FAQ

Registration FAQ

When can I register my novice player (child with autism) for Play Centre Programs?

Registration for Novice Players (children with autism or related needs) for all programs is offered at the same time each year on a first come, first served basis. Registration is done online. The link to register is available on the corresponding website program page.

Registration for Novice Players begins on the following dates:

  • June 1st at 6:00 am Fall Program Registration Opens
  • November 1st at 6:00 am Spring Break Registration Opens
  • March 1st at 6:00 am Summer Break Registration Opens

When can I register my expert player (typically developing peer) for Play Centre Programs?

Anytime. The registration for expert players is always open. Click here to register.

What are the fees for the program?

The fees for each program are listed on the corresponding website page. Fee vary depending on the program. The fees are based on the Societies ability to fund (grant write and fund raise) 2/3 the cost of the programs. Families contribute less than 1/3 the actual cost of the program.

Can I use my child’s Autism Funding?

Yes.  The Society will provide you with a filled out request to pay from upon request. Email our coordinator here.

I am out of Autism Funding can I use next year’s funding?

The Ministry of Children and Family Development is very clear about how and when a service provider may bill for services. Therefore, approvals must start when the program begins. Please read through the Autism Funding Guidelines.

How can I ensure my child gets the programs we want?

Be prepared. Register your expert player ahead of registration opening and register your novice player as early as possible on the day that registration opens.

Can we get makeup sessions when programs are canceled due to weather or illness?

No. Given the nature of the programs, we are unable to offer makeup sessions. Please see our policies section in the Parent Handbook

Can I cancel the program once I have registered my novice player (child with autism)?

No. Unfortunately, once your child’s registration is confirmed, there are no cancellations. Please see our policies section in the Parent Handbook

Expert Player FAQ

What are the benefits of the program to my expert player?

Research suggests that expert players (typically developing children) demonstrate a variety of new and advanced skills due to their participation in the Play Centre programs. These skills include, better communication, leadership, self-help skills, as well as increased empathy toward others.

Why do expert players attend the programs free?

More than 70% of our attending expert players are siblings of children with autism. Therefore, the Society feels that it would be adding an additional financial burden to families of children with autism to charge for expert players. Also, the Society’s philosophy is to educate our community. Therefore, we feel families are more likely to register their children if there is no charge for them to attend.

What are the fees for expert players to attend the Play Centre programs?

None. Expert players attend the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre programs completely free of charge.

How can I find an expert player to attend with my child?

Cousins, neighbours, classmate, friends children and sometimes siblings may all register as expert players for your child. Reach out to your family and friends to ask their child to attend. Ask your child’s teachers to assist you in recruiting an expert player from your child’s classmates. The Society may provide a template letter that you use to recruit expert player. Please contact our intake coordinator.

Does Friend 2 Friend find expert players?

Yes. The Society activity recruits’ expert players for all programs however, as stated above, it is best when expert players are part of the novice player’s community.

Why is it important that I register an expert player from my child’s community?

The program is designed to teach expert players inclusive peer play skills that will generalize into the novice players school or community. Therefore, the program works best when expert players are part of the novice players community.

What is an expert player?

An expert player is a typically developing peer with no diagnosis or waiting for assessment for unique needs (development, learning, mental health). Expert players may be classmates, neighbours, cousins, siblings, etc. Each Friend 2 Friend Play Centre program has one to three expert players attending.

Novice Player FAQ

What is a novice player?

A novice player is a child with autism, or a child with unique social, communication and peer play needs. They may or may not have a formal diagnosis.

When can I register my novice player (child with autism) for Play Centre Programs?

Registration for Novice Players, for all programs is offered at the same time each year on a first come, first served basis. Registration is done online. Registration links are available on the corresponding website page for the program.

Registration begins on the following dates:

  • June 1st at 6:00 am Fall Program Registration Opens
  • November 1st at 6:00 am Spring Break Registration Opens
  • March 1st at 6:00 am Summer Break Registration Opens

What happens if my child hits, kicks, etc. another child?

Due to the nature of the Play Centre programs, children who exhibit aggressive behaviours towards themselves or others are not ready for the program. You are required to disclose all of your child’s regulatory needs at the time of registration. Please see our policies section in the Parent Handbook.

How do I know if this program is right for my child before I register?

Our programs and our Society are unique. Therefore, we offer a registration process that includes a free online family course and a conversation with our Intake Coordinator before registration. We make every effort to ensure that families completely understand the services offered as part of a Play Centre program. For detailed information, please see the policies section of the Parent Handbook.

Does my child have to be diagnosed with autism to attend as a novice player?

No. Any child with unique social, communication and peer play needs are welcome to register and attend our Play Centre programs as a novice player.

May I register my child (novice player) even if I don’t have an expert player?

Yes. You may register your novice player if you do not have an expert player. However, your registration is put on hold until an expert player has been registered for the program by you, the Society or another family.