Support Services For Families

Life Skills for Autism 

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                           Consulting Support for Families

As part of our commitment to our standards we are proud to and pleased to announce our Support Group Group. 
The aim of this service to strive and assist families by providing them informing about the various and vast options offered through out BC regarding ASD. 
We ofer 1:1 and 1:to family support group in consultation, counseling and information services. 
Our intent is to always put families first so all Support consultations are free of charge, provided by one of our qualified personnel.

Please note: That our Consulting Support is not intended to provide information regarding Life Skills Services, should you want to inquire these services please refer to our contact Life Skills Program.

If you have any specific questions on how we would tailor an individualized program specifically for your child please contact us.


Interventions commonly provided include:

  • Chronic Sorrow, Grief , peer consultation, impact of stress on the family,perspectives on the parental response of having a child with a disability. individual counseling and psychotherapy (including addressing the cognitive behavioral interventions)

  • family counseling
  • crisis counseling
  • information and education
  • multidimensional interventions regarding symptom management
  • support groups, bereavement groups
  • case management and planning of care
  • decision making and the implications of various treatment alternatives
  • resource counseling 
  • client advocacy/navigation of systems

Consider taking time for your self and your family. 

In order to avoid burnout, parents must make time for themselves. Parents often respond to this suggestion by saying that they don't have any time to do that. However, what you need to keep in mind is that even a few minutes a day can make a difference. Some parents just do such simple things as apply hand lotion or cook their favorite dinners to make themselves feel better. Parents, just like individuals with autism, need rewards in order to be motivated. Parents who have children with autism have even more of a need to reward themselves, because parenting their child is often frustrating and stressful.

In addition to rewarding themselves, family members need to reward one another. Spouses need to acknowledge the hard work that each is achieving. Also remember to thank siblings for watching or helping out their brothers and sisters. It is also important that spouses try to spend some time alone. Again, the quantity of time is not as important as the quality. This may include watching television together when the children are asleep, going out to dinner, or meeting for lunch when the children are in school.

Families may also want to occasionally engage in activities without the individual with autism. This may include mom, dad and the siblings attending an amusement park together. Often families feel guilty not including the individual with autism, but everyone deserves to enjoy time together that is not threatened by the challenges of autism.

  • Choose to take charge of your life, and don't let your loved one's illness or disability always take center stage.
  • Remember to be good to yourself. Love, honor and value yourself. You're doing a very hard job and you deserve some quality time, just for you.
  • Watch out for signs of depression, and don't delay in getting professional help when you need it.
  • When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do.
  • Educate yourself about your loved one's condition, information is empowering.
  • There is a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one's independence.
  • Trust your instincts. Most of the time they will lead you in the right direction.
  • Grieve for your losses, and then allow yourself to dream newdreams.
  • Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen.
  • Seek support from other caregiers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.

Source: National Family Caregivers Association  

    Our strategy is aimed to improve access, quality and coordination of services for children and youth with special needs and their families. Our values, principles and overarching strategies are aimed to guide the full participation and action from all goals to better supporting children and youth with special needs.

Integrated continuum of quality services will be guided by the vision, mission, values and principles of the Framework and by the six strategies for action:

  1. Placing children’s and families’ needs first:
    Functionally-based and accessible services

  2. Supporting our people: 
    Training, recruitment and retention

  3. Ensuring quality and performance: 
    Improving quality measurement and accountability

  4. Building and using the evidence base: 
    Promoting evaluation and research

  5. Simplifying the pathway to services: 
    Providers, agencies and ministries coordinating, collaborating and integrating

  6. Planning together: 
    Instituting a province-wide integrated planning mechanism