Groups & Workshops
Anxiety and Stress Management
This is a six-week programed aimed at children ages 9–12 who are experiencing anxiety and want to learn coping mechanisms in a fun, group-focused, learning environment. Children will learn about anxiety, the role of the brain in anxiety, and mindfulness strategies for self-regulation.
Launch into Life!
This is a day-and-a-half-long workshop created by the Sinneave Centre for Autism. The goal of the workshop is to provide caregivers with a framework for dealing with major transitions in their teen and adult child’s life. For more information, please visit The Sinneave Family Foundation.
Mindful Parenting Course
This mindfulness series was created in partnership with Be Brave, Be Kind and is aimed at caregivers who want to learn mindfulness-based parenting strategies. Over the course of a month, caregivers learn about the brain and its role in anxiety response, tools for self-regulation, and strategies for working collaboratively with children and teens. For more information, please visit Be Brave, Be Kind.
Children’s Friendship Training
Children’s Friendship Training is a 10-week, evidence-based, group-format, parent-assisted social skills intervention for children ages 8–12. It has been proven effective for children with autism who demonstrate emerging social skills and want to make friends. This program was developed at the University of California, Los Angeles, where it has been used and studied for over 20 years with more than 1,000 families.
This training is geared towards motivated children who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. During each group session, children are taught crucial social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in-session during role-play and play activities (e.g., sports, board games, etc.). Caregivers are taught how to assist their children in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments designed to build on skills practiced in the sessions.
This six-week program is geared to teens 13-16 who wish to learn self-advocacy skills. Topics include setting goals, asking for help, communication style, when to ask for help, and who to ask when they need help.