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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 spring 2022 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.

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

Upcoming Events

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Workshop Topics

Preparing for Life After High School

Life after high school is a significant phase in your child’s life and planning for this transition may take a lot of work. This workshop aims to inform parents about effective transition practices, including an early person-centred approach, self-advocacy and strategies to teach various skills to prepare your child for their next stage in life. You will leave this session with information to support you when creating an effective transition plan, goal setting and post-secondary options to consider for your child.

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 1 pm – 3 pm

Sexual Health: The Middle Years

Puberty is a stage of life we all experience. As a parent or caregiver of a youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), this can be
an especially challenging time. Learning how to support your youth with ASD to take care of their own health, prepare for the changes that occur during puberty, and develop a healthy awareness of sexuality can reduce the confusion and anxiety your youth may experience. In this workshop, we will explore the topics of puberty, privacy, sexuality, consent, and self-care; and discuss how the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis can be utilized to teach skills and promote independence. Parents and caregivers will gain information and learn strategies to support their youth during this stage of life.

Date: Monday, May 9, 2022 from 10 am – 12 pm

Keeping Your Child with ASD Safe: Water and Road 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 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: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 12 pm – 1:30 pm

The Behaviour Series: After Behaviour – Responding Intentionally and Effectively to Behaviour

The Behaviour Series is made up of 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 & Part 2.

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 from 12:30 pm – 2 pm

Tracking Behaviour

Collecting information about behaviour is critical when teaching new skills, especially if you are a parent or caregiver of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).This workshop will cover why, how, and when to track behaviour, and how to use the information collected to select effective strategies. Whether you are already involved with a clinical team and looking to generalize skills to the home or community, or you are waiting to begin working with a service provider and want a head start in developing your child’s skills, this workshop is for you! Parents and caregivers will leave this workshop with tools and strategies to track progress and make informed decisions about which
strategies to use.

Date: Monday, May 16, 2022 from 12 pm – 2 pm

Teaching Functional Life Skills

Everyone knows it’s important to teach your child their ABCs and 123s. What about the skills they need to get through the rest of their day and lives? Functional life skills are essential skills that allow us to function independently at home, school, work, and in our communities. Skills may include brushing our teeth, ordering take-out, and filing our taxes. In this workshop you will learn seven steps to teaching your child functional life skills. This workshop is appropriate for caregivers of children and youth with autism aged two – 18.

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 10 am – 12 pm

Ask a Psychologist

Parents and caregivers of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may experience challenges when understanding and managing their child’s behavioural and emotional needs. Children with ASD often struggle with emotional regulation and seeing your child in distress from an angry meltdown, tears of sadness or constant worries can be hard! Come chat with other parents and our psychologist about how to cope when your child has ASD and mental health challenges. This session allows for an interactive experience for parents and caregivers to bring your questions related to ASD and mental health. We will discuss how to support your child, help you understand the assessment process, how to tell your child and/or others about a diagnosis and available resources and strategies to support you and your child.

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 12 pm – 1 pm

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: Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 6 pm – 8 pm

Keeping Your Child with 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: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 10 am – 11:30 am

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: Thursday, May 26, 2022 from 10 am – 11 am

Preparing for Medical and Dental Appointments

Medical and dental appointments are an important part of maintaining good health. However, it can be challenging and stressful when preparing your child for these appointments. This workshop is designed to review how evidence-based practices can be utilized to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder when preparing for these appointments and procedures. In this workshop, you will become familiar with strategies to help make these experiences more enjoyable for your child, including 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 workshop with a variety of practical strategies and tools to help support your child and their cooperation during medical appointments.

Date: Friday, May 27, 2022 from 12 pm – 1 pm

Creating Routines at Home

We all thrive on routine, and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder 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 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: Tuesday, May 31, 2022 from 10 am – 12 pm

 

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