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Kidsability Workshops

Foundational Family Support workshops are free and are available to families who are registered with the Ontario Autism Program. Families must include their OAP reference number(s) to be registered for the event. If you are not currently registered with the OAP but wish to attend reach out to our staff to inquire about potential available community seats. 


The offerings can also be found on the Event Calendar on KidsAbility’s website: https://kidsability.ca/calendar


Toileting Workshop: This workshop will introduce caregivers to the toilet training journey! We will provide introductory information related to toileting timelines and readiness, and how to set goals accordingly. We will include an overview of proven strategies that have been shown to support toilet training skills including how to help your child start training and how to reinforce and celebrate their toileting wins! Where appropriate, a follow-up phone call can take place with one of our Coaches to help you in setting goals that meet your child’s individualized toileting needs.

In-person offering April 19th 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Waterloo site (500 Hallmark Drive)
Virtual offering April 24th 9:30am-11:30am
Register to attend by contacting asktheabateam@kidsability.ca


Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis: In this workshop we will introduce you to the basic principles of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and help caregivers understand the influence their child’s environment can have on their behaviour. This includes learning and academic behaviour, the behaviour of completing daily activities and routines, the behaviour of interacting socially with others, and managing challenging behaviour!We will discuss common ABA strategies and how they are used to teach important new life skills, and also to reduce those behaviours that may be getting in the way of your child’s learning and social connections.

In-person offering May 10th 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Waterloo site (500 Hallmark Drive)
Virtual offering May 15th 9:30am-11:30am
Register to attend by contacting asktheabateam@kidsability.ca


Understanding Challenging Behaviours: It can be hard to know what to do when your child has challenging behaviours that interfere with learning, functioning in their daily routine, or developing positive social relationships. You may even feel worried that your child might hurt themselves or someone else. Sometimes children have challenging behaviours and it’s hard to know why it happened or what to do about it. In this workshop, we will discuss types of challenging behaviour and the ABCs of behaviour so that you can understand why your child may be having challenging behaviours. We will discuss how you can use this information to develop effective and individualized strategies to reduce those behaviours and in turn, improve your child’s quality of life.

In-person offering May 24th 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Waterloo site (500 Hallmark Drive)
Virtual offering May 29th 9:30am-11:30am
Register to attend by contacting asktheabateam@kidsability.ca

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