Autism Occupational Therapy
Resource Toolkit

Embracing Complexity & Individual Differences in Autism

What is Autism?

From AutismSpeaks (2013) as defined by the APA, outlines the diagnostic criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Video from the National Autistic Society, UK

Tedx Talk by Dr. Jac den Houting discussing the neurodiversity paradigm, the social model of disability, the double empathy problem and how we can support authentic autistic identity.

Overview of ASD and resources. Based on the World Health Organization’s International Cassification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF).

Dr. Anagnostou talks about the overlap between different disorders, the ethics of genetic research and how studies can help to improve treatments and interventions for autistic people people.

A thought-provoking podcast episode with guest Jill Escher, an autism research philanthropist, on navigating the complexities around the inclusivity of the autism diagnosis

Fascinating podcast episode with well known autism researcher and author Francesca Happe on autism and how autism presents differently in girls and women

A guide that outlines 7 support strategies for autistic individuals during uncertain times, specifically the COVID-19 pandemic. Guide includes visual supports and social stories.

Co-occuring Conditions

Autism can often come with other conditions. This guide discusses 16 common co-occuring conditions for children diagnosed with ASD.

What to expect with autism, low mood and depression, signs and symptoms, and strategies to help.

Signs of anxiety in children and youth with ASD, anxiety triggers and how to identify them, calming and relaxing strategies, and how to help children and youth diagnosed with ASD recognize anxiety.

An excellent and comprehensive mental health resource toolkit for service providers.

Looking at a range of physical conditions that are often accompanied with autism.

A podcast episode which discusses the benefits and limitations of Spoon Theory to help understand and manage fatigue.

Autism and Intersectionality

A video discussing autism from an indigenous perspective.

A sexuality and sex education resource guide for people on the autism spectrum.

Video and resources discussing gender dysphoria and autism.

Brief article written by Autism Speaks outlining a study that finds higher rates of gender diversity among autistic people.

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