Foundational Family Services

When a family has questions about their child’s development, KidsAbility is often the first call that they make. Whether you’re wondering where to start or what services are available, we provide Foundational Family Services to anyone in our community with an Ontario Autism Program (OAP) number.

Funded through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, Foundational Family Services are offered at no cost to families. These services aim to provide you with more tools to support your child’s ongoing learning and development. They are evidence-based, delivered by various professionals, and responsive to your family’s changing needs and your child’s developmental stage. Services cater to regional, language, and cultural needs and are available in various formats, including:

  • Virtual,
  • Self-directed,
  • In-person, or
  • Group-based

KidsAbility’s Foundational Family Services

Our dedicated professionals will assist you in finding workshops, resources, support groups, and more to help you and your child. We are here to support you at any point in your journey, or if you are helping someone else on their own journey. You don’t need to be a KidsAbility family to access these services, but you must be registered with the OAP.

Services

Ask the ABA Team:

For children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) currently enrolled in the OAP, we offer “Ask the ABA Team” consultations. These one-to-one virtual or phone appointments connect you with our Autism and Behaviour Support Services team. You can speak with:

  • A Goal Planning Specialist (GPS),
  • a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA),
  • a Social Worker (SW), and/or
  • Instructor Therapist (IT) from our Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Program

You can ask questions such as:

  • Where do I start?
  • What might services look like for my child?
  • Do we qualify for tax credits or additional funding?
  • How can I encourage my child to play?
  • Where do I start in establishing routines?
  • How do I know if my child is ready for potty training?

Workshops & Resources:

KidsAbility provides a range of free workshops and resources to support you and your child. Workshops are offered both virtually and in-person to meet the needs of busy families.

  • Check out our Workshop & Events for upcoming dates and registration information.
  • Join our mailing list to stay updated on upcoming Autism and Behaviour Support Workshops and Resources.

Mothers Addressing Autism Together – Peer Support:

If you have a child with an autism diagnosis and want to connect with other moms who understand your journey, MAAT is for you. You can drop in to meet other moms, share experiences, discuss concerns, and get answers to your questions.
The group meets virtually on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (except the first Tuesday of each month).

To register for any of the foundational family support workshops, contact the Foundational Family Services team at: asktheabateam@kidsability.ca

To register for Mothers Addressing Autism Together – Peer Support:, contact Lindsay Crickmay at lcrickmay@kidsability.ca.

*Please note that childcare is not provided*

When you email us, please include your child’s name and OAP #.

Everyone registered in the Ontario Autism Program can access Foundational Family Services at no cost. You can choose to access these services based on your needs, and there are no limits to how many times you can register for them.

You can find more program details on the ministry’s website at Ontario.ca/autism. You can also call the Central Resource Team at 1-888-444-4530 or email oap@ontario.ca if you have questions.

Foundational Family Services Events

  • Feb
    20
    Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Virtual Toileting Workshop

    In our introduction to toileting workshop, we discuss prerequisites needed to begin the big challenge of toileting. We dive into what readiness skills look like, how routines can be set…

    Feb 20, 2024 | 9:30am – 11:30am

  • Mar
    5
    Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Virtual Supporting Sleep Workshop

    Do you have a child who struggles with their sleep? This workshop will provide an introduction to all things sleep, including the benefits of quality sleep in children, things that…

    Mar 5, 2024 | 9:30am – 11:30am

  • Mar
    7
    KidsAbility Waterloo Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Making and Using Visuals Workshop

    Visuals are key in helping children communicate verbally, help understand instructions, and build independence. We will work with you on creating key visuals to use at home, and teach you…

    Mar 7, 2024 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

  • Mar
    19
    Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Virtual Using ABA within the Home Workshop

    In this workshop our Coaches will teach and practice with you, the fundamental principles of ABA. You will learn how common ABA strategies like prompting, chaining, fading, breaking down tasks,…

    Mar 19, 2024 | 9:30am – 11:30am

  • Apr
    4
    KidsAbility Waterloo Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Prepping for Community Outings Workshop

    Many families find it difficult to go on community outings with their child with special needs. This can be shaped by previous experiences, anxiety over a new setting, or lack…

    Apr 4, 2024 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

  • Apr
    16
    Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Virtual Play and Social Skills Workshop

    There are many things to consider when it comes to teaching play and social skills. Our team will teach caregivers key ideas to keep in mind when working on these…

    Apr 16, 2024 | 9:30am – 11:30am

  • May
    2
    KidsAbility Waterloo Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Emotional Regulation Workshop

    Our experiences Coaches will teach caregivers the skills to recognize signs of dysregulation, and how to use that knowledge to be proactive, as well as consequence strategies on how to…

    May 2, 2024 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

  • May
    14
    Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Virtual Play and Social Skills Workshop

    There are many things to consider when it comes to teaching play and social skills. Our team will teach caregivers key ideas to keep in mind when working on these…

    May 14, 2024 | 9:30am – 11:30am

  • Jun
    4
    Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Virtual Challenging Behaviour Workshop

    All behaviours have a reason to occur, even the most challenging ones to handle. Our challenging behaviour teaches caregivers the skills to observe and determine the function, or reason, behind…

    Jun 4, 2024 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

  • Jun
    21
    KidsAbility Waterloo Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Using ABA within the Home Workshop

     In this workshop our Coaches will teach and practice with you, the fundamental principles of ABA. You will learn how common ABA strategies like prompting, chaining, fading, breaking down tasks,…

    Jun 21, 2024 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

  • Jul
    4
    KidsAbility Waterloo Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Toileting Workshop

    In our introduction to toileting workshop, we discuss prerequisites needed to begin the big challenge of toileting. We dive into what readiness skills look like, how routines can be set…

    Jul 4, 2024 | 4:30am – 6:30pm

  • Jul
    16
    Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Virtual Emotional Regulation Workshop

    Our experiences Coaches will teach caregivers the skills to recognize signs of dysregulation, and how to use that knowledge to be proactive, as well as consequence strategies on how to…

    Jul 16, 2024 | 9:30am – 11:30am

  • Aug
    16
    KidsAbility Waterloo Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Play and Social Skills Workshop

    There are many things to consider when it comes to teaching play and social skills. Our team will teach caregivers key ideas to keep in mind when working on these…

    Aug 16, 2024 | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

  • Aug
    27
    Caregiver Training Session Foundational Family Services

    Virtual Making and Using Visuals Workshop

    Visuals are key in helping children communicate verbally, help understand instructions, and build independence. We will work with you on creating key visuals to use at home, and teach you…

    Aug 27, 2024 | 9:00am – 11:30am