Our Programs

For information about any of our programs please contact Sarah White swhite@autism.nf.net

Leisure Exploration

Centre Based Leisure Exploration  

Offered at all Autism Society, NL offices! In small groups, individuals of all ages will explore interests and connect with others on the spectrum who share that interest. Groups will be created surrounding specific interests (e.g Science, Lego, Harry Potter, Comics etc.). For those who have not explored or identified an interest yet, we will have a list to choose from and explore! Please note, this includes what was previously Adult Leisure.  Ages Kindergarten entry and up; $15/hr 

We’re now looking for your suggestions on interest based groups we can offer! Please see this short survey

Community Based Leisure Exploration

Offered across the province with availability based on facilities in the area. This offering aims to identify and build on individual interests in a variety of community settings to increase social opportunities, physical activity, while increasing accessibility and awareness of community organizations. The programs are facilitated by community instructors who receive consistent and ongoing support from ASNL staff. Sessions generally follow a weekly schedule and the duration of the program depends on the nature of the activity. $50 semester fee |(Fall, Spring, Summer)

Avalon Offerings:

Swimming Lessons: Swimming lessons are offered as a partnership between ASNL and local recreation facilities.  This program provides individual swim lessons with an instructor who receives instructional supports from ASNL staff. Lessons are designed to meet the individual needs of those who may not be able to take part in typical swim lessons. Ages 2+; Suitable for all abilities and water skill levels. Available at the Aquarena (Funded by GoodlifeKids  Foundation), Summit Centre Mount Pearl (Funded by Community Healthy Living Fund),  CBS Recreation Centre (not funded)

Rock Climbing: In small groups with two climbing instructors, participants will learn the basics of climbing, build self-confidence, and meet others at Wallnuts Climbing Centre. Climbing provides opportunities for gross and fine motor skill development, hand-eye coordination, and building core strength. Ages 6+ 

Music Therapy: Renee White Music Therapy offers individual & small group music therapy programs both in studio and in the comfort of your home. Each session is facilitated by a certified music therapist (MTA) with specialized training in ASD. Family or support person(s) stay onsite. Suitable for all ages & abilities. Located at Take Note Music School. 

Individual Art Therapy: Individual Art Therapy sessions are designed to address specific goal areas through a variety of therapeutic art activities such as experimenting with a variety of art textures and mediums, perceptual art, bilateral art etc.  Suitable for all ages & abilities. Located at Spectrum Consultants Group.  

Video Game Creation Classes: In small groups participants explore video game creation. This includes troubleshooting, creativity, digital art, responsibility, self confidence and socializing. Grades 2 to 9;  Located at Sassy Tuna.  

Horse Discovery Program : The Horses Discovery Program offers weekly 45 minute sessions to small groups with CANTRA Certified instructors to explore stable management, horse care, grooming, horse handling and leading. Suitable for all ages & abilities. Located at Rainbow Riders. 

Pre-Employment and Career Services

Transitions

Aims to identify the strengths and interests of individual participants to better prepare them for employment and meaningful community involvement beyond high school. This program provides a full year of classroom learning, enriching community volunteerism, job shadowing, and onsite summer work experience to build the confidence and skill sets of young adults on the spectrum. In the Summer months, participants are employed by our social enterprise, Good Roots Gardening.  This program is funded through the Department of Advanced Education and Skills, Government of NL. Ages 18+; Annual registration in August. 

EmploymentWorks

Offers employment preparedness training and support to adults with autism and other disabilities. It is designed for individuals who want to enter or return to the workforce, and who are committed to developing and practicing the skills need to support employment success. For a full program description and to find out how to get involved in this program, check out www.employment-works.ca. The EmploymentWorks program is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities Program.

STEP (Students Transitioning into Employment Program)

The STEP Program enables high school students who self-identify with Autism Spectrum Disorder to participate in targeted career development activities and exploration. With an individualized approach, students build self-awareness and skills through structured learning sessions and community mentorship placements with the ultimate goal of identifying appropriate employment or post-secondary choices upon school leaving. The STEP Program is suitable for students in Level 2 up to school leaving year. STEP is designed for students whose primary method of communication is verbal language; are comfortable working independently, or with minimal support; and are interested in exploring career options though work placements and/or attend post-secondary education. To register please click HERE.

Family Supports

Sibling Workshop

Sibling Workshop provides an opportunity for children and youth to learn more about their family members with ASD through various activities and discussions. Participants learn to share with peers and build an understanding of what having ASD means for an individual and the family as a whole. Ages 8-18; suitable for typically-developing children and youth who have a sibling or close family member with ASD. Registration required. 

Other Offerings

Family Events

We are adding more family events so that members and their families can participate in fun activities with other families! These events will occur approximately once a month and will provide opportunities for families to connect with others through a variety of different activities.

No registration required, just ensure your membership and contact info is up to date to get all the details about when and where!  Do you have a suggestion for Family Events? We’d love to hear it!

Adult Meetups 

We are going to be scheduling Adult Meet-Ups for those adults who require support when accessing community activities.  These events will occur approximately once a month and will provide opportunities for adults on the spectrum, and their caregiver or support person, to join others in a community activity.

No registration required, just ensure your membership and contact info is up to date to get all the details about when and where!  Do you have a suggestion for Family Events? We’d love to hear it!

For further information about any of our programs please contact Sarah White swhite@autism.nf.net