Programs & Services by George Jeffrey Children's Centre

 
Program also available virtually
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Available to Entire North Region

For help with:
  • Antecedint Stategies
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Caregiver Training
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Daily Routine
  • Independence
  • Life Skills
  • Play
  • Preschool
  • Reinforcement
  • School Age
  • Skill Building
  • Social Skills
  • Teens
  • Transitions
  • Visuals
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

GJCC Skill Building Consultative ABA services (using the techniques and strategies of Applied Behaviour Analysis – ABA) can help individuals learn new skills. Individualized plans will include 1 general ABA Skill Building Goal.

This service can be delivered virtual or in-person at home, daycare or school with consent

Some examples are:
• Improving social skills, taking turns
• Following a schedule with the support of visuals
• Using reinforcement to teach new skills
• Creating social narrative to support a social situation
• Strategies for managing strong emotions

You will guide the process.
Together, we will talk about your needs, goal, and what you and your child/youth need support with. Do not worry; we will help give clinical recommendations if you do not know where to start.
When you have selected the goals, we will observe your child/youth to see his/her current strengths and needs. One of our Behaviour Therapists will create an individualized 8-week plan for your child/youth based on your goals.
Your child/youth will be working 1-1 with a Behavioural Therapist to deliver the plan.
There are also opportunities for caregiver mediated coaching throughout the 8 week sessions.

All services can be delivered virtually or in-person.

In-person
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Available to caregivers only

For help with:
  • Behaviour
  • Caregiver Training
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Consultation
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Daily Routine
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Self-regulation
  • Social Skills
  • Transitions
  • Visuals
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Triple P - Stepping Stones is a parent education course that is ideal for caregiver’s with children aged 2-12.
Course Content:

Session 1: Positive parenting
This session provides parents with an introduction to positive parenting, causes of challenging behaviour, setting goals for change, and how to keep track of children’s behaviour.

Session 2: Promoting children’s development
During this session, the practitioner discusses how to develop positive relationships with children and how to encourage desirable behaviour.

Session 3: Teaching new skills and behaviours
This session teaches parents a range of techniques to teach their children a range of skills within the domains of communication, problem-solving, self-care, and self-regulation.

Session 4: Managing misbehavior and parenting routines
During this session, the practitioner offers strategies to assist parents with managing challenging behaviour. Parents will also learn to develop parenting routines to encourage children to follow instructions.

Session 5: Planning ahead
This session covers family survival tips, identifying high-risk situations, and developing planning ahead routines to implement over the next few weeks. Parents also schedule and prepare for the telephone or in-person consultations.

Session 6-8: Implementing parenting routines 1-3 (Phone or in-person consultations)
The sessions begin with the practitioner providing assessment feedback to parents and noting progress that has been made. Then the sessions are designed to assist parents in implementing behaviour change strategies in high-risk home and community situations (e.g. traveling on public transport, haircuts, therapy sessions). The practitioner uses the self-regulatory feedback model to help parents identify goals for change and a problem-solving approach is used to assist parents to fine-tune any areas of difficulty.

Session 9: Program close
Parents return for a final group session to review progress, look at ways to maintain changes, problem solve for the future, and to bring closure to the program.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Available to Entire North Region

For help with:
  • Caregiver Training
  • Communication
  • Life Skills
  • School Age
  • Skill Building
  • Social Skills
  • Teens
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

PEERS is a 14-week evidence-based social skills program delivered virtually for students aged 12 – 17. There is a weekly mandatory parent session.

Topics include:
• How to use appropriate conversational skills
• How to find common interests by trading information
• How to appropriately use humour
• How to handle rejection, teasing and bullying
• How to handle rumours and gossip
• How to be a good host during get-togethers
• How to make phone calls to friends
• How to be a good sport
• How to handle arguments and disagreements
• How to change a bad reputation (by investigating one new extracurricular activity)

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Available to Entire North Region

For help with:
  • Communication
  • Independence
  • Life Skills
  • Skill Building
  • Social Skills
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Get job ready! Job P.R.E.P. is for teens ages 14-17, who are looking to develop skills to help them find and maintain a job.

The 10 session individualized program will work on skills such as, resumes, interview skills, public vs private, managing stress & anxiety, hidden social rules, and much more!

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Available to Entire North Region

For help with:
  • Communication
  • Resilience
  • Social Skills
  • Teens
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Sessions will include 30 minutes of information about impacts of ASD, as well as 30 minutes for discussion and questions. This group is well suited for individuals who are aware of their diagnosis and are interested in learning more about ASD while connecting with other teens with ASD.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Teens aged 12-17 who have a willingness and desire to expand their conversation skills.

For help with:
  • Communication
  • School Age
  • Skill Building
  • Social Skills
  • Teens
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Conversation Cues is a 12-week evidence-based social skills program delivered virtually for students aged 9 – 17.

Topics include:
- When to start a conversation
- How to start a conversation
- Take turns appropriately
- Maintain conversation with peers
- Talk on topic
- Identifies disbelief & responds appropriately
- Identifies confused, bored, not interested vs. interested & responds appropriately
- Learn how to identify your cues
- How to end a conversation

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Parent/Caregiver Workshop for children preparing to transition into Kindergarten or Grade 1.

For help with:
  • Daily Routine
  • Independence
  • Transitions
  • Visuals
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Parent/Caregiver Workshop for children preparing to transition into Kindergarten or Grade 1.

Start the countdown to school by setting up your child for a successful transition into their new classroom. This workshop will address the challenges children face during this major milestone in their life and focus on the different skills that will help your family have a smooth and exciting start to the year. Participants will explore a variety of evidence-based tools and strategies for developing early self-regulation, self-care routines, as well as social and play skills.

Session 1 Establishing Self-Care Routines (toileting, dressing etc.)

Session 2 Developing Early Self-Regulation Skills

Session 3 Building Social and Play Skills

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Parents and Caregivers in the entire North Region

For help with:
  • Daily Routine
  • Independence
  • Transitions
  • Visuals
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Participants learn a variety of visual learning tools they can implement at home to support their child’s independence and learning. The session will focus on creating and utilizing; visual schedules, first/then boards, and visual task analyses. Parents/Caregivers will be given the opportunity to create their own visual with the support of a therapist.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

This presentation is intended for early communicators (ages 2-5), who may be verbal or non-verbal.

For help with:
  • Communication
  • Language
  • Webinar
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

This presentation will help you make the best of your everyday interactions with your child, to support the development of their communication in their early years. The communication strategies highlighted in this presentation are easy to use and incorporate into daily routines such as snack time, bath time, etc. This presentation is intended for early communicators (ages 2-5), who may be verbal or non-verbal.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

This presentation is intended for children of all ages, who may be non-verbal or have communication abilities that are not meeting their communication needs (less verbal)

For help with:
  • Communication
  • Early Learning
  • Language
  • Webinar
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

This presentation will help parents learn easy and simple ways to introduce the use of symbols for functional communication into their everyday activities at home. Parents will also learn about beneficial aided language strategies to help their child learn to communicate using symbols. There will also be some demonstration of various types of communication devices and communication apps that are designed to help children with their communication. This presentation is intended for children of all ages, who may be non-verbal or have communication abilities that are not meeting their communication needs (less verbal).

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Available to Entire North Region

For help with:
  • Feeding
  • Picky Eaters
  • Webinar
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

An opportunity to explore what is “picky eating” as well as some common causes and strategies you can use at home to help introduce new foods, encourage food exploration and help mealtimes become more enjoyable.

*A webinar link will be sent out after each registration

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
For help with:
  • Daily Routine
  • Independence
  • Life Skills
  • Sexuality
  • Skill Building
  • Teens
  • Webinar
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

My child is becoming a Teenager: Now What?’ – An informative presentation about female or male puberty and how it relates to your child with special needs.

Objectives of the presentation:
- To provide education about what is happening to your child in terms of puberty
- To enable you to assess where your child is at and if they are ready for building their independence in a variety of skills
- To provide you with the language in order to have a comfortable and confident conversation with your child

*Webinar link will be sent out after every registration

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

This recorded webinar is intended for children of all ages

For help with:
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Daily Routine
  • Sleeping
  • Webinar
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

This presentation covers, from an occupational therapy perspective, the importance of sleep, some of the mechanisms of sleep and strategies to help instill good sleep at home.

Webinar link will be sent out after every registration.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Available to Caregivers in the entire North Region

For help with:
  • Caregiver Training
  • Social Skills
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Stronger Together is a weekly facilitated group for parent and caregivers to support each other with the joys and challenges of raising a child with ASD. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss concerns, learn parenting strategies, participate in engaging and fun activities, and meet and connect with other parents and caregivers in the north.

This session is currently full however we encourage you to add your name to our Interest in Future Sessions list and we will contact you if additional spaces come available. Add your Name to our List

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

6-9 (First series) 9-12 (Second series) + caregivers

For help with:
  • Caregiver Training
  • Communication
  • Play
  • School Age
  • Skill Building
  • Social Skills
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Children’s Friendship Training is an evidence based interactive program delivered in module sessions in which children and families develop and practice social skills necessary to initiate and maintain meaningful peer relationships. Caregiver’s attend sessions at the same time as their children/youth.

Through ten modules, children will learn to make phone calls, host play-dates, maintain play, share in the interests of others’, and respond appropriately to bullying/teasing. During these sessions caregivers will learn how to support their children in the exciting new world of social opportunities.

Facilitators will complete a pre-screening tool with families expressing an interest in participating.

 
Program also available virtually
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Parents and caregivers

For help with:
  • Antecedint Stategies
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Behaviour
  • Caregiver Training
  • Reinforcement
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

FCW is a series of 4 – 2 hour workshops which provides parent and caregivers with a foundational understanding of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and evidence based strategies.

Topics include; ASD, reinforcement, antecedent strategies, replacement behaviour, functions of behaviour and setting events.

 
Program also available virtually
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Siblings ages 8 -17

For help with:
  • Communication
  • Play
  • School Age
  • Siblings
  • Social Skills
  • Teens
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Register for 1 session or all 11, as each session will be different interactive fun activities. Sibshops is an opportunity for the siblings of children with ASD to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.

In a fun and relaxing atmosphere, facilitators will provide opportunities to discuss common joys and concerns, how to handle commonly experienced situations, and a venue to learn more about the implication of their siblings’ special needs.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

This program is best suited for teens that have a willingness and desire to participate in expanding life skills.

For help with:
  • Anxiety
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Daily Routine
  • Independence
  • Life Skills
  • Skill Building
  • Teens
  • Transitions
  • Visuals
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Running for 8 individualized sessions, E.I.B. focuses on enhancing the independent life skills of individuals. Working with an ABA Therapist, teens will have the opportunity to work on different life skills.

Skills include:

Personal Living Skills (grooming, hygiene, dressing…),
Home Living Skills (clothing care, meal planning and cooking, home safety…),
Community Living Skills (money management, shopping, community safety…).

Targets will be decided with each individual teen, following assessment.

 
Virtual only program
Location:Thunder Bay
Who is Eligible:

Available to Entire North Region

For help with:
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Self-regulation
  • Webinar
Provider:George Jeffrey Children's Centre

Learn how sensory processing fits into the many factors that affect our participation and enjoyment of daily activities. Begin to observe your child’s behaviour with these factors in mind and learn common strategies that could support them in everyday life.