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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:


Understanding the Functions of Behaviour

August 6, 2021     11:30am-12:30pm

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 a cellphone).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Lego Nights

August 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2, 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 group can hold a maximum of 10 participants.

This 4-Part social event is being held from 6:30PM – 7:15PM every Thursday starting June 3rd until June 24th. Please plan to attend all 4 sessions:

    • Thursday, August 12th 6:30PM – 7:15PM
    • Thursday, August 19th 6:30PM – 7:15PM
    • Thursday, August 26th 6:30PM – 7:15PM
    • Thursday, September 2nd 6:30PM – 7:15PM

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

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


Social Narratives

August 16, 2021     2:00pm-3:00pm

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.

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

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Movie Critic Night (Indiana Jones)

August 17, 2021     4:30pm-5:30pm

Join us for Movie Critic Night – Indiana Jones

This fun social opportunity is for kids who love movies!

Kids will “Prescreen” (or watch) the movie, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark any time BEFORE this social opportunity. We invite your family to have a fun movie night together. Then, during this one hour social, your kids will become movie critics.

Kids can vote on their favourite characters, scenes, and all time funniest moments throughout the movie.

Don’t forget your own popcorn or snacks, and the kids will require a second device to play Kahoot on!

This social opportunity is for children/youth with ASD as well as their siblings!

During the social opportunity, watch for your favourite characters to make a surprise guest appearance!

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 the Kahoot on)!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Optimistic Parenting

August 23, 2021     10:00am-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


Video Game Night for Youth

August 24, 2021     6:00pm-7:00pm

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

For youth aged 12+ 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!

This group has a maximum of 10 participants.

This group is intended for children and youth aged 12-18 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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


Video Game Night for Teens

September 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2021     6:30pm-7:30pm

For youth aged 12+ 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!

This group runs for 4 weeks starting Thursday September 9. The dates are:

-Thursday Sept. 9 @ 6:30-7:30pm

-Thursday Sept. 16 @ 6:30-7:30pm

-Thursday Sept. 23 @ 6:30-7:30pm

-Thursday Sept. 30 @ 6:30-7:30pm

This group has a maximum of 10 participants.

This group is intended for children and youth aged 12-18 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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


ABA and Your Child’s Behaviour Plan

September 14, 2021    1:00pm-2:30pm

Interested in learning about behaviour and ABA?

In this workshop, caregivers will learn about the key features of a Behaviour Plan. Topics will include understanding how the term ‘behaviour’ is used in ABA, and how data collection, prompting and reinforcement are all applied and individualized to support a child’s learning across a range of new skills.

This workshop is presented by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and 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 a cellphone).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Optimistic Parenting

September 20, 2021     1:00pm-2:00pm

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.

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 a cellphone).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Tackling Toileting

September 20, 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


Art & Drawing Social

September 22 & 29  October 6 & 13 , 2021     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 6-11 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.

This group will be run over the course of 4 weeks – starting September 22. The following are the dates for the four sessions:

– Wednesday Sept. 22, 6-7pm

-Wednesday Sept. 29, 6-7pm

-Wednesday Oct. 6, 6-7pm

-Wednesday Oct. 13, 6-7pm

Requirements: This group is intended for children aged 6-11 with a diagnosis of 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


ABA Everyday

September 28, 2021     2:00pm-3:00pm

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 a cellphone).

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


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