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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:


Social Skills Group for 7-12 year Olds

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021     6:30pm-7:30pm

Come practice social skills while doing arts and crafts activities!

Please join the staff at Canopy Support Services for a social skills group for children diagnosed with Autism aged 7-12 years old. This is a chance for your child to show off their best arts and crafts skills, and practice some very important social skills!

Each week will have a different topic or theme:

Week 1 December 2nd: asking questions
Week 2 December 9th: Listening and following directions
Week 3: December 16th: Constructive criticism and positive feedback
Week4 : December 23rd: Recognizing emotions

This group can hold a maximum of 10 participants.

Requirements: For children aged 7-12 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Family will supply the arts and craft supplies for their child’s creations, as well as provide support (as required).

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Tackling Toileting

December 15, 2021     6:00pm-7:00pm

Join us in a parent workshop on how to tackle toilet training!

This workshop is for parents who are interested in tackling toilet training for their child/youth. This group will focus on the pre-requisite or readiness skills required for toilet training, as well as helpful tools that you can use.

This group will also focus on how parents can use a variety of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) strategies including data collection, reinforcement, and prompting to teach their child to use the toilet appropriately.

Time will also be spent on how to handle accidents and what to do if you or your child is experiencing road blocks to their toilet training success!

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Christmas Social

December 16, 2021     6:30pm-7:30pm

You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer and Vixen…..

Comet, and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen…

Join the Canopy Support Services staff for a Christmas social event for children and youth of all ages! Your child’s siblings are also able to join in the fun.

Join us for some Holiday cheer which will include – Christmas music, games, activities, and maybe even some Christmas Trivia.

Bonus points if you show up in your best Christmas spirit wear! Christmas socks, Red, White, or Green… or maybe as the Grinch, or Santa’s elf! You decide how festive you want to be.

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Lego Nights

January 11, 18, 25 & February 1, 2022     6:30pm – 7:15pm

Show us your best Lego creation or come to hang out with other kids who love Lego too!

A chance for your child to show off their best Lego creations in this mini social skills group. Your child will create a new Lego creation each week, show it off to the group, and learn about the importance of appropriate social skills.

Each week will have a new theme for the Lego creation, as well as the social skills topic. Topics include communication, listening and following directions, providing/accepting constructive criticism and recognizing sarcasm, as well as identifying emotions.

Please note that this group has a maximum number of participants that can attend.

This group can hold a maximum of 10 participants.

This 4-Part social event is being held from 6:30PM – 7:15PM every Tuesday starting January 11 to February 1. Please plan to attend all 4 sessions:
– Tuesday January 11, 6:30PM – 7:15PM
– Tuesday January 18, 6:30PM – 7:15PM
– Tuesday January 25, 6:30PM – 7:15PM
– Tuesday February 1, 6:30PM – 7:15PM

Requirements: For children aged 8-12 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Family will supply the Lego for their child’s creation, as well as provide support (as required).

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Art and Drawing Social (Ages 6-11)

January 12, 19, 26 & February 2, 2022     6:00pm-7:00pm

Join us in a social drawing & art workshop for Children and youth aged 6-11!

This 4 Week group is being offered for children aged 6-11 and up who enjoy drawing or other artistic mediums. Participants will be able to show off their works of art and view the works of other participants, all while practicing conversation and social skills. There will be large group activities, suggested activities for outside the group and games/trivia if time permits each week.

This group is limited to 10 participants and is intended for children aged 6-11 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This group will be run over the course of 4 weeks – starting January 12. The following are the dates for the four sessions:

– Wednesday Jan. 12, 6-7pm

-Wednesday Jan. 19, 6-7pm

-Wednesday Jan. 26, 6-7pm

-Wednesday Feb. 2, 6-7pm

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Optimistic Parenting

January 13, 2022     10:00-11:00am

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 that 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


ABA Everyday

January 24, 2022     1:00pm-2:00pm

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


Understanding the Functions of Behaviour

January 24, 2022     4:00pm – 5:00pm

Join us to learn about the Functions of Behaviour!

Challenging behaviours can be 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.

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Managing Anxiety

January 27, 2022     7:00pm – 8:00pm

Have you or your child ever experienced anxiety? Do you feel your child’s anxiety impacts your family’s quality of life? If so, come join us at Canopy Support Services as we discuss what anxiety looks like, strategies to help manage you and your child’s anxiety, and tools to use to decrease anxiety in the future.

This workshop is recommended for parents of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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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