The Skate program provides participants on the spectrum the opportunity to develop and practice basic skate skills in a safe and supportive environment.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing must be maintained. Due to this requirement, participants who are not yet able to stand on the ice independently will be offered the use of skate aids (t-bars) for support. If additional physical support is required, a CAN staff member will contact you to create an individualized support plan, which may include asking a caregiver to attend the program and provide physical support on ice.
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.
Experience the Joy of Skating
Skate lessons include skill practice that are individualized based on each participant’s abilities.
- Each session consists of 30 minute lessons, once per week, for six weeks.
- Sessions take place twice a year: In the fall (October to late November) and winter (January to early March).
- Each lesson consists of up to 10 participants who may be split into smaller groups.
- Participants are provided with a high ratio of support (1:1 or higher, if needed).
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 Skate 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.
- Participants must meet session age requirements as of first-day of the program
- Have an autism diagnosis and an active CAN Membership
- Individuals across the autism spectrum are welcome (ratio of support can be adjusted if necessary; 1:1 or 2:1 support)
- Commit to pay highly subsidized program fee of $10/hr (See Program Fee Payment Options)
- Commitment to attend session on a weekly basis (See Attendance Policy)
- Skate rentals are provided at all locations on behalf of CAN and will be sanitized before use
- Proper skate helmets MUST be worn (not all locations provide helmet rentals)
This program is specifically designed and adapted for individuals on the autism spectrum. We kindly ask that parents and siblings remain on the side.
Registration is closed
Registration for Winter programs was open from Monday, November 30 at noon to Friday, December 4 at noon.
Missed the registration deadline? *
CAN members can submit late registration requests by emailing [email protected] with the following information:
1. name and age of participant
2. program, date and location that you are requesting late registration for
*Submitting a late registration does not guarantee a program spot. Requests will be taken in the order that they are received.
View our Winter Program Guide for full list of programs, dates, times, and locations.
Please check canucksautism.ca/health for the most-up-to-date information regarding CAN programming.