United Way School’s Out Autism Play Groups

Bringing together children with autism and their peers in the true spirit of play and friendship.

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Autism Play Groups

Overview

United Way School’s Out Autism Play Groups program combine the award-winning Integrated Play Groups®, Friend 2 Friend Autism Demystification®, and SCERTS® models. These comprehensive after school programs are inclusive peer play, educational programs that focus on developing the social, communication, emotional regulation, and peer play competencies of all the children participating.

About Play Groups Programs

United Way School’s Out Autism Play Groups programs are small, stable groups of children ages 6 to 12 that meet regularly under the guidance of highly trained professionals to play and make friends. Each group consists of no more than five children (2 children with autism and 2 to 3 of their peers).

Services

Like all Friend 2 Friend Programs, United Way School’s Out Autism Play Groups are comprehensive programs that focus on the development of the social, communication, emotional regulation, and peer play competencies of all the children participating. As part of the United Way School’s Out Autism Play Groups program, we offer the following services:

Pre-Program Services

  • Online Family Course
  • Program Coordinator intake phone call
  • Registration supports as required
  • Support in recruiting expert players
  • Transition visit booking, planning, and materials
  • Transition visit to the play centre
  • Administrative services (forms, payments, etc.)

In Program Services

  • Weekly session planning team meeting
  • Affinity-based materials and visual preparations
  • Educational materials and visual preparations
  • Pre and Post-program team standing meetings
  • Highly trained professional team (1 Master Guide, 1 to 2 Play Guides and 1 Program Coordinator)
  • 1-hour Play Group sessions
  • Weekly session notes and data collection
  • Weekly emails with updates
  • Phone consultations with program coordinator (upon request)
  • All materials purchase and designs
  • All visuals designed and created
  • A written interim report with individualized goals (week 12)
  • A written final report with recommendations (week 32)
  • Autism Demystification® Program at School (1 program per preschool or daycare)
  • Re-registration Consultation (upon request)
  • Monthly educational blog
  • Monthly E-newsletter

Other Services Offered by the Society (fees apply)

Registration Steps

Step 1

Take our FREE Online Family Training
Register

 

Step 2

Read the Parent Handbook
View Handbook

 

Step 3

Speak with our Intake Coordinator
Contact Coordinator

 

Step 4

Register an Expert Player (peer, classmate, sibling, friend, cousin)
Register

 

Step 5

Register a Novice Player (Child with autism or related needs)
Register

 

Fall Program Availability

FALL 2019 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

                                    
Days 1 Times Ages Start Date End Date Novice Player Expert Player
Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 6 to 12 January 2020 June 2020 2 Spaces (Fee $3000) 2 Spaces (free)

Play Programs

The Society offers play centre programs for children with autism and their peers ages 3 through 16.

Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society
Autism Play Centre – Early Childhood Play Groups
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Home Learners Play Groups
Autism Play Centre – Home Learners Play Groups
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Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society
Autism Play Centre – Saturday Play Groups
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Summer Camp Play Groups
Autism Play Centre – Summer and Spring Break Play Groups
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Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society
Autism Families’ Free Online Course
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