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How can Foundational Family Services help?

Foundational Family Services are available at no-cost to all families registered with the Ontario Autism Program. Our team of experts will give you the tools you need to work with your child or youth and support their growth with evidence-based services online, in-person or in groups.

Visit our main Autism page to learn more about our other Autism and Behavioural Services.

How do I get started?

You can access Foundational Family Services for free, all you need is your OAP registration number. Don’t have an OAP registration number? Contact us today and we can help.

Email [email protected], or call us at 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333 to get more information, register for services, or book an appointment.

Autism Consultations

You can access our Autism consultations by video or phone from anywhere in Northern Ontario. They are open to any families who have a child or youth diagnosed with Autism. Consultations provide help on service coordination, behavioural consultation, and speech-language consultation.

Consultation spots are available every Tuesday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, with extended evening hours the first Tuesday of every month (last appointment at 6:00 pm). If Tuesday doesn’t work for your family, call to arrange a different day that suits your schedule.

Seminars for Caregivers

Our seminars are 1.5 to 2-hour long information sessions for caregivers. Each seminar focuses on a specific topic to help you engage with a child or youth with Autism. We focus on sharing information and giving you general strategies to increase your confidence in your chosen topic area. We have a variety of seminars available throughout the year and deliver both in-person and virtually.  Please note, that seminars are being delivered virtually at this time.

We are offering the following seminars. Click on the topic below for dates and times:

Autism and Mental Health

Tuesday, December 13
Tuesday, February 07
Tuesday, March 14
7:30 pm
10:00 am
7:30 pm
Online

Develop a better understanding of mental health and autism, and what it means to have a dual diagnosis. Learn More

Body Changes: Now What?

Coming Soon Online

Learn how to support your youth during all the changes that come with puberty. Learn More

Challenging Behaviours 101

Tuesday, November 29 2022
Tuesday, January 24
Tuesday, February 21
10:00 am
10:00 am
7:30 pm
Online

Provides information and strategies to help manage challenging behaviours. Learn More

Challenging Behaviours 102

Tuesday, December 06
Tuesday, January 31
Tuesday, February 28
10:00 am
10:00 am
7:30 pm
Online

After taking 101, this follow-up seminar can help with more in-depth strategies for managing challenging behaviours. Learn More

Change is Hard

Tuesday, January 10
Tuesday, February 21
10:00 am
7:30 pm
Online

Support your child with changes and transitions and better understand why they may have difficulties. Learn More

Combating Sleep Issues

Coming Soon Online

Learn strategies and steps to improve sleep. Learn More

Master the School Meeting: School Advocacy

Monday, November 21 2022
Wednesday, December 07
10:00 am
7:30 pm
Online

Learn strategies and tips to advocate for your child while navigating the school system. Learn More

Not On My Plate

Tuesday, February 28
Tuesday, January 24
10:00 am
7:30 pm
Online

Sharing strategies to overcome difficulties with picky eaters. Learn More

Toilet Training 101

Coming Soon Online

Toilet training techniques and strategies using ABA principles are discussed. Learn More

Tools for Communication

Tuesday, December 06
Tuesday, March 21
Tuesday, February 07
7:30 pm
10:00 am
7:30 pm
Online

Learn about Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Learn More

Autism Clinics

Our clinics are small group offerings for children and youth with Autism, and in some cases, their caregivers. They focus on social skills, positive peer interactions, and conversation skills. Through fun and interactive activities, children and youth increase their abilities to interact with each other and staff appropriately.

We are offering the following clinics. Click on the topic below for dates and times:

Fun with Food

Coming Soon Online

Learn essential cooking skills to increase independence in the kitchen. Learn More

How-To Learning Series

Caregivers can learn how to use commonly suggested strategies to help with behaviours and communication in our virtual learning series.  Each week we will focus on a different strategy and break it down step-by-step, while providing examples and answering any questions you may have.

We are offering the following “How-To’s”. Click on the topic below for dates and times:

First-Then Boards

Thursday, January 12
Thursday, February 09
11:00 am
6:00 pm
Online

Learn how to create and use a first-then board. Learn More

Give Instructions and Prompt

Thursday, January 19
Thursday, February 16
11:00 am
6:00 pm
Online

Learn how to break down instructions so your child responds to you and prompt them through learning something new. Learn More

Independent Activity Schedules (IAS)

Thursday, February 02
Thursday, March 02
6:00 pm
11:00 am
Online

Learn how to create some independence for your child to complete tasks/activities. Learn More

Monitor Technology

Thursday, January 26
Thursday, February 23
11:00 am
6:00 pm
Online

Learn how to reduce screen time and safely monitor technology. Learn More

Three-Part: How to Teach Daily Living Skills

Thursday, March 09
Thursday, March 16
Thursday, March 23
11:00 am
6:00 pm
11:00 am
Online

Learn strategies on how to break down and teach activities of daily living. Learn More

Token Boards

Thursday, February 02
Thursday, March 02
11:00 am
6:00 pm
Online

Learn how to use token boards effectively with your child. Learn More

Visual Schedules

Thursday, January 12
Thursday, February 16
6:00 pm
11:00 am
Online

Learn how to create and use visual schedules in a variety of settings. Learn More

Ongoing services include:

  • Diagnostics
  • Consultations
  • Individualized Behaviour Therapy
  • Speech Language Therapy

Visit our main Autism page to learn more about our Autism and Behavioural Services.

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