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  • St.Amant Leisure Guide accepting spring activity proposals

  • March 5, 2019
  • The St.Amant Leisure Guide offers leisure and recreation opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism who are supported by St.Amant.

    We’re currently accepting proposals from those who have skills to share and wish to facilitate a proposed activity OR for individuals to deliver suggested activities that participants have asked for.

    Apply online by Friday, March 15, 2019.

    View the winter Leisure Guide catalogue as a reference for the type of activities offered.

    Previous sessions were a great success and proved to be a place to make new friends and try new things.

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  • Spring solstice ceremony and sharing circle open to everyone

  • March 4, 2019
  • Join us as we gather on Tuesday, March 12, at 1:30pm-2:30pm in the Chapel at 440 River Road to celebrate the arrival of the new spring season.

    This experience is open to all.

    Please support those who find meaning in wearing their traditional clothing to prepare accordingly. Blankets will also be available.

    People who have their own drum practice are asked to bring their drum to share in the opening and closing songs. Those who practice First Nations, Metis or Inuit dance will have a space to share their dance during the songs.

    We will be hosting friends from the WRHA Indigenous Health and Cultural Care program who will lead us in a ceremony, a smoke-free smudge and a sharing circle. Afterward, we will enjoy some refreshments and a traditional snack.

    If you have any questions please contact Andrew Terhoch at aterhoch@stamant.ca or 204-256-4301 ext. 2611.

     

     


  • Manitoba Moose launch 2019 Autism Awareness Campaign in support of St.Amant

  • February 22, 2019
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    St.Amant Foundation has partnered for a fourth year with the Manitoba Moose for an Autism Awareness campaign in support of St.Amant Autism Programs. The campaign officially launches on Saturday, March 9 at 6 pm when the Moose face the Rockford IceHogs at Bell MTS Place for their Autism Awareness Game presented by Red River Co-op.

    The Moose will wear special edition Autism Awareness jerseys, featuring a puzzle piece design and families supported by the Autism Programs will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. St.Amant staff will be volunteering at gates 105 and/or 118 selling teddy bears in support of St.Amant Foundation. A video featuring one of the St.Amant autism classrooms will also be played during the second intermission.

    Select player jerseys will be auctioned off at the game with a remaining selection available online in the days to follow. Net proceeds from the Autism Awareness jerseys will be donated to the St.Amant Foundation.

    The Moose will provide a ‘quiet room’ for those attending the game who may need a break from the sights and sounds in the arena. Sensory toolkits will be available at the game and the team will also publish a ‘Guide to the Game’ offering information to assist all fans in enjoying their experience at the Autism Awareness Game.

    Tickets for the Autism Awareness Game on Saturday, March 9, are available now at moosehockey.com/tickets. Over 700 people connected to St.Amant will be at the game, having already bought tickets in an exclusive ticket promotion.


  • Museum experience provides sensory-friendly fun 

  • February 5, 2019
  • Manitoba Children’s Museum’s Explore-Abilities Morning is a sensory-friendly and interactive event happening on February 9, March 23 and June 1 from 8 am to 9:25 am. For just $5, people with autism and their accompanying family member or caregiver are welcome to attend.

    Trained employees, smaller crowds, designated quiet zones, extra signage for safety, and lower sound and light in the galleries make for more comfortable experiences, offered in an accepting environment. Sensory-sensitive gear such as sunglasses, ear defenders, weighted lap pads, and fidget toys are available for the asking.

    Note: The Children’s Museum opens to the general public at 9:30 am. Visitors are welcome to stay after this time, however, lights, sounds, signage, and other Explore-Abilities elements/accommodations will return to regular operating levels at 9:30 am. Registration is required for this event. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

    Click here to register and learn more about the Explore-Abilities Access Program.


  • Free autism workshop series provides skills for managing challenging behaviour

  • February 4, 2019
  • St.Amant is offering more Fulfilling Potential Workshops for community members. As always these workshops are free and you are not obligated to all five. Participants will learn about the characteristics of autism and the underlying causes of challenging behaviour.  We will also discuss evidence-based strategies for effectively teaching skills and managing challenging behaviour.

    Our goal is to share valuable information and procedures that will empower you to support children with autsim as they grow towards their full potential as loving and capable family members, friends, coworkers, and members of our community.

    As the next sessions begin on March 7, please read the information below and respond if you are interested in registering for any or all of these courses.

    For inquiries or to register please contact: April Plett at 204-256-4301 ext. 4398 or aplett@stamant.ca.

    Space is limited. First come, first served!

    ** The focus of these workshops will be on supporting younger children, up to grade 1. Most of the content is applicable to supporting children of any age. ** 

    Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder and ABA
    Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St.Amant, 440 River Road, East Dining Room (Ground level)

    Participants are introduced to the common signs and symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The goal in class 1 is for participants to have a better understanding of what life is like for kids with autism and to imagine how the symptoms of autism can influence the skills and knowledge that children develop as they grow up.

    Understanding Challenging Behaviour
    Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St.Amant, 440 River Road, West Dining Room (Ground level)
    ** This class is a prerequisite for Managing Challenging Behaviour

    In this class, participants are introduced to a practical way of understanding challenging behaviour. Using the tools of Applied Behaviour Analysis, participants will be empowered to investigate the causes of challenging behaviour in the lives of the people they support. This class is an essential prerequisite for Challenging Behaviour 2, in which today’s knowledge will be used to begin developing behaviour support plans.

    Managing Challenging Behaviour
    Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St.Amant, 440 River Road, West Dining Room (Ground level)
    ** Participants must first register for Understanding Challenging Behaviour

    It is often difficult to understand challenging behaviour. In the last class, participants were introduced to the behavioural interpretation of challenging behaviour, why it happens, and the elements in our environment that influence learning. Today we will use that knowledge to begin developing behaviour support plans of our own to help the people we care about to reach their fullest potential.

    Effective Goals and Teaching Strategies
    Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St.Amant, 440 River Road, East Dining Room (Ground level)

    We are usually pretty good at identifying big-picture, long-term goals for the people we support (e.g. more independence, meaningful relationships, academic skills, etc.) It can be much more difficult; however, to establish a step-by-step process to reach those goals that takes into account the individual’s strengths, preferences, and unique challenges. Today, effective teaching strategies will be introduced to help participants set goals, teach important skills, and remain optimistic about the future.

    Potty Training Like A Pro
    Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    St.Amant, 440 River Road, East Dining Room (Ground level)

    In this class, participants will learn to potty train like a pro! Readiness signs for toilet training are covered, and a behavioural plan to toilet training is explained. Practical tips and discussion about common barriers met during toilet training are also a part of this interactive workshop.