Programs & Services by Northern Outreach

In-person
Location:Sudbury
Who is Eligible:

Best suited for siblings of children with autism who are interested in not only learning about ASD, but also meeting other siblings, having fun, laughing, and talking about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with special needs.

Exclusionary Criteria:
Youth with severe challenging behaviours that place themselves or others at risk of injury; youth who cannot follow group instruction.

For help with:
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Life Skills
  • Resilience
  • Siblings
Provider:Northern Outreach & Clinical Services

SibShops are events which provide 8-13 year old brothers and sisters of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.

SibShops intersperse information and discussion activities with high-energy games, new friends, and cooking and craft activities to get children talking, laughing, and learning. An introduction to ASD will be included to provide participants with a better understanding of the disorder and how it may impact their sibling.

In-person
Location:Sudbury
Who is Eligible:

*Exclusionary Criteria:
Youth with risk of ‘bolting’ (elopement); youth with severe challenging behaviours that place themselves or others at risk when in the community.

Additional Notes:
Bus tickets will be provided. Participants may want to bring additional money for purchasing items or foods at travel destinations.

For help with:
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Independence
  • Life Skills
  • Skill Building
  • Social Skills
  • Teens
Provider:Northern Outreach & Clinical Services

Want to get around the city, but can’t drive? Join our group to learn how to take the bus around Sudbury!

We will check out different places around the city, learning how to safely take public transit and how it may help you get to places you’re interested in. We will talk about how to make the experience less stressful for you (or your parents) and how you’d be most comfortable exploring your community.

Fine print for caregivers:
Youth will travel around the city with a group of up to 4 other peers with 2-3 facilitators. Prior to boarding the bus, safety rules and riding etiquette will be reviewed. Youth will learn how to look up bus schedules online or on their phones and how the GOVA app works. Support will be faded across the 6 sessions so that they learn to use the Sudbury bus system to whatever level of independence they are able to demonstrate.

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:Sudbury
Who is Eligible:

Available to Entire North Region

*Exclusionary Criteria:
Youth with severe challenging behaviours that place themselves or others at risk when in the community; youth who are unable to navigate a computer independently.

For help with:
  • Employment
  • Life Skills
  • Skill Building
  • Social Skills
  • Teens
  • Vocational skills
Provider:Northern Outreach & Clinical Services

Want to learn how to make money? Want to learn how to volunteer? Are you ready to join the workforce? Join us from the comfort of your own home to learn how to pursue jobs you might be interested in. By the end of the group, you’ll know how to search online for jobs, you’ll have a resume you can hand out to potential employers, and you’ll have practice with an ‘actual’ interview situation. Take the next steps toward being a part of your community!

Fine print for caregivers: Participants will join group sessions online with 2-3 facilitators. Peers will learn alongside each other how to search for employment (volunteer or paid), actively apply for jobs, and participate in interviews.

Participants will be expected to complete a mock interview in their final session individually with a novel facilitator (i.e., not with the whole group present) so they may demonstrate the skills they learned in the previous 7 sessions.

 
Program also available virtually
Location:Sudbury
Who is Eligible:

The first session will be a group format to provide background information on the development and use of a 5-point scale.

Families are encouraged to access 2 additional individual consultations to develop scales specific to their child’s/family’s needs.

For help with:
  • Behaviour
  • Caregiver Training
  • Communication
  • Consultation
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Independence
  • Self-regulation
  • Skill Building
  • Visuals
Provider:Northern Outreach & Clinical Services

In our virtual group session, we will discuss a strategy that may be helpful in communicating emotional states: The Incredible 5-Point Scale. Children or youth who are interested in learning about the strategy for themselves are welcome to join their parents!

In the week following, we will meet individually with each family (virtual or in person) to support the development of their own individualized scales that can be used within the home.

A follow-up meeting the next week is when we will discuss any successes or barriers to using the scales and whether any ‘tweaking’ has to be made to make the scales more effective for you and your family!