ASERT is located in the School Psychology area in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. Check out the about section below for more info!
ASERT is located in the School Psychology area in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Under the direction of Dr. Adam McCrimmon, the group consists of researchers, clinicians, and professionals interested in understanding autism spectrum disorders and improving the lives of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. CURRENT STUDIES We are currently conducting two projects. Vocational Skill Development in Adolescents and Young Adults with ASD The first is an evaluation of the efficacy of the Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES; Swisher, Green, & Tollefson, 1999) with adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). PAES is a vocational skills training system designed to measure vocational potential as well as teach and enhance the vocational abilities of individuals with developmental disabilities. Although PAES has received empirical support for use with a variety of populations, its use has yet to be validated for individuals with ASD. To address this gap in the research literature, this project will utilize both quantitative and qualitative approaches to better understand vocational abilities as well as the relationship between these abilities and cognitive, adaptive, and social skills in adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. This research project is being conducted in partnership with Society for Treatment of Autism (STA) and Sinneave Family Foundation (SFF) who currently host the PAES system as part of the Pursuits program (a skills for life and vocational program for adolescents and adults with ASD). This project is generously funded by the Lynn Laforge-Tieman Fund for Autism. Resilience in children with HFASD The second is a project investigating resilience in children aged 8-12 that are typically developing (with no learning or developmental challenges) as well as children with Asperger's syndrome (AS), high-functioning autism (HFA), or Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specificed (PDD-NOS). This project is aimed at discovering what important factors can be enhanced to promote resilienceand successful social-emotional development in these children. Participants will be children between the ages of 8 and 12 years who either have no previous diagnosis or who have a previous diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), specifically AS, HFA, or PDD-NOS.
Excellent new program and study being conducted for parents of c children with NDDs. http://mystudies.ca/studies/neuro
Watch our very own Adam McCrimmon talk about our new social intervention program for children with autism. If you or someone you know is interested, you can find out more information at www.ucalgary.ca/asert/intervention
Hi Everyone! The ASERT team is excited to share that we are putting together a PEERS Young Adult group 😃
The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) for Young Adults (Ages 18-35) is a 16-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated young adults, who are interested in learning skills to make and keep friends and develop romantic relationships. During each group session, young adults are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills.
If you, or someone you know, are interested/have any questions about the program please reach out to us [email protected]
Additionally, for any families who are interested in our ongoing PEERS teen programs (Ages 13-18), please reach out to us at [email protected] to be added to our ongoing waitlist.
[11/13/19] Congratulations to our very own Andrea Rodgers for successfully defending her MSc thesis this afternoon on emotional intelligence and the PEERS program. One examiner said that she gave the best performance that he has ever been a part of. We’re all incredibly proud!
Please see the attached flyer for a new Young Adult Social group that is starting in Calgary! Please feel free to share 😃
We’re starting up a new study for adults on the spectrum! Please see attached poster for more information or to sign up :)
Sinneave is offering a 5-day summer course in Calgary to help those planning on enrolling in a post-secondary program (diploma, certificate, degree). The course will take place across the 5 campuses and will focus on understanding readiness, stress and time management, group work, accessibility services and supports.
If you know of someone that might be a fit please let them know about it. I’ve attached a poster that you can share electronically or print - Please share with your teams too!
There are three different date options:
Option 1 - Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19th (9:30 am to 3:30 pm)
Option 2 - Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 2nd (9:30 am to 3:30 pm)
Option 3 - Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16th (9:30 am to 3:30 pm)
Cost: $125 per person*
* Registration cost is partially subsidized by The Sinneave Family Foundation. If additional financial assistance is required please contact us.
Here is more info on our website.
Here is the direct link to the application form.
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A new study looking at transition to adulthood for those on the spectrum. Consider participating. 😀
Ashleigh Yule presenting on her dissertation work exploring experiences of gender in #ASD
Our very own Andrea Rodgers is presenting her work on PEERS and #CPA2019
Absolutely amazing person and story. Words can’t express.
This child of God is a prodigy. Autism and blindness can’t erase the smile from the face of Kodie Lee! Kodi has just given HOPE, POWER, and HAPPINESS to those who feel marginalized because of who they are. Erase the DIS, and highlight the ABILITY! Gabrielle Union, GREAT FIRST TIME USE of the #GoldenBuzzer! #AGT
The Parents Empowering Neurodiverse Kids study is recruiting across Canada now!
A research team is seeking families of children ages 3-14 with a Neurodevelopmental Disability who are experiencing challenging behaviour - our new online parenting program was designed just for you!
Neurodevelopmental disabilities could include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Epilepsy, Global Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), severe learning disability, or any other diagnosis that influences how one gets around, communicates, processes what they hear, or remembers things.
Participants are compensated for time and effort in the study. Visit https://mystudies.ca/studies/neuro to take part and learn more!
#neurodiverse #research #family #strong #empower
See Our very own Adam McCrimmon on Global Morning News talking about #WAADYYC and #ASD. https://globalnews.ca/video/5121695/world-autism-awareness-day
globalnews.ca Watch World Autism Awareness Day Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca
Once again - no link between the MMR vaccine and ASD. If only some people would listen to reason!
globalnews.ca The researchers studied nearly every child born in Denmark over 11 years, and found no link between the MMR vaccine and autism diagnosis.
ASERT is very excited to share that we are setting up a PEERS for Young-Adult (18-30 years) social skills intervention group!
PEERS for Young-Adults is a 16 week evidence-based program for motivated young adults who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. The delivery of the program is overseen by our Director, Dr. Adam McCrimmon.
Presently, we have a few spots open for our Spring 2019 PEERS Young-Adult group. If this is something you may be interested in, please contact the ASERT team via email: [email protected] for more detailed information ☺️
[01/24/19] Congratulations to ASERT’s Nicholas Hendrickson on his successful MSc thesis oral Defense this morning. Wonderful job, Nick. You’ll be an excellent clinician and professional!
A great upcoming event that may be of interest. Feel free to pass the information along!
[08/24/18] Congratulations to Shawna Gray for successfully defending her MSc thesis today. She did wonderfully and has a short break before starting her PhD program in September!
A nice event in support of Janus Academy in Calgary. Consider attending or supporting!
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[06/08/18] It’s an amazing week for ASERT. Congratulations to Ryan Matchullis for successfully defending his PhD dissertation. Two new doctors helping children with ASD and their families. We couldn’t be more proud!
[06/06/18] Congratulations to our very own Amanda Smith-Demers on her successful PhD dissertation defence today. Her examining committee said that it was one of best that they have had the privilege to conduct. Amazing job from an amazing woman!
A great read for travelling parents.
theglobeandmail.com Mom’s first-hand knowledge of travelling with special-needs child inspires her to help other families do the same
A piece we just wrote on the recent events in Toronto and the alleged perpetrator. Please share far and wide - what we need is awareness and acceptance of those with ASD, not senseless targeting and irrational statements.
theconversation.com The evidence indicates that having autism spectrum disorder actually reduces the risk of violence.
A wonderful new program that hopefully will benefit a number of Canadians with ASD.
Amazing story of ingenuity.
todaysparent.com How two women transformed their tiny Newfoundland community from a zero-resources town to the best place in the country to raise kids on the spectrum.
Something that is not talked about enough.
huffingtonpost.ca The ugly truth of caring for kids with special needs as they age is that it starts to feel like a job or a burden. Loving them and parenting them does not.
An interesting initiative. http://foundation.hollandbloorview.ca/why-give/yourimpact/noboundaries#.WqGdrX7d7o8.facebook
foundation.hollandbloorview.ca With our birthday party program, kids learn that giving back is fun and easy, while choosing one gift that they really want.
We just published another public awareness piece - this time on the changes to Asperger’s. Please feel free to share and pass along to anyone that you may know!
theconversation.com As awareness of Asperger's syndrome has risen within popular consciousness and culture, it has faded from clinical use.
A great event is coming up for a wonderful organization that supports children with ASD. Consider helping them out!
MindBalance for ASD
Does your child struggle with anxiety? Are they overly fearful or worried at school, in social situations or at home?
Anxiety can show up in many different ways including: perfectionism, refusal to speak, meltdowns, aggression, self-harm and avoidance of people or places.
MindBalance for ASD is a program designed for adolescents/young adults with autism and their parents. The program focuses on understanding anxiety, what causes it and how to manage it more effectively. Over 4 sessions you and your child will build confidence, learn practical strategies to deal with stress or uncertainty and achieve balance for the mind and body.
4 Wednesday evenings: Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 7, & March 14, 2018 (6:30 pm to 8:30 pm)
Fee: $500.00 (A portion of this program may be eligible for reimbursement through health insurance plans, health spending accounts or FSCD – please contact your program representative)
To register email [email protected]
We just published a brief informational item for parents who are seeking information about early symptoms of ASD. Hopefully it will be helpful!
theconversation.com Early intervention is key to treating autism, but how is a family to know which quirky childhood behaviours might be symptoms? An educational psychologist explains.
Many families are experiencing challenges when applying for the Disability Tax Credit for their child with ASD. Autism Canada is looking to explore this issue. Please see the attached and consider providing them with your experience.
Our new study on the experience of gender by individuals on the autism spectrum. Contact our team if you are interested in more information!
An amazing young man and story. Heartwarming to hear! https://globalnews.ca/news/3898404/little-boys-touching-video-explaining-his-autism-to-his-classmates-goes-viral/
globalnews.ca What started as an attempt to explain his autism to his classmates turned into a viral sensation for one 9-year-old boy in North Carolina.
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