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learning workshops:

All learning workshops are being delivered through virtual delivery to the comfort of your home or office. 

There is no cost for any of the workshops.  A Zoom code and slides will be emailed to you within 24 hours of the workshop.

Please also note that registration for workshops will close at noon the day prior to the workshop.

2021 Learning workshops


Expanding on School Routines at Home                                               

Tuesday, September 21 – 6:00-8:00

Children with ASD learn best when expectations are consistent across multiple environments (e.g., home, school, community). This session will help parents learn how to implement and practice school-based goals in the home and community settings.

Introduction to Autism                                                                                

Tuesday, September 28 – 6:00-8:00

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.

Outdoor Exploration: Fall/Winter

Thursday, October 14 – 6:00-8:00

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.

People Can Be Fun: Building Engagement

Thursday, October 21 – 6:00-8:00

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!

This workshop will be offered in English, Punjabi, and Spanish. Please note which language you would like to attend on the registration form. 

SCERTS for Parents

Tuesday, October 26 – 6:00-8:00

SCERTS is the foundational model that is used for clinical practice at Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton.  But what does it really mean?  This workshop will provide an overview of the SCERTS model and what that looks like in programming for your child.

Exploring Toileting for Children with ASD

Tuesday, November 9 – 6:00-8:00

Toilet training can be challenging for many families, and there are additional factors to consider for children with ASD. This workshop aims to explore toilet training by discussing common challenges that parents might encounter and provides strategies to support with this complex routine.

Building Blocks of Regulation

Thursday, November 18 – 6:00-8:00

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.

Counting Sheep for Better Sleep

Tuesday, November 30 – 6:00-8:00

Having a child who is not sleeping well can be very hard for the whole family. This session will cover information about common sleep issues for children of all ages who have ASD. Learn how to set expectations for sleep and strategies to help your child sleep better. Come to this session and find out how to help everyone get a better night’s sleep!

Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Needs

Tuesday, December 7 – 6:00-8:00

A variety of sensory processing challenges can often be present in children with ASD. Children can be over- and under-responsive to various stimuli which impact their overall regulation and ability to manage. Some children are negatively impacted by loud sounds or bright lights while other children are naturally drawn to them. This workshop will provide an overview of sensory needs, explore what they look like, how they impact our children, and how we can positively respond to their ongoing sensory needs.

Sibling Groups

September 25

November 20

January 22

March 19

May 28

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. 

Sibling groups will run every other month, beginning Saturday, September 25 with each age group running for approximately one hour. Subsequent groups will take place on November 20, January 22, March 19 and May 28, 2022. Children will be grouped according to age:

6-9 years: 9:00-10:00

10-13 years: 10:00-11:00

14-17 years: 11:00-12:00


Learning Groups

**By registering for these programs, you are indicating interest in learning more about the program. A member of the Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton team will contact you to complete an intake to determine if the program is a good fit for you and your family.


More Than Words                                                          

Fall Session: Evenings; Dates TBD

Winter Session: Daytime; Dates TBD               

This course is primarily intended for parents and caregivers. It can be challenging for your child with ASD to interact meaningfully with others and connect with the world around them.  This program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential. This is an 8 week program.


Winter Session: Evenings; Dates TBD

This course is primarily intended for parents and caregivers.  At the TalkAbility program, parents will learn a variety of practical strategies practical and powerful tools to help their high functioning verbal child with social communication challenges “tune in” to the feelings and thoughts of others.  This is a 10 week program which includes eight informative parent group sessions and three individual sessions with the Hanan certified Speech Language Pathologist presenting the program.

Circle of Security

Winter Session: Dates and Times TBD

This program supports parents and caregivers to effectively connect with the children in their lives, focusing specifically on positive attachment. The foundation for attachment is found in developing a secure base (delighting and enjoying each other) as well as a safe haven (protective and safe relationships). This is a 8 week program.

NeuroRelational Framework                                     

Dates and Times TBD

This group is based on an evidence informed framework that guides us to understand the complexity of your child’s development and better describe your child’s strengths and challenges. This group will teach you about what responses to stress look like for all of us and will review the concept of toxic stress patterns. We will review the importance of the parent-child relationship to support social development. With a holistic understanding of your child, your role as an advocate for your child and family will be enhanced. This is an 8 week program.