The Ontario Autism Program has taken a needs-based approach that includes a broad range of services designed to offer more supports to meet the individual needs of families, children and youth. As such, Dufferin Child and Family Services is offering Foundational Family Services to all families registered with the Ontario Autism Program.
We are pleased to announce that you can now book an appointment to access our Foundational Family Services support online.
Foundational Family Service will provide you with the tools you need to participate in, and support your child or youth in their ongoing learning and development.
The first phase of Foundational Family Services builds on the virtual workshop entitled, The Caregiver’s Journey. Additional interactive caregiver workshops are offered below that include information, education and resources on a variety of topics.
Please register for the workshops that interest you:
Behaviour Basics: There are two sessions Part 1 and Part 2. You will need to register for each session. Please choose a date and time that works for you.
Behaviour Basics Part 1
There is a reason behind most challenging behaviour, such as communication or meeting an unmet need, and it is helpful to identify and understand the root causes in order to provide the most appropriate supports. An overview of behaviours, answering questions such as, “why is my child engaging in challenging behavior?”, and “how can I best support my child when they are engaging in this behavior?” We will discuss tools to use to identify possible functions of the behaviour as well as proactive support strategies. We will allow time at the end for questions and discussion.
- November 16 at 6:30pm-8:30pm – Register Now
- November 17 at 9:30am-11:30am – Register Now
- December 7 at 9:30am-11:30am – Register Now
Behaviour Basics (Reinforcement) Part 2
Reinforcement is the most important and widely used strategy to shape how we all behave on a daily basis. It is something that happens naturally all the time in your everyday life and it can be used when teaching new skills. You will learn how to personalize reinforcers, to match the reinforcer to the behaviour, and how to pair tangible reinforcers with praise. You will leave this workshop with a variety of tips and strategies to feel confident in utilizing this principle. We will allow time at the end for questions and discussion.
- November 30 at 6:30pm-8:30pm – Register Now
- December 1 at 9:30am-11:30am – Register Now
- December 14 at 6:30pm-8:30pm – Register Now
How to Implement Token Systems at Home
Token systems is one of the most commonly used behavior management interventions, especially for children who have behavioral challenges. Join us to learn how you can use a token system at home.
- To Be Announced Soon
From sitting on the toilet to the independent use of a public washroom, the strategies presented will help you break down the complex task of teaching your child independent toileting skills. We will share readiness checklists, walk you through procedures, following schedules, and ending with generalization and maintenance. We will allow time at the end for questions and discussion.
- November 17 at 6:30pm-8:30pm – Register Now
- December 7 at 6:30pm-8:30pm – Register Now
- December 15 at 9:30am-11:30am – Register Now
How to Help your Child go to Sleep and Stay Asleep
Sleep disturbances and night waking can be a stressful challenging behavior for your child and the family. We will share information on common sleep challenges and provide practical sleep strategies to help you and your child sleep better. We will address sleep problems and disturbances for individuals with special needs who have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. We will allow time at the end for questions and discussion.
Introducing New Foods/Picky Eaters
Introducing new foods into your child’s diet can be a challenge. In this workshop we review common feeding issues and factors that influence them. We will discuss ways to increase your child’s willingness to try new foods, with specific recommendations for how to intervene on food selectivity in children with autism. This session will provide general strategies for how to ensure long-term success. There will be time at the end for questions and discussion.
Independent Living Skills Series
These are skills that are essential skills that are needed, including those at home, school, and in the community, to live as independently as possible. Examples are washing your hands, brushing your teeth, or getting dressed. We will discuss the importance of systematically identifying and addressing independent life skills. For caregivers of learners at all stages of development. We will allow time at the end for questions and discussion.
The Caregiver’s Journey
You know that caring for your mental health is vital. But as a parent, you’re limited on time and energy. Do you want to know what is going on behind your child’s behaviour? Do you ever wonder about the best way to respond? Do you know who to reach out to for help, and what supports are available? It is important to know that there is support out there for families that are dealing with difficult behaviours. We will discuss practical self care strategies you can do at home for your own mental health, as well as strategies to help your child.
- To Be Announced Soon
The Nuts and Bolts of Using Visual Supports
For caregivers of both verbal and non-verbal children looking to provide additional visual support systems in order to support the child’s communication at home, at school and in the community. This workshop is designed to help parents and caregivers understand how to develop visual supports and use it to develop and increase independence.
- To Be Announced Soon
Homework Helper Tips
This workshop will include tips on how to fit homework successfully into your busy schedule. We will share resources to help your child make a plan, break homework into manageable tasks, time management tools and creating/following a schedule.
Next Steps: We Have a Diagnosis, Now What?
You have the diagnosis, now what do you do?? What questions do you need to ask and where do you go for answers? Understanding more about Autism can help you better understand your child with Autism. The workshop will focus on a range of symptoms you may observe as well as treatment options, including Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).You will also get answers to your questions about funding resources.
- To Be Announced Soon
If you have questions about our Foundational Family Services, please contact our Central Intake Team at 519-941-1530.
- Autism Ontario
- What is Autism? – Autism Speaks Canada
- Autism Tips and Resources | Marcus Autism Center
- The Autism Parent Resource Kit
- Autism Awareness Centre Inc.
- The Hanen Centre | Speech and Language Development for Children
- Communication tips: The Hanen Centre (nonverbal, beginner and sentences)
- Teach me to talk
- Build Communication: The Hanen Centre
- Everyday Routines to Promote Language: The Hanen Centre
- How to Build a Strong Foundation for Child’s Language, The Hanen Centre
- Help Child with Nonverbal Autism Speak: Autism speaks
- Autism Tool Kit
Daily Living Skills
- Do2Learn: Educational Resources for Special Needs
- Functional Life Skills: learning for a purpose
- Life Skills: Autism Speaks
- Toilet training guide: Autism Speaks
- Toilet training tool kit: Milestones Autism Resources
- Toileting guide: National Autistic Society
- Teaching Kids With Autism About Emotions and Self-Regulation
- The Incredible 5 Point Scale
- How to Improve Emotional Self-Regulation Among Children with Autism and Attention Disorders
- Indiana Resource Center for Autism – Behaviour Emotions
- How Can We Help Kids With Transitions
- Transition Time: Helping Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Move Successfully from One Activity to Another
- Transition Planning Milestones for Youth with Autism
- Transition to Adulthood for Students with ASD
- Transition to Adulthood for Individuals with Autism
Other Teaching Resources
- ABA Educational Resources
- Speech Therapy Worksheets and Forms
- Autism Apps | Autism Software | Autism DVDs
- Autism Products & Autism Teaching Tools
- Getting the Flu shot
What is ABA?
- What the Heck is ABA?
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Resources for Children with Autism During COVID-19 – How to ABA
- ABC’s of ABA (behaviorbabe.com)
- New Parent Packet
Daily Living Skills
- Let’s Cook! Life Skills/ Kids with Autism WAFFLES – YouTube
- Let’s Cook! Life Skills – Kids with Autism – Jam Sandwich (Level 3) – YouTube
- Let’s Cook! Life Skills – Kids with Autism – Toast with Margarine – YouTube
- Let’s Cook! Life Skills – Kids with Autism – Cheese Pizza (Level 3) – YouTube
- Let’s Cook! Life Skills – Kids with Autism – Pepperoni Pizza (Level 3) – YouTube
- Let’s Cook! Life Skills – Kids with Autism – Spaghetti and Pasta Sauce (Level 3) – YouTube
- Let’s Cook! Life Skills – Kids with Autism – Cheese Sandwich – YouTube