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Hands is offering free, one-day intensive Community Clinic Days for families of children and youth with Autism in Northern Ontario.

Spaces are limited. Sign-up for a location near you by calling 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333 or autism@handstfhn.ca.


What are Community Clinic Days?

Our community clinics offer families and caregivers of children and youth with Autism the opportunity to:

  • Meet one-on-one with professionals who have expertise in Behaviour Analysis, Speech and Language, and Service Navigation
  • Learn about key topics in Autism such as Challenging Behaviour, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Speech Language Pathology (SLP)
  • Learn about strategies and supports based on the unique individual needs of each child or youth
  • Receive help in navigating and applying to the Ontario Autism Program
  • Gain valuable resources
  • Make connections with other families

When will you be coming to my community?

Our team is coming to you soon. Below is a schedule of our upcoming clinics:

Bracebridge – November 17, 2021

  • Where? Hands office – 23 Balls Drive, Bracebridge
  • When? 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

One-on-one support

One-on-one consultations are available throughout the day

Seminars

We are offering the following seminars for families:

  • 9:00 am – Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • 11:00 am – Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
  • 1:00 pm – Autism and Mental Health
  • 3:00 pm – Challenging Behaviours
  • 5:00 pm – Change is Hard

Parry Sound – December 6, 2021

  • Where? Hands office – 2 May Street, Parry Sound
  • When? 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

One-on-one support

One-on-one consultations are available throughout the day

Seminars

We are offering the following seminars for families:

  • 9:00 am – Social Communication
  • 11:00 am – Challenging Behaviours
  • 1:00 pm – Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • 3:00 pm – Change is Hard
  • 5:00 pm – Autism and Mental Health

North Bay – January 19, 2022

  • Where? Hands office – 820B Lakeshore Drive, North Bay
  • When? 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

One-on-one support

One-on-one consultations are available throughout the day

Seminars

We are offering the following seminars for families:

  • 9:00 am – Autism and Mental Health
  • 11:00 am – Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
  • 1:00 pm – Social Communication
  • 3:00 pm – Challenging Behaviours
  • 5:00 pm – Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Timmins – February 5, 2022

  • Where? Hands office – 100 Wilson Avenue, Timmins
  • When? 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Seminars

We are offering the following seminars for families:

  • 9:00 am – Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • 11:00 am – Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
  • 1:00 pm – Social Communication
  • 3:00 pm – Change is Hard
  • 5:00 pm – Autism and Mental Health

Sturgeon Falls – October 26, 2021

  • Where? Hands office – 125 Lisgar Street, Sturgeon Falls
  • When? 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

One-on-one support

One-on-one consultations are available during the day with a Behaviour Analyst, Speech-Language Pathologist or Service Navigator.

Seminars

We are offering the following seminars for families:

  • 9:00 am – Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • 11:00 am – Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
  • 1:00 pm – Autism Ontario: What is Autism and How can we Help
  • 3:00 pm – Challenging Behaviours
  • 5:00 pm – Autism and Mental Health

More locations to come!


What can seminars help me with?

Learn about the seminars we are offering on Community Clinic Days and what you can expect.

Autism and Mental Health

In this seminar, families will develop a better understanding of mental health and autism, and what it means to have a dual diagnosis. Caregivers will learn about a variety of mental health disorders that are commonly seen within children/youth with autism, such as, anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and oppositional defiant disorders. Strategies are discussed with caregivers to begin to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and how to approach their children when they are concerned. Treatment options will be reviewed with caregivers, highlighting pathways for additional support. There will be opportunity for questions and direction in supporting families’ unique needs.  

Challenging Behaviours

Do you ever wonder why your child engages in challenging behaviour? Are you not sure where to start with dealing with challenging behaviour? This seminar focuses on the functions, or the why, individuals engage in challenging behaviours, how to figure out which function is the reason why your child engages in these behaviours, how to collect data, and an introduction of strategies that can be used before your child engages in challenging behaviour to decrease the chances of that happening.

Change is Hard

Does your child struggle with change? How about moving between environments or activities? The focus of this presentation will be supporting your child with transitions as well as changes in their environment or routines. We will review antecedent based strategies which can be used to support your child as well as practice with some hypothetical situations in a discussion-based format.

Introduction to ABA

Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA): Do you want to learn more about ABA and how it can benefit your life? This seminar will teach caregivers about the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Topics discussed include motivation, reinforcement, data collection, and application of ABA strategies. Families will learn how to use these skills in various environments and across different situations.

Introduction to ASD

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): In this seminar, families will develop a better understanding the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and what it means to their child and family. The seminar will include a description of the diagnostic process and how a diagnosis is determined. Families will learn how genetic and environmental factors are associated with ASD and common issues that are associated with the disorder. Treatment options will be reviewed with an emphasis on evidence-based practices. There will be an opportunity for questions and direction in supporting families’ unique needs.

Social Communication

Social skills are often a struggle for people with Autism. In this seminar, families will learn about the social aspects of communication. Families will learn to understand their child’s social communication skills and will receive coaching on developing a social communication goal for their child. Strategies for teaching social skills will be reviewed with an emphasis on practical strategies that can be implemented by caregivers at home.

Zones of Regulation

Does your child struggle with emotional regulation? Does your child go to a school where they use the zones of regulation in their class?

Over the course of this seminar, you will be walked through the foundational concepts and background information on the Zones of Regulation curriculum. You will learn to identify the zones and use some of the strategies within your home in order to be consistent with the skills your child is learning at school. You will also learn how to enable your child to better regulate their emotions in a variety of environments. 


What COVID-19 safety measures are in place?

Our employees who are meeting with clients and families are well-trained in Infection Prevention and Control practices to help keep everyone safe.

Anyone planning to attend a clinic in-person will be required to complete the Ontario Self-Screening Tool before arriving. On-site screening will also take place and masks will be required.


Book your spot today

Spaces are limited. Register in advance to make sure you don’t miss out by contacting our Family Service Team at autism@handstfhn.ca or 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333.

Walk-ins welcome as space allows.