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April 2018

Sexual Health Workshop

Free

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT SOLD OUT - THERE ARE STILL SPACES AVAILABLE! 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…

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May 2018

Personal Safety Presentation

Free

We are offering a free workshop aimed at providing information relevant to professionals, parents & caregivers of individuals with ASD. Personal Safety Presentation Thursday, May 10, 2018 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Safety can be a very real concern for all adolescents and young adults, but especially for individuals with Autism.  This presentation will include safety and security tips for staying safe in and around your community; including at home and in cyber space. Presenter:       A/Cst. Devon Ouellette,…

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June 2018

Understanding Anger and How to Manage it

Free

We are offering a free workshop aimed at providing information relevant to professionals, parents & caregivers of individuals with ASD.   Anger Management and ASD Thursday, June 7, 2018 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM This presentation will provide a review of the most current literature on the origins of anger.  This will include psychological reactions, cognitive processes, and exposure to common thinking distortions. It will also discuss the emotional and behavioural manifestations of anger.  Lastly, anger management and intervention strategies…

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September 2018

Understanding Autism & ADHD to Promote Long-Term Success

Free

Audience Focus—Parents, Caregivers and Professionals Synopsis: This workshop will provide an overview of the complex nature of Autism and ADHD, as well as the associated strengths and challenges. Executive functions are discussed, along with practical intervention techniques to promote long-term success in all areas of functioning. Valuable information regarding common medications often prescribed will also be reviewed. Bio: Dr. Caroline Buzanko is a Registered Psychologist who has worked with individuals with autism and their families for 20 years. She also…

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October 2018

Restricted Interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): How do they engage the brain?

Free

Free parking will be available for all who attend the workshop. You can find the parking pass here and it must be printed out and displayed on your dashboard during the event. Audience Focus: Parents, Caregivers and Professionals. Synopsis: One of the lesser studied symptoms in ASD is restricted interests. In a series of studies conducted at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children's Hospital we asked: how does the brain responds to restricted interests? In this  presentation I will talk about…

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November 2018

Nutrition and Brain Health: Implications for ASD and mental health

Free

Free parking will be available for all who attend the workshop. You can find the parking pass here and it must be printed out and displayed on your dashboard during the event. Nutrition and Brain Health: Implications for ASD and mental health. Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD Professor Emerita Cumming School of Medicine University of Calgary Summary: The key to understanding the importance of diet is having some basic knowledge of what nutrients do in the brain. This workshop will begin with…

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December 2018

An Overview of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE): Promoting Higher Learning for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Free

Free parking will be available for all who attend the workshop. You can find the parking pass here and it must be printed out and displayed on your dashboard during the event. Summary: This workshop will provide an overview of the Inclusive Post-Secondary (IPSE) model, promoting higher learning for adults with intellectual disabilities. The IPSE Team from the University of Calgary and St. Mary's University will be providing key information on the importance of collaboration, application processes/preparation and desired outcomes.

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January 2019

How Gaming and Social Media are Designed to Keep Teenagers Hooked – Cam Adair

$10

** PLEASE VIEW EVENT PAGE TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ** If you wish to pay at the door, please bring the appropriate amount of cash. Almost all teenagers play video games regularly.  It is critical to ensure they have a healthy and productive relationship with gaming, social media and technology.  If you are a gamer, parent, teacher or professional you won't want to miss this engaging presentation. A few key details: The presentation will be held on Tuesday,…

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Video Game Addiction Masterclass – Cam Adair

$75

Professionals who work with teens and young adults with autism won’t want to miss Cam Adair’s “Video Game Addiction Masterclass”. Cam Adair shares his personal journey of overcoming his addiction to the gaming world. He also takes an evidence-based approach to help you identify those at-risk, how to communicate effectively with young people, and what the practical strategies are to help them succeed in recovery. A few key details: The class will be held at The Ability Hub – 3rd Floor…

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Launch into Life! Workshops – Jan 29th, Feb 5th, and Feb 12th, 2019

$75

This workshop is a three part series: Tuesdays, January 29th, February 5th, and February 12th, 2019 (6:30pm to 8:30pm) 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…

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