Social Groups
Reena offers social programs at a community centre at Bloor and Spadina. Visit http://www.reena.org

Geneva centre (http://www.autism.net) offers social skills programs.

Sensory Leisure (www.sensoryleisure.com) offers social skills classes. Call 647-519-6739 or email info@makingsmalltalk.com for details.

Canine Companions
Dog trainer Dorothy Avery offers a program for children with ASD to “connect to their world through their canine compaions”. This innovative program is available to individuals with and without a family dog – volunteer dogs will be matched with participants. For more, see www.canine-connections.ca.

Service Dogs
National Service Dogs is an Ontario-based organization dedicated to "enriching the quality of life and enhancing the independence of children and families living with autism and special needs". They train dogs (who are licensed as service dogs and therefore can be taken into public places, unlike family pets) to be companions and guides for children with ASD. The process for getting a dog is a lengthy one, but their success stories are heart-warming. The dogs are actually tethered to the children and accompany them to school and other locations. They are NOT a substitute for the watchful eye of an adult, but reportedly can reduce a child's stress, increase their social awareness, and generally enrich their lives (and the lives of the family). For more information, see their web site. http://www.nsd.on.ca/

Markham Fair
The Markham Fair, held every fall in Markham (McCowan just north of Elgin Mills) is a small sort of old-fashioned fair. It offers simple contests that children can enter, with the entries displayed and ribbons awarded. There is a "special needs" category for events. Visit www.markhamfair.ca  (competitions and contests link) - see category 10. Deadline is mid-September for the October fair.














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