Autism workshop upcoming in Kitimat, Terrace

Parents and other advocates will have the chance to learn new skills for interacting with youth with autism

Kitimat disABILITY Resources is hosting a workshop this weekend, in partnership with the Canucks Autism Network.

The workshop will be at the Kitimat Hospital Multipurpose Room on Sunday, October 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop is also being hosted in Terrace by PacificSport Northern BC on Saturday, October 15 at the Sportplex from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..

Megan Rothney, with Kitimat disABILITY Resources, said she wanted to bring the workshop to the area to increase education and awareness around autism.

The workshop, titled “Supporting Individuals with Autism in Community Recreation,” is meant to provide teachers, coaches, parks and recreation staff, parents, and other adults who engage with children, the skills to be able to recognize what autism is and what kind of challenges people with autism experience when participating in recreational activities, as well as developing strategies for communication, coaching, rapport-building, motivation, and behavioural support.

The workshop will be led by the Canucks Autism Network programming director, Stephanie Jull, PhD. Jull has worked with the Canucks Autism Network for over 10 years.

The Canucks Autism Network was started to provide support and opportunities to families and individuals with autism in British Columbia. Earlier this month, the Vancouver Canucks announced that people can enter into their game day 50/50 raffles online for this season, with money raised from the raffle going to Canucks for Kids, which givings funding to the Canucks Autism Network, as well as other children’s charities.

Tickets are still available for the Kitimat workshop, says Rothney, and are only $10. To RSVP or for more information, email kitimatdisabilityresources@hotmail.com, or visit canucksautism.ca.