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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 can be a great teaching tool and may support some individuals on the autism spectrum to learn sport skills. Videos can be watched before trying a new activity or in between practices to remind participants of what they are learning. You can access Canucks Autism Network Video Models below:

Physical Literacy

Upcoming Workshops

june 11 - supporting individuals with autism in sport
rsvp here - 

JUNE 17 - Nanaimo Training & Try It -