Education workshops:

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:

February 12th, 6 – 8pm, Maier South

routine based interview

This workshop is primarily intended for professionals, participants will learn how to conduct a routine based interview; a tool used with the family to identify functional goals or outcomes that are meaningful to the child’s caregivers.

Dates:

February 20th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

August 21st 11:30 – 1:30pm 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:

February 26th, 6 – 8pm, Maier South

Family Guided Routines for Intervention: Coaching and Modelling VS Consultation

This workshop is primarily intended for professionals working with families in a natural environment.  Everyday activities and routines provide a rich source of learning opportunities for children.  In this session you will learn how to encourage families to use routines for intervention.  We will also look at the continuum of collaborative coaching in order to build caregiver capacity.

Dates:

February 27th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

October 16th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

Expanding Language

This workshop is primarily intended for parents, caregivers and professionals.  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 to increase their social and functional use of language.

Dates:

March 20th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

December 18th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

Learning to Eat for Complex Eaters

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:

March 20th, 9:15 – 11:15am, Maier South

April 24th, 1 – 3pm, Maier South

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:

April 10th, 6 – 8pm, Maier South

Planning for and implementing family oriented programming visits

This session is intended for Clinical Consultants, Teachers and School Support Staff who are involved in planning, implementing or overseeing Family Oriented Programming visits.  Family Oriented Programming visits are an opportunity to enhance a child’s Early Education program by supporting parents to implement and practice school based goals in the home and community setting. This session will outline expectations for these sessions and highlight ways to plan, prep and practice with families.

Dates:

April 10th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

October 9th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

Documentation and Goal Setting

This workshop is primarily intended for professionals.  It would be most helpful to have background knowledge of the SCERTS model, FSCD and Alberta Education goal outcome criteria as well as the way Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton provides services.  In this session professionals will learn the documentation requirements and goal setting techniques specific to our agency.

Dates:

April 23rd, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

September 25th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

Building Engagement

Parents sometimes feel like their child is “in their own world” or is just not interested in many toys or activities.  This workshop aims to provide parents and professionals with information and strategies as a starting point tom help a child with ASD learn that people can be fun.

Dates:

April 24th, 10:30 – 12:30pm, Maier South

November 27th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

Supporting Sensory Regulation and Active Engagement

This workshop is intended for parents, caregivers and professionals.  We will be discussing the tools to help children who have difficulty processing sensory information as well as take a hands on approach to do some problem solving around what strategies can be used for a particular sensory issue.

Dates:

May 22nd, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

October 23rd, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

Sibling Support

Parenting a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be a demanding and stressful job, as lots of time, attention, and resources may be spent on the child with ASD. Siblings who have a brother or sister with ASD can sometimes feel scared, confused, or under supported in this process. This workshop will provide insight and information for parents on how to support siblings to better understand ASD, strategies to foster sibling relationships, and ideas to connect with, support, and involve siblings in order to best meet the needs of the family system.

This workshop is primarily intended for parents who would like information and strategies on how to support siblings of a child with ASD.

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

Date:

May 28th, 6:00 – 8:00pm, Maier South

Reframing behaviour

There are many factors that impact our Emotional Regulation and Behaviour, these can include distant events such as: sleep; new medications; dietary intake, hormonal changes and more 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 of concern and how to support a child/young person’s emotional regulation needs. This is an introductory level workshop intended for parents/caregivers and professionals.

Dates:

June 19th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

November 20th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

School based consultation

Consulting in a classroom setting, whether inclusive or specialized, requires a balance of support and relationship building. Consultant staff have to navigate teacher philosophies, staff experience, and learning demands of students to target goals in the classroom. This session will focus on how to provide strategies to support teachers, Educational Assistants and students in all areas of child development in a meaningful way.

Date:

August 28th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

SCERTS

This workshop is primarily intended for parents, caregivers and professionals.  Participants will gain knowledge on the SCERTS model and how it is used to support children and families at home and in the community.

Date:

September 18th, 11:30 – 1:30pm, Maier South

Michael John Carley: Attitudes regarding Relationships and Sexuality in Adult’s with ASD

Michael John Carley will be leading a talk on “Attitudes regarding Relationships and Sexuality for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. This discussion is appropriate for teens and adults with ASD, and family or partners of individuals with ASD.

Date:

June 10th, 7:00 – 9:00pm, Maier South

Stephanie Mitelman: ABCs of Autism and Sexuality for parents

This workshop is intended for caregivers of children and teens with ASD. Stephanie will address the concerns questions of parents around issues of puberty, safety, boundaries, healthy relationships and consent. Stephanie will present information, strategies and resources for discussing these subjects, and leave time for parents’ questions! Stephanie Mitelman is a Certified Sexual Educator and author specializing in special education, particularly for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Date:

June 11th, 7:00 – 9:00pm, Maier South

Crisis Prevention: Sharing Strategies for Caregivers

This workshop is designed for caregivers and discusses the Crisis Development Model, levels of behaviour, and strategies to support challenging behaviour in your child. It does not cover Physical Interventions but does address Safety Strategies as well as Responding to an Emergency.

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:

February 6th – April 24th, 9am – 11.30am, Maier West

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.

Dates:

February 7th – April 25th, 6pm – 8.30pm, Maier South

ADOS-2 Training workshop

The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is collaborating with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton to offer a clinical training workshop in the ADOS-2 with Dr. Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, a certified ADOS-2 trainer.

This is a 2-day clinical ADOS-2 training providing instruction and practice in administration and scoring of Modules 1-4 of the ADOS-2. This will include large group plus small group breakout sessions for live practice administrations and consensus coding.

Click here for more information.

Date:

June 13th – June 14th Maier West

For more information please email us or phone 780-495-9235

Parent and playtime

Parent & Playtime provides purposeful play activities that encourage a child’s early communication and social skills in a small group setting while providing an opportunity for parent-to-parent connection.  The group is run by a trained Early Social Interaction (ESI) facilitator and a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP). Parent & Playtime is designed for children 12 months to 3 ½ years of age with or without a diagnosis of Autism.

Dates:

This group runs Friday mornings for 5 weeks (July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16)
12 months- 2 ½ year olds: 9am- 10am
2 ½ year olds- 3 ½ year olds: 10:30am- 11:30am

Click here for staff registration.
Upcoming Events

Learning Services Calendar February

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Learning Services Calendar November

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