Foundational Family Services offer a broad range of services and events designed to help parents and caregivers learn how to best 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 daytime and evening slots are available Monday to Thursday weekly.
Talk With Me consultations take place online using MS Teams/Zoom or by phone. For online consultations, we will email you a link to join at the time you select (please note, online consultations require a camera and an internet connection).
Interpretation services are available, as requested.
TWM sessions can be scheduled in person! Email: FFS [at] tvcc.on.ca (subject: Book%20an%20In-Person%20TWM) (FFS[at]tvcc[dot]on[dot]ca) 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 schedule of all TVCC educational workshops and events is updated regularly, so check back often!
You can also review the full library of topics (and descriptions) we have prepared:
Each topic is delivered a number of times throughout the year. Check out this video to see when things are coming up:
All 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.
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 live 30-minute virtual education session where you will learn foundational principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
This series includes 8 sessions that you can complete in 4 weeks (2x/week) or 8 weeks (1x/week). Daytime and evening options are available.
Autism Mail Club
Join our 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 with the selected item in the mail.
Registration for SEPTEMBER 2023 - SEPTEMBER 2024 is now open!
Autism e-Mail Club is here!
We are excited to offer this digital option of our popular Autism Mail Club.
Sign up now to receive many of the great resources and tip sheets available in the Autism Mail Club - straight to your email inbox!
Parents Talking Across the Spectrum (PTAS)
Come together to share stories and helpful strategies, ask questions and connect with others! This is a weekly event open to families of children/youth registered in the OAP.
Tip Sheets and Videos
Helpful information about autism and general behavioural concepts, is 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) (FFS[at]tvcc[dot]on[dot]ca)
- 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.
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