Skills Groups are skill development workshops that teach foundational skills to help autistic and neurodiverse participants to succeed across all aspects of daily life. In small groups of 4-5 individuals, participants learn a variety of key strategies and are given opportunities to practice those strategies with the support of their instructor and the other group members.

Our current Skills Groups support the development of:

  • Communicating more successfully with others
  • Executive Functioning
  • Managing your anxiety.

Participants meet with their Skills Group once per week for six consecutive weeks. The total cost for one Skills Group is $40.00. Sinneave is committed to overcoming financial barriers to service. If you would like to participate, but the cost would create a financial hardship, please contact us.

Note: Skills Groups are not intended for support workers, aides, caregivers, or other professionals. SFF offers workshops on a regular basis that are available to all.

Skills Groups are best suited for autistic and neurodiverse individuals who

  • Are 15 years of age and older.
  • Self-identify (or have been diagnosed) as being neuro-diverse and/or autistic.
  • Are able to commit to 6 weeks of programming (90 minutes to 2 hours) once weekly.
  • Are interested in learning and practicing key strategies that can have a positive impact on their daily routines.
  • Can communicate verbally.
  • Are willing to practice reflecting and sharing their thoughts with the group.
  • Can reliably and independently participate in a group setting (e.g., attend groups on time, communicate with group leader if you are unable to attend, do not require a one-to-one assistant).
  • Commit to keeping an open mind, and actively participating in program activities.
  • Can complete this form by themselves or with minimal support.
  • Are able to travel independently or have reliable transportation arrangements to and from the program.
  • OR
  • For skills groups presented via video conferencing, have access to the following technology: computer, latest version of the Zoom application downloaded, microphone, speaker, and webcam. A cell phone will not be sufficient.

 

If one or more of the above statements does not apply to you, it is likely that this skills group will not meet your needs at this time. Please contact us at 403-210-5000 or info@sinneavefoundation.org to learn about other programs and services that would be a better fit at this time.

Click here to learn more about or to register for the following Skills Groups:

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Mastering the Art of Communication

Dates: Tuesdays, October 19, 26, and November 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: in person at The Ability Hub (#300, 3820 – 24 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB)

 

Executive Functioning: Helping your brain help you

Dates: Wednesdays, October 20, 27, and November 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Where: in person at The Ability Hub (#300, 3820 – 24 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB)

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Autistic Adults

Dates: Thursdays, November 4, 18, 25, and December 2 and 9, 2021 with a follow-up in January, 2022 TBD (Note – there will not be a group session on November 11th, Remembrance Day)

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Where: in person at The Ability Hub (#300, 3820 – 24 Avenue NW, Calgary, AB)

 

Please Note: For the purposes of participating in Sinneave’s in-person services, we require that participants be fully vaccinated with their last vaccination being at least 2 weeks prior to the start of service. Proof of vaccination will be required in the form of:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record available from Alberta Health Services
  • Pharmacy Record of COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • Photo or Screen Shot of either of the above.

 If there is a barrier to you accessing or uploading your proof of vaccination, or if you are interested in participating but are not vaccinated, please contact us at 430-210-5000 or info@sinneavefoundation.org.

 

 

 

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