All sessions are offered at no cost.
What's next after High School for your Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder? What's possible - What's practical
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Graduating from high school is a major milestone and an opportunity for young people and their parents to celebrate this achievement. For some families living with autism it can also be a scary time, as thoughts turn to "what's next?" Many young adults want to get a job after high school or pursue further education and training - but some individuals are simply not ready yet. Going to college or getting a job can be a big step at 18, especially if adolescents don't have all the skills yet to be successful. What options are available to keep emerging adults on the autism spectrum socially and intellectually engaged while they are preparing for the next step in the journey to adulthood (continued education, employment and independent living)?
Laugh Until it Helps: Building Resilience through Humour and Laughter
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
In helping children be more resilient, the goal is not to deny the reality of their struggles but rather to recognize areas of special need & help them gain insight into their talents and inner strengths. Knowing how to face up to & answer tough questions, connect with people in ways that are helpful,& deal with frustration with creativity, imagination & even humour are all ways we can teach children to become more independent & enjoy success in school & in the community.
Transitioning to Adulthood
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
A Workshop for Parents or Guardians of Youth with Special Needs.
Learn simplified and practical details parents must know to assist their youth to access adult services including:
PDD - Persons with Developmental Disabilities
AISH - Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped
OPG - Office of the Public Guardian (Guardianship/Trusteeship)
Rage Age: How to Reach and Connect with Angry Adolescent Girls
Available until: December 31, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Aggressive angry adolescent girls are an increasing fallacy of female empowerment in our schools requiring intensive services and monopolizing crucial amounts of time by school staff. Gain insight and understanding of their provocative, self-destructive and conflicting behavior. Learn how to be a champion and create a dream team for these girls within your setting. Gain and practice tools on how to relate to and intervene with this hard to reach population to help them develop into resilient, competent young women.
Music Therapy and Early Childhood Development
Available until: January 31, 2018 - 12:55 PM
The purpose of this session will be to educate participants on the benefits of using music in early childhood. The presenters will also give an overview of how the development of infants and toddlers is promoted through music therapy interventions.