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Promoting Health and Wellness for Autistics

Promoting Health and Wellness for Autistics

With proper resources at their disposal, health and wellness professionals can offer more informed and tailored care, fostering a supportive environment that respects the unique needs and preferences of autistic individuals. These autism resources help empower professionals to deliver comprehensive and inclusive care, promoting better outcomes and enhancing the overall wellbeing of autistic individuals. You can access all of these free resources on our website and several of them are also available to borrow from our new online lending library.  

Your Next Patient Has Autism: Are You Prepared? 

This brochure provides healthcare staff with tips and strategies for serving autistic individuals in hospitals, emergency rooms, or doctor’s offices. Tips include best practices for preparing for the visit through a phone interview with family and/or patient, separating medical considerations from autism considerations, and understanding when they may intersect and when they do not. It also includes tips and strategies for communication and language processing, sensory processing, and behavior considerations.

Search & Snicker™: Conversations About Relationships & Sexuality

These guides offer important tools needed to provide guidance about intimate relationships to autistic adults and other neurodivergent individuals. Informed by the neurodivergent community and best practices, the guides are available as PDF downloads targeted at three distinct groups: family members, direct service providers, and healthcare providers.

Everything is Connected to Everything: Improving the Healthcare of Autistic and ADHD Adults  

Autistic and ADHD adults often have multiple intertwined health conditions, yet the healthcare system can get in the way of clinicians addressing multiple medical problems. Treating these intertwined medical conditions separately may not reduce symptoms or improve the patient’s overall health. Treating these medical conditions as a cluster/constellation may make a difference. Created by All Brains Belong VT, this OAR-funded resource provides guidance for medical professionals and autistic individuals in how to address multiple health conditions and improve the health of autistic patients.

Safer Dating for Youth on the Autism Spectrum 

Written by researchers at Boston Medical Center, this curriculum is for educating autistic young adults about how to build and maintain healthy relationships in college. It is divided into six sessions, with activities and homework ideas designed to help engage autistic students about components of healthy relationships, different styles of relationships, warning signs for unhealthy relationships, healthy communication, and more.

Sex in DCity: Lessons in Healthy Relationships & Human Sexuality

I AM’s educational curriculum is designed to fill the gaps that exist in providing sexual education, resources, and support for autistic adults. It is tailored specifically for autistic adults and focuses on building relationships and understanding the physical aspects of sexuality. It covers topics such as communication, consent, safety, body image, healthy boundaries, and more, and each topic is approached in straightforward, developmentally appropriate, and honest ways.

Autism Training for Sexual Assault Counselors 

Created by Boston University, this resource is an online, self-delivered training designed to address the counselor’s role at the intersection of autism and sexual assault on college campuses. The free training is designed for college sexual assault counselors, but it may also be useful to community-based counselors and college instructors. 

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