Special Needs Community Events

ACT lists workshops and conferences in B.C. related to autism and other special needs that are provided by local agencies and organizations.

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October, 2022

Navigating Mental Health Services in BC for Children/Youth with ASD

Tuesday, October 4, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Having a diagnosis of ASD increases the likelihood of having mental health symptoms or a diagnosed mental health disorder. This session will: Provide a brief overview of the most common mental health challenges among the ASD population. Help parents/caregivers identify when to seek mental health support.  Provide a review of how and where to access mental health support from primary...

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FSI Learning Explorations – Understanding the Disability Tax Credit

Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us Wednesday October 5th at 7 pm with Jana Husseini  The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) is an important disability support that helps reduce taxes and provides access to other important supports like the Child Disability Benefit and Registered Disability Savings Plan. In this session, we will talk about its benefits, eligibility criteria, application process, and why it’s important to...

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Navigating Mental Health Services in BC for Children/Youth with ASD

Thursday, October 6, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Having a diagnosis of ASD increases the likelihood of having mental health symptoms or a diagnosed mental health disorder. This session will: Provide a brief overview of the most common mental health challenges among the ASD population. Help parents/caregivers identify when to seek mental health support.  Provide a review of how and where to access mental health support from primary...

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Promoting Functional Skills in the Home Environment

Tuesday, October 11, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Children and youth with ASD may have difficulties learning functional skills, however it is important that they develop these skills over time to achieve greater independence. This session will: Help parents and families develop a better understanding of the wide array of functional skills Provide strategies to support teaching these skills in the home environment Discuss resources that can further...

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Introductory Online Workshop (French): Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2)

Wednesday, October 12 - Friday, October 21, 12:00 am

Event Overview Dates: October 12-14 and 19-21, 2022 (6 half-days)  Format: Virtual/Online  Certified trainer: Dr. Mandy Steiman, Clinical Psychologist Workshop facilitator: Dr. Noémie Hébert-Lalonde, Clinical Neuropsychologist Price: $950 - $1,300 CAD (tax included) Language: French Workshop dates Date Time Wednesday, October 12, 2022 1 to 4:30 PM EDT Thursday, October 13, 2022 1 to 4:30 PM EDT Friday, October 14, 2022 1 to 4:30 PM EDT Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1 to...

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Taming the Worry Dragons (Online)

Thursday, October 13 - Thursday, December 1, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Improve your child’s Mental Health and Anxiety! Mental Health is a growing concern. Mounting anxiety and stress may be compounding your children’s daily struggles. Taming the Worry Dragons can successfully help today’s youth learn to recognize and manage their daily stressors with specific coping skills for a happier, healthier life. Led by a Registered Clinical Counsellor Wendy Blackshaw Humphrey, MA....

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Promoting Functional Skills in the Home Environment

Friday, October 14, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Children and youth with ASD may have difficulties learning functional skills, however it is important that they develop these skills over time to achieve greater independence. This session will: Help parents and families develop a better understanding of the wide array of functional skills Provide strategies to support teaching these skills in the home environment Discuss resources that can further...

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PEERS for Teens (In-Person)

Saturday, October 15 - Saturday, February 11, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Surrey

PEERs is the only evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens who may present with ADHD, Depression, Low support needs Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Anxiety, or any other social or behavioral issues. Participants should be behaviorally and emotionally regulated. In the PEERS program, your teen will learn: Using appropriate conversational skills How to be a good host during get togethers Finding common interests...

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PEERS for Teens (In-Person)

Saturday, October 15
Surrey

PEERs is the only evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens who may present with ADHD, Depression, Low support needs Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Anxiety, or any other social or behavioral...

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Easter Seals Adult’s Social Club (Online)

Monday, October 17 - Monday, November 21, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our popular social club for adults is back! Join us for an hour of laughs, connections and just plain fun! Session #1 Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm October 17 – November 21 Ages 19-49 years Cost: $60 Visit the Easter Seals website for registration.

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Easter Seals Adult’s Social Club (Online)

Monday, October 17, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our popular social club for adults is back! Join us for an hour of laughs, connections and just plain fun! Session #1 Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm October 17 – November 21 Ages 19-49 years Cost: $60 Visit the Easter Seals website for registration.

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Autism in the Teen Years

Tuesday, October 18, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Many families wonder how the physical and hormonal changes of adolescence will affect their child on the spectrum. This session will: Discuss physical/mental/emotional growth in the teen years Provide ideas for how to support common challenges relating to education, as well as friendships Discuss how you can start preparing for the transition out of high school to adulthood   Presenter: Veena...

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Easter Seals Youth Fun & Fitness (Online)

Tuesday, October 18 - Tuesday, November 22, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Youth fun and fitness is all about moving and grooving! During the program there will be active games, daily challenges, and sport time with friends. This program is free of cost, and open to youths 12-24. If you have any song requests let us know! Session #1 Tuesdays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm October 18 – November 22 Ages 12-24 years Cost:...

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Easter Seals Kids Social Club (Online)

Wednesday, October 19 - Wednesday, November 23, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Let’s get chatting with our friends! This one hour club will include games, social time and virtual field trips. Session #1 Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm October 19 – November 23 Ages 6-18 years Cost: $60 - Eligible for Autism Funding use. Visit the Easter Seals website for registration.

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FSI Learning Explorations – Representation Agreements

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us Wednesday October 19th at 6:30 for Representation Agreements with Geoffrey White Get your affairs in order. Learn about the essential legal documents in BC to plan for incapacity and end-of-life. This presentation will provide an overview of Representation Agreements and Enduring Powers of Attorney. How can you plan for incapacity and other support needs? Learn about Representation Agreements...

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Autism in the Teen Years

Thursday, October 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Many families wonder how the physical and hormonal changes of adolescence will affect their child on the spectrum. This session will: Discuss physical/mental/emotional growth in the teen years Provide ideas for how to support common challenges relating to education, as well as friendships Discuss how you can start preparing for the transition out of high school to adulthood Presenter: Veena Birring...

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Anti-Bullying for Tweens and Teens

Thursday, October 20 - Thursday, December 8, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Surrey

Thursdays 3:30-4:30, Cost: 8 sessions for $480. Eligible for Autism Funding use. Taught through art therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques with proven results, this program addresses teasing, physical and indirect bullying, as well as dealing with rumours and gossip, while building confidence. By the end of this course your teen will: know exactly how to handle any situation with...

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PEERS for Teens (In-Person)

Saturday, October 22
Surrey

PEERs is the only evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens who may present with ADHD, Depression, Low support needs Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Anxiety, or any other social or behavioral...

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Easter Seals Adult’s Social Club (Online)

Monday, October 24, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our popular social club for adults is back! Join us for an hour of laughs, connections and just plain fun! Session #1 Mondays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm October 17 – November 21 Ages 19-49 years Cost: $60 Visit the Easter Seals website for registration.

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Anxiety: A Common Barrier to Social Inclusion

Saturday, October 29

Do you find your anxiety keeps you from meeting new people or standing up for yourself?  Have you ever wondered what the purpose of anxiety is and how anxiety can...

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