Open House May 14

The SAAAC Autism Centre will be hosting an Open House on May 14 to feature new and enhanced programming for children ages 2-8.

Date: Tuesday , May 14
Time: 5:30 pm & 6:45 pm (two sessions)
Location: SAAAC Autism Centre (705 Progress Avenue Unit 63; Scarborough, Ontario M1H2X1)

To RSPV, please call 416-289-0100 ext 104 or email lakshmis@saaac.org

Many community members have requested greater programming opportunities for children (ages 3-6) to develop school readiness skills along with opportunities to participate in fun, recreational activities that improves movement and physical fitness.

We are happy to say we have been able to take your requests into consideration in enhancing our Centre’s program offerings.

Please see below for the new programs being introduced September 2019. You will have an opportunity to ask more detailed questions and register for programs at our Open House on May 14.

Foundation for Success (ages 2-4)

Your child will learn in a supportive and therapeutic learning environment, based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Staff include Early Childhood Educators with support from Speech-Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists Assistants and Instructor Therapists.

Skills that we will work on through small group instruction:
-Communication/language
-Attending skills
-Academic Skills
-Social/play
-Transitions/classroom routines

There will be 184 instructional days from Sept-June (to follow the Ministry of Education’s calendar days for public schools)

Just Dance Program (ages 5-8)

The Just Dance program is an adapted dance program designed to make dance fun and accessible to children and youth with autism. Working collaboratively with professional dancers and occupational therapists, the Just Dance program aims to improve gross motor skills, increase the use of facial expressions, and develop strength and coordination.

Great aspects of this program include the following:
-Program developed in collaboration with artists and occupational therapists
-Periodical evaluations of skills taught
-Increased physical activity through song and dance
-Environment for meaningful social interaction
-Students eligible to showcase skills at public performances

Ready to Play: Functional Fitness & Sports Skills program (ages 3-8)

The Ready to Play Functional Fitness & Movement Skills program is a fun and dynamic adapted fitness and sports program that develop fundamental movement skills in children.

This one of a kind program was designed in consultation with Eric Chessen, an Autism Fitness Certified Professional. The program is built around improving fundamental strength, stability, locomotive, and motor planning skills – with the goal of performing more complex movements over time.

The program will work on developing five major areas of movement:
-Pushing
-Pulling
-Bending/Squatting
-Locomotion

Through fun games and exercises, we will help students develop movement skills that they will use for a lifetime.


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