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October 2019

Gender Diversity and Autism: A Spectrum Within the Spectrum


Workshop Summary: Researchers have identified the co-occurrence of gender diversity and autism as an important emerging issue in terms of clinical practice. Parents, clinicians, and educators, and support professionals in the fields of autism and gender are increasingly likely to encounter clients, patients, and families working to understand gender diversity and autism simultaneously. This workshop will share current findings and perspectives on gender diversity for individuals on the autism spectrum and will present evidence-informed practices for supporting gender creative children…

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November 2019

Launch into Life! Workshops – November 7th, 14th, & 28th, 2019

$25 – $50

This workshop is a three part series:  Thursdays, November 7th, 14th, & 28th, 2019 (6:30-8:30) Transitioning into adulthood and the community beyond high school can be challenging for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. Comprehensive transition planning can help to manage the challenges during this time and maximize the potential for each person to live a full and meaningful life. The Launch Program at the Ability Hub was developed to help families prepare for and respond to key…

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Sexual Health Workshop


Are you a parent, caregiver or service provider of a child or teen with ASD? Do you want to learn more about puberty and sexual development, healthy relationships, and personal boundaries? Sexuality is an important part of the overall wellness of all people. This workshop will give you practical tools and strategies to guide your child or teen through puberty and beyond and introduce resources to help build your comfort and skill in working with your child. Presenter Bio:  Heather…

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December 2019

Guardianship and Trusteeship: The Legal and Financial Aspects of Transitioning to Adulthood


Workshop Description:  The transition from children’s services to adult services can be an exciting time in a young adult’s life, but it can also be a time of uncertainty and challenge for the family.  Children’s Link Society and McMan Youth Family and Community Services have designed a workshop for parents to address some the main issues for families who have youth ages 16 and up and moving into the adult service system. Lorna Selig from Children’s Link will discuss the…

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January 2020

Problem Behavior: Why Does It Happen and What to Do About It


Workshop Description:  Have you wondered why someone uses problem behavior, even when they “know better”? What motivates someone to use problem behavior? In this workshop, participants will learn: a) the simple reasons why people use problem behavior, b) how to determine why someone you know uses problem behavior, and c) a variety of practical strategies to promote the use of more positive behavior. This workshop is aimed at all developmental levels and will be useful for family, as well as…

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February 2020

Navigating the Social Network Super Highway


Workshop Description:  Navigating the Social Network Super Highway (Original title: Putting Yourself Out There! How to help grow social networks and find your tribe) Having social networks is part of who we are as human beings. They play a significant role in most areas of our daily life. For adolescents and adults with autism, creating and maintaining meaningful social connections can often feel difficult, confusing, and overwhelming. This presentation will focus on the importance of developing and maintaining connections throughout…

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March 2020

Time To Get Up And Go To Work! Strategies to increase employment readiness


Workshop Description:  In this presentation, participants will learn about the basic steps to gain and maintain successful employment. Beginning with pre-employment skills such as exploring interests, resume writing, and job searching, through to interview skills and other self-advocacy skills (e.g., seeking supports, disclosure), participants will learn about a variety of strategies to help individuals with autism be successful in the workforce. Presenter Bios: Dr. Shane Lynch (Special Education) is a Registered Psychologist and the Director of Professional Practice and Evaluation…

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April 2020

No April Workshop

April 9, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Ability Hub | Suite #300, 3820 - 24th Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B-2X9 Canada

There will be no April workshop due to the Easter holiday weekend.

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May 2020

Virtual Workshop: Learning Across the Lifespan: How to build learning opportunities into every day activities

May 14, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Update (April 15th): This workshop will be made available FREE and LIVE ONLINE via CES Webinar. Please visit link below to register your virtual seat! https://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/?p=online   Workshop Description: In this presentation, Dr. Velasquez will describe how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) can be used to enhance learning for all individuals throughout their lives. She will dispel common myths about ABA and discuss how ABA practice can be modified to meet the needs of individuals with autism and other neuro-diversities. She…

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June 2020

Virtual Workshop: Taming Anxiety Gremlins: Avoiding anxiety traps while promoting resilience

June 11, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Please Note: This workshop is 'virtual', and will be made available FREE and LIVE ONLINE via CES Webinar. Please visit link below to register your virtual seat!   https://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/?p=online   Workshop Overview: Taming Anxiety Gremlins: Avoiding anxiety traps while promoting resilience Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children, teens, and adults. Individuals with ASD also have a high risk of developing anxiety. In this workshop, participants will learn about the nature of anxiety and how traditional ways of offering help…

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