Click here to see the meta data of this asset.

Mental health and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Welcome to the website of the Ontario Working Group on Mental Health and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In response to the alarming lack of knowledge and appropriate services for adults living with ASD, this collaboration was created in spring 2014. We are leaders in the ASD field, clinicians and researchers in adult mental health, and representatives from professional clinical organizations across Ontario.

Featured videos from our 2016 conference

Resiliency and Risk in ASD: Findings from Recent Research

Dr. Peter Szatmari February 2016Presenter: Dr. Peter Szatmari, Chief of Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative, The Hospital for Sick Children and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Professor and Head of the Division of Child and Youth Mental Health, University of Toronto

Introduction Dr. Doug Weir

The developmental health of individuals with ASD is the result of the interaction between risk factors such as rare genetic variants and resiliency. Read more and watch the video.

 

Pharmacotherapy of Behavioural Symptoms and Psychiartric Comorbidities in Adults with ASD - Basic

Dr. Christopher McDougall February 2016Speaker Dr. Christopher McDougle, Director of the Lurie Center for Autism, Massachusetts General Hospital

Introduction Dr. Pushpal Desarkar

Adults with ASD present with interfering behavioral symptoms that may be amenable to medication treatment.  This presentation will discuss the various types of behavioral symptoms adults with autism spectrum disorder often have and describe the types of medication that are potentially helpful for these target symptoms. Potential adverse effects of the medications will also be addressed. This presentation is geared toward non-medical mental health clinicians and family doctors.  Read more and watch the video.


Pharmacotherapy of Behavioural Symptoms and Psychiartric Comorbidities in Adults with ASD - Advanced

Dr. Christopher McDougall February 2016Speaker Dr. Christopher McDougle, Director of the Lurie Center for Autism, Massachusetts General Hospital

Introduction Dr. Pushpal Desarkar

Adults with ASD present with interfering behavioral symptoms that may be amenable to pharmacological intervention. This presentation will review results from double-blind, placebo-controlled trials of pharmacological agents, if available, directed toward these behavioral symptoms. Potential adverse effects of these medications will be described. This presentation is geared toward psychiatrists and clinicians with experience working with adults with autism spectrum disorder and co-morbid psychiatric disorders. Read more and watch the video.

 

Unmet Needs of Adults with ASDs

Increasingly, individuals are diagnosed with ASD for the first time in adulthood. Also, those previously diagnosed with non-specific developmental disabilities or learning disabilities are being identified as having ASD. For all adults with ASD, their struggles in social interaction are commonly compounded by mental health issues—particularly anxiety and depression.

Without appropriate diagnostic and mental health services, many adults suffer in isolation. They may be unable to find or keep employment, gain independence, find friends and partners, or function in post-secondary education. A recent provincial study found that a high proportion of affected adults depend on family members well into adulthood, require long-term financial supports, and may have a poor quality of life overall.

Educating Mental Health Professionals

The short-term deliverable of the Ontario Working Group is to organize a day-long conference for mental health practitioners. This will be an opportunity to educate clinicians across the province on the mental health and psychosocial issues that adults with ASD face, while at the same time presenting best practice approaches from expert speakers, consumer panels, and research presentations.

In addition to this unique event, the Ontario Working Group plans to continue to inform mental health professionals and the public about the needs of this marginalized group.

 

Our Sponsors

Ontario Psychiatric Association, CIBC, Kerry's Place Autism Services, Ontario Medical Association, Ontario College of Family Physicians, Autism Ontario, Geneva Centre for Autism, The Redpath Centre, Surrey Place Centre, CAMH Education, Bank of Montreal, Ontario Psychological Association, Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services, Ontario Association of Social Workers, OMA Section on Psychiatry

 


In Adults with ASD