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Summer Programs: Supports for Students with Autism

The UGDSB is offering a variety of courses in the summer of 2020 to support students in our board who have a diagnosis of Autism. These courses are all being offered ONLINE during the summer months. Should students/families require technological support to access these courses please indicate this on the registration form.

Each of these courses has live lessons with online resources followed by activities for participants to complete offline. We are hoping to run all of these courses, however, this will be dependent on the number of participants who register. To register your child for one of these courses, please follow these steps: 

Registration Process

To register, visit the link below and complete the registration form online.  After the course deadline has passed, staff will be in contact with you to share course details. 

To register CLICK HERE OR type the following into a google search: bit.ly/Summer ASD

If you cannot access these links and require help registering, please contact us at the UGDSB Grant Evans Education Centre (519-941-6191) and leave a message and someone will return your call.

If you experience any difficulty in registering for one of these courses, please contact Kathy Green at [email protected] or 519-400-0065.

Course Descriptions, Prerequisites and Dates

Course

Description

Prerequisites

Dates/Times

Communication Social Skills

(Primary & Junior) 

This two-week program focuses on communication skills for social interactions for primary and junior students with ASD using the TeachTown® Social Skills program. Students will meet daily with their teachers in a 30-45 minute session via Google Meets. Lesson format includes assessment, video modeling, practice, coaching and assigned independent extension activities, Enrolled students are expected to practice skills learned during the live daily lessons. Topics in this course include: making requests, asking about others interests, and conversation skills (for example: Initiating, continuing and ending a conversation). 

Primary students ages 6 to 8 (grades 1-3) and Junior students ages 8-10 (grade 3-5) with a diagnosis of ASD who wish to work on learning communication skills to engage in positive social interactions. Minimum language level of 4 years. Students will be grouped according to their age and/or grade level. 

It is expected that parents/guardians attend each session in order to facilitate successful practice and role play of the skills taught. Parents/Guardians will be invited to attend a Parent Information Session prior to the start of the program to learn more about their role and how to support their child through this course.

July Course:
July 20-24
July 27-31
9:00-9:45

August Course: August 10-14
August 17-21
9:00-9:45

Registration Deadline: July 3, 2020-4:00pm

Self Regulation Social Skills

(Primary & Junior) 

This two-week program focuses on self-regulation and coping skills for social interactions for primary students with ASD using the TeachTown ® Social Skills program. Students will meet daily with their teachers in a 30-45 minute session via  Google Meets. Lesson format includes assessment, video modeling, practice, coaching and assigned independent extension activities, Enrolled students are expected to practice skills learned during the live daily lessons. Topics in this course include: knowing when to take a breath, how to cheer yourself up, asking adults for help, tolerating making mistakes, staying calm when the schedule changes.

Primary students ages 6 to 8 (grades 1-3) and Junior students ages 8-10 (grade 3-5) with a diagnosis of ASD who wish to work on self-regulation skills. Minimum language level of 4 years. Students will be grouped according to their age and/or grade level. 

It is expected that parents/guardians attend each session in order to facilitate successful practice and role play of the skills taught. Parents/Guardians will be invited to attend a Parent Information Session prior to the start of the program to learn more about their role and how to support their child through this course.

July Course:
July 20-24
July 27-31
10:00-10:45

August Course:
August 10-14
August 17-21
10:00-10:45

Registration Deadline: July 3, 2020-4:00pm

Personal Care

(Intermediate & Secondary) 

This two-week program, adapted from the TeachTown ® Middle School Social Skills program, focuses on basic, age appropriate personal care skills for intermediate and secondary students with ASD. Students in this course will attend daily 30-45 minute, teacher-led virtual live lessons through Google Meets. Lesson format includes assessment, video modeling, practice,  coaching and assigned independent extension activities. Enrolled students are expected to practice skills learned during the live daily lessons. Topics in this course include: managing body odor, covering your mouth to cough or sneeze, keeping a clean appearance.

Intermediate students ages 10-13 (grades 5-8) and Secondary students ages 14-18 (grades 9-12)  with a diagnosis of ASD who have learning needs in the area of personal care. Students will be grouped according to their age and/or grade level. 

It is expected that parents/guardians attend each session in order to facilitate successful practice and role play of the skills taught. Parents/Guardians will be invited to attend a Parent Information Session prior to the start of the program to learn more about their role and how to support their child through this course.

July Course:
July 20-24
July 27-31
11:00-11:45

August Course:
August 10-14
August 17-21
11:00-11:45

Registration Deadline: July 3, 2020-4:00pm

Self-Awareness Social Skills

(Intermediate & Secondary)

This two-week program, adapted from the TeachTown ® Middle School Social Skills program, focuses on basic, age appropriate self-awareness skills for intermediate and secondary students with ASD. Students in this course will attend daily 30-45 minute, teacher-led virtual live lessons through Google Meets. Lesson format includes assessment, video modeling, practice,  coaching and assigned independent extension activities. Enrolled students are expected to practice skills learned during the live daily lessons. Topics in this course include: staying calm when things change, expressing and responding to anger, handling distractions, what to do when you are worried.

Intermediate students ages 10-13 (grades 5-8) and Secondary students ages 14-18 (grades 9-12) with a diagnosis of ASD who have learning needs in the area of self-awareness. Students will be grouped according to their age and/or grade level. 

It is expected that parents/guardians attend each session in order to facilitate successful practice and role play of the skills taught. Parents/Guardians will be invited to attend a Parent Information Session prior to the start of the program to learn more about their role and how to support their child through this course.

July Course:
July 20-24
July 27-31
1:00-1:45

August Course:
August 10-14
August 17-21
1:00-1:45

Registration Deadline: July 3, 2020-4:00pm

Foundational Social Skills & Play (MetaPlay)

Entering or currently enrolled in Kindergarten

This two-week program is a parent directed course adapted from the TeachTown ® Meta-Play program, focuses on fostering the development of imagination and play skills in children diagnosed with ASD. Parents and students will attend daily 15-30 minute, facilitator-led virtual live lessons and activities through Google Meets. Lesson format includes assessment, video modeling, practice, coaching, and associated generalization activities. Enrolled parents/guardians are expected to practice skills learned during the daily live sessions with their child. This program will support students in: engagement with other individuals, building tolerance for unpredictability, pretend play, and age-appropriate social skills.

Primary students ages 3-6 (Kindergarten) with a diagnosis of ASD who have learning needs in the area of foundational play and social skills. 

It is expected that parents/guardians attend each session in order to learn and facilitate successful implementation of activities with students. Parents/Guardians will be invited to attend a Parent Information Session prior to the start of the program to learn more about their role and how to support their child through this course.

July Course:
July 20-24
July 27-31
9:00-9:45

August Course:
August 10-14
August 17-21
9:00-9:45

Registration Deadline: July 3, 2020-4:00pm

Everyday Speech: Social Emotional Curriculum

(Early years,  primary & junior grades)

This six-week program focuses on communication skills and perspective taking for social interactions for pre-K to elementary (age 4-10)  students with ASD using the Everyday Speech:  Social Emotional Learning program. Students will meet weekly with their Communicative Disorders Assistant and/or Speech Language Pathologist in a 30 minute session via Google Meets. Lesson format includes pre/post measurement, video modeling, social activities, coaching and assigned independent extension activities. Enrolled students are expected to practice skills learned during the live daily lessons. Students will work in virtual groups of 2 along with parent/guardian engagement.  

Students will be assigned to one of 3 course options based on their age, communication skills and needs:

1)Non-verbal communication strategies (e.g., keeping person space, active listening, eye contact, body language, acting like you’re interested, and tone of voice)

2) Basic conversation skills (e.g., starting a conversation, knowing when to talk, maintaining a conversation, knowing how much to talk, ending a conversation)

3) Perspective Taking (e.g., observing yourself and others, understanding others point of view, empathy essentials)

Primary students ages 4 -10 with a diagnosis of ASD who have learning needs in the areas of social communication and perspective taking. 

It is expected that parents/guardians attend each session in order to learn and facilitate successful implementation of activities with students. Parents/Guardians will be invited to attend a Parent Information Session prior to the start of the program to learn more about their role and how to support their child through this course. 

It is preferred that parents have a desktop or laptop to engage in this program. Information will be shared with parents through their child’s UGcloud email address.

Summer Course:
July 13-17
July 20-24
July 27-31
Aug 3-7
Aug 10-14
Aug 17-21

Sessions will take place in the morning. Times and days will be determined after final registrations have been accepted.

Registration Deadline: July 3, 2020-4:00pm

PEERS ® Program

PEERS® is a program designed by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson for adolescents with ASD and other social difficulties who are interested in and motivated to learn how to make and keep friends. Parents/guardians also participate. This 8 week program will cover the following topics: conversation skills, finding common interests by trading information, use of humour, entering and exiting peer conversations, handling teasing and bullying, choosing appropriate friends, how to be a good sport, how to handle disagreements, how to have a get together / hang out, how to use electronic forms of communication….and much more!

We will offer this course as an intensive summer 8-week program via video conferencing: 

  • Adolescents will meet for 1 hour twice a week (total of 2 hours per week) with a small group of other adolescents with similar goals, approximately 10 students per group with 3 facilitators. 
  • Parents/guardians participation is mandatory and they will meet in a parent-only group once per week to learn the material and how to best support their child’s social skill development. 

Lessons will include direct teaching, role plays, behavioural rehearsals, and weekly socialization assignments and homework that must be completed. This course is offered through Launch Behavioural Health. 

This program is for adolescents with ASD in grades 8 to 10 and at least one parent/guardian (mandatory).

 The participants must: 

  • experience difficulty making and keeping friends
  • be motivated to learn the skills for making and keeping friends, and voluntarily attend each session
  • age-appropriate verbal skills 
  • be able to pay attention to a 30-45-minute lesson, be independent, and require minimal redirection

Due to the video format, families must also have access to a computer, have video and microphone capabilities, and have reliable internet access. 

Summer Course: 
July 6-August 28

Teen group: Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for 1 hour

Parent group: 
Monday afternoons for 1 hour

Registration Deadline: June 26, 2020 at 4pm