January – March Skills Groups are currently full, please stay tuned for the next round of groups starting in April. Registration for the April sessions will be available in February 2022.

 


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 fill up quickly, and enrolment is based on first-come first-served basis. These groups may not meet the specific needs of all those who register. Once you have registered, someone will contact you to confirm your enrolment.

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

  • Working with difficult thoughts and feelings using Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT)

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.

 

Next Available Dates:

January – March Skills Groups are currently full, please stay tuned for the next round of groups starting in April. Registration for the April sessions will be available in February 2022.

 

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.

 

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.

Next Available Dates:

January – March Skills Groups are currently full, please stay tuned for the next round of groups starting in April. Registration for the April sessions will be available in February 2022.

 

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.

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT):  Learn how to feel better, rather than how to feel better.  

ACT is an evidence-based approach that uses mindfulness and other strategies and experiences to reduce the impact of difficult/unpleasant thoughts and feelings.  The goal of ACT is to help you learn through experience how to strengthen your mind and create psychological flexibility, which includes:

  • the ability to be fully present (i.e., aware of what you are thinking and feeling, as well as what is going on around you),
  • being willing to accept what you are thinking and feeling, even if it is uncomfortable, unwanted or unpleasant, and still
  • direct your behavior to do what matters to you.

This is accomplished through six core processes:

  1. Contact With the Present Moment: being fully aware and present in your here and now experience vs. getting lost in thoughts or trying to control feelings.
  2. Acceptance/Willingness: making room for unpleasant feelings, thoughts etc., without trying to change them
  3. Cognitive Defusion: stepping back from, and observing thoughts and feelings, without being caught up in them.
  4. The Observing Self: contact with part of you that is an observer of thoughts, feelings, memories
  5. Values: clarifying what matters to you, the person you want to be, the things you want to do
  6. Committed Action: Life is in the doing; considering your values and your willingness to experience some discomfort can help you to do what matters.


Research has proven ACT can be effective with a diverse range of people (including autistic people, teachers, caregivers and support workers) and conditions (including ADHD, trauma, substance abuse and psychosis).

Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) is a six session skill group.  Each session is 90 minutes long.

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

 

Next Available Dates:

January – March Skills Groups are currently full, please stay tuned for the next round of groups starting in April. Registration for the April sessions will be available in February 2022.

 

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.

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