Updated: Registration for Skills Groups is now closed. Our next Executive Functioning Skills Group will run from April 4 through May 9. The application window for that group will open in early March. Stay tuned for updates to the event calendar.
Do you struggle with unexpected changes?
Do you have trouble getting started on tasks?
Or maybe you have trouble stopping things you like to do when it’s time to do something you don’t like to do?
Have you ever avoided an experience or a person because of anxiety?
How about when you have a great idea, but have trouble creating and acting on a plan to get it done?
If so, learning more about Executive Functioning (EF) may be beneficial for you. Research has shown us that the skills underlying Executive Functioning can be taught, practiced and improved on. When EF skills are working, we tend to be happier and more productive.
We are excited to invite self-advocates and individuals who identify as autistic to attend this six-week Skills Group focused on Executive Functioning (EF). We will discuss and practice skills including: Cognitive Flexibility, Getting Started, Staying Present, Bringing your Anxiety along for the Ride, and Organization/Planning.
In this group, participants will learn about the importance of EF and how to improve EF skills through specific practice within a safe and supportive environment.
What are Skills Groups?
Skills Groups are skill development workshops that are facilitated by two Sinneave staff members (one is an autistic self-advocate). In each 90-minute workshop, participants learn a variety of strategies that are foundational to success in various aspects of daily life. They are then given opportunities to practice the strategies with the support of the facilitators and other group members.
Are Skills Groups for Me?
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., arrive on time, communicate with group leader if you are unable to attend, do not require a one-to-one assistant).
- Will commit to keeping an open mind, and actively participating in program activities.
- Have reliable transportation arrangements to and from the program
If you can answer “Yes” to each of the statements above, our Skills Groups may be a good fit for you.
How Do I Apply?
Because we keep the groups small, Skills Groups are in high demand. Enrolment is limited to 4-6 participants per group and individuals may only register for one group at a time to allow for the greatest participation.
All applications are completed online. The online application portal opens three weeks before the start of the next Skills Group. When the application window is open, the link to apply will be LIVE on this page. (If you don’t see a link, we are not currently accepting applications.)
Please Note: Skills Groups are not intended for support workers, aides, caregivers, or other professionals.
If you would like more information about a particular group, please contact us at 403-210-5000 or email@example.com to book an Information and Navigation meeting to learn about other programs and services.