Thriving in Youth with ASD: What Does it Take?

Filmed October 2015 – edited into 20 parts; total 202 minutes

In this video, Dr. Weiss looks at how to promote positive outcomes in youth with ASD, including those with Intellectual Disability, by focusing on indicators such as happiness, satisfaction and resilience. This presentation has significant implications for educators, families and therapists as they look at the pivotal interventions that will have the biggest impacts on youth with ASD as they prepare and enter into adult life, specifically, interventions that target social-communication difficulties and promote social interaction and community inclusion for youth with ASD.

This video includes a panel presentation with Dr. Anthony Bailey, UBC; Patrick Dwyer, student and self-advocate; Dr. Stephanie Jull, Canucks Autism Network; Dr. Rashmeen Nirmal, Sunny Hill Health Centre and Dr. David Worling, Westcoast Child Development Group.

Part 1: Introduction (4:06)

  • Weiss, J.A., Whelan, M., McMorris, C., Carroll, C. and the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (2014) Autism in Canada: National Needs Assessment Survey for Families, Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Professionals

Part 2: Mental Health Rates in Autism (17:58)

  • Facing your Fears (Reaven, et al., 2011). Paul Brookes.
  • Child anxiety disorders: a family based treatment manual for practitioners (Wood, et al., 2008). WW Norton & Co.
  • Exploring Feelings (anger/anxiety) Attwood, 2004). Future Horizons.
  • Coping Cat (Kendall & Hedtke, 2006). Workbook Pub.

Part 3: What Does Good Mental Health Look Like? (4:56)

Part 4: Definitions, Components and Dynamics of Thriving (12:46)

Part 5: Predictors of Parent Reported Thriving (10:28)

Weiss, J.A. &Burnham, Riosa, P. (015). Thriving in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability.

Part 6: Thriving: Building Individual Strengths (16:20)

Part 7: Thriving: Physical Health and Emotional Skills (6:42)

Part 8: What are Your Strengths? (6:07)

VIDEO CLIP: Does this Make my Aspergers Look Big? 

Part 9: Ecological Assets: Context (14:14)

Part 10: Family Distress, Resilience and Intervention (8:52)

Part 11: Services: Use, Barriers and Needs – B.C. Results (8:19)

Part 12: Collective Activity and Predictors of Employment (11:06)

Part 13: Panel Part 1- Panellist Comments (20:58)

Part 14: Panel Part 2 – Preparing for Post-Secondary (8:08)

Part 15: Panel Part 3- Honouring the Child’s Interests (13:03)

Part 16: Panel Part 4 – Responses to Bullying (5:30)

Part 17: Panel Part 5 – Promoting Continuity or Stability (6:14)

Part 18: Panel Part 6 – Learning for Individuals with ASD (13:46)

Part 19: Panel Part 7 – Capacity in the School System (4:28)

Part 20: Panel Part 8 – Students With ASD and Mental Health Complexities (8:08)