Foundational Family Services offer a broad range of services and supports designed to help parents and caregivers learn how to support their child or youth with autism.
Through coaching sessions, education workshops, and visual and written resources, you will learn new strategies to help you refine the great things you are already doing to support your child. These services give you more tools to work with your child or youth with autism and participate in their ongoing learning and development.
All education sessions, materials and coaching sessions are developed and provided by qualified TVCC staff.
Talk With Me (TWM)
Parents and caregivers of children and youth with autism often have many questions. We offer free 45-minute sessions with a skilled Family & Community Consultant to talk about any issues, topics, or questions you may have about your child or youth with autism.
You will learn strategies to support your child with their learning and ongoing development. You will also learn about resources to help your child and family at home and in the community.
Multiple time slots are available Monday to Thursday weekly. Daytime and evening times are available.
Talk With Me sessions take place on Zoom (or by phone). We will email you a Zoom invite for the time you select. Please note, that Zoom requires a camera and an internet connection.
TWM sessions can now be scheduled in person! Click: FFS [at] tvcc.on.ca (subject: Book%20an%20In-Person%20TWM) to schedule an in-person TWM.
Presentations for Parents/Caregivers and Professionals
Foundational Family Services at TVCC offers a variety of educational workshops for parents and caregivers - scheduled weekly.
The list of all TVCC educational workshops is updated regularly, so check back often! See the Foundational Family Services Presentations list of topics we have prepared so far.
Workshops include up to 3 Follow-up Consults to further explore how you can apply the concepts you learned in the presentation or guided discussion.
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A Parent Education Series (APES)
If your child is about to start, is currently in, or has recently finished a treatment plan with Autism & Behavioural Services, this series is for you!
Join us weekly for a 30-minute virtual education session where you will learn foundational principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). This series runs for 10 weeks.
Autism Mail Club
Sign up for the SUBSCRIPTION OF THE MONTH CLUB! Select any or all of the resource items you would like to receive. At the end of each month, you will receive a package in the mail with the selected item.
Parents Talking Across the Spectrum (PTAS)
Sharing stories and strategies. Come together to share stories, ask questions and connect with others! This is a weekly event open to families of children/youth registered in the OAP.
FFS [at] tvcc.on.ca (subject: I'd%20like%20to%20join%20PTAS, body: Parents%20Talking%20Across%20the%20Spectrum%20will%20be%20coming%20back%20soon%20and%20I'd%20like%20to%20be%20on%20the%20list%20when%20it%20does!%20%20Please%20email%20me%20and%20let%20me%20know%20when%20registration%20will%20open.) (Join "ptas")
Tip Sheets and Videos
Helpful information about autism and general behavioural concepts, at your fingertips! Read a tip sheet or watch a video, then ffs [at] tvcc.on.ca (schedule a Follow-up Consult )to further explore how you can apply the concepts you learned.
Want to follow up on something you learned about during a presentation or from a tip sheet? Connect with a Family & Community Consultant to discuss how to use the information with your child or youth with autism.
ffs [at] tvcc.on.ca (Schedule NOW)
Access to Services
If you have questions or need help selecting the FFS that is right for you, contact Jamie Willick, FFS Program Coordinator, at:
- Email: FFS [at] tvcc.on.ca (subject: Foundational%20Family%20Services%20request)
- Call: 1-866-590-8822 ext 53723
- Text: 519-317-6853
What to Expect
All of our Foundational Family Services are provided free of charge to families of children/youth registered in the Ontario Autism Program.
You will be asked for your OAP Client Information Reference Number when you register for Foundational Family Services. Watch this video to find your OAP Client Information Reference Number or contact the Program Coordinator for information about registering with the OAP.
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