Resources for Children: ASD/ID

Resources for Children: ASD/ID2020-05-05T05:28:11+00:00

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Categories: Adolescents General, Children ASD-ID, Education, General, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Ontario, Resources|

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

COVID-19 Information & Resource

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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.

List of Resources to Help Us Through COVID19

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Ontario, Resources|

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

6 Ways to Support Children with Autism During the Pandemic

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

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

At-Home Tools for Parents of Autistic Children

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

Teaching handwashing to Children with a Developmental Disability

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

Autism, Anxiety, & COVID19

Categories: B.C., Children ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources|

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

COVID-19 Navigation Guide

Categories: B.C., Children ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources|

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.

My Son Has Autism. Here’s The Routine We Have To Adjust To The New Normal

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Resources|

This HuffingtonPost article shares the personal story of one parent and provies 6 pieces of advice for others in similar situations.

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

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

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.

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

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

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

Supporting Children With Autism During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

Coping with Covid-19 A “For Now” Normal

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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.

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

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

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

“COVIBOOK”

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

Social Stories for Kids About COVID-19

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

Coronavirus Social Story

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Ontario, Resources|

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

Coronavirus – Staying Safe

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

What is the Coronavirus?

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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. 

How to Explain a Global Health Crisis to Children with Autism

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Children General, Education, Resources|

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

Many Benefits of Sensory Gardens

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Resources|

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.

56 Ways for Music to Help When Social Distancing

Categories: Diversions, General, Mental Health, Resources|

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.

Art Activities & Games

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Resources|

A resource page with links to other pages/videos of art activities & games.

What to do while in Isolation, COVID-19 Resource

Categories: Diversions, Ontario, Resources|

A resource page with international & local links for online education, entertainment, & activities. Resource from Toronto-based organizations are also provided.

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

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

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.

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

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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.

82 Summer Activities for Families with Special Needs

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Resources|

A list of 82 activities divided into a different category for each day of the week.

Gardening – People with Disabilities

Categories: Diversions, Education, General, Resources|

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

How Nature Therapy can Benefit Children with Disabilities

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Resources|

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

A Stay-At-Home Guide for Kids with FASD

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Resources|

An interactive, printable guidebook for children with FASD to organize and plan activities that contribute to their well-being

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

Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

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.

Talking with Chidlren About Coronavirus Disease 2019

Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

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

COVID-19 Germs Experiment for Kids

Categories: Adolescents General, Diversions, General, Resources|

This youtube video uses items found in a kitchen to demonstrate the importance of hand-washing. Steps are provided for parents & children to carry out this experiment together.

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention & Control in Schools

Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Mental Health, Resources|

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.

How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus

Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

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.

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

Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

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

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

Categories: Adolescents General, Education, General, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adolescents General, Diversions, Education, General, Resources|

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

Activities & Online Resource for Homebound Kids: A Coronavirus Guide

Categories: Adolescents General, Diversions, General, Resources|

A webpage providing links to live streams, education videos, virtual museums, and other activities for children.

101+ Ideas to Keep Your Kids Busy During Coronavirus Closures

Categories: Adolescents General, Diversions, General, Resources|

A webpage providing a list of activities & links for children to keep busy.

Bored at Home? Here’s a Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours

Categories: Adolescents General, Diversions, General, Resources|

A webpage providing links to virtual tours, museums, & attractions.

CIBC Theatre for All: At Home Activities!

Categories: Adolescents General, Diversions, General, Resources|

This document provides various theatre related crafts, activities, multimedia, & colouring pages.

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

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

Our Great Big List of COVID-19 for Autistic People

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources|

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

COVID-19 Information By & For People With Disabilities

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

School of Strength

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Resources|

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

Coronavirus Plain Language Glossary Words To Know

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Mental Health, Resources|

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.

Staying at home during Coronavirus

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

Activities for Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Diversions, Mental Health, Resources|

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

30 ideas to entertain yourself during social distancing

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Resources|

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

PAFN Facebook Page

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, B.C., Resources|

Facebook Homepage of the Pacific Autism Family Network. General information and latest updates.

Coronavirus Updates & Resources

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, B.C., Resources|

Information about closures and remote services currently available for individuals and families, phone lines for children and adults.

COVID-19 Outbreak and Autism Related Resources

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Nova Scotia, Resources|

COVID-10 Outbreak Resource : Employment and funding, family support & respite, student resources, tech resources, housing resources, adult resources.

Post-Secondary Students Resources

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Nova Scotia, Resources|

Tips for supporting your post-secondary child in their studies, guide on completing School Work & Studying at Home, navigating the BrightSpace software, PASS Parents Handbook, how to use Moodle (MSVU).

Employment Infographic Resource: Are you being laid off from work?

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Nova Scotia, Resources|

Employment infographic about what happens when one is laid off work: what it means right now, what to expect and where to look for help.

Financial Aid Support for Students During COVID-19

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Nova Scotia, Resources|

Legal information about financial help available for students by university.

Tenants’ Resources: Rent & Eviction during COVID-19

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Nova Scotia, Resources|

Legal information about housing rights and support for people in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

Adult Resources

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Mental Health, 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.

Respite Services COVID-19 Update for Families & Respite Workers

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Nova Scotia, Resources|

General good practice and health advice during the COVID-19 crisis, targeted at families and caregivers.

Tools & Resources for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Nova Scotia, Resources|

Washing hands tips and tricks for children and lots of resources to keep the children busy during the lockdown: virtual field trips, educational, fun and physical activities.

COVID-19 – Autism Nova Scotia Programs and Services Update

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Nova Scotia, Resources|

General information about Autism Nova Scotia closures and available resources during the COVID-19 crisis.

Supporting Individuals on The Autism Spectrum during COVID-19

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Nova Scotia, Resources|

Advice about mental health support during the COVID-19 crisis. Targets how to deal with change and job uncertainty.

List of Resources to Help Us Through COVID-19

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Diversions, Education, Ontario, Resources|

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.

OAP Information Sessions

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Ontario, Resources|

Information about the Ontario Autism Program: general orientation and related services currently available online.

Supporting Our Community

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Ontario, Resources|

Presentation of a survey about how the Ontario Autism Program can best serve its community during the COVID-19 crisis and links toward online services currently available.

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Alberta, Diversions, Mental Health, Resources|

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).

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

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Alberta, Diversions, Education, Resources|

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

COVID-19 Information and Mental Health Resources

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Alberta, Mental Health, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Alberta, Mental Health, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Alberta, Mental Health, Resources|

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

COVID-19 Information and Resources 

Categories: Alberta, Children ASD-ID, Diversions, Mental Health, 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.

Miriam Foundation Facebook

Categories: Children ASD-ID, Mental Health, Québec, Resources|

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).

Autism Yukon Interactive Discussion

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Education, Resources, Yukon|

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.

Autism Yukon Facebook

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources, Yukon|

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.

Miriam Assessment Intervention Programs Videoconferencing Consultation Service

Categories: Québec, Resources|

Real-time videoconferencing between the Miriam clinicians and the caregivers participating in this project will approximate the same high-quality service as those offered in a face-to-face setting.

Talking to your child about tragedy: Six tips for the autism community

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Resources|

Six tips for talking to your child about tragedy by Autism Speaks.

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, General, Indigenous, Mental Health, Resources|

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.

COVID-19 Coronavirus: Answering your Questions 10 videos

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Caregivers, Resources|

A YouTube playlist by Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (HCARDD) on COVID-19 and answering common questions.

CID: Videos: Look After your Mental Health

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Caregivers, Resources|

Videos about staying well and safe during COVID-19.

Monthly Blog Post About COVID-19 by Dr. Yona Lunksy

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Caregivers, Resources|

A monthly blog post about COVID-19 by Dr. Yona Lunksy from Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (HCARDD).

An overview of the rights of, and challenges faced by, persons with disabilities in Canada during COVID-19 by The Library of Parliament

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An overview of the rights of, and challenges faced by, persons with disabilities in Canada during COVID-19 by The Library of Parliament.

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, General, Resources|

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

This article was written as a collaboration between the Adult Autistic and Medical Communities

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Resources|

This article was written as a collaboration between the Adult Autistic and Medical Communities. It contains advice and resources for autistic individuals related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A list of resources for COVID-19, developed by Autistics United Canada

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Resources|

A list of resources for COVID-19, developed by Autistics United Canada.

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Ontario, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

A Twitter Question and Answer hub

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Resources|

A Twitter Question and Answer hub where youth and their family can ask questions about disabilities and COVID-19.

An article by Dr. Anthony Bailey

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Adult ASD-ID, Caregivers, Children ASD-ID, Resources|

An article by Dr. Anthony Bailey (Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia) on supporting indivduals with autism and their families during COVID-19.

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

Categories: Education, General, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Education, General, Resources|

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

An info-graphic on social distancing

Categories: Education, General, Resources|

An info-graphic on social distancing.

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Education, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources|

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

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

Categories: General, Mental Health, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adult ASD-ID, Diversions, Mental Health, Resources|

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

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

Categories: Adolescents ASD-ID, Adult ASD-ID, Caregivers, Children ASD-ID, Mental Health, Resources|

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