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Foundational Family Services

The new needs-based Ontario Autism Program (OAP) includes a broad range of services that offer more supports designed to meet the individual needs of your family and child or youth.  Foundational Family Services are available to all families registered in the OAP as part of the new needs-based program.  Foundational Family Services are offered at no cost to the family, and aim to provide tools to work with your child or youth, and to participate in their ongoing learning and development.

Check back or join our mailing list for future Foundational Family Services offerings  as Canopy Support Services continues to build our services and capacity.  Click the links below to register for one of our sessions:


 

Challenging Behaviours (2 Part Session)

December 16 & 18, 2020   1:00pm-2:00pm

Dealing with Challenging Behaviours – Presented by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Challenging behaviours, that is difficult to manage. Do you have a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who engages in challenging behaviours? If so, come join our team at Canopy Support Services as we discuss the role of four functions of behaviour that trigger challenging behaviours, strategies on how to handle challenging behaviours, and how to decrease challenging behaviours. After our first workshop with caregivers, there is the opportunity to have a follow-up individual session with one of our Clinical Supervisors and BCBAs.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom (Computer or handheld devices, such as a tablet or cellphone)

This is a 2-Part workshop being held on Wednesday, December 16th AND Friday, December 18th from 1-2PM. We ask that you attend both sessions for the best experience.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


 

Optimistic Parenting

January 7, 2021   6:00pm-7:00pm

Are you looking for a more positive approach to parenting?

This workshop is for parents and caregivers, of a child with special needs, who are interested in learning more about a positive approach to parenting. This workshop is based on both Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Psychology. Parents and Caregivers will learn more about the idea, the way we think will greatly affect our children and their behaviour.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom (Computer or handheld devices, such as a tablet or cellphone)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Social Narratives

January 11, 2021   1:00pm-2:00pm

Social Narratives. What they are and how to use them!

This workshop is for parents and caregivers and reviews what is a social narrative, and how they can be used for your child with Autism. This workshop will provide you with the tools to create your own social story, as well as review what makes a good social story. We will share a variety of examples of social stories, as well as online resources that you can use.

Participants will have the option to book a future one hour consultation with Nicole Bilcox, Service Coordinator – Autism Services at the end of the workshop.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom (Computer or handheld devices, such as a tablet or cellphone)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Challenging Behaviours (2 Part Session)

January 13 & 15, 2021  1:00pm-2:00pm

Dealing with Challenging Behaviours – Presented by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

Challenging behaviours, that is difficult to manage. Do you have a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who engages in challenging behaviours? If so, come join our team at Canopy Support Services as we discuss the role of four functions of behaviour that trigger challenging behaviours, strategies on how to handle challenging behaviours, and how to decrease challenging behaviours. After our first workshop with caregivers, there is the opportunity to have a follow-up individual session with one of our Clinical Supervisors and BCBAs.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom (Computer or handheld devices, such as a tablet or cellphone)

This is a 2-Part workshop being held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 AND Friday, January 15, 2021 from 1-2PM. We ask that you attend both sessions for the best experience.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Sibling Social (5-10 Years Old)

January 18 & 25, 2021   4:30pm-5:30pm

A fun social event for siblings of children and youth with Autism!

This workshop is for the siblings of children/youth with Autism to have the chance to connect with others, learn some tips and tricks to help out your sibling and to have fun! This workshop focuses on talking about what Autism is and the challenges and benefits of having a sibling with autism, while playing games and getting to know each other. Two separate groups based on child’s age to promote connection to other peers.

Requirements: There will be two workshops available. One for siblings aged 5-10 and another for siblings aged 11+.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom (Computer or handheld devices, such as a tablet or cellphone)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Sibling Social (11+ Years Old)

January 18 & 25, 2021    6:00pm-7:00pm

A fun social event for siblings of children and youth with Autism!

This workshop is for the siblings of children/youth with Autism to have the chance to connect with others, learn some tips and tricks to help out your sibling and to have fun! This workshop focuses on talking about what Autism is and the challenges and benefits of having a sibling with autism, while playing games and getting to know each other. Two separate groups based on child’s age to promote connection to other peers.

Requirements: There will be two workshops available. One for siblings aged 5-10 and another for siblings aged 11+.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom (Computer or handheld devices, such as a tablet or cellphone)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


ABA 101

January 19, 2021   6:00pm-7:30pm

What is ABA?

This parent and caregiver workshop is designed to give a brief overview on what Applied Behaviour Analysis is and how we use the concepts and strategies in behavioural intervention. The overview includes looking at functions of behaviour, positive reinforcement, and strategies to address challenging behaviours based on function. Learning outcomes include learning new function-based strategies for challenging behaviours, how to assess antecedents and consequences and how to utilize positive reinforcement.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom (Computer or handheld devices, such as a tablet or cellphone)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Cooking Nights for Teens

January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 2021   5:30pm-6:30pm

Show off your cooking skills, create a new meal/snack or come to hang out with other teens!

A chance for your teen to practice their cooking skills and talk about it! Teens to prepare a food item based on the theme of the week and bring to group; we will talk about the food items and play some interactive games providing opportunities to practice conversation skills.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom (Computer or handheld devices, such as a tablet or cellphone)

Requirements: For teenagers aged 12-18. Family will supply the ingredients to make the food they choose and provide support in kitchen (if needed).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Harry Potter Trivia

January 21, 2021    6:00pm-7:00pm

Harry Potter I presume?

Join us for a Harry Potter themed Trivia Night for children and youth!

This fun trivia night will test even the greatest Harry Potter fan. Who is Hedwig? What is the name of the school that Harry and his friends attend? How did Harry get the scar on his forehead?

Grab a chocolate frog, a glass of Butterbeer, and your best Harry Potter attire to test who is the greatest Harry Potter fan of all!

Bragging rights awarded to the winner!

Bonus points if you arrive in costume!

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom and Kahoot at the same time (ideally it would be best to have a computer for Zoom and a handheld device to play Kahoot on).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


ABA Everyday

January 25, 2021   10:30am-11:30am

Are you interested in quick and easy strategies that you can use at home with your kids?

This workshop will provide parents and caregivers with strategies that you can start using today! These strategies do not involve a lot of material preparation, fancy items, or a lot of time. The strategies can be used to help reduce negative or inappropriate behaviour and increase positive , behaviour! It will help to set your children up for success at home.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom (Computer or handheld devices, such as a tablet or cellphone)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Girls Night

January 28, 2021   6:00pm-7:00pm

This social night for Girls on the spectrum is a fun get together!

For children aged 8-11 and 12-18 to get together, share information about each other, and participate in a variety of fun games and activities. There will be large group activities, as well as small group activities based on age for girls only!

Stay tuned for a Girls Group being offered through our Autism Services department in the new year! Social skills, anxiety, bullying, internet safety, self-advocacy, peer pressure, hygiene, healthy relationships, executive functioning and self-esteem will be topics of interest for the teenage girls.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to connect to Zoom (Computer or handheld devices, such as a tablet or cellphone)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


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