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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.

2022 Learning workshops


Using Visual Supports for Communication                                             

Thursday, January 13 – 6:00-8:00

Visual supports for communication are used by everyone – think of all the calendars and apps that we (as adults) use to help us manage all of the activities we do each day. Children with autism also need this type of support, both to understand their routines and to express what they cannot yet express in verbal language. This workshop will introduce different visual supports we can use to help our children both understand their day and learn to express themselves.

What Happens After PUF?                                                                               

Thursday, January 27 – 6:00-8:00

Entering the school system after receiving Program Unit Funding can look different for each child. This workshop provides information on common school options for children with ASD and levels of support provided. It will also explore some strategies to help families and schools with transitions into new programs, new schools, new classrooms, etc.

Picky Eating

Tuesday, February 8 – 6:00-8:00

Having a child who is very picky about the items they eat can be challenging and frustrating for any parent. This workshop discusses the theory behind limited food repertoires for children of all ages, and explores strategies to implement food exploration at home with the ultimate goal of expanding a child’s food repertoire.

Introduction to Autism

Thursday, February 17 – 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.

Communication: Moving Beyond Requesting

Tuesday, February 22 – 6:00-8:00

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.

Movement and Physical Development in Children with ASD

Thursday, March 3 – 6:00-8:00

Some researchers suggest that motor deficits could be a potential core feature of ASD. This workshop will cover red flags to watch out for, common conditions, and when not to worry.

Alternative and Augmentative Communication              

 Tuesday, March 15 – 6:00-8:00 

In this augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) workshop, participants will be provided with information on what is AAC and who benefits from its use.  In addition, it will give an overview of different types of  AC including some of the more popular communication apps for iPads.  Finally, tips will be provided on implementing AAC at home and in the community. 

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.