Pre-Teen 6-12yrs

preteen

Leaders in Training (LIT)

Leaders in Training (LIT) will provide teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder with an opportunity to learn about leadership basics within a group environment. Participants will have a chance to learn about what it means to be a leader and to practice taking leadership roles such as leading the group in activities, modeling behaviours for other group members, and helping with set up/ clean up.
Ages 6-12
Ratio 1:3

Secret Agent Society

This program is designed to improve the emotional regulation and social skills of children with High-Functioning Autism using high-tech computer games and Secret Agent related equipment. Group sessions consist of a variety of therapeutic games and activities, training children to be Secret Agent “Cadets,” who are able to detect emotions, decode sticky social situations, and rely on Secret Agent Codes to  enhance their friendship skills. Parents remain onsite and attend a facilitator-led parent session, where they will review program content, and develop strategies to generalize the skills being taught through the program. For more information on SAS, please visit: www.sst-institute.net
Ages 8-12
Ratio 1:3

Unstuck & On Target

The “Unstuck & On Target” program is an executive function group to help improve flexibility for children with high functioning autism. Specifically, the group will work to help children effectively and calmly manage unexpected events, cope with disappointment and frustration, keep an open mind, navigate disagreements with friends and compromise, and learn to set and achieve goals. Children will then have the opportunity to discuss situations at school or home when they used the strategies, or faced a challenge but had difficulty using the strategy.
Ages 8-12
Ratio 1:3

Trailblazers

This group will begin to navigate the local community on foot in this exciting new adventure program. The participants will learn how to use Google maps to plan a trip with the group to a local attraction and explore the local parks and trails. Participants will learn to work together as a group to reach a common goal. Let’s hit the streets!
Ages 6-12
Ratio 1:3

Wii League of Friends

This group provides participants with the opportunity to engage in motion-control, interactive gaming with peers who share similar interests. The Wii League of Friends will practice turn taking, co-operation and good sportsmanship skills.
Ages 6-12
Ratio 1:3

Let’s Chat

This advanced friendship focused skill building group will provide pre-teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder with the opportunity to practice conversation skills that will help them to build and maintain lasting friendships. Specific friendships skills explored may include starting and maintaining a conversation, staying on topic, talking briefing, avoiding sensitive topics, giving personal space, and managing conflict.
Ages 8-9
Ratio 1:3

Let’s Be Friends

This friendship focused skill building group will provide children with Autism Spectrum Disorder an opportunity to learn and practice making and keeping friends in a small group of similar peers. Specific friendship skills explored may include: asking someone to play, joining others in play, compromising, taking turns, dealing with losing, and keeping calm.
Ages 6-7
Ratio 1:3

Lights, Camera, Action

This group will provide participants with the opportunity to learn the basics about photography and film making. They will practice taking pictures out in the local community and make short homemade videos. They will also get a chance to learn how to edit their videos and pictures.
Ages 6-12
Ratio 1:3

Trips Ahoy

Participants will engage in a variety of activities including sports, crafts, outings, creative arts and drama. Trained Geneva Centre for Autism staff will structure activities and outings to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum. At Trips Ahoy, every day is an adventure!
Ages 6-12
Ratio 1:1 & 1:2 available

Learning with Lego

In this Lego themed skill building group, participants will gain the opportunity to develop their skills through the construction and completion of various Lego structures. Some of the skills that will be targeted throughout this group will be turntaking, making eye-contact, asking someone to play, joining others in play and following social rules. Participants will work in their peer groups to build Lego sets together while also exploring their ability to build collaborative freestyle structures.
Ages 6-7
Ratio 1:3

Sports of all Sorts

Participants will be introduced to a variety of sports and movement activities that are designed to encourage group co-operation, teamwork and build self-esteem in a fun, safe environment.  The Sports of all Sorts group offer a combination of sport skill instruction, and recreational game play.
Ages 6-12
Ratio 1:1 & 1:2 available

The Explorers

Participants in the Explorers group are supported to develop recreation and leisure skills where they will eventually be able to transition to less supported community-based programs. Participants will be engaged in theme-based activities which  encourage discovery, communication and socialization.
Ages 6-12
Ratio 1:2

The Kids Club

Participants work toward developing recreation and leisure skills in a safe and fun environment. Participants will be engaged in theme-based activities which encourage discovery, communication and socialization.
Ages 6-12
Ratio 1:1

The Weekenders

While attending The Weekenders, children will have the opportunity to develop recreational and leisure skills, and build new friendships. Children will have the opportunity to rehearse these skills in a variety of community settings including trips to the pool, local parks and other local age appropriate attractions.
Ages 6-12
Ration 1:1 & 1:2 available