Program also available virtually
Location:Other
Age:
  • 9 to 12
  • 13 to 18
For help with:
  • Communication
  • Play
  • School Age
  • Siblings
  • Social Skills
  • Teens
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Register for 1 session or all 11, as each session will be different interactive fun activities. Sibshops is an opportunity for the siblings of children with ASD to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting. In a fun and relaxing atmosphere, facilitators will provide opportunities to discuss common joys and concerns, how to handle commonly experienced situations, and a venue to learn more about the implication of their siblings’ special needs.

Location:Other
Age:
  • 3 to 8
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List

 
Virtual only program
Location:Other
Age:
  • 9 to 12
Who is Eligible:

Pre-requisites include verbal communication & minimal challenging behaviour; able to attend in a virtual session up to one hour

For help with:
  • Anger
  • Emotional Regulation
  • School Age
  • Self-regulation
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

The Next Step (8-12 year olds) will review emotions and zones and focus on the identification of moving through the zones. Strategies to increase ability to self-calm, increase alertness, and increase awareness of potential triggers.

Location:Thunder Bay
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List

 
Virtual only program
Location:Kenora
Age:
  • 0 to 18
Who is Eligible:

This service is not intended for children or youth.

For help with:
  • Behaviour
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Feeding
  • Picky Eaters
Provider:FIREFLY

Children with ASD commonly face challenges with eating a healthy range of foods for many reasons. Come and learn more about why your child might be struggling with food and strategies to support healthy eating habits and a wider food variety. For further guidance and support, an individualized follow-up session may also be scheduled during the week following the presentation.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Kenora
Age:
  • 3 to 8
For help with:
  • Behaviour
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Life Skills
  • Visuals
Provider:FIREFLY

Parents of children with ASD will learn how to use visuals to support the learning and understanding of new concepts. Parents will learn how visuals can fit into existing daily interactions and routines and how they can be phased out over time. Parents will also learn how to use visuals to break big skills down into small steps, to make it easier to learn new concepts/skills.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Kenora
Age:
  • Caregivers
For help with:
  • Anxiety
  • Caregiver Training
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Mental health
Provider:FIREFLY

This one-hour presentation offers strategies to support children and youth who experience ASD and anxiety.  

 
Virtual only program
Location:Kenora
Age:
  • Caregivers
Who is Eligible:

These are not meant to be coaching sessions. They are informational sessions for caregivers. Each session will provide information that builds on the information learned in the previous session.

For help with:
  • Caregiver Training
  • Play
  • Social Skills
Provider:FIREFLY

Educational sessions for caregivers wanting to learn more about ASD and social skills. Over the course of these four 1 hour sessions, caregivers will learn about why social language is important, what the key components of social language are, and how to help your child learn about neurotypical communication. Each session will discuss a different topic and will build on the previous one. If you are unable to attend all 4 sessions, you are still welcome to attend.

Location:Other
Age:
  • 3 to 8
  • 9 to 12
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List

Location:Thunder Bay
Age:
  • 3 to 8
  • 9 to 12
Provider:Creative Therapy Associates

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List

In-person
Location:Timmins
For help with:
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviour
  • Self-regulation
  • Transitions
Provider:Bright Spot Therapy Services Ltd.

Sensory Yoga classes consist of yoga postures, breathing techniques and relaxation. Classes are held for children with sensory differences. Programs are adaptable to individual needs. Benefits include improved balance, coordination and strength. Learn practical tools to help manage stress and create a calm and focused mind. Learn in a safe and enjoyable environment with an occupational therapist certified to deliver sensory yoga.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Other
Age:
  • Caregivers
For help with:
  • Behaviour
  • Caregiver Training
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Self-regulation
Provider:Bright Spot Therapy Services Ltd.

Sensory Survival Course is designed to equip caregivers to better understand their child’s sensory differences and to learn strategies for how they can best support their child’s sensory differences.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Other
Age:
  • Caregivers
For help with:
  • Caregiver Training
  • Feeding
  • Picky Eaters
Provider:Bright Spot Therapy Services Ltd.

Mealtimes can be full of stress and overwhelm for families with a picky eater, Rachel and Julie provide a team perspective (OT and SLP) to provide caregivers with an understanding of why children may be “picky eaters” and how parents can support their child to become more open to trying and exploring new foods. Make mealtimes fun again by learning tips for gradually increasing your child’s interest in new or less-preferred foods.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Other
Age:
  • Caregivers
For help with:
  • Early Learning
  • Independence
  • Preschool
  • Skill Building
Provider:Bright Spot Therapy Services Ltd.

This caregiver workshop is designed to give caregivers a better understanding of what fine motor skills are expected for their child, why fine motor skills are important, and simple tips for supporting fine motor skills at home. It includes a quick consultation phone call of up to 30 minutes to discuss how the strategies can be implemented and/or individualized.

Location:Other
Age:
  • 0 to 18
Provider:Creative Therapy Associates

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List

Location:Other
Age:
  • 0 to 18
Provider:Creative Therapy Associates

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List

Location:Thunder Bay
Age:
  • 0 to 18
Provider:Creative Therapy Associates

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List

In-person
Location:Sudbury
Age:
  • 3 to 8
  • 9 to 12
For help with:
  • Play
  • Skill Building
  • Social Skills
Provider:Behaviour Analysis North

This skills group will aim to teach school aged learners’ important social skill for engaging in social play and social interactions, building friendships with peers, as well as managing emotions in challenging social settings. Learners will have the opportunity to identify their social strengths as well as an opportunity to practice play skills, language skills, self-regulation skills and school readiness skills. This social skills group will provide a variety of facilitated activities that will encourage learners to connect with peers, enhance their self-awareness skills and practice problem solving and cooperation skills.

 
Program also available virtually
Location:Sudbury
Age:
  • 0 to 3
  • 3 to 8
  • 9 to 12
  • 13 to 18
  • Caregivers
For help with:
  • Behaviour
  • Caregiver Training
  • Coaching
  • Daily Routine
  • Skill Building
Provider:Behaviour Analysis North

The RUBI Parent Training for Disruptive Behaviours is intended to equip parents with a variety of techniques and tools that can help minimize disruptive behaviours and increase desired behaviours. It provides families with a wealth of information that can assist in their day-to-day planning for their child by including teaching opportunities for play skills, daily living skills as well as opportunities to apply behaviour management skills for encouraging desired behaviours.

 
Program also available virtually
Location:Sudbury
Age:
  • 3 to 8
  • 9 to 12
  • 13 to 18
For help with:
  • Anxiety
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Employment
  • Resilience
  • Self-regulation
Provider:Behaviour Analysis North

The Think Good Feel Good program uses a cognitive behavioural approach to explore and test thoughts as well as learn alternative cognitive and behavioural skills. The program helps learners explore their thoughts and feelings and understand the impact these have on their actions. The goal of the program is to gain greater control over what happens in our lives while increasing overall happiness.

In-person
Location:Sudbury
Age:
  • 3 to 8
For help with:
  • Language
  • Life Skills
  • Social Skills
Provider:Behaviour Analysis North

This skills group will aim to teach preschool and kindergarten learners prosocial skills for transitioning into the demands of a school setting. Learners will focus on school readiness skills, play skills, as well as self-awareness skills. This social skills group will provide learners with an opportunity to explore and practice social skills such as asking for help, greeting peers, turn taking, asking peers to play, and joining in on other peers’ play. Through a variety of facilitated activities, this group will also help learners identify and practice skills needed for managing their emotions and learning to cooperate with other peers.

 
Program also available virtually
Location:Sudbury
Age:
  • 0 to 3
  • 3 to 8
  • 9 to 12
  • 13 to 18
For help with:
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Behaviour
  • Caregiver Training
  • Self-regulation
Provider:Behaviour Analysis North

Individualized targeted 3 session consultation to work on a specific goal. These may include: functional skills such as toileting, eating, hygeine; communication goals (i.e., functional communication); identifying alternatives to disruptive behaviour, etc.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Other
Age:
  • 3 to 8
Who is Eligible:

This is a caregiver coaching program, but children attend the video feedback sessions

Provider:Breakthrough Speech & Language Therapy

The early years are especially crucial for verbal children on the autism spectrum because they still face special communication challenges. Often, these children find it difficult to:
- Have conversations with others
- Play with children their own age
- Talk about things that interest someone else
- Change a routine without becoming frustrated

If you’ve noticed more than one of these difficulties in your child, the TalkAbility Program can help. Specifically designed for parents of verbal children ages 3-7 years and up with social communication difficulties, the TalkAbility Program teaches parents practical ways to help their child learn people skills.

By “people skills”, we mean the ability to “tune in” to the thoughts and feelings of others by paying attention to non-verbal cues such as body language, facial expressions, eye gaze, and tone of voice. The ability to consider other points of view and to have empathy for others is essential for successful conversations and for making friends. Children with social communication difficulties require extra help to develop these skills.

When you take the TalkAbility Program, you’ll learn:
- How your child carries on conversation and the next steps to take to help him have back-and-forth conversations
- How to encourage your child to pay attention to the social messages people send non-verbally
- How to talk so your child can tune in to what others are thinking ; help them appreciate another person<s feelings and point of view
- How to help your child tell stories and play imaginatively
- How to help your child make friends

Program Components
- Informative and personal classes for small groups of parents
- A Hanen Certified speech-language pathologist who leads the program and has received special training from The Hanen Centre
- A pre-program consultation for you and your child with your speech-language pathologist
- Individual video feedback sessions of you interacting with your child, so you can “see” what is helping and what else you can do
- Individual video feedback of your child playing with another child so you can “see” how you help their interaction

 
Virtual only program
Location:Other
Age:
  • 0 to 3
  • 3 to 8
Who is Eligible:

Caregivers of children who engage in at least 6 turns in conversation (3 turns each) would be better suited for Hanen’s Talkability Program. More Than Words is designed for children of up to 8 years of age who do not engage in lengthy conversations with others.

3-8 years of age are eligible (if child does not yet engage in multiple turns in conversation with others).

This is a caregiver coaching program, but children attend the video feedback sessions.

For help with:
  • Caregiver Training
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Social Skills
Provider:Breakthrough Speech & Language Therapy

The More Than Words Program was designed for parents of children on the autism spectrum and with other social communication difficulties. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.

More Than Words does this by empowering parents to help your child reach the following three goals:
1. Improved social communication and back-and-forth interactions
2. Improved play skills
3. Improved imitation skills

As a parent and/or caregiver, here are some of the valuable things that are learned when attending the More Than Words Program:
-What motivates your child to communicate
-How to use your knowledge about your child to set appropriate and realistic goals
-How to make interactions with your child last longer
-Tips for using pictures and print to help your child’s understanding
-Strategies for how to talk so that your child understands you
-Strategies for developing your child’s play skills
-Ways to help your child make friends

Program Components
-Informative and personal classes for small groups of parents
-A Hanen Certified speech-language pathologist who leads the program and has received special training from The Hanen Centre
-A pre-program consultation for you and your child with your speech-language pathologist
-Individual video feedback sessions of you interacting with your child, so you can “see” what is helping and what else you can do
-Individual video feedback of your child playing with another child so you can “see” how you help their interaction

Location:N/A
Age:
  • 3 to 8
Provider:ABA Northern Services and Training Inc.

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List