Teen Social Time – Mindfulness Painting

Teen social time is designed for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to connect virtually and participate in fun and educational activities and discussions. These sessions are recommended for youth aged 12 to 18.

Do you enjoy painting? Are you looking for a relaxing way to get creative? Join this session for a fun paint party where we will create a special picture, share calming strategies and discuss ways to practice mindfulness.

Teen Social Time – Virtual Cooking: Brunch Edition

Teen social time is designed for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to connect virtually and participate in fun and educational activities and discussions. These sessions are recommended for youth aged 12 to 18.

Come have brunch with us! Put on your apron and get ready to make some delicious French toast and sparkling orange juice. Adult supervision is recommended when cooking.

Teen Social Time – Party Games

Are you interested in enjoying some fun games with other teens? Join this session for an afternoon of party games!

Teen social time is designed for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to connect virtually and participate in fun and educational activities and discussions. These sessions are recommended for youth aged 12 to 18.

Beyond the OAP – Four Counties

The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) is not the only place you can receive funding for your child. Do you need additional support for sports programs? Funding for respite care? Discounts at main attractions? Do you know who to contact if you are in a crisis? Come join our Beyond the OAP: Accessing Regional Resources sessions where you will learn about additional supports in your region and services that are available to you and your family. Choose the location you are interested in and see you then!

Beyond the OAP – Four Counties

The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) is not the only place you can receive funding for your child. Do you need additional support for sports programs? Funding for respite care? Discounts at main attractions? Do you know who to contact if you are in a crisis? Come join our Beyond the OAP: Accessing Regional Resources sessions where you will learn about additional supports in your region and services that are available to you and your family. Choose the location you are interested in and see you then!

School Series: Supporting Your Child’s Special Education Placement and the IEP

The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a document that is often described as the cornerstone of special education for children who have exceptional needs. Caregivers, educators and community partners all play important roles in the planning and implementation of a student’s special education program. Taking a collaborative team approach to setting observable, measurable and realistic expectations and goals for student achievement will often lead to a positive school climate and the best possible outcomes for your child. This interactive session will help parents understand the IEP and how to participate in the IEP development, implementation and review process.

A Parent’s Guide to Bullying

Bullying is pervasive in Canadian schools and communities. Research indicates that children with autism are at a much greater risk of being bullied than their peers. This workshop engages parents who may be concerned about their children being bullied or perpetuating bullying in the presence of their peers. Content includes defining the common types of bullying, identifying a variety of roles that children may play in the context of bullying, and discussing its prevalence. A significant emphasis will be placed on teaching concrete, actionable strategies for parents of children across all stages of childhood (pre-school, school-age, and adolescents) to ensure that you are equipped to prevent and address bullying. Additional strategies are provided to prevent and address cyberbullying due to the increasing use of technology and social media.

Sexual Health: Understanding Menstruation

Supporting children as they become young adults is an exciting time with many significant teaching moments, especially when a youth begins their menstrual cycle. This session is designed to support caregivers in building healthy self-care routines for their child and introducing the topic of periods and menstruation in a positive way. This workshop provides practical tips and strategies to help teach the skills associated with getting a period, how to manage symptoms and how to support youth to advocate for their needs. This session is recommended for caregivers of youth aged eight and older.

Transitions Done Right

Change happens but it does not have to be hard! In this session we will help you identify the bigger and smaller transitions in your child’s life and provide you with the tools and strategies for success. You will learn how to prepare your child for the many transitions across their day, their week, and the bigger transitions for years to come. In this workshop we will also share strategies on how to access transition supports at school.

Transition to High School

This workshop provides families with important information and tips to help decrease some of the worries related to the significant milestone of transitioning to high school. You will learn how to support a successful transition, including ways to familiarize your youth to the new school, prepare for school meetings, skills and routines to work on before the transition and more. The goal of this workshop is to equip you with ways to prepare your youth for this transition and to support you in feeling more confident and informed!

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