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Parents and caregivers of children and youth with autism may experience challenges with their child’s school placement, helping school staff understand their child’s needs, and understanding the services and supports your school board may offer. Seeing your child struggle with accessing curriculum or thriving in either virtual or in-school placements can be difficult.

Come and chat with a Kinark school consultant and other parents about your experiences, how to effectively advocate for your child, school policies and practices, individualized education plans (IEPs) and effective collaboration, as well as other valuable tips and tools for navigating and interacting with the school system.

Ask a School Consultant

Parents and caregivers of children and youth with autism may experience challenges with their child’s school placement, helping school staff understand their child’s needs, and understanding the services and supports your school board may offer. Seeing your child struggle with accessing curriculum or thriving in either virtual or in-school placements can be difficult.

Come and chat with a Kinark school consultant and other parents about your experiences, how to effectively advocate for your child, school policies and practices, individualized education plans (IEPs) and effective collaboration, as well as other valuable tips and tools for navigating and interacting with the school system.

Ask a School Consultant

Parents and caregivers of children and youth with autism may experience challenges with their child’s school placement, helping school staff understand their child’s needs, and understanding the services and supports your school board may offer. Seeing your child struggle with accessing curriculum or thriving in either virtual or in-school placements can be difficult.

Come and chat with a Kinark school consultant and other parents about your experiences, how to effectively advocate for your child, school policies and practices, individualized education plans (IEPs) and effective collaboration, as well as other valuable tips and tools for navigating and interacting with the school system.

Ask a School Consultant

Parents and caregivers of children and youth with autism may experience challenges with their child’s school placement, helping school staff understand their child’s needs, and understanding the services and supports your school board may offer. Seeing your child struggle with accessing curriculum or thriving in either virtual or in-school placements can be difficult.

Come and chat with a Kinark school consultant and other parents about your experiences, how to effectively advocate for your child, school policies and practices, individualized education plans (IEPs) and effective collaboration, as well as other valuable tips and tools for navigating and interacting with the school system.

Creating Routines at Home

We all thrive on routine. Children with autism do especially well with repetition and predictability. But what happens when your child’s regular routine is disrupted? This workshop teaches you how to establish a healthy routine at home with your child and how to manage disruptions. You will learn the importance of establishing predictable daily routines and how to help your child adapt to changes in routine. You will be provided with several Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) based tools that will help you create structure at home such as a first-then board, visual schedule template, choice board, table-top activities, and more.

Introduction to Toilet Training

Toilet training can be a challenge for anyone! This session will cover what you need to know prior to starting toilet training for your child and set you up to be successful. This workshop will discuss key prerequisite skills and important considerations before starting a toilet training program. You will learn how to decide when to move to the next step of toilet training through the various strategies and tools shared, including communicating their need to use the toilet. We will provide you with the information you need to create an individualized toilet training plan for your child to be successful.

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!

School Series: Supporting Your Child’s Special Education Program 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.

Building Healthy Sleep Routines

Sleep concerns can be common in children with autism and many parents struggle with how to address them. You are not in this alone! We are here to support you with ways to develop a healthy sleep routine. In this workshop you will learn ways to track your child’s sleeping behaviours, identify and troubleshoot potential problems with your child’s current sleep routine, establish and introduce a new sleep routine for your child, and discuss some strategies based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) that aim to promote better sleeping behaviours for your child.

School Series: ABA Strategies in School and PPM 140

This session provides a brief overview of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and an introduction to the PPM 140policy. PPM 140 is a policy that mandates the use of ABA in schools to assist in the education of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). You may have heard of these terms, or they might be entirely new to you, but learning about and understanding the principles of ABA and how it is incorporated into your child’s special education program is important. This session will help you build awareness of your rights as a parent and caregiver when planning and supporting effective educational programs for your child with autism.

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