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Autism Foundational Family Services

Type:

Free OAP Services

Age:

0 – 18 Years

Fees:

Free – Funded by the OAP

Referral:

No referral required

Eligibility:

All families registered with the OAP

Languages offered:

English

Location:

Strides Toronto locations and Zoom virtual platform

Hours:

Hours vary by service types

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Foundational Family Services is a part of the new needs-based Ontario Autism Program (OAP) designed to provide families and caregivers a range of evidence-based services to support their child and youth’s learning and development. Foundational Family Services will be individualized and responsive to families’ changing needs over time.

All families registered in the OAP are eligible to receive these services and supports at no cost. Strides Toronto is pleased to be offering Foundational Family Services in a variety of formats including virtual, and in-person services. You can choose to access these services at any point based on your family’s needs. There are no limits to the number of times you can register for these services.

We offer a wide range of Foundational Family Services. Coaching is integrated into our various services to support parents and caregivers to implement the recommended strategies and transfer skills.

These services and supports may include:

Workshops and Coaching Sessions
We offer a variety of virtual education opportunities on a wide range of topics. Workshops will be delivered online either through video links or through our Zoom Healthcare video conferencing platform.

Brief Targeted Consultation
This brief service includes parent/caregiver coaching and strategies using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) principles to address your child/youth’s individual strengths, needs, and goals. Consultations will be offered by phone or by video through our secure Zoom Healthcare platform to help address a specific goal.

Transition Supports
We provide supports and services to promote a smooth transition into the school system and the broader community.

Family Resource and Clinic Days
We have an established parent education curriculum, including training packages to support social communication and behaviour management. Strides Toronto encourages active parent and caregiver engagement and participation to better support your child/youth’s needs.

For more information about Strides Toronto’s Foundational Family Services, please contact 416-438-3697 ext. 19055 or email autism@stridestoronto.ca.

How to Register with The Ontario Autism Program

Upcoming Workshops

Parents of children with autism experience unique challenges and stressors. These groups are a safe space for parents to meet and discuss topics related to their experiences. Each month, topics are discussed in a forum where families can help support one another and share their opinions and experiences. Sessions are co-led by a parent volunteer and a Strides staff member. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend any, or all sessions.

**This group is available for parents to attend any or all sessions. You may attend when your schedule permits.** 

July 11, 2024

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with OAP

Available Spots: 30

August 8, 2024

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with OAP

Available Spots: 30

September 12, 2024

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with OAP

Available Spots: 30

October 10, 2024

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with OAP

Available Spots: 30

November 14, 2024

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with OAP

Available Spots: 30

December 12, 2024

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with OAP

Available Spots: 30

DateTimeLocationCostAvailable SpotsRegistration
July 11, 202410:00 AM – 11:30 AMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with OAP30Register
August 8, 202410:00 AM – 11:30 AMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with OAP30Register
September 12, 202410:00 AM – 11:30 AMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with OAP30Register
October 10, 202410:00 AM – 11:30 AMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with OAP30Register
November 14, 202410:00 AM – 11:30 AMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with OAP30Register
December 12, 202410:00 AM – 11:30 AMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with OAP30Register

Connect with our Outreach and Education Facilitators IN PERSON for support filling out autism related forms, creating visuals to support your child, answer questions related to funding and/or services at Strides Toronto, or get brief support troubleshooting your family’s goals. Sessions will be 30 minutes in duration.

July 9, 2024

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

In Person - Strides Milner Location

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 16

DateTimeLocationCostAvailable SpotsRegistration
July 9, 202411:00 AM – 1:00 PMIn Person - Strides Milner LocationFree to families registered with the OAP16Register

This workshop will teach caregivers how to maximize communications opportunities in their home and community, how to be a good communication partner and support caregivers to remain active and engaged in their child’s ongoing communication development.

June 6, 2024

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

June 20, 2024

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

DateTimeLocationCostAvailable SpotsRegistration
June 6, 20249:30 AM – 11:30 AMVirtual through Zoom
Free to families registered with the OAP30Register
June 20, 20241:00 PM – 3:00 PMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with the OAP30Register

Caregivers will learn the functions of behaviour and how to collect data on these behaviours. We will also examine the labels we place on behaviour and how to become aware of the variables that influence behaviour.

July 5, 2024

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

July 18, 2024

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

DateTimeLocationCostAvailable SpotsRegistration
July 5, 20241:00 PM – 3:00 PMVirtual through Zoom
Free to families registered with the OAP30Register
July 18, 202410:00 AM – 12:00 PMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with the OAP30Register

In this workshop, caregivers will learn the benefits of teaching their child daily living skills, how to choose a daily living skill to teach and the four strategies used to help support their child to be independent in taking care of themselves.

June 13, 2024

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

June 27, 2024

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

DateTimeLocationCostAvailable SpotsRegistration
June 13, 20241:00 PM – 3:00 PMVirtual through Zoom
Free to families registered with the OAP30Register
June 27, 20245:00 PM – 7:00 PMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with the OAP30Register

This webinar focuses on the importance of independent toileting skills. The information in this webinar is intended to help parents and caregivers through the toileting process with their child. Parents will learn about how autism influences toileting and learn to identify readiness skills in themselves and their child. Toileting strategies and methods will also be discussed to help parents create a plan to get started.

July 12, 2024

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

July 24, 2024

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

DateTimeLocationCostAvailable SpotsRegistration
July 12, 202410:00 AM - 12:00 PMVirtual through Zoom
Free to families registered with the OAP30Register
July 24, 20242:00 PM – 4:00 PMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with the OAP30Register

In this seminar, practitioners build on the foundation seminar and show parents how they can use the positive parenting principles to promote their child’s development by teaching them new skills and behaviours. The six key steps to teach a new skill are: choosing a skill to teach, breaking the skill into steps, choosing rewards, deciding on when and where to teach, using effective teaching strategies, keeping track and review.

June 4, 2024

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

June 28, 2024

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

DateTimeLocationCostAvailable SpotsRegistration
June 4, 202410:00 AM – 12:00 PMVirtual through Zoom
Free to families registered with the OAP30Register
June 28, 20241:00 PM – 3:00 PMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with the OAP30Register

This seminar will show parents and caregivers how they can use the positive parenting principles to promote their child’s development by teaching them new skills and behaviours. The steps covered include tracking the behaviour, understanding why the behaviour is occurring, changing events that occur before the problem, encouraging alternative behaviour, removing accidental rewards, and putting the plan into action.

July 11, 2024

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

July 26, 2024

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Virtual through Zoom

Free to families registered with the OAP

Available Spots: 30

DateTimeLocationCostAvailable SpotsRegistration
July 11, 20242:00 PM – 4:00 PMVirtual through Zoom
Free to families registered with the OAP30Register
July 26, 202410:00 AM – 12:00 PMVirtual through ZoomFree to families registered with the OAP30Register

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