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The journey from early adolescence to adulthood is a time of change. Our tailored programs for adolescents will support you with things like: 

  • Obtaining employment 
  • Maintaining employment 
  • Establishing and fostering relationships
  • Achieving independence
  • Quality of life

How should I get started?

Consider starting your journey with some of the following services. You can also view our calendar of events to see what’s upcoming.

Email autism@handstfhn.ca, or call us at 1-800-668-8555 ext. 1333 to get more information, register for services, or book an appointment.


Seminars 

Interpret My Behaviour… Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: The science of Applied Behavioural Analysis and skills that will help support your family 

Body Changes, Now What? (re: Autism and Puberty/Hormones)

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: We discuss the changes your youth is going through during puberty, focusing on emotional, physical and mental changes. We will also teach strategies for approaching this topic with your youth 

Building Independence and Self-Advocacy

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: Learn how to help your youth plan and follow through on tasks. We also discuss how to prepare early teens for their first part-time job. You will be prepared to help your youth achieve independence and the ability to advocate for themselves  

Master the School Meeting: School Advocacy

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: Make the school experience less stressful by learning tips to help you advocate for your child. You will also learn about special education options and important policy considerations 

“How To” Learning Series…

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: We will deep dive into implementing strategies commonly used in Applied Behaviour Analysis. This could be things like  using a first-then board, reinforcing behaviour, and using a visual schedule. We also have a How-To series that supports teaching tasks like toothbrushing, laundry, hand washing, and bedtime routines

Clinics 

Learning Chores

  • Who it’s for: Youth between 13 and 18 years and their parents and caregivers 
  • What you’ll learn: Your youth will build their independence by learning how to do chores. This includes topics like: self-care chores, cleaning, and managing allowance
  • Logistics: 1.5 hours per week for four weeks. Each session includes activities and time to practice with peers

PEERS®: Teen Chat Social Skills

  • Who it’s for: Youth between 13 and 18 years and their parents and caregivers
  • What you’ll learn: Your youth will improve their social skills and social interaction abilities 
  • Logistics: 1.5 hours per week for12 weeks. Each session includes lessons on social skills and role-play demonstrations, as well as time to practice with peers 

Teen Social

  • Who it’s for: Youth between 10 and 14 years and their parents and caregivers
  • What you’ll learn: In a group setting, your youth will develop and practice the skills for creating positive peer interactions. Topics include initiating and sustaining conversations, the appropriate use of humor, and how to safely use electronic communication
  • Logistics: 1.5 hours per week for six weeks

Healthy Bodies

  • Who it’s for: Youth between 13 and 18 years and their parents and caregivers
  • What you’ll learn: In a group setting, your youth will learn about the essential parts of living a healthy balanced lifestyle. We discuss diet, physical activity, sleep, coping with stress, hygiene, and body image
  • Logistics: 1.5 hours per week for four weeks

Let’s Get Working

  • Who it’s for: Youth between 15 and 18 years and their parents and caregivers
  • What you’ll learn: In a group setting, your youth will learn essential skills to enter the workforce. These skills include building resumes, interviewing, job seeking, and appropriate workplace behaviour
  • Logistics: 30 minutes per week for four weeks

Transition to Adulthood

  • Who it’s for: Youth between 14 and 18 years and their parents and caregivers
  • What you’ll learn: In a group setting, your youth will develop the skills for independence and day-to-day routines. We discuss daily independent living skills including personal hygiene, building relationships, and setting up a bank account.

Fun with Food

  • Who it’s for: Youth between 16 and 18 years and their parents and caregivers
  • What you’ll learn: In a group setting, your youth will learn how to cook and develop independence in the kitchen. We also discuss things like nutrition and kitchen safety
  • Logistics: 1.5 hours per week for six weeks 

1 on 1 Support

Full details about 1 on 1 support programs can be found on the main Autism page.

Consultation

  • Who it’s for: Parents/caregivers and the child/youth they are supporting  
  • What you’ll learn: Get help on service coordination, behavioural consultation, and speech-language consultation. 
  • When: Every Tuesday and Thursday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm with extended hours the first Tuesday of every month (last appointment at 6:00 pm)

Behaviour Therapy

  • Who it’s for: Child/youth with Autism, with parental attendance as needed 
  • What you’ll learn: Work with a therapist to set goals, build new skills, and minimize challenging behaviours

Speech-Language Therapy

Who it’s for: Child/youth with Autism, with parental attendance as needed 

What you’ll learn: Work with a speech-language therapist to develop communication and language skills