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FULL: Making Sense of Financial Options in Ontario – Foundational Family Services

Note: Workshop previously called "Funding Options" This workshop is intended for parents and caregivers of children and youth between the ages of 0-17, who are interested in learning about financial supports available for their child and/or youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in the province of Ontario. Topics include government funding, tax credits and benefits, […]

FULL: Transitional Aged Youth Roundtables

Kerry’s Place is excited to offer Transitional Aged Youth Roundtables. The program is created for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ages 14-18, who are experiencing a transition. The group encourages participants to engage in roundtable discussions on transitional related skills. Teens will get the opportunity to interact with each other, enjoy activities and discuss […]

Ontario Autism Program: Foundational Family Services

Foundational Family Services are available to all families registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) as part of the new needs-based program. This live webinar is for family members who live in York Region or Simcoe County and want to learn more about Foundational Family Services, including eligibility and how to find services. The webinar […]

CLOSED: Sibling Hang – Foundational Family Service

Sibling Hang is an online group for adolescent-aged siblings of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), offering opportunities to interact with others who may share similar experiences, questions, and interests. Participants will learn more about ASD, and ways they may support their sibling. Participants may share their experiences in a supportive, informative, and social forum […]

Build a Resume – Young Adults Project

Objective: Learn about the different types of resume formats and work with the Kerry’s Place Employment Supports team to build your resume. Suitable for: Participants who do not have a resume or have a resume that they would like to update. Prerequisites: Confirmation of Young Adults Project (YAP) registration and completion of a Kerry’s Place […]

CLOSED: Sibling Story Time: A Group for Children Aged 5-7 – Foundational Family Services

This group uses children’s books to help young children with a sibling diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn about, and embrace difference.  The group consists of a storybook reading, a related activity, and a follow-up parent debrief to discuss the story, its themes, and how to respond to questions that may arise later on. The storybook this month will be The Boy with Big, Big Feelings.

Dollars and Sense Ages 12-14

Our daily living curricula helps establish and develop participants’ ability to demonstrate greater independence in daily living tasks.  Using evidence-based strategies, this group aims is to teach participants to manage their own money. Participants will learn the relative cost of items they value, and the benefits of saving and budgeting. Topics may include: currency, how […]

EmploymentWorks Fall – Toronto – In-Person and Virtual Hybrid Model

Toronto Toronto

EmploymentWorks offers training for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who want to practice and develop the essential skills necessary to get and keep a job. This program involves structured learning sessions, as well as in-person and virtual experiential learning. To participate in the program, the participants need access to a laptop, iPad, or Tablet, […]

Workplace Social Skills: Part 1 of 2 – Young Adults Project

Objective: Develop social skills for the workplace and gain tips to interact with customers, colleagues and employers. Suitable for: Participants looking to enter the workforce, as well as those already employed looking to enhance their social skills. Prerequisites: Confirmation of Young Adults Project (YAP) registration and completion of a Kerry’s Place Autism Services intake meeting […]

Making Connections Ages 14-17

Toronto Toronto

Our social skills curricula help to establish and develop participants’ skills in interacting and connecting with peers. Using evidence-based strategies, this group aims to provide the opportunity for participants to further develop social skills based on their individual needs and interests. Topics explored: expanding on greeting peers, conversation skills with peers through play and structured […]

EmploymentWorks Fall – Aurora – In-Person and Virtual Hybrid Model

Aurora Aurora

EmploymentWorks offers training for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who want to practice and develop the essential skills necessary to get and keep a job. This program involves structured learning sessions, as well as in-person and virtual experiential learning. To participate in the program, the participants need access to a laptop, iPad, or Tablet, […]

Keep Calm and Breathe On Ages 7-9

Our emotional regulation curricula help to establish and develop participants’ abilities in the identification and use of skills in regulating emotions.  Using evidence-based strategies and curricula; this program is designed to support participants in identifying emotions in themselves and others. Participants will learn strategies to self-regulate reactions and responses, as well as preventative strategies to […]

FULL: Master Minds: A “How to” Guide to Homework – Foundational Family Services

This 4-session group will help participants become more independent by providing strategies related to time management, organization, motivation, and problem solving skills.  Participants will leave the group with helpful ideas to use when studying or completing homework.  This group includes a parent debrief at the end of each session to review the strategies discussed, and how to put these strategies into practice.

Keep Calm and Breathe On Ages 15-17

Our emotional regulation curricula help to establish and develop participants’ abilities in the identification and use of skills in regulating emotions.  Using evidence-based strategies and curricula; this program is designed to support participants in identifying emotions in themselves and others. Participants will learn strategies to self-regulate reactions and responses, as well as preventative strategies to […]

The Code Ages 14-18

Mississauga Mississauga

The Code is a 12-week group-based program aimed at providing teens with the foundational skills needed to understand the concepts of coding, and how they contribute to creating video games. By participating in The Code, participants will develop confidence in understanding the concepts of coding, strengthen their computer skills, practice the fundamentals of block-based code, […]

FULL: Living Life To The Full – Adult Group

Living Life to the Full (LLTF) is a national flagship program of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). This program is open to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ages 18 and over. The program is a fun, group-based, mental health promotion course which encourages people to learn to thrive in life. The course is […]

The Rec Room

The Rec Room is a leisure-based online social group. This group aims to increase opportunities for social interactions, fostering friendships, and having fun for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). If you are looking to make new connections and develop your social skills, this group is a great fit for you! The Rec Room will […]

FULL: Virtual Connection Ages 9-11

Virtual Connection is a group aimed at providing children and youth with an opportunity to engage in group activities, and connect with others their age. Activities may include: get to know you games, arts and crafts, science experiments, baking activities, movement breaks, group/collaborative games, virtual field trips, and much more. Participants will have opportunities to […]

ARTfully Abstract Ages 5-9

Brampton Brampton

ARTfully Abstract provides participants with a space to engage in open-ended play while encouraging self-expression and artistic creation. This group incorporates activities that will create a community of creative learners and will build confidence, connection, and communication through music, theatre, dance, and arts and crafts. Participant Age: 5-9 Ratio: 3 participants and 1 staff Cost: […]

FULL: Virtual Jam Session

The Virtual Jam Session is a leisure-based online music group. This group is for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and is open to all ages. The group is led by singer and guitarist, Pat James, who performs a variety of songs while participants join in by listening, singing along, dancing, or playing their own […]

The Game Night Ages 10-13

Brampton Brampton

The Game Night provides participants with a space to interact through playing games while enabling meaningful socialization opportunities. During each session, youth will be encouraged to practice good sportsmanship, while fostering their understanding of playing games with rules. Activities may include: card games, board games, trivia, Pokémon, Dungeons and & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, Catan, […]

Caregiver Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)

This workshop is intended for family members and caregivers who would like to enhance their skills in managing crisis situations, and learn about de-escalation techniques. Participants will be provided with an overview of the verbal and non-verbal communication concepts and strategies taught in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® (NVCI) training program that can help in the […]

Group Consultations – Navigating the Education System

This group consultation will provide parents and caregivers with an opportunity to seek strategies on how to navigate the education system and advocate for their child or youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Parents and Caregivers will have the opportunity to ask questions to learn about Individual Education Plans (IEP) and the Identification, Placement and Review […]

FULL: Virtual Connection Ages 12-14

Virtual Connection is a group aimed at providing children and youth with an opportunity to engage in group activities, and connect with others their age. Activities may include: get to know you games, arts and crafts, science experiments, baking activities, movement breaks, group/collaborative games, virtual field trips, and much more. Participants will have opportunities to […]

FULL: Navigating Neurodiversity: A Path to Self-Discovery – Age 14-17

This 10-week group uses fun and interactive activities to help teens explore and celebrate characteristics and traits that make them both unique, and similar to others.  Don’t let internet research be your family’s only tool for learning about ASD.  Group members will learn about self-advocacy, gain insight into a supportive ASD community, and learn what it means to identify as neurodiverse.

FUNdamentals Ages 4-7

Mississauga Mississauga

FUNdamentals was developed to provide participants with the necessary group and play skills required for participation in a group setting. Short activities are incorporated into each session that will create a foundation for your child to develop turn-taking, communication skills, the ability to focus, respond to instructions, and imitate sound and movement. Participants will engage […]

Virtual Game Night Ages 14-17

The Game Night provides participants with a space to interact through playing games while enabling meaningful socialization opportunities. During each session, youth will be encouraged to practice good sportsmanship, while fostering their understanding of playing games with rules. Activities may include: card games, board games, trivia, Pokémon, Dungeons and & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, Catan, […]

Everyone Learns Differently: Strategies to Bridge the Gap Between Learning and Teaching

This 2 ½-hour workshop introduces the various learning styles used by those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and strategies to support teaching a wide range of skills such as visual supports, prompting, and motivation.  This workshop is intended for parents/caregivers and professionals supporting persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Virtual Connection Ages 15-17

Virtual Connection is a group aimed at providing children and youth with an opportunity to engage in group activities, and connect with others their age. Activities may include: get to know you games, arts and crafts, science experiments, baking activities, movement breaks, group/collaborative games, virtual field trips, and much more. Participants will have opportunities to […]

FULL: Transitional Aged Youth Socials – Pathway to Independence – Ages 14-18

Kerry’s Place is excited to offer Transitional Aged Youth Socials (TAY Socials): Pathway to Independence, which focuses on daily living skills. The program is created for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ages 14-18, transitioning towards independence in completing routines, healthy eating, employment skills, post-secondary supports, and social awareness. There are ten online sessions where […]

ARTfully Abstract Ages 10-13

Guelph Guelph

ARTfully Abstract provides participants with a space to engage in open-ended play while encouraging self-expression and artistic creation. This group incorporates activities that will create a community of creative learners and will build confidence, connection and communication through music, theatre, dance, and arts and crafts. Participant Age: 10-13 Ratio: 3 participants and 1 staff Cost: […]

Let’s Connect Ages 14-17

This teen-centered group provides a safe space for participants to connect with others their age while learning life skills and fostering independence. Throughout the group, participants will engage in recreational activities that will improve social skills, such as initiating conversations, social rules, identifying characteristics of a good friend, community outing safety, and working as a […]

Getting the Message Across: Understanding Receptive and Expressive Communication

This 2 ½-hour workshop will provide parents, caregivers and professionals supporting persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) information about communication differences in persons with ASD and strategies to support functional communication.  The workshop will explore ways persons with ASD receive and express information through spoken language, augmentative communication systems, gestures, and visual supports.

Beyond Friendship: Understanding the Social World

This 2 ½-hour workshop provides parents, caregivers and professionals working with persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder strategies and tools to help persons with ASD understand the expected social skills to form meaningful relationships.  More than simply making friends, the social world is full of “unwritten rules” and non-verbal communication that can be confusing for persons with ASD to understand.  This workshop will explore social interaction characteristics related to ASD, and how context may impact success in social relationships.

Virtual Connection Ages 5-8

Virtual Connection is a group aimed at providing children and youth with an opportunity to engage in group activities, and connect with others their age. Activities may include: get to know you games, arts and crafts, science experiments, baking activities, movement breaks, group/collaborative games, virtual field trips, and much more. Participants will have opportunities to […]

Home Safety Ages 10-13

Brampton Brampton

Participants will learn valuable life skills to help them make safer choices when on their own. Topics include: street smarts, people safety, community safety, online safety, emergencies vs. non-emergencies, accident prevention, first aid, fire safety, and weather safety. All participants will receive the Home Alone Safety manual and certificate of completion. This group is delivered […]

The Game Night Ages 14-17

Brampton Brampton

The Game Night provides participants with a space to interact through playing games while enabling meaningful socialization opportunities. During each session, youth will be encouraged to practice good sportsmanship, while fostering their understanding of playing games with rules. Activities may include: card games, board games, trivia, Pokémon, Dungeons and & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, Catan, […]

Peel Sibling Workshop

Sibling Workshops are offered once a month to children living in Peel region between the ages of 6 and 13 years old, who have a sibling with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or an intellectual disability. Sibling Workshops focus on shared sibling experiences, learning about Autism Spectrum Disorder, and meeting new people. This group […]

Ontario Autism Program – Foundational Family Services

Foundational Family Services are available to all families registered in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) as part of the new needs-based program. This live webinar is for family members who live in York Region or Simcoe County and want to learn more about Foundational Family Services, including eligibility and how to find services. The webinar […]

Workplace Social Skills: Part 2 of 2 – Young Adults Project

Objective: Develop social skills in the workplace and gain tips to interact with customers, colleagues and employers. Suitable for: Participants looking to enter the workforce, as well as those already employed looking to enhance their social skills. Prerequisites: Confirmation of Young Adults Project (YAP) registration and completion of a Kerry’s Place Autism Services intake meeting […]

Peer-led Support Group (Topic: Mental Health) – Young Adults Project

Objective: Meet fellow Young Adults Project (YAP) participants, share experiences and learn from peers. This group is led by people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to highlight the voice of people with ASD. Suitable for: Participants looking to share their experiences and meet peers with ASD that are receiving employment support from Kerry’s Place. Prerequisites: […]

Family Support Group for Adult Caregivers – Girls on the Spectrum

This group offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to connect with others, using topic-focused conversation to provide a space to ask questions and gain insight from others with lived experience.  Participants may share their successes, and discuss challenges experienced with other parents and caregivers.  This offering is for caregivers of girls with Autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beyond the Diagnosis – Foundational Family Service

This 2 ½ -hour workshop teaches parents and caregivers strategies and tools to help their children and youth understand their diagnosis, using a strengths-based approach.   Explaining and answering questions related to a diagnosis may be a lifelong discussion, and difficult to navigate. Autism Spectrum Disorder: Beyond the Diagnosis incorporates the research of Dr. Peter Vermeulen, related to helping persons with ASD understand themselves and their respective diagnosis. Dr. Peter Vermeulen is an author, lecture and consultant in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Keeping Connections – aged 10 to 13 – Foundational Family Services

This monthly social group gives youth the opportunity to apply skills related to good sportsmanship by discussing recent social experiences, and playing collaborative games, in an informative and social atmosphere.  This group includes a parent debrief to review the social and leisure skills discussed, and how parents and caregivers can help their youth put these skills into practice.

Sibling Hang: A Support Group for Youth Aged 13-17 – Foundational Family Service

The group offers teen siblings of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder the opportunity to meet and connect with others who share similar experiences, in a supportive and social environment.  The group uses a variety of hobbies and interests to give group members a common ground to share their experiences and ask questions.  Group members will have the opportunity to learn more about ASD, and ways they may support their siblings.  This month’s topic will be videogaming.  

Group Consultations – Navigating the Education System

This group consultation will provide parents and caregivers with an opportunity to seek strategies on how to navigate the education system and advocate for their child or youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Parents and Caregivers will have the opportunity to ask questions to learn about Individual Education Plans (IEP) and the Identification, Placement and Review […]

Fundamentals of Autism Spectrum Disorder

This workshop is geared towards parents and caregivers, and community members, interested in learning more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Common characteristics of ASD, possible strengths, needs, learning styles and profiles of persons with ASD will be introduced. As a result of participating in this workshop, participants will be able to: describe characteristics of ASD […]

Interview Skills Level I: Common Interview Questions and Role Play – Young Adults Project

Objective: Learn about various types of interview questions and practice answering common interview questions. Suitable for: Participants who have little to no experience with interviews. Prerequisites: Confirmation of Young Adults Project (YAP) registration and completion of a Kerry’s Place Autism Services intake meeting and relevant consent forms Young Adults Project (YAP) is an initiative at […]

Caregiver Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) – Foundational Family Services

This workshop is intended for family members and caregivers who would like to enhance their skills in managing crisis situations, and learn about de-escalation techniques. Participants will be provided with an overview of the verbal and non-verbal communication concepts and strategies taught in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® (NVCI) training program that can help in the […]

Transitional Aged Youth Roundtables

Kerry’s Place is excited to offer Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) Roundtables for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ages 14-18, who are experiencing a transition. The group encourages participants to engage in roundtable discussions on transitional related skills. Teens will get the opportunity to interact with each other, enjoy activities and discuss ways to cope […]

Making Sense of the Sensory World: Helping Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder Understand Sensory Processing

Making Sense of the Sensory World: Helping Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder Understand Sensory Processing This 2 ½-hour workshop will introduce parents, caregivers and professionals supporting persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to the distinct ways in which persons with ASD may experience sensory stimuli. Participants will review the senses and sensory systems that impact […]

Master Minds: Strategies to Help with School and Homework – aged 14-17 – Foundational Family Services

Master Minds: Strategies for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder aged 14-17 to Help with School and Homework This 4-session group will help participants become more independent by providing strategies related to time management, organization, motivation, and problem solving skills.  Participants will leave the group with helpful ideas to use when studying or completing homework.  This […]

Healthy Relationships and Sexuality: Strategies to Support Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Healthy Relationships and Sexuality: Strategies to Support Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder This workshop will support parents and caregivers, and professionals in understanding relationships, boundaries, consent, sexuality and puberty in the context of supporting persons with a diagnosis of ASD of any age or stage. Participants will leave with increased knowledge about these topics and […]

Sibling Story Time: A Group for Children Aged 5-7 – Foundational Family Services

Sibling Story Time: A Group for Children Aged 5-7 Who Have a Sibling with a Diagnosis Of Autism Spectrum Disorder This group uses children’s books to help young children with a sibling diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder learn about, and embrace difference.  The group consists of a storybook reading, a related activity, and a follow-up […]

Caregiver Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) – Foundational Family Services

This workshop is intended for family members and caregivers who would like to enhance their skills in managing crisis situations, and learn about de-escalation techniques. Participants will be provided with an overview of the verbal and non-verbal communication concepts and strategies taught in the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® (NVCI) training program that can help in the […]

Flush it Out: Strategies to Teach Toileting Routines to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Foundational Family Services

Flush it Out: Strategies to Teach Toileting Routines to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder This 2 ½-hour workshop provides strategies and tools you can use to establish a toileting routine for your child’s using the principals of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).  This workshop provides information to tailor toileting plans to your child’s unique needs, will […]

Don’t Tell Me To Calm Down: Strategies to Assist Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Stress and Anxiety

Don’t Tell Me To Calm Down: Strategies to Assist Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Stress and Anxiety This 2 ½-hour workshop provides parents, caregivers and professionals supporting persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder possible strategies and tools to support persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder with emotional regulation.  Information provided in this workshop will assist participants […]

Caregiver E-Connect: Caring For Adult Children

Family Support Group for Adult Caregivers of Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Caring For Adult Children This group offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to connect with others, using topic-focused conversation to provide a space to ask questions and gain insight from others with lived experience. Participants may share their successes, and discuss challenges […]