Groups

 

The Maier Centre offers many parent courses and groups for kids throughout the year

Some are for parents only.

Some are for parents along with their child with ASD.

 

Current parent courses and groups for kids:

Social Games — a group for kids

Basic social play will be learned and practiced during this 6-week group. We will practice sharing, turn-taking and communicating while playing games. Video modeling and role play will be used to demonstrate how to interact with each other. Facilitators will include members of the speech-language pathology team. This session is geared toward children aged 5-9 years old who are able to express their needs but need support with peer interaction. This group is for a maximum of 6 participants.

Parents will learn how to:

  • Support their child’s participation in social games (e.g. tag, duck-duck-goose)
  • Help their child practice skills related to peer interaction –waiting, playing by the rules, inviting others to play, etc.
  • Support play dates with peers
  • Parents will also provide mutual support by sharing their experiences, both challenges and successes, with each other.

Mondays: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Starts October 16th, 2017
6 Weeks

Cost: $350

(no cost for families accessing Specialized Services or PUF programming with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton)

Cooking with Friends — a group for kids

The focus of this group will be on encouraging children to explore foods in fun and different ways. Together with their parents and
peers, children will work on developing social and teamwork skills in the kitchen, as well as following instructions and simple recipes.

Wednesdays: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Starts October 4th, 2017
6 Weeks

Cost: $350

($350 cost is waived for families accessing Specialized Services or PUF programming with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton)

Materials Fee for all Families: $30

 

TalkAbility — a parent course

“The early years are especially crucial for verbal children on the autism spectrum because they still face special communication challenges.  Often, these children find it difficult to: have conversations with others, platy with children their own age, talk about things that interest someone else, or change a routine
without become frustrated.
This program is specifically designed for parents of verbal children ages 3-7 years with practical social communication difficulties.”
Tuesdays: 9:30am-11:30am
Starts September 26th , 2017

12 Weeks

Cost: $750

(no cost for families accessing Specialized Services or PUF programming with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton)

 

Triple P — a parent course

This program helps parents build their skills sets to manage challenging behaviours in a way that meets the developmental level of the child. Parents will learn and practice implementing strategies that will work for their family, and create a ‘toolbox’ of strategies to help them tackle the tough times at home.
Register: monica@childrensautism.ca
Thursdays: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Starts October 5th, 2017
9 weeks

Cost: $400

(no cost for families accessing Specialized Services or PUF programming with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton)

 

More Than Words- a parent course

“As a parent, you know how challenging it can be for your child with ASD to interact meaningfully with others and connect with the world around them. This program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.”
Register: monica@childrensautism.ca

Saturdays: 10:00-12:30 am

Starts  September 23rd , 2017
11 Weeks

Cost: $750

(no cost for families accessing Specialized Services or PUF programming with Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton)

 

Be sure to check back in the spring of 2018 for more groups!!