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September 2020

Learning Services – Expanding on School Routines at Home

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  This session will help parents to implement and practice school-based goals in the home and community settings.  Practicing school-based goals at home can be hard, whether your child is attending school in person or virtually.  Learning at home for children with autism poses different challenges and we will discuss strategies and tools to make it easier for you and your child.

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Learning Services – Anxiety Workshop

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  2020 has been a challenging year for most of us. We’ve had to be adaptable but with that comes a heightened level of anxiety. Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, September 30 from 6:00-7:30 for an interactive workshop led by registered psychologists as they explore what anxiety is, potential triggers, and provide some strategies to help manage it.

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October 2020

Learning Services – Part 1: Using Emotional Regulation as a Building Block of Regulation

October 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Why does everyone keep talking about “emotional regulation”?  What does this mean?  This workshop explores the basics of emotional regulation and provides families and professionals with some ideas to try to help their child stay calm and happy throughout their day.  We will discover together why it is NOT ABOUT BEHAVIOUR, it is about REGULATION.

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Learning Services – Part 2: Using an Emotional Regulation Approach to Managing Challenging Behaviour

October 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  There are many factors that impact our emotional regulation and behaviour, including distant events such as sleep, new medications, dietary intake, hormonal changes; or immediate events such as requests to do a chore, being told ‘no’, etc. The presenter will explore the reasons behind behaviours of concern and emotional regulation, how to proactively plan to prevent behaviours, and how to support a child/young person’s emotional regulation needs. This is an introductory level workshop intended for parents/caregivers and professionals.

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Learning Services – People Can Be Fun: Building Engagement with Your Child

October 21 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

  Children with ASD may seem disinterested in people, instead choosing to play by themselves, and may even become upset if someone touches the toys they are playing with. This workshop aims to provide parents and professionals with information and strategies as a starting point to help a child with ASD learn that people can be fun too!

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Learning Services – Introduction to Autism

October 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  This session will explore the inner workings of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This session will begin with a foundational understanding of ASD and then dive into autism throughout the years (childhood → adulthood) and through developmental stages.

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November 2020

Learning Services – Expanding Communication: Moving Beyond Requesting

November 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  In this session you will learn strategies for increasing the language skills of children who are talking using echolalia, single words or sentences. We will discuss how to facilitate development of their vocabulary, comprehension and sentence structure skills, as well as how to increase their social and functional use of language.

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Learning Services – Outdoor Exploration: Fall/Winter

November 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Research confirms that spending time outdoors is one of the most beneficial activities to support positive mental health (for everyone), regulation and to increase problem solving and critical thinking skills.  We have many months of cold weather here and you will learn some great ideas to build skills that you can do with your family outdoors in the fall and winter.

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Learning Services – Literacy and Sensory Play

November 18 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

  Literacy is the building block of learning.  Some of the most important skills are easily incorporated into sensory activities.  When we combine multiple ways to learn and interact with literacy, we build new and different connections in the brain.  Come and learn some great fun activities to enhance vocabulary, social skills, motor skills, and pre-literacy in this session.

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Learning Services – Sibling Support Workshop

November 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  Having a brother or sister with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a unique and challenging experience. Parents often spend a lot of time, attention, and resources on their child with ASD, and siblings may feel confused, alone, or less supported at times. This workshop will provide siblings an opportunity to connect with their peers, share their interests, successes and challenges, learn new information, ask questions, and most importantly, have fun! This workshop is for siblings only.

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