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Behaviour Parent-Training Workshops

The behaviour parent-training workshops are designed to provide parents with rele-vant information based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Each work-shop is facilitated by a Behaviour Consultant and/or a Speech Language Pathologist who provide parents with strategies to address some of the common challenges faced by individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Please refer to the Parent Training Calendar for current information on Behaviour Parent-Training Workshops.

How do parents register?
Parents/caregivers must register in advance by calling 416-322-7877 ext. 0.

Special topics are offered at various time throughout the year and are created for parents/caregivers. If you are a professional, please see our Professional Calendar of Events for workshops and courses.

Behaviour 101

Parents who attend this 2 part workshop will have an open discussion around behaviour; its definition, function, and how to promote or reduce a target behaviour. This workshop will pro-vide parents with a framework for understanding the basic principles of Applied Behaviour Anal-ysis. Parents will leave this workshop with information and strategies to feel confident in ad-dressing behaviours across many settings and situations.

Building Blocks of Communication

This workshop provides a framework for understanding what “communication” means for a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Speech-Language Pathologists discuss their role and help parents/caregivers understand how the characteristics of autism impact speech, language and social interactions. Strategies to facilitate com-munication are provided for both non-verbal children and children who are beginning to use some words.

Building Independence in your Child

This 2 part workshop will address how to teach new socially signifi-cant skills to children including self-care, housework, and other common daily tasks. Parents will learn to assess their child’s current skill-level, break the skill down into manageable steps for teaching, and implement a variety of teaching methods that are proven to be effective for individuals on the autism spectrum. The use of self-monitoring strategies and behaviour contracts will also be discussed as methods to increase your child’s skill and motivation to perform learned tasks independently.

Building Independence in your Teen

This 2 part workshop will focus on providing research based teach-ing methods suited to older individuals on the autism spectrum. Strategies for developing socially significant skillsets such as house-work, academic tasks, vocational skills, and independent living skills will be discussed, as well as the role of person-centered planning in selecting and meeting individual goals. The use of self-monitoring strategies and behaviour contracts will also be discussed as methods to increase an individual’s skill and motivation to perform learned tasks independently as he or she transitions into adulthood.

Eating Strategies

This 2 part workshop focuses on the relationship between Autism Spectrum Disorders and difficulties with eating and feeding. Parents will be provided with strategies to address common eating challeng-es such as food selectivity and refusal as well as problem behaviour during meal times.

Sexuality & ASD

This 2 part workshop is designed for parents of children 8 to 17 years old wishing to further understand sexuality as it relates to their teens with an Autism Spectrum Disorder . These sessions are especially for parents looking for the following:
  • To understand their child’s sexuality
  • To obtain practical strategies for addressing concerns about their child’s sexuality

Social Understanding

Parents who attend this 2 part workshop will have an open discus-sion around what comprises social understanding and the social bar-riers individuals on the autism spectrum face on a daily basis. This series will have parents identify social goals for their children and assess how to prioritize what skills to teach and when. The basic principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis will also be discussed in re-lation to teaching social understanding. Parents will leave this work-shop with information and strategies to use in order to increase so-cial awareness in their child’s life.

Stress & ASD

This 3 part workshop is designed for parents of children 7 to 12 years old who are looking for the following:

  • To gain a better understanding of stress in children with Autism Spec-trum Disorders
  • To learn practical strategies for teaching awareness & coping skills
  • To obtain an interactive opportunity with other families.

Please note: This workshop includes a take-home exercise compo-nent.

Toileting Strategies

Do you want to know how to succeed at toilet training your child? This 2 part workshop explores the challenges of toilet training chil-dren with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Strategies (based on Ap-plied Behaviour Analysis) to improve your child’s toileting skills are presented. These strategies include modeling, prompting, shaping, reinforcement, visual cues, and scripting. Parents/Caregivers have the opportunity to discuss specific toileting difficulties.

Verbal Communication: Breaking it down & Building it up

This workshop provides a framework for understanding the specific communication needs of a child on the Autism Spectrum. Speech-Language Pathologists help parents/caregivers understand how to motivate their children to communicate for a variety of reasons, how to be a better communication partner, and how to further de-velop their child’s verbal language skills. Strategies to facilitate com-munication are provided for children who have some verbal lan-guage and need support in expanding their understanding, phrase length and reasons they communicate.