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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, March 05
Tuesday, April 16
7:30 pm
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?

Tuesday, May 07
Tuesday, June 18
7:30 pm
10:00 am
Online

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

Body Changes: Now What?

Wednesday, February 07 2024
Coming Soon
Parry Sound

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

Challenging Behaviours 101

Tuesday, July 11 2023
Tuesday, September 05 2023
Coming Soon
Online

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

Challenging Behaviours 102

Tuesday, July 18 2023
Tuesday, September 12 2023
Coming Soon
Online

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

Change is Hard

Coming Soon Online

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

Combating Sleep Issues

Tuesday, February 06 2024
Tuesday, March 19
7:30 pm
10:00 am
Online

Learn strategies and steps to improve sleep. Learn More

Managing Challenging Behaviours

Wednesday, February 07 2024
Coming Soon
Parry Sound

Learn about why your child/youth might be engaging in challenging behaviours and gain strategies to support decreasing behaviours Learn More

Managing Challenging Behaviours

Wednesday, December 06 2023
Coming Soon
North Bay

Learn about why your child/youth might be engaging in challenging behaviours and gain strategies to support decreasing behaviours Learn More

Managing Challenging Behaviours

Tuesday, February 27
Tuesday, April 02
7:30 pm
10:00 am
Online

Learn about why your child/youth might be engaging in challenging behaviours and gain strategies to support decreasing behaviours Learn More

Master the School Meeting: School Advocacy

Tuesday, March 12
Tuesday, May 07
10:00 am
10:00 am
Online

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

Not On My Plate

Tuesday, March 05
10:00 am
Online

Sharing strategies to overcome difficulties with picky eaters. Learn More

Say What? How Language Develops

Tuesday, February 13 2024
Coming Soon
Online

Learn about language development, echolalia, and how to help your child build communication and language skills. Learn More

Toilet Training 101

Tuesday, April 30
Tuesday, June 11
7:30 pm
10:00 am
Online

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

Tools for Communication

Coming Soon 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

Tuesday, February 06 2024
Coming Soon
Bracebridge, Parry Sound

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

Fun with Food

Wednesday, March 06
4:00 pm
North Bay

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

Fun with Food

Tuesday, February 27
4:00 pm
Timmins

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, February 08 2024
Thursday, April 04
Thursday, May 02
6:00 pm
11:00 am
6:00 pm
Online

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

Give Instructions and Prompt

Thursday, February 15 2024
Thursday, May 09
Thursday, May 30
6:00 pm
6:00 pm
11:00 am
Online

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

How to Take ABC Data

Thursday, February 22
Thursday, April 18
6:00 pm
11:00 am
Online

Learn how to collect ABC data Learn More

Independent Activity Schedules (IAS)

Thursday, April 04
Thursday, May 09
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, February 15 2024
Thursday, May 02
Thursday, May 30
11:00 am
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 07
Thursday, March 14
11:00 am
11:00 am
Online

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

Three-Part: How to Teach Daily Living Skills

Thursday, March 07
Thursday, March 14
6:00 pm
6:00 pm
Online

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

Token Boards

Thursday, February 29
Thursday, April 25
6:00 pm
11:00 am
Online

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

Visual Schedules

Thursday, February 29
Thursday, April 25
11:00 am
6:00 pm
Online

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

Visual Schedules

Wednesday, December 06 2023
Coming Soon
North Bay

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

Visual Schedules

Wednesday, February 07 2024
Coming Soon
Parry Sound

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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