ACT Newsletter May 2024 – Family-Focused Events, Summer Camps & Mental Health Week

Our upcoming events all incorporate a distinct family component, from managing distressed behaviour to supporting kids during mealtimes. And, with summer at our doorstep (hopefully!), we are also inviting providers in BC to submit their summer camps to our community events list. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the upcoming Mental Health Week starting on May 6, 2024. See all the details and additional information below!

Upcoming Events

We are happy to inform you that all ACT registrations are eligible for Autism Funding coverage.

Taking Steps to Overcome Restrictive Eating and Transform Mealtimes

Wednesdays, May 22 – June 19
5-Week Program, Live on Zoom, 12pm -1pm

Presented by
Lauren Hershfield (OT), and Elise Fairey (RD)

This online parenting group will teach parents and caregivers how to best support their child with restrictive eating, facilitate positive food interactions, and work towards expanding their diet and less stressful mealtimes. This program has a maximum capacity of 30 people.

Limited Spots available. Registration ends May 17.

Managing Distressed Behaviour for Parents, Families and Caregivers

Saturday, June 1, 9.30 am – 3.30 pm
KPU – Langley Campus

Presented by
Allison Balfour, Sharon Power, and Heather Lavigne

This in-person course is designed to guide you from beginner to advanced levels and to emphasize practical, non-confrontational approaches for preventing and assisting individuals at risk of or experiencing significant distress and exhibiting challenging behaviors. The course will be facilitated by certified instructors and has a maximum capacity of 15 people.

Limited Spots available. Registration ends May 30. Web-Streaming will not be available.

Summer Camps

Every year, ACT posts accessible summer camps in BC to our Community Events page. This page is viewed hundreds of times every month by parents from around the province. To be included in our listings, your camp should have a substantial accessible component, preferably geared towards autistic kids or youth. Below are some good examples of such camps.

Camps in Various BC Areas

Mental Health Week is May 6 – 12, 2024

We all have the capacity to be compassionate. This year’s CMHA Mental Health Week is centered on the healing power of compassion. In a world plagued by suffering, CMHA emphasizes that kindness is equally intrinsic to our humanity. Join from May 6 to 12, 2024 to explore how compassion connects us all.

Video recording now available on Autism Videos @ ACT

SLP and OT Support for Autistic Children & Families

We are excited to inform you that our latest series of videos on “SLP and OT Support for Autistic Children & Families” is now available.

We would like to express our gratitude to Kate Chase, PhD, SLP, BCBA and Emily Lee, OT, BCBA from Nurture Learning & Development for their insightful presentations.

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News from the Autistic Community

We are putting together our June 2024 Newsletter and we want to make sure we include the latest updates and news for the Autistic Community. Would you like to share anything with us? We are all ears! Send us an email at [email protected].