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December 2017

Transitioning to Adulthood

Free

A Workshop for Parents or Guardians of Youth with Special Needs Learn the simplified and practical details parents must know to assist their youth to access adult services including: PDD-Persons with Developmental Disabilities AISH-Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped OPG-Office of the Public Guardian (Guardianship/Trusteeship) Transition Planning   Workshop Speaker Lorna Selig is the Transition Consultant at The Children’s Link Society.  She supports families to complete the documentation that is required for youth to move into the adult services system. …

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January 2018

Launch into Life! Workshop Series

Free

This workshop is a two part series: Thursday, January 18th and January 25th 2018 (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…

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April 2018

Sensory Considerations in ASD

Free

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is nearly full for in-person attendance but it will also be offered as a Webinar. Go to http://community.hmhc.ca/sessions/?p+online to join.   Do you want to build your ‘sensory empathy’?  Our sensations impact all aspects of our lives and function, including emotional regulation and new learning.  This workshop will help you learn to identify the different types of sensory inputs that we manage every day, and to give you a better ‘sense’ of how your children and loved ones…

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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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