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Learn fundamental movement skills like jumping, balancing, and throwing


Early Years


Province Wide, Interior BC, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island


Fall, Winter, Spring


The Active program teaches children with autism and their siblings core movement skills such as running, jumping and balancing in a safe and supportive environment. Participants also get the opportunity to play games and practice transitions while being physically active. Learning fundamental movement skills helps children build the confidence necessary for a lifetime of sport and physical activity.

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 Physical Literacy 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)


Participant Safety Plan

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.

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

Submit a late registration request

Vancouver | Active – Participants with Autism and siblings 3-6yrs
Britannia Community Centre, Mondays, 5:00pm-5:45pm, October 26-November 30

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

  1. Name and age of participant
  2. Program Name, Time, and Location

*Reminder: Late registration requests are not guaranteed. Priority will be given to those who submit registration requests during the registration period. Thank you in advance for understanding. See our Registration FAQs.

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!