Foundational Family Services

Assisting families to support their child’s development

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The caregiver-child relationship is a life-long journey of learning and discovery, especially for caregivers raising a child with autism. Access to quality and timely information is critical for families to support their children and youth to reach their full potential. 

Foundational Family Services offer a wide range of evidence-based support provided in various formats to build family capacity to support their child’s ongoing learning and development. They may include: 

Foundational Family Services are available to all families registered with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) at no cost.

Upcoming Services

10 AM – 12 PM

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Informative workshop to learn about the basics of autism. Families will begin to look at the strengths and needs of their children.


1 PM – 3PM

Parent Advocacy

Explore the seven principles of being an advocate where families will have the opportunity to participate in discussions and interactive activities


5 PM – 7 PM

Teaching Early Communication Skills

Gain an understanding of how early speech and communication skills develop, and learn teaching strategies to help increase your child’s communication 


1 PM – 3 PM

Supporting Transitions

Discuss common transitions your child may encounter, such as starting a new activity, changing schools, moving or welcoming a new sibling


AUG 11 – SEPT 15
5 PM – 6 PM

Caregiver Connect: A Parent Support Group

Weekly sessions to discuss topics like managing stress, providing engaging activities, supporting changes, and advocating for your child. 


5 PM – 7 PM

Transitioning to Post-Secondary School – Caregiver Session

Caregivers learn about their teens’ challenges, skills needed for success, disclosing a diagnosis, navigating services, and more.


10 AM – 12 PM

Getting Started with Toilet Training

Learn about signs of readiness, different toilet training methods, and teaching strategies that can help with the toileting process 


5 PM – 7 PM

Let’s Play! Strategies for Teaching Early Play Skills

Strategies to teach early play skills such as imitation, turn taking, increasing length of play interactions, and expanding ways to play with toys 


3 PM – 5 PM

Transitioning to Post-Secondary School – Teen Session 

Learn about transition challenges, skills needed for success, disclosing a diagnosis, navigating services and helpful wellness tips


3 PM – 3:45 PM

Family Resource Clinic Day

Meet with our staff one-to-one to receive support on community resources, financial support, and the Ontario Autism Program (OAP)


1 PM – 3 PM

No Fair! How to Teach Emotional Regulation 

Learn about emotional regulation, how to identify dysregulation and practical strategies to help your child manage their emotions


1 PM – 3 PM

Orientation to the Ontario Autism Program

Learn about changes to the OAP, how they affect your family, and information to navigate childhood budgets and interim one-time funding


10 AM – 12 PM

A Parent’s Guide to Dealing with Challenging Behaviour 

Understand the underlying reasons why your child may engage in challenging behaviour and learn common strategies to help your child 


5 PM – 7 PM

Supporting Executive Functioning Skills

Discuss behavioural strategies to support the needs of your child and allow them to initiate and complete daily tasks independently


10 AM – 12 PM

Coping with a Diagnosis 

Receive information on ways of coping with an autism diagnosis, self-care, and ways to incorporate these strategies into your daily lives


10 AM – 12 PM

Increasing Daily Living Skills

Learn about the variables that influence the learning of self-help skills and different strategies used to teach these skills to your child


1 PM – 3 PM

Community Resources and Funding 

Learn about services, supports, programs and funding options available to families with children with autism in the city of Toronto


1 PM – 3 PM

Supporting Social Skills

Learn teaching strategies to enhance interactions with peers like greetings, sharing, initiating interactions and having conversations


10 AM – 12 PM

Building Conversation Skills 

Understand the components of conversations, including questions and comments, and learn effective strategies for teaching conversation skills


1 PM – 3 PM

Creating and Using Visuals

Review the benefits of visuals and provide an overview of the types you can use to support your children, such as daily schedules and token boards


1 PM – 3 PM

Transitioning to Adulthood 

Discuss the different types of transitions your teenager may encounter and learn strategies that can help manage them


10 AM – 12 PM

Preparing Your Child to be Home Alone

Determine if your child is ready to stay home alone, provide behavioural strategies to set them up for success and create a plan for your child


10 AM – 12 PM

Using ABA in Daily Life

Review the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and discuss how they can be included in your everyday family life


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By 2 months

Has your baby had their hearing screened? YES NO

By 6 months

Does the child?

Startle in response to loud noises? YES NO
Turn to where a sound is coming from? YES NO
Make different cries for different needs (hungry, tired)? YES NO
Watch your face as you talk? YES NO
Smile/laugh in response to your smiles and laughs? YES NO
Imitate coughs or other sounds such as ah, eh, buh YES NO

By 9 months

Does the child?

Respond to their name? YES NO
Respond to the telephone ringing or a knock at the door? YES NO
Understand being told no? YES NO
Get what they want through using gestures (reaching to be picked up)? YES NO
Play social games with you (Peek-a-Boo)? YES NO
Enjoy being around people? YES NO
Babble and repeat sounds such as babababa or duhduhduh? YES NO

By 12 months

Does the child?

Follow simple one-step directions (sit down)? YES NO
Look across the room to a toy when adult points at it? YES NO
Consistently use three to five words? YES NO
Use gestures to communicate (waves hi/bye, shakes head for no)? YES NO
Get your attention using sounds, gestures and pointing while looking at your eyes? YES NO
Bring you toys to show you? YES NO
Perform for social attention and praise? YES NO
Combine lots of sounds together as though talking (abada baduh abee)? YES NO
Show an interest in simple picture books? YES NO

By 18 months

Does the child?

Understand the meaning of in and out, off and on? YES NO
Point to more than 2 body parts when asked? YES NO
Use at least 20 words consistently? YES NO
Respond with words or gestures to simple questions (Where's teddy? What's that?)? YES NO
Demonstrate some pretend play with toys (gives teddy bear a drink, pretends a bowl is a hat)? YES NO
Make at least four different consonant sounds (p ,b, m, n, d, g, w, h)? YES NO
Enjoy being read to and sharing simple books with you? YES NO
Point to pictures using one finger? YES NO

By 2 years

Does the child?

Follow two-step directions (Go find your teddy bear and show it to Grandma.)? YES NO
Use 100 to 150 words? YES NO
Use at least two pronouns (you, me, mine)? YES NO
Consistently combine two to four words in short phrases (Daddy hat. Truck go down.)? YES NO
Enjoy being around other children? YES NO
Begin to offer toys to other children and imitate other children's actions and words? YES NO
Use words that are understood by others 50 to 60 per cent of the time? YES NO
Form words or sounds easily and without effort? YES NO
Hold books the right way up and turn the pages? YES NO
Read to stuffed animals or toys? YES NO
Scribble with crayons? YES NO

By 30 months

Does the child?

Understand the concepts of size (big/little) and quantity (a little/a lot, more)? YES NO
Use some adult grammar (two cookies, bird flying, I jumped)? YES NO
Use over 350 words? YES NO
Use action words such as run, spill, fall? YES NO
Participate in some turn-taking activities with peers, using both words and toys? YES NO
Demonstrate concern when another child is hurt or sad? YES NO
Combine several actions in play (puts blocks in the train and drives the train, drops the blocks off.)? YES NO
Put sounds at the beginning of most words? YES NO
Use words with two or more syllables or beats (ba-na-na, com-pu-ter, a-pple)? YES NO
Recognize familiar logos and signs involving print (Stop sign)? YES NO
Remember and understand familiar stories? YES NO

By 3 years

Does the child?

Understand who, what, where and why questions? YES NO
Create long sentences using five to eight words? YES NO
Talk about past events (trip to grandparents house, day at child care)? YES NO
Tell simple stories? YES NO
Show affection for favourite playmates? YES NO
Engage in multi-step pretend play (pretending to cook a meal, repair a car)? YES NO
Talk in a way that most people outside of the family understand what she/he is saying most of the time? YES NO
Have an understanding of the function of print (menus, lists, signs)? YES NO
Show interest in, and awareness of, rhyming words? YES NO
Read to stuffed animals or toys? YES NO
Scribble with crayons? YES NO

By 4 years

Does the child?

Follow directions involving three or more steps (First get some paper, then draw a picture and give it to Mommy)? YES NO
Use adult type grammar? YES NO
Tell stories with a beginning, middle and end? YES NO
Talk to try and solve problems with adults and with other children? YES NO
Show increasingly complex imaginary play? YES NO
Talk in a way that is understood by strangers almost all the time? YES NO
Generate simple rhymes (cat-bat)? YES NO
Match some letters with their sounds (letter b says buh, letter t says tuh)? YES NO