What is EPIC?

EPIC is a program at Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton designed to provide both segregated and inclusive opportunities for children and youth to engage in physical activity and recreation. EPIC is inclusive of a variety of activities that are designed to meet the child where they are at in terms of their ability to engage, thus providing children and youth diagnosed with autism with increased opportunity to participate in physical activity and peer interaction according to their abilities and preferences. Rules, structure, noise, social demands, physical requirements, interest and other factors can impact on a child’s ability to participate.

Why is there a need for EPIC?

What are the overall goals/objectives of EPIC?

What types of services are included within EPIC?

EPIC includes several services including summer camps (both in-house and within the community), gymnasium sessions devoted to exploratory physical activity and active discovery, and gymnastics sessions within the community. New opportunities are being sought regularly.

Who is involved with EPIC? Who can contribute to EPIC?

Currently, Children’s Autism of Edmonton staff and community partners contribute to EPIC’s programs. Community organizations are being approached to continually expand opportunities and develop a partnership with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton.

Epic Winter activities

Epic Move & Groove

Exploration of music and dance can facilitate personal growth for individuals on theautism spectrum in many areas  including skill development, speech & language, memory and mental agility, social skills, and confidence. The 8 week program will provide children with the opportunity to express themselves through moving to music that is both meaningful and comfortable to them. Following the Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton philosophy, participants will be supported through the SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Supports) model. Parents are welcome to attend and engage alongside their children.

Location: 9765 54 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T6E 5J4

Dates: February. 1st – March.21st, 2020

Time: 1:00-1:50 PM

Registration is currently full

EPIC BOWLING

Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton has partnered with KJ Bowling to provide adapted bowling lessons! The kids will bowl in small groups over multiple lanes, and have the chance to engage socially with peers throughout. Bowling lessons will be supported by Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton staff, and provide a fantastic opportunity for children with Autism to participate in this great sport!

Location: KJ Bowling 12143 54th Street Edmonton, AB

Dates: Wednesday Nights: February 12th– March 18th 2020

Time: 5:45- 6:45 PM

Registration is currently full

Epic cooking

Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton has teamed up with Palates Culinary Center to enhance participation in community (EPIC). Through learning to bake the children will increase their independence in the kitchen, learn skills that will help with
employment/post secondary and expand their social skills! The theme of this cooking program will be “Noodles of the World!”

Location: Palates 5546 Calgary Trail, Edmonton, AB

Dates: Monday February.10, February.24, March. 2, March.9

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

Click here to register

ADAPTED SWIM LESSONS

Participation in swimming can promote growth for individuals on the spectrum in many areas including skill development, social skills and confidence. We have teamed up with Canyon Swim Club to facilitate this fun and engaging program. Following the Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton philosophy, participations will be supported through the SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transaction Supports) model. We have the entire pool rented and parents are welcome

Location: Scona Pool 10450 72 Ave NW, Edmonton ,AB

Dates: Saturday March 7- April 11, 2020

Time: 2:00-2:30 pm (4-6 years)

2:30- 3:00 PM ( 6-8 years)

3:00-3:30 PM ( 8+ years)

Registration is currently full

Active discovery

Active Discovery is a structured, play-based program aimed at providing children and youth increased opportunity to participate in physical activity according to their abilities and preferences. The surrounding environment will be set up to encourage children and youth engage in games, engage with different equipment, and play common gym games with additional supports such as visuals, timers, etc. Our program focuses on proportionate expectations and support resulting in success!

Location: 17451 103 Ave, Edmonton, AB, T6E 5J4

Dates: Saturday March 14- April 18, 2020

Time: 12:15-1:15 pm (3-6 years)

1:15- 2:15 PM ( 3-6 years)

2:15-3:15 PM ( 7-10  years)

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2020 epic community outings

These outings are designed for families to come together in groups and experience a variety of community outings around Edmonton and area. It will give families the opportunity to experience community outings in a safe and supported group in order to ensure successful outings in the future, all while meeting and connecting with other families.

Children must attend outings with a parent or guardian. Outings can be supported by a community aide if arrangements are made with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton a minimum two weeks prior to the outing date.

Click here to view the activities and register

For more information please email Tanner or phone 780-235-6935

Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton recognizes the Goodlife Kids Foundation as a source of funding for its EPIC programs

Upcoming Events

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EPIC Calendar October

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