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If you’re the caregiver of a child (under 18 years of age) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and have a strong desire to increase your knowledge and understanding of this diagnosis, Kerry's Place Autism Services has an exclusive offer for you!
Kerry’s Place Autism Services is offering this training course FREE as a Foundational Service through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). To qualify, families must have a child registered with the OAP. Not registered yet? Call the OAP Single Point of Access at 1-877-374-6625 (press 1) to register today!
This unique training opportunity will include:
12 modules delivered in six full days
Group and individual activities
Weekly assignments to enhance comprehension, skill development, and confidence
The opportunity to work with other parents in a supportive and dynamic learning environment
KidsAbility™ Centre for Child Development is offering the "Building and Learning Together" training through their KidsAbility Autism Program.
“Building and Learning Together” will provide you with weekly workshops, supported with hands-on coaching. Using the Behaviour Skills Training Model of instruction, modeling, behavioral rehearsal, and feedback, you and your family will be supported in learning strategies to apply with your child on a daily basis.
Workshop topics will include:
Reinforcement and Pairing
Functions of Behaviour
How to Increase Positive Behaviour (while decreasing less desirable behaviour)
How to Enhance Communication
Use of Visual Supports to Increase Independence
Developing Play Skills
At the end of each workshop you will receive a skill practice sheet outlining what was discussed, and recommendations for practical ways to put your learning into everyday practice.
This workshop is being offered during the following times:
PooranLaw has shared the following legal update on labour and employment reforms:
On October 23, 2018, the PC government introduced Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act (“Bill 47”). If passed, Bill 47 will repeal a number of changes made by the Liberal government’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”). While Bill 148 provided some much-needed protection for Ontario’s most vulnerable workers, many aspects of Bill 148 posed significant challenges for charities, not-for-profit government funded agencies and people with disabilities receiving individualized/direct supports and their families. For the most part, Bill 47 addresses those challenges by simply reverting back to the legislation that existed before Bill 148 was passed.
The important changes are outlined in the full document. The implications of these changes will be discussed further in a webinar on Octoer 30, 2018.
Do you have questions about your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
Join Autism Ontario for a three part IEP focused workshop, lead by Sue McDermid, Autism Ontario's Central West Family Support Coordinator.
The webinars will feature Ed Mahony, Special Education Teacher, and focus on helping parents get the most out of the Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) process. These interactive webinars focused on the next steps after your child's team has met to discuss educational outcomes. Discussion will follow after each webinar.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10am - 12pm
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10am - 12pm
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10am - 12pm
CBI Home Health, 630 Weber St., Suite 200, Waterloo, ON N2V 2N2.
These Education Sessions are presented in a non-judgemental, safe environment where participants are free to share opinions and thoughts as well ask any questions they may have.
Program topics can include, but are not limited to:
Relationships & Dating
Staying Safe Online
Informed Decision Making
Consent & Boundaries
Gender & Sexuality
Birth Control & Pregnancy Options
Safer Sex & Sexually Transmitted Infections
When: Starting Thursday, September 27, 2018 for 8 consecutive weeks -Thursdays
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Where: Connections Media Room—Aldaview Services, 332 Hamilton Road, New Hamburg, Ontario
Please note: Minimum of 4 participants required.
All individuals with variety of abilities are welcome to join. Individuals receiving services and supports outside of Aldaview Services, who require assistance to participate, it is requested a Support Person attend education sessions with you.