Autism Know How

Autism Know How: Supports, Resources & Coaching

Horizons’ Autism Know How provides educational training and tools to those supporting individuals with autism spectrum (ASD) and other developmental disorder. Horizons’ Autism Know How team provides training and planning sessions to enable families, community members, paraprofessionals, and professionals to assist people of all abilities to gain the necessary skills they need to follow their personal plans and live a meaningful life!

 

COVID-19 Resources

Picture story/visual narrative to help explain the coronavirus.

Coronavirus - Social Narrative (PDF)(PowerPoint)

 

Educational Training (1 or 2 day)

Horizons’ Autism Know How provides educational training and tools to those on the autism spectrum (ASD) and to those supporting a person with ASD or a developmental disability. Horizons’ Autism Know How team provides training sessions and education for families, community members, paraprofessionals, and professionals about best practices that can assist and empower a person on the spectrum to gain the necessary skills they need to follow their personal plans and to assist them to live a meaningful life where they live, work and play.

  • Foundation of knowledge related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Why Individuals with ASD Experience the World Differently than Others
  • Person-directed support for Respite & Residential service providers
  • Social Communication Strategies for Building Relationships and Reducing Behaviours that Challenge
  • Introduction to Positive Behavioural Supports (PBS): Environmental Accommodations & Support Strategies
  • Supporting Personal Development & Well-Being
  • Supporting Life Skills Development (Personal care, Home Living, Health Care & Personal Safety, Social Skills & Relationships, Vocation, Self-Advocacy)
  • Other topics: Transition Planning through MAPS and PATH, Grief, Boundaries & Confidentiality,and Exploring Values

 

Consultation Services and Supports

 

  • Supported Housing Planning: Guiding individuals and families through the process of developing supported housing plan proposals that can be used to design or adapt their own home with the support they need to live a good life in the community.
  • Improve Quality of Life: Development and implementation of collaborative person-directed planning tools, such as PATH or MAPS, which use a structured process to develop value-based goals and help build community.
  • Personal Development & Well-Being: Build socio-emotional skills, create recreation opportunities, expand leisure choices, further develop executive functioning skills, and guide Universal Design for Learning (UDL) supports in the classroom.
  • Awareness & Acceptance: Promoting awareness & acceptance culture in the community.
  • Transition Support: Conduct a T-TAP Assessment (i.e., TEACCH: Transition Assessment Profile) based on an individual’s strengths and goals, and assist with the transition process - school to school, school to small option home, family home to a NEW home, or to new residential option.
  • Assistive Technology: Supporting & promoting the use of assistive technologies such as visual supports, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and various apps used on the iPad that can be utilized in the home, school, vocational or community setting.
  • Environmental Accommodations: Rearranging the home or school environment to accommodate the needs of the individual (i.e., play, leisure, workspace, sensory).
  • Life Skills Development: Conduct a FACTER Assessment (i.e., Functional Assessment & Curriculum for Teaching Everyday Routines) to further develop everyday routines using the strengths and goals of the individual. Promotes independence, relationships and participation in the community!
  • Social Skill Development: Individualized or small social groups using the PEERS Program or Social Skill Strategies.