Mental Health

Looking after one’s mental health is important during a time like this.
On this page, you will find dedicated mental health resources to help you and your loved ones navigate COVID-19,
including those focused on stress management, technology use, and specific techniques to cope with social distancing.

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An app to support individuals with autism to understand and self-manage anxiety

An app to support individuals with autism to understand and self-manage anxiety.

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

Activities for Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Accessible ideas for adults with disabilities, including nature walks, art and crafts, music with an emphasis on their specific benefits.

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

COVID-19 Information and Resources 

Info and links to  self-care kits, health info, financial help, caregiver tips, learning at home, staying active ideas, mental health resources, safety at home, community supports.

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Alberta, Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Mental Health, Resources|

How COVID-19 May Impact Your Mental Health and How To Cope

Helpful info and tips about mental heath and coping with uncertainty during a crisis. The page also provides links towards testimonies and external resources.

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Alberta, Mental Health, Resources|

56 Ways for Music to Help When Social Distancing

This webpage provides 5 infographics on how to incorporate music into activities or to promote mental health. The last section specifically provides advice for those with intellectual & neuro-developmental differences.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Diversions, General, Mental Health, 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|

A Visual Self-Help Booklet on COVID-19

A visual self-help booklet on COVID-19 and having a good night’s sleep by the University of Glasgow and adapted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada.

August 21st, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Caregivers, General, Mental Health|

COVID-19 & Autism: Keep Calm and Self-Regulate On

Theresa Hedley whose adult son Erik has ASD talks about how they have been working on self-regulation during the COVID-19 crisis.

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Alberta, Mental Health, Resources|

COVID-19 Navigation Guide

A webpage with plenty of links to resources & guides. Topics explored include: learning about & explaining COVID-19, safe practices, dealing with anxiety and uncertainty, and taking care of one’s mental health.

May 6th, 2020|Categories: B.C., Children ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources|

A guide for things to do during the pandemic for individuals with autism, written by a self-advocate

A guide for things to do during the pandemic for individuals with autism, written by a self-advocate.

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

A visual self-help booklet on COVID-19 and being active and feeling better

A visual self-help booklet on COVID-19 and being active and feeling better by the University of Glasgow and adapted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada.

August 21st, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, General, Mental Health|

A YouTube video by Dr. Peter Vermuelen offering tips about how to deal with some of the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic

A YouTube video by Dr. Peter Vermuelen offering tips about how to deal with some of the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Adult ASD-ID, Caregivers, Children ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources|

What to Do When Your Child on the Autism Spectrum’s Routine Is Disrupted by the Coronavirus

This article provides 3 practice tips for parents on managing changes and uncertainty.

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

Provides a number of guides on COVID-19, stress and mental health

Provides a number of guides on COVID-19, stress and mental health.

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

A blog post from a self-advocate on their thoughts during quarantine

A blog post from a self-advocate on their thoughts during quarantine.

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

Autism, Anxiety, & COVID19

A webinar/video presentation exploring special considerations for those with ASD in the midst of COVID-19.

May 6th, 2020|Categories: B.C., Children ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources|

A social-story on how to talk to Indigenous children about COVID-19

A social story directed towards Indigenous families called “My COVID-19 Story: A social-story on how to talk to children about COVID-19” by the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.

August 17th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, General, Indigenous, Mental Health, Resources|

Miriam Foundation Facebook

During these unprecedented events, the Miriam Foundation is stepping up to provide assistance for the families of the Miriam Assessment Intervention community. Sessions would happen through videoconferencing at a reduced rate (1 hour for $ 50).

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Children ASD-ID, Mental Health, Québec, Resources|

Tune in Tuesdays – A Mindfulness Group for Autistic Adults & Adults with Developmental Disabilities

This webpage provides info on weekly online mediation sessions as well the organizer’s contact.

May 7th, 2020|Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Mental Health, 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|

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|

Autism Yukon Facebook

The Facebook post is presenting Autism Yukon crisis support via phone or email. Their coordinates are visible on the short video also reminding that they are still providing services.

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources, Yukon|

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|

COVID-19 Information and Mental Health Resources

Links  towards COVID-19 related information and mental health support services in Alberta.

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Alberta, Mental Health, Resources|

Discussion Forum to Discuss Topics Related to COVID-19

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has a discussion forum to discuss topics related to COVID-19.

August 21st, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, General, Mental Health|

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|

Adult Resources

Supporting Adults with Autism through Uncertain Times, Mental health resources, daily living resources, social connectedness resource, and COVID-19 resources. Autism Focused Intervention Resource and Modules (AFRIM) – resource book for adults with ASD.

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

Online Resources for Individuals And Families Living With ASD During the Covid-19 Pandemic

This page regroups helpful links for all ages: activities, videos, mental health support. It also provides contact info of  family support workers (phone and email).

May 8th, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Alberta, Diversions, Mental Health, Resources|

A video by Scottish Commission for Learning Disability

A video by Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) to help you relax during stressful time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 21st, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Caregivers, Mental Health|

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|

Tips provided by the World Health Organization on how to cope with stress about COVID-19

Tips provided by the World Health Organization on how to cope with stress about COVID-19.

September 8th, 2020|Categories: General, Mental Health, Resources|

A visual self-help booklet on feeling anxious about COVID-19

A visual self-help booklet on feeling anxious about COVID-19 by the University of Glasgow and adapted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada.

August 21st, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Caregivers, General, Mental Health|

A Video by Scottish Commission for Learning Disability Part 2

A video by Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) to help you relax during stressful time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 21st, 2020|Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Diversions, Mental Health|

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|