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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 Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Parent and Caregiver Workshops

The summer 2021 workshops will be delivered virtually via our secure 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.

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

Workshop Topics

Preparing Your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to Get a Needle

This training is designed to review how evidence-based practices can be utilized to teach children with ASD to successfully receive a needle as comfortably as possible. In this session, you will become familiar with strategies to help your child prepare for a needle by offering choice, breaking down the steps into achievable targets, use of reinforcement, and other effective methods to increase the likelihood of success. You will leave this session with a variety of practical strategies and tools to help your child be more comfortable when receiving a needle.

Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 1:30 pm – 3 pm

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 140 policy. 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.

Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 9:30 am – 11 am

Going Back to In-Person School Successfully

Transitioning to in-person school after summer and previously attending school online may be a challenging experience for learners and caregivers. Proactive planning and supporting your child with the tools they need ahead of this significant transition can make going back to school in-person a more positive experience. This session presents safety skills to practice, routines, strategies, and visual resources to help prepare for the start of in-person school, as well as the importance of being aware of both child and caregiver mental health throughout this transition.

Date: Monday, August 9, 2021 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Behaviour Series: After Behaviour

The Behaviour Series are three independent but related workshops where caregivers learn ways to support their child before, during and after displaying challenging behaviour. This session focuses on responding intentionally and effectively to behaviour by sharing the actions that caregivers can do after challenging behaviour occurs. This workshop provides a variety of practical strategies and valuable skills that can support your child and may help to reduce the likelihood of challenging behaviour re-occurring after an escalation has calmed. Please note that this session may have content that overlaps with a previously offered series, Managing Meltdowns: Part 1 and Part 2.

Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021 from 6 pm – 7:30 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: Friday, August 13, 2021 from 9:30 am – 11 am

School Series: Understanding Your Child’s Special Education and the 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: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 1 pm – 2:30 pm

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!

Date: Thursday, August 19, 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: Monday, August 23, 2021 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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.

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2021 from 9:30 am – 11 am

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.

Date: Friday, August 27, 2021 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am

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.

Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 1:30 pm – 3 pm


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