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Training & Workshops


Autism training for sports and recreation community

Canucks Autism Network is proud to be a national leader in providing autism training to the sports and recreation community.

Our workshops are eligible for NCCP professional development credits and BC Recreation and Parks Association Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

We have provided workshops and created resources to build capacity within the sector, including:

  • Coaching Association of Canada
  • Canadian Sport for Life
  • viaSport
  • BC Recreation and Parks Association
  • Special Olympics Canada
  • Jays Care Foundation/Challenger Baseball
  • Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing
  • BC Adaptive Snowsports
  • Pacific Sport
  • Engage Sport North
  • PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence)
  • Tennis BC, Curl BC, Golf BC, Soccer BC, Canoe/Kayak BC, Triathlon BC, and many others!

Workshop topics include:

  • Autism 101: Challenges faced by individuals with autism in sport/recreation settings
  • Communication Tips
  • Teaching/Coaching Tools
  • Motivation and Behaviour Support Strategies
  • Tips for Successful Inclusion


Pricing structure:

Workshop costs vary depending on the training location, size of group, and duration of the training event. We will happily provide your group with a customized quote. For more information or to request a customized training workshop for your group, please fill out this form.

Sample training tools co-developed with our sport/recreation partners:

viaSport Tip Sheets:

In collaboration with viaSport, we have developed 10 downloadable tip sheets for coaches and community recreation staff to reference when supporting athletes with autism in a sports & recreation or community setting.

Building Rapport with an Athlete/Participant with Autism
Conversation Tool Kit: For Coaches and Recreation Staff
Conversation Tool Kit: For Parents of Children/Youth with Autism
Crisis Management for Athletes with Diverse Abilities
Motivation Strategies for Athletes with Autism
Talking with Officials about Autism
Talking with Other Parents about an Athlete with Autism
Team Code of Conduct: For Sports Programs
Tips for Including a Child with Autism in an Inclusive Sport/Recreation Program
What is Autism? Info for Coaches and Recreation Staff

ViaSport/Canucks Autism Network Webinar:



This 2-hour webinar is hosted by ViaSport with special guest, Dr Stephanie Jull from Canucks Autism Network.  The session provides an introduction to autism spectrum disorders and the types of challenges that individuals with autism may face in the sports environment.  It introduces coaches, recreation and community sport leaders to a range of strategies for supporting individuals with autism in inclusive sport activities.

PISE Physical Literacy ResourcePISE/CAN Adapted Physical Literacy Resources:

I CAN Develop Physical Literacy is a resource for anyone in the community working with children on the autism spectrum.  The resource is intended to support teachers, coaches and community recreation leaders who want to incorporate inclusive physical literacy into their programming.  The resources provides a brief introduction to autism but focuses on support strategies, behavior support tools, and how to modify activities to create optimal challenge.

Canucks Autism Network Visual Supports:

A visual support is a picture or other visual item to increase communication and show learners what you are saying. They help provide a concrete representation of what you are trying to communicate when you are using strategies to increase engagement, motivation, and predictability. Visual supports can be pictures, drawings, objects, words, or lists. You can access our go-to visual supports here.

Canucks Autism Network Video Models: 

Video modelling is a great tool to use when teaching a variety of skills! Video models show an example of someone engaging in a task or activity. By watching the video model, individuals can see how to correctly complete the targeted task. You can access Canucks Autism Network Video Models below:

Fit
Soccer
Physical Literacy
Gymnastics
Swim
Basketball

Upcoming Workshops-

APRIL 4, 2017 (KELOWNA, BC): Sign-up through the BCRPA website here!
SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM IN COMMUNITY RECREATION
BCRPA 2017 SYMPOSIUM PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP
HOSTED BY THE BRITISH COLUMBIA RECREATION AND PARKS ASSOCIATION, SUPPORTED BY THE CANUCKS AUTISM NETWORK

APRIL 29, 2017 (SURREY, BC):  
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM WORKSHOP & TRY-IT DAY
HOSTED BY THE SURREY UNITED SC, SUPPORTED BY THE BC SOCCER, SPORT SURREY, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC, AND THE CANUCKS AUTISM NETWORK

Coaches: Sign-up through the BC Soccer here!
Participants: Sign-up through this form HERE!

Training: 9:00am-12:00pm
This workshop will provide an overview of autism and what it looks like in a sports setting, and introduce coaches to arrange of strategies for successfully including a participant with autism in a soccer program.
Try-It Event: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Coaches are highly encouraged to attend and volunteer at this event— practice the skills that you have learned in the workshop with players with autism on the field (in a station format)!

Northern BC Workshops: 

May 4: Fort St John- time TBD, email Karin Carlson (Pool Manager)  KCarlson@fortstjohn.ca
May 6: Dawson Creek- 1-5pm, email Emmy Blouin (Engage Sport North) at eblouin@engagesportnorth.com
May 7: Tumbler Ridge- 1-5pm, email Roxanne Trudeau (Recreation Director) rtrudeau@dtr.ca
May 8: Burns Lake- 1-5pm, email Dooseon Jung (Director of Recreation) DJung@burnslake.ca
May 9: Smithers- 6:30-9pm, email Ryan Coltura (Smithers Recreation) rcoltura@smithers.ca