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.

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.
  • I 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, I do not require a one-to-one assistant).
  • I will commit to keeping an open mind, and actively participating in program activities.
  • I am able to complete this form by myself or with minimal support
  • I am able to travel independently or have reliable transportation arrangements to and from the program
  • OR
  • For skills groups presented via video conferencing, I 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 on the drop-down below to learn more about each specific Skills Group:

Are you interested in:

  • Creating more satisfying social relationships?

  • Developing strong communication skills to influence others?

  • Enhancing your self-confidence?

  • Taking your communication skills to the next level?

 

Many people can communicate, but not everyone can say that they are effective communicators. Effective communication is not an easy skill to develop on your own, which is why we are inviting motivated autistic self-advocates to attend a new six-part workshop on Mastering the Art of Communication: Strategies for Developing Social Relationships. Each workshop in this series will cover a range of topics, including:

  1. Steps for understanding nonverbal cues/body language.

  2. Strategies for engaging in conversations.

  3. Effective tips for entering/exiting social interactions.

  4. Considerations for choosing appropriate friendships.

  5. Strategies for using alternate forms (e.g., Electronic, Text Message) of communication.

  6. Steps for handling disagreements & rules for communicating in different social contexts.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice new communication skills within a safe and supportive environment.

The next series of sessions will be:

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)

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.

If you would like to be considered for any of the three Skills Groups, click on this link to get started.  You only need to complete the form once and indicate which skills group(s) you are interested in.

Do you:

  • Struggle with unexpected changes?

  • Have trouble getting started, or maybe 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 your 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 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 part workshop 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.

Participants will learn about the importance of EF and how to improve EF skills through specific practice within a safe and supportive environment.

The next series of sessions will be:

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)

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.

If you would like to be considered for any of the three Skills Groups, click on this link to get started.  You only need to complete the form once and indicate which skills group(s) you are interested in.

ACT is a six-session skills group designed to help increase your well-being, coping skills, and quality of life.  This group will help you to become more adaptable to life circumstances and stressors.  Participants will discover what is important to them and learn to take action towards them.

ACT is an evidence-based intervention to help alleviate a variety of life challenges. The research to date demonstrates that participants of ACT workshops experience lower levels of stress, depression, and emotional distress and improved social functioning.

Over the six weeks, we will discuss the core processes of ACT and learn new skills:

  • Mindfulness: Paying attention to the present moment helps to alleviate worry about what will be and regret about past mistakes.  We will learn ways to incorporate mindfulness into every day life.

  • Acceptance: You will learn how to notice and accept thoughts, emotions, and body sensations, even the unpleasant ones.

  • Notice Your Thinking.  Participants will learn that thoughts are not facts. Negative thoughts are not true obstacles to doing what is important to you.

  • Flexible Sense of Self: We can be stuck in our thoughts about who we are and what we have done in our past.  We can be stuck in roles, identities, self-judgements, and self-evaluations Participants will learn that self-concepts and roles will come and go, and that we are resilient and ready to experience the present moment and new possibilities.

     

  • Know What Matters:  Participants will identify what is important to them and choose valued life directions.

  • Do what it takes: Participants will identify the obstacles that keep them from taking steps towards their values and goals.  They will develop solutions and strategies to take action.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and share in a safe and supportive environment.

The next series of sessions will be:

Dates: Thursdays, November 4, 18, 25, December 2, and 9, 2021 as well as a follow-up date in January 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.

If you would like to be considered for any of the three Skills Groups, click on this link to get started.  You only need to complete the form once and indicate which skills group(s) you are interested in.

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