Mackenzie Health Autism Services and Foundational Family Services

Mackenzie Health has been delivering autism services in Ontario for more than 40 years and has the knowledge and expertise to help support children and youth with ASD and their families.

Our highly qualified team consists of Board-Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs), program coordinators, consultants/senior therapists, and instructor therapists.

The Foundational Family Services program is designed to provide caregivers and their support team with a Behaviour Resource Day. The Behaviour Resource Day will provide an opportunity for the Centre for Behaviour Health Sciences (CBHS) team to understand the caregiver's situation and help them begin to lay out a plan to best prepare themselves for the Ontario Autism Program. The Resource Day will be followed up by an offering of workshops that are designed to help increase knowledge and establish environments that will help the child and caregivers succeed. The workshops include areas like ASD and Mental Health, ASD and the Justice System and How to Teach a Skill (Any Skill!)

To register for the Foundational Family Services program please call 1-888-577-6955.

Participants will learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mental health and biological, psychological and social factors that may impact or contribute to an individual's behaviour. At the end of the training, participants will be able to identify different ASD characteristics, have knowledge of the mental health concerns that are often associated with ASD, as well as take away some general prevention and skill building strategies. Information will also be provided to help participants differentiate between various factors related to ASD and other mental health concerns. For example, a person can be focused on a particular topic as a result of an anxiety disorder or as a result of an ASD diagnoses. Additional resources that could be utilized while waiting or accessing different behavioural, clinical and/or social supports will also be available.

This presentation provides information based on the idea that sleep is a skill and that issues with sleep can be addressed utilizing principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Participants will learn about what "good" sleep looks like, how sleep issues and Autism Spectrum Disorders are related, how challenges with sleep are assessed, and the different strategies that encourage good sleep hygiene.

During this training, participants will learn about the Behaviour Skills Training (BST) model. The BST is an evidence-based training model to teach new skills to individuals. The core components of this training package will be reviewed and participants will learn how to implement these strategies. Participants will additionally learn the benefits of the BST model, when and how it can be used, as well as how it can be incorporated into different environments.

The bio-psycho-social model was developed to provide a more holistic perspective of an individual and their health. Participants will learn about biological, psychological and social factors that influence behaviour and ways to support and advocate for individuals based on their identified bio-psycho-social factors. This could be the difference between a person's need for hearing aids versus willfully ignoring parental direction. Participants will learn to identify areas needing additional support within their child's circle of care.

In this training, participants will learn about language development, functional communication, and how to teach different communication skills including labeling and requesting items. Participants will also learn how to create an environment that encourages expanding vocal and augmentative communication.

Participants will learn about the Canadian criminal justice and mental health systems, and how both can intersect. At the end of the training, participants will be able to identify the different justice professionals in the courthouse, describe what to expect in court, and learn how to best navigate and provide support for an individual who has come into contact with the criminal justice system.

This training outlines the most common forms of data collection and how they are used in programming to measure success and identify common patterns of behaviour. Participants will practice using several different forms of data collection including frequency counts or time sampling measurements.

This presentation focuses on helping caregivers prioritize the skills that are necessary to navigate COVID-19 pandemic through a review of pertinent competency categories. Participants will learn how to differentiate between the skills they can work on at home incidentally with an individual versus the ones requiring more formal behavioural intervention. Participants will also be introduced to a list of behavioural strategies and techniques for teaching skills.

Understanding and processing grief is a challenge for many of us, regardless of age or diagnoses. In this presentation, participants will learn: the basics of grief and how it may manifest in themselves and those they support; how to start conversations around grief and identify any barriers that may arise when having a conversation about grief; and the importance of teaching those they love new strategies to cope with their grief and what some of those strategies are.

This two-part training package outlines the steps to teaching a skill - any skill! Using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) techniques, this training demonstrates the teaching process from setting up teaching opportunities to maintaining a skill over time. This training is a great introduction to the basic principles of ABA, as it reviews several principles of behaviour that are likely to be included in other ABA programs and training you may encounter in the future.

  • Part One: Antecedents and Prompting  
    Participants will learn about antecedents including what they are, and why they are important to understand when teaching a new skill. Setting up the environment for effective teaching, as well as how to best present instructions and visuals will also be reviewed. Next, participants will learn about various prompting procedures that may be used, depending on the skill being taught. At the end of the training, participants will be able to identify the different types of prompts, describe how to use each prompt in the prompting procedure, and identify which procedure works best for the new skill they are teaching.
  • Part Two: Reinforcement, Generalization, and Maintenance 
    Building on part one, this second half of the program ensures skills are acquired quickly and continue to be practiced for long-term success. Participants will learn the crucial technique of reinforcement and the important part it plays during both the teaching and maintenance phases of skill acquisition. Participants will also learn how to effectively fade reinforcement, ensure the skill is used when and where it needs to be used, and what to do if a newly learned skill starts to be used less frequently (generalization and maintenance).

In the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing a mask and tolerating others wearing a mask have become important skills. In this training, participants will learn strategies that encourage mask-wearing in children and youth who have difficulty wearing a mask in the community, including shaping and modeling techniques.

This training is an introduction to Telehealth and Virtual Services at the Centre for Behaviour Health Sciences (CBHS) and aims to educate parents/caregivers to effectively and efficiently use the Blue Jeans platform. Additionally, this training addresses consent, confidentiality (including limits of confidentiality), and how to create the best set up in your location to participate in Telehealth sessions. This is a recommended prerequisite training for all additional training via Telehealth services at CBHS.

This training provides participants with information about the biopsychosocial model and factors that can impact individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). One of these factors may include trauma. Participants will learn about trauma and trauma-informed approaches. Caregiver considerations for support will also be discussed. Participants will be provided with suggested resources, as well as a list of local sources of support to access further information and education on this topic.

Fundamental to the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis is the belief that behaviours happen for a reason. In this training, participants will learn why a challenging behaviour persists over time and how knowing the function informs the development of intervention strategies. Additionally, participants will learn ways to prevent problem behaviour from occurring, including the use of visuals, priming, and environmental accommodations.

This training outlines the various readiness skills that would be beneficial for an individual to have when entering the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) core services and/or a school setting. Participants will be provided strategies to teach various readiness skills (e.g., sitting, following instructions, introductory play and social skills, etc.).

Participants will learn about the importance of teaching sexuality and boundaries to children/adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They will learn more about the term sexuality and discuss the importance of teaching healthy sexuality. They will learn about normal sexual development and any areas that may be of concern. Areas to consider teaching your child/adolescent will be provided, as well as resources to support these topics.

Note: Two separate workshops are available - one for young children and another for adolescents.

Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital

10 Trench St.
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 4Z3
Local to Richmond Hill: 905-883-1212
Local to Vaughan: 905-832-4554
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