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Foundational Family Services

Foundational Family Services are available to families/caregivers of children and youth who are registered with the Ontario Autism Program. At Lanark Community Programs, we have a multidisciplinary team with over 40 years of experience working with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. We will be offering a variety of education opportunities on a wide range of topics for parents/caregivers. Foundational Family Services will provide you with tools and strategies to support your child or youth in the areas of daily routines, toilet training, communication, behaviour and returning to the school environment. Right now, our workshop sessions will take place virtually using Zoom (PHIPA). Following the workshops, you may have the option to schedule a 1:1 consultation session to discuss your specific goals with one of our experienced and well trained autism services team.

If you have questions, you can email us at foundationalfamilyservices@lcp-home.com or call us at 613-257-7121 ext. 3200.

Please see below to register for our upcoming workshops provided in August & September.  Additional workshops will be added soon! Upcoming topics include; Sleep Solutions, Picky Eaters, Play Skills, and Hidden Curriculum.

Don’t see what you are looking for?  Let us know.  Send us an email foundationalfamilyservices@lcp-home.com

Teach and Talk: Using visuals to support Communication and Behavior

This is a live interactive online program co-presented by a behavioural and a speech-language professional that will explore ways to use visuals to support your child’s transitions, participate in routines, understanding/expression of language, making choices and managing behaviour.  Participants will learn to identify specific situations to use visual supports and how to create and use with their child. Following the workshop each family will receive a package of materials that they can customize for their use.

Date:   Tuesday September 29, 2020

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

*spaces are limited*

Consult offered: yes

To register please please use our online Registration Form or call 613-257-7121 ext. 3200 ask for Chelsea

Introduction to ASD

This workshop will provide caregivers information on ASD using clear & easy to understand terminology. Caregivers are often looking for ways to help explain their child’s Autism to others and after this workshop; they will have the language to do so. We will discuss diagnosis, common terminology used, prevalence rates and research in the field of autism.

Date:   Thursday September 17, 2020

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

*spaces are limited*

Consult offered: no

To register please please use our online Registration Form or call 613-257-7121 ext. 3200 ask for Chelsea

Preparing your Child for Kindergarten

This workshop aims to help parents and caregivers explore strategies to assist their child to be ready for entry to Kindergarten. We will discuss what steps you can take at home and in your community to prepare your child for Kindergarten, and discuss ways to work with your local school board to address your child’s specific learning needs. By the end of this session you will be able to describe ways to support your child at home to be school ready; Identify & define some common daily transitions your child will experience in Kindergarten; and develop your own family checklist outlining specific actions and strategies you will use to prepare for Kindergarten

Date:   Thursday August 20, 2020

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

*spaces are limited*

Consult offered: yes

To register please please use our online Registration Form or call 613-257-7121 ext. 3200 ask for Chelsea

Puberty and ASD

This workshop is for families with a teen with ASD who is entering or experiencing the onset of puberty. This workshop will support parents as they help their teen understand the developmental changes they are going through. Parents will be provided with resources to further support their child’s needs during this time of change. Caregivers will learn to:

  • Describe the of importance of explaining this developmental change to a youth with ASD
  • Choose key concepts that are valuable to discuss when teaching a youth with ASD about puberty
  • Understand the basic guidelines to present information about puberty to a youth with ASD

Date:  Tuesday September 22, 2020

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

*spaces are limited*

Consult offered: yes

To register please please use our online Registration Form or call 613-257-7121 ext. 3200 ask for Chelsea

Transitions throughout the Day

Does your child get upset when told to change activities or locations? This workshop will cover the most common and effective strategies recommended to parents to make transitions easier. You will get to practice using visual tools, like schedules and first/then strips, in ways that will be the most helpful for your child and your family. Participants will learn to identify transition strategies and tools that can be used to support many transitions and will create an individual plan for their child.

Date:   Tuesday August 25, 2020

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

*spaces are limited*

Consult offered: yes

To register please please use our online Registration Form or call 613-257-7121 ext. 3200 ask for Chelsea

Face Mask Training for Children

With plans for back to school, what do the experts say about mask training & how to help your child stay safe & be comfortable in a mask for longer periods.  We will focus on how to help reduce your child’s fears or apprehension around mask wearing, and using various tools you will learn how to explain & describe what masks are, how they help to keep us healthy. We will provide you will steps to teach your child to wear them and provide guidance and practice to help your child be successful.

Date:   Tuesday August 18, 2020

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

*spaces are limited*

Consult offered: yes

To register please please use our online Registration Form or call 613-257-7121 ext. 3200 ask for Chelsea