Helping Families Through Covid-19
In response to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Covid-19 closures, ACT Learning Centre will be offering free virtual support for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The ACT Learning Centre Therapists will be providing services to current clients through video conferencing. Additionally, therapists will provide free online workshops, virtual chat rooms and sessions designed for children, and consultations with autism professionals, including a Speech Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. ACT will also offer free “Ask an Expert Coffee Hours” for parents to consult our therapists. These sessions will be available to all families, whether they are ACT clients or not. Read the full press release here!
Free Virtual Services
We’re proud to support families of children with autism through our virtual services. If you’re interested in participating in the services, please contact us through the email form below and indicate which Seminar or “Ask an Expert” Session you would like to attend in the subject line. Once we receive your request, our therapists will send a link to our video conferencing platform. Spots are limited! Learn more about our virtual recess!
What would you like to hear about?
As parents or guardians of youth with autism spectrum disorder, what tips and information do you want to hear from our therapists and experts? Let us know your child’s age, location, and interests so that we can focus our topics on whats most important to you and your child.
Establishing a Functional Play Space Seminar
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
9:30 – 10:15 am
The objective of this seminar is to support families and caregivers in developing play spaces that positively influence their child’s learning while embedding principles of ABA into the learning space. Attendees will have the opportunity to think about the current state of their play space and how it impacts their child’s play skill development. We will review what play is, why it is important, and how the environment can influence and change play behaviors.
Ask an Expert: Early Intervention – The Play Project & the Early Start Denver Model
with Cindy Harrison, Master Trainer, Play Project and Jocelyne Boileau, ACT’s ESDM program
Thursday, May 7, 2020
2:00 – 2:45 pm
Join Cindy Harrison and Jocelyne Boileau Petersen for an overview of the Early Intervention Programs, The Play Project and Early Start Denver Model. Both models of early intervention are evidence based. The similarities and differences of both programs will be highlighted.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
2:00 – 2:45 pm
This mini seminar is perfect for parents of children who are not yet toilet trained. Learning to use the toilet can be challenging for children , especially those on the Autism Spectrum. The purpose of this seminar is to assist parents in toilet training at home. Emily will be presenting simple strategies to promote independent toileting routines. We will discuss topics such as how to know when your child is ready for toilet training, how to implement a toilet schedule and how to use visual aids to foster independence in toileting routines. Having your child at home all day is a perfect time to start the training process!
Managing Meltdowns & Challenging Behaviour Seminar With Dr. Mona Delahooke
Thursday, May 21, 2020
8:00 – 9:30 pm
We’re thrilled to introduce Dr. Mona Delahooke to our Seminar Series. Dr. Mona Delahooke is a psychologist, author and expert on addressing “meltdowns” and challenging behaviour. Dr. Delahooke’s new book Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioural Challenges is regarded by experts as “revolutionary and important”. Dr. Delahooke has recently been interviewed in the media and she is recognized as an expert in the management of challenging behaviours. In this Seminar, Dr. Delahooke will be presenting a virtual workshop followed by a question and answer period for parents. For more information, visit Dr. Delahooke’s blog and explore her new book.
Treating the Whole Child with Dr. Ricki Robinson
*Postponed until August 2020
8:00 – 9:30 pm
Renowned Developmental Pediatrician, Dr. Ricki Robinson will present on Treating the Whole Child with Autism. Dr. Robinson will cover what a comprehensive treatment team and plan should look like for a child with autism and how a team should function to support the child with autism and their family. Dr. Robinson will also look at challenging behaviours from a multi-disciplinary perspective. There will be time for parents to ask their questions during and after the presentation. For more information on Dr. Robinson, visit her website or explore her book, Autism Solutions: How to Create a Healthy and Meaningful Life for Your Child.
Interested in partaking in ACT Learning Centre’s Free Virtual Services? Fill out the form below and indicate which virtual session you’d like to sign up for in the subject field! Please include information about your child such as they’re age, location, and interests so that we can focus our topics on whats important to them.