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Below we have curated a list of resources that were discussed during our Interest Based Learning webinar.

First, let's start with some questions you might like to ask yourself to find our more about your own strengths and interests:

• If you had some free time to do anything, what would you choose?

• Are there activities that you are usually good at?

• What do you like? What do you enjoy doing?

• Are there times when you totally relax?

• What do you get excited about?

• What makes you laugh or smile?

• When do you learn the best?


Studies and Links

Psychological strengths and well-being: Strengths use predicts quality of life, well-being and mental health in autism - Read

A different environment for success: a mixed-methods exploration of social participation outcomes among adolescents on the autism spectrum in an inclusive, interest-based school club - Read

Using the special interests of autistic children to facilitate meaningful engagement and learning by Lydia Davey, 2020 - Read

The self-identified positive attributes and favourite activities of children on the autism spectrum by Megan Clark and Dawn Adams, 2020 - Read

An Expert Discussion on Strengths-Based Approaches in Autism from Autism in Adulthood, 2019 - Read

Autism: Using passions to make connections by Jane Hancock, 2019 - Read

Reframing Autism: I Am an Educator - Read

Using Interests: Idea Generator - Visit


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Media Examples

Career-prep program fosters strengths of teens with autism - Read

Our Interests are Ours - Read

Leveraging Special Interests to Help Children with Autism - Read

The Necessity of Special Interests for Me as a Person on the Autism Spectrum - Read