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Skate

Experience the thrill of learning to skate

Age

Early Years, Children

Regions

Interior BC, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

Seasons

Fall, Winter

The Skate program teaches children with autism basic skating skills such as moving forward, gliding, and stopping in a safe and supportive environment.

Experience the Joy of Skating

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Program Structure

Skate lessons include skill practice and group games 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).

Supports 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 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.

Program Criteria

  • 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
  • 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.

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.

Registration is closed

Online registration for this program was open to CAN members from Monday, August 24 at noon to Friday, August 28 at noon.

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.

Interested in Online Resources & Activities At Home? Check out our Virtual Team Meetings, Story Time Series, and more!