Support, Drop-In and Social Skills Programs

Support, Drop-In and Social Skills Programs2018-04-04T23:11:29+00:00

parentsThese support groups are geared towards those supporting an individual with ASD.
So whether you are a parent, sibling, grandparent, or even a close family friend you are more than welcome to join us.
No registration is required and you do not need to be a member to attend.
These groups provide a wonderful opportunity for families to connect with one another and share information, supports, and resources.

If you’re interested about support groups in your region, please connect with our Family Support Coordinator Jamie Read (jamie@autismontario.com)

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Autism Ontario York Chapter is excited to offer a new Preschool Play Group!

Bring your preschooler and enjoy a morning of fun and parent discussion with Autism Ontario’s Family Support Coordinator Jamie Read. We have exclusive use of the The Play Lounge from 10am – 12pm on April 30th, May 14th and June 11th. This is a great opportunity to get your little one out for some active play, while also having the opportunity to connect with other parents of young children with ASD.  You can register for one or all of the dates at:

https://newmarketpreschoolplaygroup.eventbrite.ca.

If you have any questions regarding the Preschool Play Groups, please contact Jamie Read at 905-780-1590 ext. 102 or jamie@autismontario.com

Upcoming Play Dates

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coffeeCome join us for coffee and snacks as our Family Support Coordinator, Jamie Read, facilitates our Monday Morning Coffee Chats.

No registration is required and you do not need to be a member to attend.

These chats provide a wonderful opportunity for families to connect with one another and share information, supports, and resources.

Upcoming Monday Morning Coffee Chats

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What are Sibshops?

Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities.

Who can attend Sibshops?

If you have a brother or sister with Autism Spectrum Disorder and you are between the ages of 8-14 then Sibshops are for you!
Sibshops are for siblings only! Parents are not required to stay with their son or daughter during the duration of the program. If the sibling attending the program has any special considerations, it’s important that you inform us prior to the program to ensure that the program will still be a good fit for your son or daughter.

To Register

In order to run the best program possible, we ask that you please register PRIOR to the program. You can register online at this link or by contacting;
Jamie Read
Family Support Coordinator
Autism Ontario – York/Simcoe
(905) 780-1590
Jamie@autismontario.com

Upcoming Sibshops

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Children’s Friendship Training (ages 6 – 12)

Children’s Friendship Training was developed at the University of California (UCLA) and is a multi-week, evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated children who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session teens are taught crucial social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during role-play and play activities (e.g. sports, board games, etc.).

The program is a parent-assisted program in which parents are taught how to assist their children in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments designed to build on skills practiced in the sessions.

Topics of Instruction:

  • How to ‘play detective’ to find common interests
  • How to join a group of kids at play
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • How to be a good host on a play date
  • How to be a good sport
  • Showing respect to adults
  • How to make phone calls to friends
  • How to be a good winner

What are the participation requirements?

  • Child must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Have difficulties establishing and / or maintaining friendships
  • Child must have verbal communication skills
  • Child must be able to participate in a group setting without additional support beyond that provided within the program.
  • Demonstrates emerging social skills (interest in engaging with peers, attempts to verbally communicate, manages emotions in a non-aggressive way) and an interest in building relationships with same-aged peers
  • Children must be between 6 to 12 years of age
  • Children must be interested in attending the program
  • Both the child and 1 designated parent must commit to attending the entire program (consideration will be given if someone is ill)

When does the program run? How do I register?

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Program for Teenagers (ages 13 – 19)

Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relationship Skills (PEERS) is a manualized, evidence-based social skills training intervention for adolescents and young adults, developed at The Semel Institute at UCLA. It has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, but is also appropriate for teens and young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.

PEERS is a 14-week, social skills intervention for motivated teens ages 13-19 who are currently enrolled in school and interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session teens are taught crucial social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during role-play and play activities (e.g. sports, board games, etc.). Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments designed to build on skills practiced in the sessions.

Topics of Instruction:

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to be a good host during get-togethers
  • How to find common interest by trading information
  • How to appropriately use electronic communication
  • How to appropriately use humour
  • How to choose appropriate friends and identify social groups
  • How to enter and exit conversations between peers
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements
  • How to handle gossips and rumours
  • How to change a bad reputation

What are the participation requirements?

  • Teen must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Have difficulties establishing and / or maintaining friendships
  • Demonstrates emerging social skills (interest in engaging with peers, attempts to verbally communicate, manages emotions in a non-aggressive way) and an interest in building relationships with same-aged peers
  • Teen must be in Grade 8 or higher
  • Teens must be interested in attending the program and must agree to participate in the program voluntarily
  • Both the teen and 1 designated parent must commit to attending the entire 12 week program (consideration will be given if someone is ill)

When does the program run? How do I register?

Program for Young Adults (ages 18+)

PEERS is a manualized, evidence-based social skills training intervention for young adults, developed at The Semel Institute at UCLA. It has a strong evidence-base for use with teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, but is also appropriate for young adults with ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional problems.

PEERS is a 16-week, social skills intervention for motivated young adults ages 18-35 who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session young adults are taught crucial social and relationship skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during role-play and play activities (e.g. sports, board games, etc.). Social coaches are taught how to assist the young adult in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments designed to build on skills practiced in the sessions.

Topics of Instruction:

  • How to use appropriate conversational skills
  • How to be a good host during get-togethers
  • How to find common interest by trading information
  • How to appropriately use electronic communication
  • How to appropriately use humour
  • How to choose appropriate friends and identify social groups
  • How to enter and exit conversations between peers
  • How to be a good sport
  • How to handle rejection, teasing, and bullying
  • How to handle arguments and disagreements
  • How to handle gossips and rumours
  • How to change a bad reputation
  • How to deal with cyberbullying
  • Dating Etiquette

What are the participation requirements?

  • Young Adults must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Have difficulties establishing and / or maintaining friendships
  • Demonstrates emerging social skills (interest in engaging with peers, attempts to verbally communicate, manages emotions in a non-aggressive way) and an interest in building relationships with same-aged peers
  • Young Adult must be 18 or over
  • Young Adult must be interested in attending the program and must agree to participate in the program voluntarily
  • Both the young and 1 designated social coach must commit to attending the entire 16 week program (consideration will be given if someone is ill)

When does the program run? How do I register?

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We are excited to offer the Leadership Education and Development (LEADers) program! This weekly program is designed to provide teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder the opportunity to socialize with other teens as well as participate in group activities to develop and learn new skills related to leadership and socialization.

The winter 8 week program will include:

Leadership games and programs, cooking school at Longo’s and social outings (Mini-Golf, Movies etc).

As this is a Transfer of Care program, we require all information that will assist us in supporting your child while in the program. Our staff will support the participants on a 1:2 basis, including while out in public or in the program. While we want to allow everyone into the program, this is specifically designed for those teens and young adults who are seeking leadership experiences and would benefit from increasing social interaction with their peers.

LEADers – 13 – 27 years.

Participant Expectations

  • Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Demonstrate emerging social skills (interest in engaging with peers, attempts to verbally communicate)
  • Manage emotions in a non-aggressive way
  • Interested in participating and building relationships with same-aged peers
  • Able to participate in a group setting program with a staff ratio of 1:2 including while out in the general public

Our Winter session will run Monday evenings from January 8th to March 5th (Family Day February 19th OFF)

Location: O.M. MacKillop P.S., 206 Lucas St. Richmond Hill

Hours: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

** Please note that not all weeks will be at the school location.  You will be provided with a schedule prior to the start of the program.  There may be different drop off and pick up requirements based on program for that week (ie:  Longo’s Yonge & Elgin Mills, Mini-Golf location etc..)

Cost – $200/8 week program

This program is not designed for participants who have aggressive behaviour and can be semi-independent in public. Preference will be given to participants who have already been involved in the program or in the Social Skills Summer Institute.  It is highly recommended that participation in the Social Skills Summer Institute (SSSI) occur prior to joining the LEADers program.  Registration for SSSI takes place in early March.

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