Thank you Gord Roche!

A heartfelt THANK YOU to Gord Roche, organizer of the Jeff Roche & Hannah-Gordon Roche Memorial Golf Tournament, and to all who contributed to the success of this charity tournament throughout the years!

Gord presented Cindy I’Anson, Woodview‘s Executive Director, with a cheque for $14,000!

This generous donation amount was raised at the 9th (and final) tournament on June 2nd. It will benefit the Woodview Learning Centre, an alternative school placement for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We will be honouring Gord Roche for his long standing support with something special to be announced at our next Annual General Meeting in October. Stay tuned for details!

 

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Summer OAP Workshop Series

Our Summer Ontario Autism Program Workshop Series is here! Please visit the flyer below for workshop details:

Click flyer above to view our Summer OAP Workshop Series

To register for a workshop, please visit the links below.
We’re excited to begin offering our Ontario Autism Program workshops by live webinar! Please select a ‘webinar’ option at checkout.
Behaviour Basics: The B in ABC
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Antecedents & Prevention Strategies: The A in ABC
Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Gearing up for September: Navigating School
Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Consequences: The C in ABC
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Respite Worker Recruitment Event

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Program Profile: Hamilton Children’s Autism Services

Written by: Amanda Claxton, Program Manager

History

Under our Hamilton Autism Program umbrella, Woodview has two separate Children and Teen programs that were each started at different times. In 2005 the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) approached Woodview to provide services to help children and young teens with ASD between the ages of 13-15 ease their transition into high school (a tough transition for many, not just people with ASD). This program runs out of Delta High School in Hamilton. A few years later in 2007, the Ministry recognized the need to provide skill-based respite services to support children, youth and adolescents ranging from 7-12 and 15-18 years old. There was a community process that voted for Woodview’s proposal to start up groups, which we have been running out of our Mischa Weisz Centre on 1900 Main Street West for a number of years.

How was the program created / developed?

Woodview originally started doing these groups for youth back in 1989. Woodview already had a new adult residential program in place, but it was clear early on that there was a need to start teaching some basic life and social skills at a younger age. It was a natural progression toward a very unique model that over the years has been studied and copied by other agencies and professionals in both Canada and the United States. In the model we began supporting children and continued to support many of the same children through their teen, adolescent, young adult and adult years. Though there has been a shift in Adult Developmental Services in the past five years that forced us to change this model, we still find opportunities to support our younger clients as they age into adulthood.

Who We Serve

We have groups for children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) between the ages of 7- 18 years old, who live in the Hamilton area. Participants must be willing and able to participate in a variety of activities, accept support and direction from staff, and function in a group environment with a staffing ratio of 2:6 to 2:10 (depending on the age of the group).

Over the course of the week, our program will see just over 40 children and teens across the various groups we run.

Staff

The program has a program manager, one full time staff, as well as 6 other staff that are involved with running groups on a part time basis; all of which work across the Hamilton Autism Programs.

What does a ‘day-in-the-life’ of the program look like?

Our week consists of:

Mondays – Group for Grade 8 and 9 aged teens
Tuesdays – Group for 10-12 year olds’
Wednesdays – Group for 16-18 year olds’
Thursdays – Group for Grade 7-8 aged teens
Thursdays – Group for 16-18 year olds’
Saturdays – 2 Groups for 7-9 year olds’

All of our groups are run in the evenings with the exception of the Saturday groups (one group runs in the morning and the other in the afternoon). Depending on the age of those in the group, the groups range from 2.5 – 4.5 hours per group. All groups have a meal component incorporated, during which we work on teaching/practicing life skills that we continue to build upon as participants age through our various groups. We then have a social skills lesson followed by an activity (depending on the age of the group). Our younger groups enjoy crafts, games and park days while the older groups enjoy mini golf, bowling and laser tag. These groups run on a weekly basis from September – June, with Day Camps, Trips, and PA days over the summer, winter Holiday, and March Breaks.

Good to Know

What makes our program unique is that as long as participants are continuing to enjoy and benefit from the program, we do our best to provide space in our groups for them as they age. This means that we might see the same children weekly, across our various groups, for over 10 years! We have a number of participants who have started in our younger groups and have grown up into our oldest teen groups. Some even started as young children and are now part of our adult programs.

Referral Process

All of our referrals come through Contact Hamilton – parents call Contact Hamilton (905-570-8888) and, after the intake process with them, if Woodview groups would be beneficial for the family a referral is sent to Woodview. Parents are always encouraged to call and talk to the Program Manager as well to learn more about the groups.

Quirky Fact

As the Program Manager, I (Amanda) have also been involved in the children and teen programs for almost 17 years! The first couple of years I was involved as a “peer helper” in the group, where we have a same aged peer in our groups to help facilitate and model positive behaviour interactions. One of my first years being involved in the groups I went on one of my first extended camping trips – 9 days! On this trip was a little boy who had started the groups that year as well. Over the years, he aged up in to the older groups, and was even involved in some of our adult programs. He went away to college, but his first summer back he got back in touch with Woodview, and we invited him to come on our camping trip with a younger group as an experienced Woodview camper! It was great to have him help the teens (and us!) on that trip!

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Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services
69 Flatt Road
Burlington, ON L7P 0T3

Halton: (905) 689-4727
Hamilton: (905) 689-4727
Brant: (519) 752-5308
Charitable Registration Number:
119303923RR0001

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