At Kids CAN, we are aware that each child has particular strengths and specific areas of need. We offer a unique curriculum, where we will be focusing on increasing each student’s social and emotional development through social opportunities, which aim to foster the ability to think, relate, and communicate with those around him or her. Each group will meet once a week to work on individualized goals, which may include but are not limited to; self-regulation, conversation skills, game politics, social problem solving, perspective taking, self-advocacy, and increasing self-confidence.

 This year Kids CAN is offering the following social skill programs:

Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Club:

This program is designed to build and strengthen independence for youth and teens. Students will have the chance to participate in engaging hands-on cooking activities, which develop pride and confidence while illustrating the importance of a healthy diet. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to read and follow written directions, as well as learning how to cook various meals and prepare lunches and snacks. Students will also receive a personalized cookbook to take home at the end of the term, so that recipes can be made at home with loved ones. This program also includes as a written progress report at the end of the term. *All fees for cooking are included in the tuition.

Program Dates: Monday afternoons at 4:30pm-6:00 pm from September 30, 2019 – December 2, 2019, Excluding October 14th for thanksgiving and November 11th for Remembrance Day.

The “Unbelievably Me” Girls Social Club (ages 11-16):

For Tweens and Teens, now girls have a social group all their own. This program is designed to address various social skills, specific to girls, to further support their ability to build meaningful relationships with their peers. Through a variety of activities, the students will work together to develop emotional regulation strategies, conversation skills, making and maintaining friendships, skills to work thorugh social conflicts as well as bluilding their self-confidence and advocating for themselves. This program includes a written progress report at the end of the term.

Program Dates: Monday afternoons at 4:30pm-6:00 pm from September 30, 2019 – December 2, 2019, Excluding October 14th for thanksgiving and November 11th for Remembrance Day.

Kids Kreations:

This program is designed to build and strengthen ideation, creativity and abstract thought while encouraging students to express themselves through various art and science forms. Whether your child is a “sensory seeker” or “sensory avoider,” they may benefit from the addition of tactile materials to enhance their sensory experience and benefit their self-regulation.

Program Dates: Tuesday afternoons at 4:30pm-6:00 pm from October 1, 2019 – December 3, 2019

Little Learners (ages 4-7):

This program is aimed to help foster growth in our littlest of learners by giving them opportunities to expand on their pretend play skills while fostering their imagination and sense of creativity. Focusing on social problem solving and communication through a number of different games, social stories and activities will help these learners think, relate and communicate.

Program Dates: Tuesday afternoons at 5:00pm-6:30 pm from October 1, 2019 – December 3, 2019

We CAN Sports Club:

This program is aimed to help teach children all aspects of the sport. Some of the things learned through the participation of active games, and sports include improvement of hand-eye coordination, gross motor, motor planning and praxis, as well as development of self-regulation, engagement, teamwork, sportsmanship and social problem-solving skills. The physical activity supports growth and helps benefit physical and emotional health. Throughout the term, students will have the chance to participate in structured activities focusing on the fundamentals of sports and various active games. *This program includes a written progress report at the end of the term.

Program Dates: Wednesday afternoons at 4:00pm-5:30 pm from October 2, 2019 – November 27, 2019

Teen Squad:

This program is designed to increase self-confidence and empower youth. Throughout the term, the students will be given a safe space to explore and address their own emotions. Through a variety of activities and discussion topics, the students will work with the counsellor to talk about their everyday experiences and concerns, while encouraged to create their personal goals, which will help guide them into young adulthood. This program includes a written progress report at the end of the term.

Program Dates: Wednesday afternoons at 4:00pm-5:30 pm from October 2, 2019 – November 27, 2019

Sibling Support Café:

This program was designed for the siblings and family members of those who may have been diagnosed with autism or other developmental diagnoses. During the workshops, the siblings are given a safe space to share their personal experiences and feelings while ensuring they are feeling respected and valued. Through weekly meetings, the siblings will be able to identify their state of regulation and well provided an opportunity to develop their coping strategies and self-care management, as well as additional resources for continued support at home. *This workshop is open to the public regardless if their sibling or family member attends Kids CAN.

Program Dates: Wednesday afternoons at 5:00pm-6:00 pm from October 2, 2019 – November 27, 2019

1:1 Therapy/Tutoring/ Support:

This individualized program is designed with the parents to ensure the students’ needs are being met. Whether you are continuing to work on IEP goals or encouraging inquisitive minds, our therapists will work with you to create a personalized plan. Program goals may include social, emotional, behavioural and academics.

Program Dates: Case by case basis

*All programs are held at 2150 Torquay Mews, Mississauga, ON L5N 2M6 please call (416) 578- 8116 to register or schedule your intake.