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Moving from toddler to pre-teen is a big change. There are a lot of milestones to cross. Our tailored interventions will help your little one learn and grow. 


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 

Counting Sheep: Combating Sleep Issues

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: You will learn strategies to support your child’s difficulties with bedtime routines, falling asleep, and staying asleep. You will leave with concrete goals to work on at home to help you and your child get a better night sleep  

Not on My Plate: Picky Eating and Mealtime

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: We will discuss the difference between picky eaters and food refusal, the mealtime routine, and how to increase expectations for trying/eating new foods. You will walk away with a concrete plan to help decrease challenging behaviours around mealtime

Challenging Behaviours 101: Playing Detective

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: Understand why children engage in difficult behaviours and how to track them. We’ll also share tips on how to manage those behaviours

Challenging Behaviours 102: Steps to Positive Change

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: After Challenging Behaviours 101, take this session to learn in-depth strategies that can be used to decrease and manage challenging behaviours

Communication Chorus Line

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: We give you strategies to help your child increase sentence length, add complexity to communication, and introduce simple conversation skills. This seminar is recommended if you are looking to help your child expand already existing communication skills

The Communication Tango: Creating and Building Communication Opportunities

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: We focus on how the whole body impacts how we send and receive information. You will learn how to understand and respond to your child’s non-verbal communication. This seminar is recommended for early communicators

Strategies for Social Communication

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: Learn to understand your child’s social communication skills and get coaching on developing a social communication goal. Walk away with practical strategies that can be implemented at home

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 other important policy considerations 

School Readiness: Tips for Starting School

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: We will share information, tips, and strategies to help prepare you and your child for the start of school or a new school year  

Talking to Children about Difficult Topics

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: Learn tips and strategies to help you have difficult conversations with your child. This might include topics like world events, family dynamic changes, or the loss of a family member 

Change is Hard: Supporting Transitions

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: You will learn how to support your child with transitions as well as changes in their environment or routines. We discuss strategies and practice with hypothetical situations

“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: Children and youth with Autism and their parents/ caregivers
  • What you’ll learn: Your child will build their independence by learning how to do chores. This includes topics like: self-care chores, cleaning, and managing allowance
  • Logistics: This is a four-week long clinic. Each session is 1.5 hours and includes activities and time to practice

Let’s Get Moving

  • Who it’s for: Children and youth with Autism and their parents/ caregivers
  • What you’ll learn: Your child will practice their skills related to various sports as well as the social skills related to being on a team. This clinic is a great opportunity for caregivers to see what sports their child is interested in and if they are ready to join a team in their community 
  • Logistics: 1.5 hours per week for four weeks

Let’s Get Social

  • Who it’s for: Children and youth with Autism and their parents/ caregivers
  • What you’ll learn: Let’s Get Social is a learning series with five different clinics. Each clinic focuses on practicing different socialization skills in a fun and interactive way. Parents are also provided resources to support their child at home
  • Logistics: 1.5 hours per week for four weeks

Preteen Social

  • Who it’s for: Children 7 to 12 years old and their parents/caregivers
  • What you’ll learn: This is a social group for practicing social interactions in a digital world. We will practice online etiquette, conversation skills, and general social norms
  • Logistics: 1 hour per week for six weeks

Caring for Caregivers

  • Who it’s for: Parents and caregivers of children with Autism
  • What you’ll learn: Meet other caregivers and help mitigate day-to-day stresses by discussing topics that are important to you. This support group meets once a week and is facilitated by a Registered Social Worker
  • Logistics: 1 hour per week for nine 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