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Virtual after-school programs available for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Programs focus on the use of hobbies, problem solving, and coding to support the development of social skills; Applications due before January 21

PRESS RELEASE
SIMCOE COUNTY DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
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Social and recreational programs will be offered from February through April for Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Programs will be offered virtually and will emphasize the use of recreational, problem-solving, coding and gaming skills to support social skills development.

Child Friendship Training
A nine-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated children diagnosed with ASD who want to learn ways to help them make and keep friends. This program will take place on Wednesdays from February to April.

Play Ball Kidz recreational program
A nine-week, multi-component recreational program designed to improve the gross motor and social skills of children diagnosed with ASD. This program will run from February to April.

Escape Room Social Skills Program
A nine-week escape room-themed program designed to improve the problem-solving skills of children diagnosed with ASD with an emphasis on cooperation and teamwork to support the development of social skills . This program will run from February to April.

Coding and Robotics Social Skills Program
A five-week coding and robotics-themed program designed to improve the computing, problem-solving, and social skills of children diagnosed with ASD by focusing on following instructions, creativity, and conversational skills . This program will run from February to March.

Music Social Skills Program
A nine-week music program designed to improve the emotional regulation and social skills of children diagnosed with ASD by focusing on singing, dancing, and instrumental playing in a virtual group setting. This program will run from February to April.

Parents/guardians are an important part of the programs and will receive resources and support to help children develop and practice new skills at home and at school.

Limited places are available. Complete the initial application form on the SCDSB website before January 21.

This does not guarantee enrollment in the program. You may be contacted for an initial telephone interview to assess whether the program is appropriate for your child.

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