AIM – Unity for Autism Social Skills Program

At AIM, we know that giving children the opportunity to socialize under professional care is just as important as one-on-one therapy. In fact, our social programs are designed as a supplement to therapy – a setting where kids can apply what they’ve learned in a natural group environment. Our volunteers and therapists help kids with autism work on critical social skills, while having fun. All social group programs have a low ratio of 1:2 or 1:3 adults to children. We ease kids into group activities, at a pace they can handle. Read on to learn about our four key programs.

Registration for 2017 Block 2 for April – June 2017 will be available on March 13, 2017
* Saturday Social Skills is currently full, your application will be added to the waitlist.

 School Readiness

Children from ages two and a half to five in the Greater Toronto Area are welcome to join in this three to five days per week program that is designed to prepare them for entering kindergarten in the public school system. Students enjoy a similar curriculum to get them used to engaging with other students and participating in daily activities in a school environment. The sooner a student can start learning to adapt to a school environment, the better their minds will develop. This program requires prerequisite skills, please contact AIM to arrange a tour and assessment.

 Saturday Social Skills

Every Saturday morning children with autism are welcome to participate in small groups where they learn communication, fine motor/gross motor, and social skills. These Saturday sessions are fun, relaxing, and casual —a perfect way for kids with autism to start their weekend.

 Respite

Our newest social skills program will be available summer 2017. The After School Respite service provides children with autism the opportunity to play and learn together under a behavioural therapist’s supervision in a small-ratio setting.

 Holiday Camp

Kids with autism are invited to participate in a fun and educational camp experience where they have the opportunity to meet new friends and learn important social skills. Enjoy engaging, theme-based activities—such as arts and crafts, field trips, and excursions—that are designed to be fun and educational. Children are taught how to initiate conversations with their peers and to accomplish social goals, such as recognizing emotions, fine and gross motor skills, and eye contact.

Our brand new facilities near Woodbine and Hwy 7 feature a social skills room for peer-to-peer interactions, which simulates a classroom environment and gives our students the chance to become comfortable in that type of setting before they enter into the public school system. The social skills room is designed to be relaxing for kids with autism and their families, while the common cafe area is a lovely place for staff and families to socialize.

Book an appointment for a free consultation where we will determine which social skills program is right for your child. Autism in Mind is dedicated to providing the best social skills training programs for children with autism in Markham, Toronto, and the GTA.