well-being.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Mental Health, Resources|

COVID-19 Information & Resource

This webpage by Autism Speaks Canada explores general information on COVID-19, hygiene practices, caring for someone who has been infected, handling school closures, and other national resources.

May 5th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

List of Resources to Help Us Through COVID-19

This page aggregates links towards health resources, COVID-19 funding, mental health, caregiver tips, First Nation, Metis and Inuit resources, learning at home, activities, and tips for adults.

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Ontario, Resources|

A YouTube video by Oregon Department of Human Services on COVID-19

A YouTube video by Oregon Department of Human Services on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

This article offers 3 steps to navigate a conversation about COVID-19 with children and 4 ways to encourage good hygiene practice.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

Education Scholarships

Information about the Ontario Education Scholarships, currently on hold.

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Ontario, Resources|

“COVIBOOK”

This art/colouring book features illustrations that explain what COVID19 is to children. Versions in over 25 languages are available as well.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Coping with Covid-19 A “For Now” Normal

Coping with COVID-19: A ‘For-Now’ Normal”: This article discusses ways to explain COVID19 to verbal & non-verbal children, including what will change/stay the same, how to embrace change, and self-care.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

UNC team creates online toolkit for those supporting individuals with autism during COVID-19 epidemic

Helpful practical strategies in  an autism-focused COVID-19 Toolkit, Introduces strategies such as social narratives, task analysis and strategies for calming.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Resources|

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Helping Kids with Autism Cope

This article describes how parents can help their child with ASD understand COVID-19 and adjust to changes.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

COVID-19 Information By & For People With Disabilities

An easy to read PDF for individuals to iunderstand general information about COVID-19, proper hygiene practices, and how to navigate related changes.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Coronavirus Social Story

A video intended to help families support individuals with ASD, to understand COVID-19, practice better hygiene, & address anxieties.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Ontario, Resources|

Tips on how to clean your home during the COVID-19 pandemic

Tips on how to clean your home during the COVID-19 pandemic from The New York Times.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Education, General, Resources|

Supporting Children With Autism During the Coronavirus Outbreak

This article from the Child Mind Institute discusses emergency planning, routines/schedules, environmental arranging, & maintaining progress.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Coronavirus – Staying Safe

An easy to read infographic for children, that discusses the similarity of COVID-19 to the flu alongside handwashing practices.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Dealing with COVID19 – Resource for special educators, therapists, & families

This site is a compilation of videos and graphics referenced from other sources, covering a wide range of topics related to COVID19.

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Autism Yukon Interactive Discussion

Starting on May 19th, Autism Yukon, in partnership with the Sinneave Family Foundation, is launching an online interactive discussion for parents, youth, and young adults exploring the unique challenges of the transition to adulthood. Spots are limited.

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources, Yukon|

Gardening – People with Disabilities

This article explores the skills developed through gardening and how to best facilitate this activity  for those with disabilities.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Diversions, Education, General, Resources|

An article written by an individual on the spectrum on social distancing

An article written by an individual on the spectrum on social distancing and the strengths of individuals with autism.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Many Benefits of Sensory Gardens

An article for parents that describes how to plant your own sensory garden and how each element can be designed to stimulate each of the senses for their children.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Resources|

At-Home Tools for Parents of Autistic Children

A National Geographic article on practice steps parents can take to support their children with ASD.

May 5th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Navigating COVID-19 When Your Child / Youth has a Disability

A general resources page non-specific to any one disability. ASD has its own section that discusses resources, transitions, education, strategies, and more.

May 6th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

List of Resources to Help Us Through COVID19

A resource webpage exploring activities, caregiver tips, financial aid, mental health, First Nations & Inuit resources, and adult resources.

May 5th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Ontario, Resources|

Social Stories for Kids About COVID-19

This page describes how to use age-appropriate “social stories” educate children on COVID-19. 4 links to different social stories are provided.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

COVID-19 Response: Considerations for Chidlren & Adults with Disabilities

This article discusses how adults & children with disabilities may be disproportionately at risk. Suggestions for how to minimize risk at a person, organizational, and societal level are provided.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

How to Care for a Person with COVID-19 at Home: Advice for Caregivers

A Public Health Agency of Canada website with practice advice on reducing risks of transmission for caregivers.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

How do you talk about COVID-19 to people with intellectual disabilities?

How to talk about COVID-19 without creating unnecessary fear. What  to say and not to say to provide clear information about the current situation.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

COVID-19 Mythbusters by the World Health Organization (WHO)

COVID-19 Mythbusters by the World Health Organization (WHO). This website explores facts and myths related to COVID-19.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, General, Resources|

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

The article provides guidance for parents on how to navigate the initial conversations with their child about COVID-19 and how to maintain clear communication afterwards.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

COVID-19 Resource for Canadian Youth with Disabilities, Their Families, & Support Teams

A webpage with links to general COVID-19 information, leisure activities, online community to join, and other educational materials.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

Our Great Big List of COVID-19 for Autistic People

This page provides resources and links on communication, coping skills, online meetups, how to self-advocate, financial aid, and tips for parents/caregivers.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

How to Explain a Global Health Crisis to Children with Autism

A webpage for parents/caregivers describing important considerations for effective communication with children who have ASD.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

5 Coronavirus Coping Tips for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum

This article provides parents with 5 ways to support their child with autism.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus

This article discusses how much information on COVID-19 a parent should disclose, common questions children may have, and how to reassure children while modelling calmness.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s Disability and Inclusion Strategies During COVID-19

Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’s Disability and Inclusion Strategies During COVID-19. This is a webinar video and transcript that discussses staying connected and informed, anxiety, domestic violence, self-care, dealing with school closures, stress, allergies and environmental factors when disinfecting, resources available to individuals on the Spectrum and families, and addressing concerns related to “regressing”.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health|

An info-graphic on social distancing

An info-graphic on social distancing.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Education, General, Resources|

A social story by Dr. Siobhan Timmins about learning about COVID-19

A social story by Dr. Siobhan Timmins about learning about COVID-19.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education|

How Nature Therapy can Benefit Children with Disabilities

The article explores how nature therapy can reduce stress levels, increase self-awareness, & help develop sensory skills for children with disabilities.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Resources|

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child

This webpage describes ways to navigate the conversation on COVID-19 and special considerations for parents.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

How to Talk to your Kids About the COVID-19 Outbreak

This article explores when to broach the subject, how to facilitate the initial conversation, and what key topics to bring up.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

How to wash hands properly to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by the Government of Canada

How to wash hands properly to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by the Government of Canada. This resources includes visual references.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Education, General, Resources|