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Autism Ontario - Children's Workshop - Understanding the ASD Diagnosis with Heather Kidd & Elizabeth Mitchell - Oakville

Autism Ontario - Central West Region

Thursday, 12 October 2017 at 6:30 PM - Thursday, 30 November 2017 at 8:30 PM

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Registration opens July 20, 2017 at 12noon
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Registration opens July 20, 2017 at 12noon


Children's Workshop - Understanding the ASD Diagnosis with Heather Kidd

In recent years, many parents and caregivers have begun to seek advice about introducing the diagnosis to their children.

Children and youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) frequently recognize that they are different from their peers. They often experience social failure leading to frustration, loneliness, isolation, a diminished self- esteem, anxiety and mood problems.

Explaining the Diagnosis to the Child with Autism: Should the Child be Told?

The consensus is overwhelmingly in favor of telling the child and telling him or her early on.   Yet, parents often express concerns that telling their child may change the way he views himself and lower his self-esteem. However, the opposite seems to be true. Even having a basic understanding of autism/AS generally reduces the child’s fears and self-blame and can help him better understand and accept himself. It also opens the door for the child to learn strategies to cope more successfully with the challenges he faces.


The goal of this 8 week group, is to help children understand their differences and to explore their strengths, talents and challenges. It is through knowledge, insight and self-awareness that children can learn self-acceptance, gain self-worth and learn to advocate for themselves.


Topics Will Include:

  • What does a diagnosis of ASD mean and why do I have it?
  • Understanding the ASD spectrum and what it means to me
  • Understanding your differences
  • Strengths and interests
  • Challenges at school
  • Challenges at home
  • Friendship


A variety of modalities will be used to teach and engage the children at their level. These will include visual supports, videos, discussions and role plays.


An important component of this group is to have the parents join the children and participate in the last twenty minutes of each session. At this time, we will review the topic of the evening and families will be given weekly homework to assist them in understanding how the diagnosis impacts their child’s daily life.


An overview of the materials presented each week will be provided to parents.


Open to children:
- who are ages 9-12 and
- with high functioning ASD* and
- who are currently aware of their diagnosis of ASD

*Please note children will be pre-screened before being admitted into the workshop.  The pre-screening will be done by the facilitators prior to the start date.

Prescreening Dates:
(To Be Selected While Registereing - Times Slots Offered First Come - First Served Basis)

Saturday, September 23rd - 10:00am to 10:30am
Saturday, September 23rd - 10:30am to 11:00am
Saturday, September 23rd - 11:00am to 11:30am
Saturday, September 23rd - 11:30am to 12noon
Saturday, September 23rd - 12noon to 12:30pm
Saturday, September 23rd - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Saturday, September 23rd - 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Saturday, September 23rd - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Saturday, September 23rd - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Saturday, September 23rd - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Saturday, September 23rd - 3:30pm to 4:00pm


Tuesday, September 26th - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Tuesday, September 26th - 4:30pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, September 26th - 5:00pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday, September 26th - 5:30pm to 6:00pm

Tuesday, September 26th - 6:00pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 26th - 6:30pm to 7:00pm

Workshop Dates - 8 Weeks - Every Thursday:
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017

6:30pm - 8:00pm


$160 per child, paid upon successful screening, paid directly to Heather Kidd.

Facilitator - Heather Kidd, B. A., C.Y. C. (Cert.)

Heather Kidd brings over 30 years’ experience working with children and their families with complex needs, in both education and mental health settings.  She has extensive experience in individual and group counselling as well as the provision of training and consultation to parents and professionals.

From 2000 to 2015, Heather worked as a member of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board Autism Spectrum Disorders Team, where she consulted and developed programs for children ages 4 to 21 years of age.

Heather has worked collaboratively with school teams, parents and community agencies to provide a full range of resources and services for individuals with special needs.  Also, as a Board ABA Facilitator, Heather implemented Ministry of Education mandates for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders.



Facilitator - Elizabeth Mitchell C.Y.C. (Cert)

Elizabeth has worked with children and their families in the field of ASD for over 35 years.  She has worked collaboratively in a variety of settings over her career including group homes, parent relief programs, camps and 18 years in education.


Elizabeth has provided training/educational opportunities across the province of Ontario and Newfoundland for parents, school personnel and other professionals on a variety of topics.  She has been involved with the coaching to youth and their parents through the PEERS program.


Currently, Elizabeth works as the Family Support Coordinator for Autism Ontario’s Central West Region of Halton, Peel, Waterloo and Wellington.



**Pre-Screening Required to Determine Eligibility**;

**Registration is required - but does not guarantee participation**;


Caregivers are required to attend and participate during each session;


Supervision of children/youth at this Social Learning Opportunity is the sole responsibility of parents/guardians and caregivers;

Due to allergies and sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, aftershave, or scented products such as hairspray or lotion;


Once prescreening has begun, no refunds will be given;

Limited spots available.

Age restrictions will be strictly enforced.  Your child must be between the ages of 9 and 12 on the first day of the program, Oct 12, 2017.  No exceptions.  Proof of children's age may be required.


Have questions about Autism Ontario - Children's Workshop - Understanding the ASD Diagnosis with Heather Kidd & Elizabeth Mitchell - Oakville? Contact Autism Ontario - Central West Region

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Monarch House
1405 North Service Rd E
Oakville, Ontario L6H 1A7

Thursday, 12 October 2017 at 6:30 PM - Thursday, 30 November 2017 at 8:30 PM

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Autism Ontario - Central West Region


Autism Ontario's Central West Region includes:

  • Halton (including Burlington, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville and surrounding areas)
  • Peel (including Brampton, Mississauga, Orangeville and surrounding areas)
  • Waterloo (including Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and surrounding areas)
  • Wellington (including Guelph and surrounding areas)


General FAQ

1.) Do I need to print out ticket or email confirmations to attend this event?

For most of our events there is no need to print anything, unless the event specifies otherwise.  When you arrive at the event, you will have to check in at the registration desk.  You will be asked for your name and how many people are attending with you.  That's all.

2.) Do I need to bring proof of diagnosis?
No, not needed.  Again, just check in at the registration desk and enjoy the event.

3.) Is there a cost to attend this event?
Most of our events are free of charge because the cost is covered by Autism Ontario's Potential Programme, in partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Children & Youth Services and the local Autism Ontario Chapter.  If there is a cost, you will see it on the registration page when you select how many ticket you want.

4.) Do I need to be a member of Autism Ontario to register and participate?
No.  While membership does provide other great opportunities, events provided through Autism Ontario’s Potential Programme are open to all families of children with ASD, under the age of 18, who reside in Ontario.


Jennifer Dent
Autism Ontario
Community Event Coordinator - Central West Region
1179 King Street West, Ste 4
Toronto ON M6K 3C5
(226) 748-3372

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