Workshops & Groups for parents and everyone else!


All Caregivers are Welcome to Join/Attend our Grandparents' Group
It's Free!
Next meeting is February 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m. at the Centre.


More info on the Grandparents' Group


Family Workshops

All workshops will be held at the Centre for Autism Services Alberta, 4752 - 99 Street NW, Edmonton T6E 5H5

All workshops are FREE for members of the Centre for Autism Services Alberta or $25 for non-members.

Child care provided free of charge. When registering, please indicate child care needs. Please note, we can only offer child care with 48 hours prior notice, so please register early.

Light refreshments served.


To Register:

Email or Call the Centre at 780-488-6600


Stay Tuned! More 2017 workshops will be announced soon!
Next workshop: Family Visioning, January 26


Social Stories & Visual Supports - April 11  6:00 - 8:00 p,m.

With Joanne Fodchuk MSLP, R.SLP, S-LP(C) & Judith Lam Tang, MSc, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Many kids with autism benefit greatly from the proper use of visual tools. In this workshop, we’ll explore multiple visual tools and strategies that parents can use to support communication and independence.


Family Visioning - January 26   6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

With Gateway Association

Having a vision is a critical first step for ASD families. A vision allows for planning your child’s future. Explorethe many possibilities for the future including options for post-secondary education, employment, and independent living NOW while your child is young.



Smart Practices in ASD Supports - December 1  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

With Michael Stolte, Director of Clinical Services, Centre for Autism Services Alberta

Michael Stolte, MA, CCC, R Psych presents this engaging and interactive workshop in which parents/caregivers will learn how to distinguish between models of support, identify autism from other associated concerns, and put together an evidence-based and coordinated model of care within Alberta's funding system.


Social Skills & Play Dates for Children on the Spectrum - November 22 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Presented by Sally Nandee, MSc-SLP, MPEd, R.SLP, S-LP(C) & Sara Holland, MSc (A), R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Children with autism are often challenged to engage in typical social behaviour with their peers. As a result, they may end up isolated. But there are concrete things that parents can do to help their child with autism succeed in social situations. 

In this workshop, we’ll explore strategies to encourage social interaction including how to: set up play dates, use social stories and video modeling, and implement self-management for effective social communication.

Ideal for parents/guardians of children who can already communicate their wants and needs and are ready for the next step.


Now? How?
Toilet Training for Children with Autism - November 15  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Presented by Jenna Gauthier, MScOT(C)

There's an entire industry devoted to helping parents toilet train their children - books, videos, websites, even support groups! But parents of children with autism face special challenges when it comes to toilet training and few, if any, of these sources of information offer much help.

In this workshop, we'll address how to know if your child is ready for toilet training, prerequisite skills and their development, and a range of evidence-based practices to support your child.


Sleep Solutions for the Spectrum -  October 27  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Does your child wake up in the middle of the night or struggle to fall asleep? Are you having trouble cutting out naps? Children with autism are more likely to have disturbed sleep patterns adding to parents’ challenges.

In this workshop you will learn how much sleep your child requires, how to create a sleep-inducing bedtime routine, ways to increase your child’s likelihood of falling asleep and staying asleep through diet and exercise, and options to support independent sleep.  


Financial Planning for Autism Families -  October 20  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

With Ray Zadrey, Certified Financial Planner and parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ray has spent over ten years as a financial planner and brings extensive knowledge of both insurance and wealth management to his clients.

Ray’s session will focus on the specific challenges of financial planning for families affected by ASD and include information on the disability tax credit.


Putting it Together: How to use task analysis and prompt fading - September 27   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.   

Trying to figure out how to teach your child to do up his zipper? Feed herself? Cross the street safely? This interactive hands-on workshop will provide the skills you need to break these activities down into simple and achievable steps and fade yourself out of the process.

Bring your questions and challenges and we will focus on strategies to solve them.


Movin & Groovin - Gross Motor Skills Development -  September 21  6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  

Gross motor skills like running, jumping, climbing, and dancing are crucial for children’s development.   Children with autism are more likely to have poor or delayed motor skills which can lead to a lifelong struggle with physical activity and add to parents’ concerns.

In this workshop you will learn why motor skills are so important, the types of motor skills and common difficulties with them, and strategies to address motor skill deficits.