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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

May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021     6:30pm-7:15pm

This 4-week 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!

This group has a maximum of 8 participants.

This group is being held every Thursday for 4 weeks starting on May 6th at 6:30PM. The following sessions will be on:

– Thursday, May 13 from 6:30-7:15PM

– Thursday, May 20 from 6:30-7:15PM

– Thursday, May 27 from 6:30-7:15PM

Requirements: Maximum 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


Managing Anxiety

May 19, 2021     6:30pm-8:30pm

Have you or your child ever experienced Anxiety?

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


Executive Functioning Workshop for Parents/Caregivers

May 25, 2021     7:00pm-8:00pm

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.

This workshop is recommended for parents/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


Lego Nights

June 3, 10, 17, 24, 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, June 3rd 6:30PM – 7:15PM

– Thursday, June 10th 6:30PM – 7:15PM

– Thursday, June 17th 6:30PM – 7:15PM

– Thursday, June 24th 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


Teen Chill & Chat

June 3, 10, 17, 24, 2021     6:00pm-7:00pm

Come hang out with other teens with ASD!

This is a chance for your teen (aged 12 and up!) to hang out with other teens diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder on a weekly basis. They will hang out for an hour each week, chat about their week, their special interests, or anything that is on their mind!

This is a four week chill and chat social opportunity being held from 6:00PM – 7:00PM every Thursday starting June 3rd until June 24th. We would recommend you attend all 4 sessions, however if you can only make it to one or two that is fine also:

– Thursday, June 3rd 6:00PM – 7:00PM

– Thursday, June 10th 6:00PM – 7:00PM

– Thursday, June 17th 6:00PM – 7:00PM

– Thursday, June 24th 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Requirements: For children 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 cellphone)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Tackling Toileting

June 14, 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


Movie Critic Night (Men in Black)

June 15, 2021     4:30pm-5:30pm

Join us for Movie Critic Night – Men in Black

This fun social opportunity is for kids who love movies!

Kids will “Prescreen” (or watch) the movie, Men in Black, 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.

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

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


ABA Everyday

June 16, 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


Managing Anxiety

June 23, 2021     6:00pm-8:00pm

Have you or your child ever experienced Anxiety?

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


Optimistic Parenting

June 28, 2021     1:00pm-2:00pm

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 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 cellphone)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


ABA 101

June 30, 2021     1:00pm-2:30pm

What is ABA? A workshop for parents/caregivers presented by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA).

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

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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