After School Social Skills Respite Program

What is the After School Social Skills Respite Program?

The Respite program offers a once a week, after school, group to support youth in enhancing their social and relationships skills while offering a break to families.

Is the After School Social Skills Respite Program right for your child?

Our After School Social Skills Respite Program is right for your child if they:

  • are 7 – 17 years old;
  • are a resident of Hamilton;
  • are a low to moderate support needs individual with ASD;
  • wants to socialize and learn with others;
  • can engage in safe behaviour in a group and community setting;
  • are able to toilet independently;
  • are able to move independently;
  • can manage in a group with 1 staff person to 4 group members; and
  • the family welcomes a break
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What is the focus of the After School Social Skills Respite Program?

The focus of this group is to enhance learning in a fun and relaxed group. Proven instructional methods are combined with social, community based and recreational activities.

Our groups have a high success rate of helping create lasting friendships developed in an inclusive, safe and welcoming environment.

A number of skill areas are addressed in this program. Some of them are listed below along with some of the activities included in the program.

Social Skills

  • zones of regulation (fostering self-regulation and emotional control);
  • reciprocal conversations
  • listening to and following directions
  • problem solving skills
  • turn taking
  • helping others
  • empathy
  • building rapports

Community Access and Recreational Opportunities

  • mini golf
  • movies
  • fitness
  • swimming
  • board games

Money Skills

  • handling small amounts of cash
  • paying for items in the community
  • grocery shopping

Life Skills

  • knowing personal information
  • community safety
  • basic cooking skills
  • community appropriate hygiene


Where are the day treatment programs located?


This program is located at the:

Hamilton Autism Services
435 York Boulevard (Second Level)
Hamilton, ON, L8R 3K3


When does this program take place?

There are three different groups. Each of them runs once a week from September–June. Group composition takes into consideration age, individual needs and best fit. Exact details will be confirmed closer to the program start date.

Kids Group-Wednesdays, 4:00pm–7:00pm.
Junior Teen Group–Tuesdays, 4:00pm-8:00 pm.
Senior Teen Group–Mondays, 4:00pm-8:00 pm.


What does the program cost?

The majority of this program is subsidized. Additional costs are $60.00 a month for 10 months or $600.00 in total.

There may be some additional incidental costs based on activities.


How do I refer my child for the day treatment program?

To make a referral to the program please connect with Contact Hamilton at (905) 570-8888.

For additional information or to contact the program directly, please contact or call (905) 527-9771 ext 182

After a referral is made, your child is put on a wait list for the program.

When there is an opening you will be contacted by the Program Coordinator to arrange a time to meet.

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