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community workshops:

Building Engagement for Communication

Parents sometimes feel like their child is ‘in their own world’ or is just not interested in many toys or activities. In some cases, children 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 evening workshop will be at the Maier Centre South location.

Date:

September 18th 2019, 6-8PM, Maier South

Sibling Support

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. Please see below for registration information for children ages 6-9 years old and 10-14 years old.

*Note: If your child is outside of this age range, please contact jaspreet@childrensautism.ca to discuss if this workshop would be a good fit for your child.

Date:

October 19th 2019, 9 – 10.30AM (siblings age 6-9 years), Maier South

October 19th 2019, 11 – 12.30AM (siblings age 10-14 years), Maier South

May 23rd 2020, 9 – 10.30AM (siblings age 6-9 years), Maier South

May 23rd 2020, 11 – 12.30AM (siblings age 10-14 years), Maier South

picky eating and NUTRITION

This workshop is primarily intended for parents, caregivers and professionals.  In this workshop participants will learn about the theory behind limited food repertoire and intake for children with complex feeding issues.  The topics focus on a holistic and educational approach to reduce mealtime anxiety in order to enhance the family’s mealtime experience and capacity.

Dates:

October 30th 2019, 1 – 3PM, Maier South

April 22nd 2020, 9 – 11AM, Maier South

Using Visual Supports for Communication

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. This evening workshop will be at the Maier Centre South location.

Date:

November 13th 2019, 6-8PM, Maier South

The ABCs of Sexuality and ASD – Featuring Stephanie Mitelman

While the sexual needs of individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder may not differ greatly from others, there may be differences in how information related to sexuality and boundaries gets processed. We invite parents of children, youth and young adults with an ASD to learn strategies for talking with your child about this sensitive topic and will offer resources to help. The focus will be on healthy relationships and the skills needed.  With time permitting we may be able to address specific family concerns.

Date:

November 30th 2019, 9AM-12PM, Maier South

Counting Sheep for Better Sleep

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!

Date:

December 4th 2019, 1-3PM, Maier South

What happens after puf?

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, and also explores some strategies to help families and schools with transitions into new programs, new schools, new classrooms etc.

Date:

January 15th 2020, 6-8PM, Maier South

Exploring Challenges with Toileting for Children with ASD

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.

Date:

February 26th 2020, 9 – 11AM

Building Blocks of Regulation

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.

Date:

March 7th 2020, 10 – 12PM, Maier South

anxiety

Many children with ASD experience anxiety.  Children who are not able to effectively communicate their anxiety may resort to using other challenging behaviours.  This workshop explores resources to support children to understand their own anxiety, and will discuss strategies that parents or other professionals can implement on a daily basis to help reduce anxiety.

Date:

May 6th 2020, 6 – 8pm, Maier South

Moving Beyond Requesting

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.

Date:

June 10th, 6-8PM Maier South

Training Groups:

More than words

This course is primarily intended for parents and caregivers, you know how challenging it can be 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.

Dates:

Fall Session – 2019

September 18 – Orientation and information session 9-11 AM Maier South

Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 22, 29

November 19, 26

December 3, 17

1PM-3:30PM

Maier South

(Please note that there will be an in- home session during the weeks of October 9 and 30, and November 27).

Winter Session – 2020

February 5 – Orientation and information session 9-11 AM Maier West

Wednesdays, February 12, 19

March 4, 11

April 1, 8, 15, 29

9AM-11:30AM

Maier West

(Please note that there will be an in- home session during the weeks of February 26, March 18 and April 22).

TalkAbility

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 program includes eights informative parent group sessions and three individual sessions with the Hanan Certified Speech Language Pathologist presenting the program.

There will be a child-focused group running at the same time as the parent group.  The group will be organized and run by a trained professional to target concepts from the Talkability curriculum during social activities capturing their interest (i.e. social games, baking, sports, lego, etc…)

Dates:

Wednesdays, February 2020 – 5, 12, 26

March – 2020 4, 18

April 2020 – 8, 15, 29

6PM – 8:30PM

Maier West

(Please note that there will be an in- home session during the weeks of February 19, March 11 and April 1, April 22).

Triple P – Positive Parenting Program.

Triple P is a parenting program, that helps parents to create a toolbox of ideas and strategies to support their child’s positive behaviours. With the support of a consultant, you choose the strategies you need, and the way you want to use them. The goal is all about making Triple P work for you and your family, to support a happy and healthy family unit.

Dates:

Thursday evenings January 9, 2020 to February 27, 2020, and final session April 2, 2020

6PM-8PM

Upcoming Events

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