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Toronto - Virtual Coffee Chat for Caregivers of teenagers on the Spectrum
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6095
North - Interim One Time Funding Session
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5764
Central West – Tower Challenge (7-12 years)
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6110
Provincial - Black Caregiver Check in and Chat
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5959
Provincial - Atelier d’information-accueil sur le financement ponctuel provisoire (en français)
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5794
Toronto - Interim One Time Funding Session
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6093
East Region - Creative Movement Program
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6196
Toronto - Virtual sing-along
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6109
Central West – Tower Challenge (12+years)
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6111
York - Workshop - Help! They’re Addicted to Technology
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5894
Webinar - Live - A Great Start: Early Planning Priorities for Parents with a Young Child with a Disability
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6045
West - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
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6068
Central West - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
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6205
Provincial - Rad Dads Group
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6114
Peel- How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
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6192
Brant - Family Baking
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5823
North- Workshop- Speech-Language Pathology 101
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6060
North - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
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5768
Provincial - soirée-quizz (en français)
entity:civicrm_event
5900
West-New Diagnosis Support Group
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6067
Grey Bruce – At Home Building with LEGO
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6144
Toronto- Children & Bullying
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6080
Durham – York “Magic Show” virtual
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5891
Hastings - Beat Drop
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6052
West - Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Workshop
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6148
East - Ausome Mom's Virtual Support Group
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6117
Niagara – Make Your Own Pizza Kits
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6017
North - Online Magic Show
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6097
Prince Edward County- Paint your own magnet kit
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6055
York & Simcoe - Drive In Night
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6158
EAST - Cookie Baking Kits
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6203
North - OAP (Ontario Autism Program) Drop-In Question Period
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6135
Peterborough Region - Coffee Chat (Virtual)
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6198
Halton, Waterloo, Wellington -Sensory Kit
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6206
CARES Caregiver Support Group (online)
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6086
Toronto - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
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6094
East - Interim One Time Funding Session
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6164
West - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6070
CARES Support Group for Dad’s & Male Caregivers (online)
entity:civicrm_event
6078
Provincial - Comment soumettre vos dépenses POSA
entity:civicrm_event
6143
Peel - Sensory Diets and How They Help Meet Sensory Needs
entity:civicrm_event
6215
CARES Caregiver Support Group (online)
entity:civicrm_event
6116
Oxford - Family Baking
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5824
Provincial - Programme CARES d’entraide pour aidants naturels (en ligne)(en français)
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6112
CARES Caregiver Support Group (online)
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6142
East – Building a Working Relationship with your School (virtual)
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6183
Punjabi Workshop - Coping with My Child’s Diagnosis
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6154
Webinar - Live - Caregiver Burnout: Where Do We Go From Here?
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6152
Chatham-Sarnia Family Cooking Night
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6145
North-Virtual Tour of Northern Exotic Animal Rescue
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5887
CARES Caregiver Support Group (online)
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6119
East - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6165
Ottawa - Sugar Cookie Decorating Kits
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6232
North - Interim One Time Funding Session
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6125
Central- Interim One Time Funding Session
entity:civicrm_event
6131
Central - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6083
North - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6126
Toronto - Interim One Time Funding Session
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6216
York Region – Virtual Cooking with Chef Christine
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6188
Provincial - Comment soumettre vos dépenses POSA (en français)
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6170
York Region & Durham “Check in & Chat”
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6178
Toronto- Virtual Dog Show
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6235
Webinaire - En direct - Partager le diagnostic de TSA avec son enfant (en français)
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5383
York Region & Durham – Meet a beekeeper & Honey tasting.
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6179
Central West - Autism and Anxiety – Tools for Supporting Your Child
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6208
York Region & Durham – Meet a beekeeper & Honey tasting
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6180
Webinar - Live - Money Talks: Accessing Financial Resources for your Child with a Disability
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6062
Toronto - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
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6217
Webinar - Live - No Time Like the Present: Being Mindful Amidst the Chaos
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6159
East - Interim One Time Funding Session
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6167
Toronto- Virtual Dog Show
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6236
East – Building a Working Relationship with your School (virtual)
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6184
North - Interim One Time Funding Session
entity:civicrm_event
6136
Provincial - Atelier d’information-accueil sur le financement ponctuel provisoire (en français)
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6171
East – Building a Working Relationship with your School (virtual)
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6185
Webinar - Live - An Autism-informed Approach to Mindfulness with Sue Hutton and Lee Steel
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6193
North - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
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6137
Toronto - Interim One Time Funding Session
entity:civicrm_event
6218
North - OAP (Ontario Autism Program) Drop-In Question Period
entity:civicrm_event
6138
Toronto - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6219
East - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6166
East - Ausome Mom's Virtual Support Group
entity:civicrm_event
6118
North- How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6127
Central- Interim One Time Funding Session
entity:civicrm_event
6132
Central - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6084
North- Interim One Time Funding Session
entity:civicrm_event
6128
West- How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6172
York - Durham “Check in & Chat”
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6194
Webinaire -En direct - Ados et médias sociaux ( en français)
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5784
Provincial - Atelier d’information-accueil sur le financement ponctuel provisoire (en français)
entity:civicrm_event
6173
Provincial – Atelier d’art virtuel en français
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5805
West- Interim One Time Funding Session (en anglais)
entity:civicrm_event
6174
North - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6140
East - Ausome Mom's Virtual Support Group
entity:civicrm_event
6120
North - OAP (Ontario Autism Program) Drop-In Question Period
entity:civicrm_event
6139
York - Durham “Check in & Chat”
entity:civicrm_event
6195
North - Interim One Time Funding Session
entity:civicrm_event
6129
North - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6134
Central- Interim One Time Funding Session
entity:civicrm_event
6133
Central - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6085
Webinar - Live - Assertive Communication: A Balancing Act
entity:civicrm_event
6161
West - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session
entity:civicrm_event
6175
Provincial - Comment soumettre vos dépenses POSA (en français)
entity:civicrm_event
6176
North - How to Submit Your OAP Expenses Information Session -
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6141
East - Ausome Mom's Virtual Support Group
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6121

The Issue of Eye Contact

As society has developed a deeper understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), we have access to more information about the issue of eye contact, much of which has come from persons with ASD who have been able to report on their experience.

Planning...Just in Case...

This series of tip sheets provides suggestions for practical plans and actions that can help ensure the safe and secure future of your child, of any age. The number of steps and the amount of work may seem overwhelming, but it’s important to begin the process and see it through, one step at a time. There is perhaps no other task that will give a parent more peace of mind.

Accessing Inclusive Personal Training Programs for Young Adults with Autism

In Canada, studies have shown that only approximately 3% of individuals with a disability are actively engaged in organized sport.


However, educators and others are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of personal fitness for students with special education needs and typically developing children alike2. And some are convinced that physical education has a central role to play in building self-esteem and social skills that in turn lead to a more active and inclusive lifestyle for young people with autism.

The Emotional Toolbox

Tony Attwood, a well-known psychologist in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), conceptualized the Emotional Toolbox. It represents a collection of tools (strategies) designed to help people deal with negative emotions. 

Gaming Console Setup and Considerations for Individuals with ASD

two sets of hands on playstation controllers playing a soccer game

Congratulations! You’ve decided to make the plunge and purchase a gaming system for your (inner) child. Currently there are three popular gaming consoles: Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii (rumored to be succeeded by the Nintendo U around the 2012 holidays) and the Microsoft X-box. While each unit has its pros and cons, each unit seems to leapfrog the other year after year.

 

Developing Job Skills

Like many other parents of a youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I find thoughts of the future can be positively paralyzing. To overcome that paralysis, I decided to focus on helping my son prepare for some form of work when he leaves school. The focus is not on career development, but simply to increase the options that will be available for him to make a meaningful life for himself once he leaves school.

This article provides some suggestions for other parents with similar goals, suggestions that I believe can be applied to individuals wherever they might be on the spectrum.

Case Study: Establishing Work Opportunities for Someone with ASD

My son is not one of the “stars” amongst adults with autism. His computer skills are fine, but not extraordinary. He has no special scientific aptitude. His math skills meet the needs of daily life, not the demands of technical or commercial endeavors. Yet he is happily engaged in a variety of jobs – some volunteer, others remunerative – that give structure to his life week after week. Because of them, he is a contributing, well-known, and accepted adult in our community.

Effective Home/School Communication

Communication between a student’s home and school can have a significant impact on his school program, the on-going development of skills and on the relationship between parents and teaching staff. Many parents report that they wait anxiously to read the communication book at the end of the day and that their emotional state can be considerably influenced by its content.

Negotiating the Maze - Strategies For Effective Advocacy In Schools

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Guide by Ed Mahony of Mahony Advocacy.  Advocacy is about securing, protecting and advancing the rights of one’s self or others. Special education students have rights. The Ministry of Education has enacted legislation and regulations to support the education of special needs children. School boards are responsible for implementing programs in compliance with current legislation and regulations.

Parents, however, may have to strongly advocate to ensure that their child’s rights are met at school. It is the parent’s right and responsibility to see that their child has an appropriate educational program, and it is certainly acceptable for parents to advocate for their child. A parent’s relationship with the school/school board is not a social relationship. It is a business/legal relationship with the goal of getting the most appropriate education for your child. 

Most effective parent advocates share a combination of important knowledge and skills:
• An understanding of special education regulations and rules
• An understanding of special education law
• A sense of procedural advocacy
• A realistic sense of what they want and how to work with staff to achieve their goals

Ending the Wait

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An action agenda to address the housing crisis confronting Ontario adults with developmental disabilities initial report of the housing study group.

 

(Developmental Services Sector – Ministry of Community and Social Services Partnership Table)

Webinar - How to Build Social Skills in Children with ASD with Kathleen Quill

Join Dr. Kathleen Quill, author of the best-seller DO-WATCH-LISTEN-SAY: Social and Communication Intervention for Children with Autism, as she discusses how to build social skills in children with ASD in various environments. Children and adolescents with ASD often learn social and communication skills in one setting and have difficulty using these skills in other settings. Parents often express frustration that there is a mismatch between what their children can do in school and what they can do at home. The purpose of this webinar is twofold: (1) to highlight the importance of assessing and programming for generalization of social and communication skills, and (2) to provide a summary of how various evidence-based teaching methods can be used to teach new skills and foster generalization.

 

Presenter:

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Dr. Kathleen Quill, Ed.D. BCBA-D, Autism Institute, is a respected author, lecturer and consultant. Kathleen has conducted trainings in over 20 countries, given the keynote address for 10 international organizations, and presented at over 100 conferences. She promotes integrating behavioural and developmental educational methods; conducts applied research on social and communication intervention, and participates in national and state program initiatives to bridge the gap between research and practice. In addition, she is the editor of the seminal text teaching children with autism: Strategies to enhance communication and socialization, is on the Editorial board for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Focus on Autism and other Developmental Disabilities; the Advisory Board for the Autism Spectrum Quarterly; and on the Board of Directors for Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Webinar - Finding Your Way Through The Healthcare Maze with Yona Lunsky

Finding Your Way Through the Healthcare Maze: Lessons From Research on Health Services and ASD

This webinar will explore what happens when individuals with ASD are in crisis and have to visit their hospital emergency department. What leads to these visits, how can they be prevented, and what can we do to be better prepared when they happen? Ontario's health care access research in developmental disabilities program has been studying these issues and working closely with hospitals, families, and policy makers to develop solutions. Please join us to learn more about ways to be better prepared in emergency situations.

Presenter: Yona Lunsky, Ph.D., C.Psych

Yona Lunsky

Yona Lunsky, Ph.D., C.Psych is the director of the Healthcare Access Research in Disabilities Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.  She has received her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from the Ohio State University, specializing in the area of dual diagnosis, followed by a two year postdoctoral fellowship in Toronto. She has written 100 research papers relating to developmental disabilities and health.

 

Checklist: Finding & Working with an Experienced Autism Worker

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Finding and reading information takes time. Therefore, finding time to do so is in itself a challenge. You are on this site in the hope that it will help guide you on your search for appropriate providers for your child. While you need to consider all the tips, it is not a “must-doeverythingon-the-checklist”. Take those that you find practical and suit your needs.

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I Have Autism and I Need Your Help

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You never know what’s good and what’s bad. This was one of my father-in-law’s favourite sayings, and I find myself drawing heavily upon it as I navigate the world of autism. A moody moment? An abrupt reply? A slammed door? I’ve discovered that difficult moments can be very revealing. They can be ‘good’ and instructive if we take the time to peel back the layers and figure out ‘why’?

Read more.

Preparing for a Successful School Meeting

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Review Documentation

  • Look at the current Individual Education Plan (IEP), Behaviour Safety Plan (BSP) Report Card and any other documentation that you have received from the school
  • Review your child’s recent evaluations and assessments. If the school hasn’t provided you with copies, be sure to ask for them prior to any meeting.
  • Review notes from previous meetings (within the last year), as well as copies of the IEP, BSP and Report Card to see what changes or progress has been made.

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Tantrums in Autism

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We’ve all been there: watching as our child completely breaks into uncontrollable rage/ tears in front of us. Sometimes it’s in the privacy of our own homes, but when you have a child with autism, more often than not it will be in public as well. Up until recently, there has been a common misconception that poor communication/low verbal skills in people with autism is a cause of their more frequent tantrums due to being frustrated at not being able to communicate their needs and wants. While it is likely frustrating not to be able to communicate easily, new research from Penn State College says this is not the main cause of tantrums in those with ASD.

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The Transition to Post-secondary Studies

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The education world is more and more conscious of the importance of putting in place effective and feasible strategies to help facilitate the transition to post-secondary studies for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Although this transition represents a crucial step in the life of ALL students, it remains a significant challenge for students with ASD, given the range of their needs.

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Supporting Success and Safety in Relationships

a young woman leans her head on a young man's shoulder

Like other teens, many teens on the autism spectrum desire friendships and romantic partners. Due to challenges with social communication, some teens with ASD may have limited experience dating and could benefit from explicitly learning skills associated with successful and safe dating experiences. Teens with ASD may benefit from developing skills in the following areas: basic dating readiness skills, safety skills related to dating, and social skills related to dating. School staff and families both play important roles in supporting these skill areas.

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