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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:


Video Game Night for Children and Youth

March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2021     6:30pm-7:15pm

This group combines the fun of video games with the tough topic of emotional regulation!

For children aged 8+ to get together to discuss video games and strategies, all while tackling the topic of emotional regulation. There will be large group activities, as well as small group activities based on age. We will look at what emotions are, how to recognize different emotions, and some coping strategies to use!

We will also be focusing on: comfortable and uncomfortable emotions, anxiety and anger, jealousy and gratitude, and different coping strategies we can use!

Requirements: This group has a maximum of 8 participants. For children aged 8-18 years old 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


Marvel Trivia for Children and Youth

March 19, 2021     1:00pm – 2:00pm

Are you the Marvel trivia Master?

Spiderman, Iron Man, Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Thor, Captain America – do any of these sound like your favourite things?!

If you are 8 years or older, join us for a 50 question trivia game on Kahoot! Answer questions about all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! The winner gets bragging rights for being the most knowledgeable Marvel human!

Requirements: For Children and youth aged 8-18 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Tech Requirements: Must have the ability to read the questions, or have someone near who can assist read the questions!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Executive Functioning Workshop for Parents/Caregivers

March 23, 2021     6:30pm- 8:30pm

How to support your child/youth who is Struggling with Executive Functioning.

Does your child struggle with organization, beginning a task, staying on task, using short term memory, just to name a few. These are all skills known as Executive Functioning Skills. Join us to learn more about Executive Functioning skills and what you can do to help your child practice using them.

Requirements: For parents and caregivers 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


Social Narratives

March 25, 2021     10:00am-11:00am

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


ABA 101

March 29, 2021     1:00pm-2:30pm

What is ABA? A workshop for parents/caregivers.

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


Parent Social/Support Group

March 30, 2021     7:30pm-8:30pm

This social event is for parents and caregivers of children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Please join us for an hour social event where parents can share information with each other, chat about difficulties that their child/children are having, provide support and guidance to one another, and socialize! Please join us if you would like to meet other parents of children and youth with ASD in a positive and caring environment.

This group is facilitated by a Service Coordinator who is available to provide resources and support, or a listening ear if needed, but this is also an open forum for PARENTS to connect and socialize.

Requirements: This group is intended for parents and caregivers of children and youth (under the age of 18) with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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


Art & Drawing Social

April 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021     6:30pm-7:30pm

Join us in a social drawing & art workshop for Children and youth aged 8-18!

This 4 Week group is being offered for children 8+ 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 will be run over the course of 4 weeks – every Wednesday in April. The following are the dates for the four sessions:

– Wednesday, April 7th from 6:30-7:30PM

– Wednesday, April 14th from 6:30-7:30PM

– Wednesday, April 21st from 6:30-7:30PM

– Wednesday, April 28th from 6:30-7:30PM

This group is limited to 10 participants.

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

April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2021     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.

This 4-Part social event is being held from 6:30PM – 7:15PM every Thursday starting April 8th until April 29th. Please plan to attend all 4 sessions:

– Thursday, April 8th 6:30PM – 7:15PM

– Thursday, April 15th 6:30PM – 7:15PM

– Thursday, April 22nd 6:30PM – 7:15PM

– Thursday, April 29th 6:30PM – 7:15PM

This event is funded by the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) as a Foundational Family Service.

This group can hold a maximum of 10 participants.

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


Understanding ASD

April 13, 2021     1:00pm-2:00pm

How can a diagnosis of Autism affect your every day life?

Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD, Asperger’s – some of the terms that an individual who has the diagnosis might hear. But, what does it really mean? How could a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder affect an individual’s everyday life?

This workshop is specifically designed to help those between the ages of 10-18 years old, with the diagnosis of ASD understand what it could mean for their daily functioning (i.e., social skills, communication, motor skills, executive functioning).

It’s important to understand that no individual experiences Autism Spectrum Disorder in the exact same way, as such this workshop covers the possible impacts of the diagnosis.

The workshop will include videos, discussions, and teaching through PowerPoint.

This workshop is funded by the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) as a Foundational Family Service.

Requirements: 10-18 years old with a knowledge of their Autism Diagnosis.

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 Behaviour

April 19 & 23, 2021     1:00pm-2:00pm

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

Challenging behaviour, 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).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Tackling Toileting

April 19, 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!

Since this workshop is funded by the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) as a Foundational Family Service, examples provided during the workshop will tend to focus on children with a diagnosis of autism.

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

April 26, 2021     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.

Since this workshop is funded by the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) as a Foundational Family Service, examples provided during the workshop will tend to focus on children with a diagnosis of autism.

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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