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Parent & Caregiver Education

Kinark Autism Services offers a variety of educational opportunities on a wide range of topics for parents and caregivers of children and youth with autism.

Parent and Caregiver Workshops

The spring 2021 workshops will be delivered virtually via our WebEx video conferencing platform. Specific instructions will be emailed to registered participants prior to each session.

Our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and clinicians have many years of experience training and coaching parents, caregivers, and other professionals using evidence-based practices.

May dates are available for our workshops! All workshops are free of charge!

Upcoming Events

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Workshop Topics

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.

Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am

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, including first-then board, visual schedule template, choice board, table-top activities, and more.

Date: Monday, May 31, 2021 from 1 pm – 3 pm

Building Healthy Eating Routines

We all know how challenging a picky eater can be, but did you know there are Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) strategies that can help? You will become more familiar with the importance of good eating habits, issues common to picky eaters, and factors that may influence them, how to increase healthy eating routines, and ways to track how your child’s eating habits are changing. Resources on creating and managing a healthier lifestyle will also be provided.

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021 from 9:30 am – 12 pm

Let’s Talk About Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 

Do you want to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder? In this session we will discuss autism, some early signs and risk factors, and describe how ASD is diagnosed to help you better understand your child’s diagnosis. We will review cognitive differences in individuals with ASD, including challenges with executive functioning, theory of mind and perspective taking, and highlight some areas of strengths in individuals with ASD. This workshop will help you to identify evidence-based services and provide a brief overview of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Families will have the opportunity to share experiences and chat with our knowledgeable clinicians throughout the session.

Date: Monday, June 7, 2021 from 1 pm – 3 pm

Kinark Kreates Q&A: Independent Activity Schedule

Does your child struggle to finish school assignments or play independently without constant reminders to stay on task? An independent activity schedule is a great tool that can help your child become more independent during unstructured times. Participating in this Kinark Kreates Q&A session will give you an opportunity to ask questions from an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Consultant on how to individualize and implement an independent activity schedule with your child. This video is available to watch here: https://youtu.be/g5LGgSbSyZI.

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am

School Series: Understanding Your Child’s Special Education Placement and the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC)

The Ontario Ministry of Education recognizes that students develop and learn in different ways and that some children require special education programs. The Education Act requires school boards to provide special education programs for children who need them through the IPRC process. The IPRC process is a pathway to ensure proper placements and levels of support are secured for children who require them. In this session, the IPRC process will be broken down into clear steps and your role as a parent and caregiver in this process will be defined. Our knowledgeable and experienced clinicians will cover important milestones in your child’s school journey through the IPRC lens and you will have the opportunity to ask IPRC related questions throughout session.

Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 9:30 am – 11 am

Teaching Your Child to Wear a Face Covering

With the impacts of COVID-19, we are all adjusting to a “new normal”. The Ontario government recommends wearing a face covering in indoor public settings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This training is designed to review how evidence-based practices can be utilized to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to wear a face covering. You will become familiar with strategies to help your child learn to tolerate them by offering choice, breaking down the steps into achievable targets, use of reinforcement, and other effective methods to increase the likelihood of successful face covering wear in your community.

Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 from 1 pm – 2 pm

Managing Meltdowns and More: Part 2

Let’s continue to add to your managing challenging behaviours toolkit! After a brief review of the content discussed in Part 1, you will learn different ways to collect information that will shed light on when and why a child is engaging in challenging behaviours. You will also learn about the common reasons why a child engages in challenging behaviour and how to develop a plan to change behaviours based on those reasons. You will leave this workshop with a variety of practical strategies to address challenging behaviour and understand when and how to seek additional support. It is strongly recommended that you have attended Managing Meltdowns and More Part 1 prior to attending Part 2.

Date: Friday, June 11, 2021 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am

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.

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 1 pm – 3 pm

Teaching Physical Distancing to Your Child

COVID-19 has introduced some new terminology into our everyday lives. What does physical distancing mean? How do we teach our children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to practice physical distancing? This training is designed to guide parents on how to use evidence-based practices to teach children to recognize a two-metre distance, and when, where and with who they must practice physical distancing. You will explore simple visuals, tools and videos to help explain the rules of physical distancing to your child, leaving this session with a variety of practical strategies and tools that can be implemented to support successful physical distancing.

Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Building Healthy Sleep Routines

Sleep concerns can be common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 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.

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Keeping Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Safe: Household and Fire Safety

Parents and caregivers view the safety of their children as a significant concern. Parents of children with ASD often have additional concerns to
consider when addressing their child’s safety. This workshop outlines essential safety skills on the topics of household and fire safety. You will
learn tips and tools that support you to anticipate the risks, avoid the dangers, and teach the skills your child needs to stay safe at home.

Date: Monday, June 21, 2021 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm

Kinark Kreates Q&A: Helping Your Child Learn New Skills

Do you find yourself constantly giving the same instructions to your child? You are not alone! Teaching your child new skills can sometimes be frustrating. This workshop will further discuss the Kinark Kreates Least-to-Most Prompting video which provides tips on how to teach your child new skills quickly and efficiently. This session is intended for parents who would like to ask questions to an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Consultant on how to help their child with ASD become more independent. This video is available to watch here: https://youtu.be/qr65FnMs5xk.

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 1 pm – 2 pm

Transition to Kindergarten

Are you wondering how to support your child’s transition to kindergarten? This workshop is tailored to prepare families for this significant milestone with helpful information and tips. In this workshop you will learn about the steps you can take to prepare your child for school, effective communication with the school, visual supports, and more!

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Creating Routines at Home

We all thrive on routine, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 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.

Date: Friday, June 25, 2021 from 1 pm – 3 pm

Keeping Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Safe: Water and Road Safety

Most parents and caregivers view the safety of their children as a significant concern. Parents of children with ASD often have additional concerns to consider when addressing their child’s safety. This workshop outlines essential safety skills on the topics of water and road safety. You will learn tips and tools that support you to anticipate the risks, avoid the dangers, and teach the skills your child needs to stay safe at home and in the community.

Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm

 

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