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During the COVID-19 pandemic, significant changes have been made to the structure of this program.

Age

Early Years

Regions

Province Wide, Interior BC, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

Seasons

Fall, Winter, Spring

Registration

All activities will be conducted in station-based format. Group games are eliminated at this time to support physical distancing.

The CAN Team continues to be committed to supporting young children to be active and develop fundamental movement skills in a safe environment.

Please note: Spectators are not allowed in facilities at this time.

Safety Plan for In-Person Programs

Our safety protocols are detailed in full in our 11-page Safety Plan.

All parents, guardians and/or participants must read the full document and agree to the protocols before their enrollment is confirmed in any CAN program.

Safety Protocols for COVID-19: What to Expect

For the latest updates, visit: canucksautism.ca/health.

Program Structure

Active lessons include individual or small group skill practice, and group games.

  • Each session consists of 45 minute lessons, once per week, for multiple weeks.
  • Sessions take place three times a year: In the fall (mid-October to late November), winter (late January to early  March), and spring (mid-April to late May).
  • Each lesson consists of up to 10 participants with autism, who may be split into smaller groups.
  • Participants are provided with a high ratio of support (1:1 or higher, if needed)
Two children with autism giving each other a high five with the support of a volunteer in our I CAN Be Active program.
A volunteer and a child with autism jump together in our I CAN Be Active program.

Support Provided

At Canucks Autism Network, we strive to meet the needs of each participant through parent collaboration.

Please do not hesitate to speak with coaches and on-site staff about support strategies that work for your child (e.g., visual schedules, first-then boards, token systems, social stories, etc.).

You can also access our Active Activity Storybook to help prepare your child for the program. Activity Storybooks describe activities or situations as well as the expected behaviours in a given context using words and often pictures. Participants can read Activity Storybooks prior to engaging in an activity to help prepare them and build predictability.

Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

 

Program Criteria

  • Ages 3-6 (Must be of correct age when starting the program)
  • Have an autism diagnosis and an active CAN Membership
  • Siblings are welcome to register alongside their sibling with autism (if age requirement is met)
  • Individuals across the autism spectrum are welcome (ratio of support can be adjusted if necessary; 1:1 or even 2:1 support)
  • Commitment to attend session on a weekly basis (See Attendance Policy)

 

Registration is closed and late registration requests may be accepted pending program availability.

Registration for Spring weekly programs took place from Monday, February 22nd at noon to Friday, February 26th at noon.

If you would like to submit a late registration request, please email [email protected] with the following information:

  1. Name and age of participant
  2. Program, dates & times, and location you are requesting late registration for

Late registration requests will be processed in the order that they are received.

Please check canucksautism.ca/health for the most-up-to-date information regarding CAN programming.

Those times don’t work for you? Access our online resources and pre-recorded programs that you can follow along at anytime or send us feedback – we’d love to hear from you!