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I CAN Be Active

A gym based introduction to movement and sports skills
(formerly known as the Physical Literacy program)


The purpose of the I CAN Be Active program is to teach children with autism, and their siblings, fundamental movement skills in a safe and supportive environment. Learning fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping and balancing helps children build the confidence necessary for a lifetime of sport and physical activity. This program is designed to give children the opportunity to be active and work on their physical literacy through games. For more information on physical literacy, please click here or watch the following video:


Looking for additional resources to develop physical literacy and find activities beyond CAN? Visit here.

Program Structure

Supportive programs for kids with autism

Each session of the I CAN Be Active program consists of 45 minute lessons, once per week, for multiple weeks. Sessions for this program takes place three times during the year; fall (mid-October to late November), winter (late January to early March), and spring (mid-April to late May). Lessons each week include a warm-up, group games and individual skill practice that work on fundamental movement and sports skills.  


At Canucks Autism Network, we strive to meet the needs of each participant. Participants will be supported by many staff and volunteers; our staff receive training on a variety of support strategies for children and youth with autism.  Please do not hesitate to collaborate and speak with coaches and support staff about strategies to use with your child (e.g., visual schedules, first-then boards, token systems, social stories, etc.). You may contact the Program Coordinator, Caitlyn Van Dijk, at caitlyn.vandijk@canucksautism.ca with any questions or concerns.


Canucks Autism Network has prepared the following social storybook for those families who may find it helpful. To view the I CAN Be Active social storybook, please click here.

Program Criteria

  • Ages 3-6 (Must be of correct age when starting the program)
  • Have an autism diagnosis, and an active membership through the CAN Participant Membership Program
  • Siblings are welcome! Siblings must be within the same age group (3-6yrs) and must also register for the program as participants
  • Commitment to attend session on a weekly basis (See Attendance Policy)




Registration for the spring 2017 multi-week program was open to from Monday, February 20th at noon, to Friday, February 24th.
If you’d like to submit a late registration request, please email info@canucksautism.ca with the following:
1.       The name and age of the participant, and
2.       The program name, location and time that you are submitting a late request for.
To view our spring leisure guide, which lists our spring programs, locations and times, please visit: http://www.canucksautism.ca/leisureguide




 Proudly supported by:

PISE Physical Literacy Program with CAN





PacSport Vancouver Island

City of Surrey




Recreation Foundation of BC


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Vancouver Foundation

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