About the program
Beyond the Walls is a program created to encourage independence, wellness, improved mental health, community involvement, joy and resilience in neurodivergent adolescents (who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or similar neurodevelopmental disorders). The focus of this program is to create capacity within the neurodivergent youth population to become more independent and have a safe place to learn how to utilize social strategies in everyday community activities.
About the upcoming module: Food and Fitness
The upcoming Beyond the Walls module will focus on Food and Fitness. This module promotes awareness of nutrition and the significance of incorporating fitness into daily living. Participants will be provided with opportunities to engage in activities that increase understanding of a nutrition label, planning for a meal (including creating a shopping list, budgeting for the list, and going to the supermarket to purchase the ingredients), developing an individualized fitness routine and creating a plan to add it to a daily routine.
This module consists of 5 sessions; some sessions may be out in the community. Families will be responsible for pick-up and drop-off for the community activities. Grandview Kids staff will meet participants at the specified community location that will be provided to families prior to the start of the module.
- Be neurodivergent youth between the ages of 13 and 19 years of age
- Benefit from explicit direction in the program topics
- Be able to manage in a group environment of three participants to one staff
- Have a reliable method of communicating their wants and needs
- Not engage in harmful behaviour to self or others
- Respect a closed door
Schedule of the Food and Fitness Beyond the Walls module
Sessions will run Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm from Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Oshawa Main Site (600 Townline Road South). Workshop development and program supervision are overseen by Grandview Kids staff, including Behaviour clinicians and Recreation Therapists.
Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) measures
Visitors to Grandview Kids are required to meet the current health guidelines and complete a daily health screening. At this time, masks are not required to attend this module. Updates to masking requirements may change throughout the duration of the group, and participants will be notified accordingly
Groups are non-refundable if the participant is unable to attend some or all sessions.