Autism Ontario’s Parents CAN! Program for Parents of Children Aged 2 to 5!

Raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can present unique challenges to parents. Our Parents CAN! pilot program provides parents an opportunity to learn powerful techniques to support their child’s development.

This April through June join us at the Mississauga Community Centre, 1275 Mississauga Valley Boulevard in Mississauga!

The objective of this program is to build parent confidence and understanding of behavioural supports.

These personalized, skill-focused workshops and individual coaching sessions will focus on 3 pivotal areas that have been demonstrated to increase communication, reduce conflict, and support independence at home and in the community.

Modules will be devoted of the following themes:
  • Building relationships and increasing social communication through play
  • Gaining cooperation, managing anxiety and reducing challenging behaviours
  • Building independence and adaptive skills
  • Brush up and troubleshooting

The Parents CAN! Program will be offered in four sessions, held over four months. These sessions will include a mandatory three hour workshop on Friday evenings and a 90 minute consultation on the following Saturday or Sunday.

Parents are welcome to attend together; single parents may attend alone or opt to bring another person who provides support to workshops and individual coaching sessions.

Families will have the opportunity to share video clips of interactions with their children as they practice techniques.

This program is designed for parents of children aged 2-5

The cost of this program is $600.00 total per family. This program fee is eligible under the one time direct funding allotted to families transitioned off the Autism Intervention Program (AIP) waitlist.

Parents CAN! is an Educational Program intended to support parents through a series of workshops and on-one-one coaching sessions. It does not replace any IBI services, or other support systems that the family is taking part in. As part of this Pilot Program, we will be gathering data and feedback after each session, in order to understand and support family needs.

Are you interested in participating in Autism Ontario’s Parents CAN! Program? Email Debbie Cabral: to learn more.

All workshops and coaching sessions will be led by Leslie Cohen, Ph. D., BCBA-D and Antoinette Falco, Director, L&A Educational Services, Inc. For the past 18 years, they have implemented creative, research-based intensive early intervention for young children with ASD in home and school settings.

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