Parent Training Workshops

Date/Time: 

For English, every 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm 

For Chinese, every 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 

The first workshop will start on: TBA

1. Behaviour 101 (Part 1) - Functions

This workshop will discuss how to approach challenging behaviours that your child might face. Challenging behaviours serve a function. In order to successfully decrease a challenging behaviour and replace it with a more appropriate skill, we need to understand the behaviour in question and what a child is trying to communicate. Parents who attend this workshop will leave with information and strategies that will help them address behaviours across many settings and situations.

2. Behaviour 101 (Part 2) - Be a confident parent

This workshop will provide parents with information and strategies to help them become more confident when challenging behaviours arise across many settings and situations.  Parents will leave this workshop with more confidence in their ability to handle challenging situations with their child in different and many settings.

3. Be my child's playmate: How to play with my child?

This workshop will provide parents with a number of strategies to play with their child with autism spectrum disorder. Once your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can play with you and is playing with toys, you can use play to build skills in other areas. For example, you might focus on rewarding certain skills like taking turns, playing for longer periods of time, or choosing a variety of toys to play with. There are a number of ways to play an activity with your child. This workshop will help parents recognize the different ways to play with their child.

4. Functional Communication: Manding - How to get my child talk to me?

Many children with ASD are not motivated to interact with people around them. This workshop will teach parents to create opprotunities for their child to communicate with them. This workshop will also teach parents how to set up the enviornment in order to encourage their child to initiate questions or request desired items. 

5. Functional Communication: What is PECS? How to use and make PECS?

This workshop is about PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) where parents will be provided with the knowlege about what PECS is and how to use it in order to assist their child to communicate in situations where they are unable to do so through speech. In the second half of the workshop, we will also teach parents how to create materials used for the system. For this workshop, parents are advised to bring their laptops.

6. Tecnologies for children with ASD: Pros and Cons

This workshop will review the various assistive technologies, including mobile technologies and apps that are available right now. It will also highlight the pros and cons of using these various assistive technologies. Parents who attend this workshop will learn to understand how to match the specific needs of their child with the available technology features.

7. Building independence in your child (Levels of prompt)

This workshop will address how to help your child become more independent in their daily life activities. It highlights the importance of assessing your child’s current skill-level and when to slowly fade your help in order to build your child’s independence. Highlights include prompt levels and proven effective methods to teach children with ASD how to become more independent.

8. Why playdates are so important? How to organize a playdate? 

Once your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has a range of play skills, you can help him learn how to interact and play with others through play dates. Play dates helps a child’s social skill development and encourages social play (which is their ability to play with others). This workshop highlights the importance of play dates, how to organize a play date and will guide parents as to what stage of social play their child is at so it is easier to organize a play date.

9. Social Thinking

This workshop will address social goals and the social barriers that their children might face daily. Parents will leave this workshop with information and strategies that they can use to increase their child’s social awareness.

10. Zones of regulation

This workshop will guide parents to how they can keep their child calm in certain challenging situations. They will be guided through techniques that would enable their children to self-regulate their bodies and enhance attention which would improve their learning skills and behaviour.

Fees: 

Option 1: $300/person/5 workshops (parents can choose any 5 of the 10 wokshops to attend)

Option 2: $540/person/10 workshops 

Drop-in: $80/person/workshop

Please note that a minimum of 6 attendances is required for each workshop. Parents should pay in full with their registration form. Registration from is available at BKBC centre. For more information, please contact Sally.