Autism Services – Beyond the Walls
Dressing for success and the how-to’s of hygiene
About the program
Beyond the Walls is a program created to encourage independence, wellness, improved mental health, community involvement, joy and resilience in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The focus of this program is to create capacity within the youth population with ASD to become more independent and have a safe place to learn how to utilize social strategies to improve integration with everyday community activities.
The upcoming Beyond the Walls module will focus on Dressing and Hygiene. This module promotes awareness of dressing according to the setting and the development of strategies to maintain personal hygiene. Participants will be provided with opportunities to engage in activities that increase their understanding of dressing for success (e.g., managing sensory processing difficulties, dressing for different environments) and be able to practice various parts of self-care skills in an interactive manner.
Participants must be youth ages 13 to 19 years of age with a diagnosis of Autism (this module is most appropriate for youth with Levels I or II Autism). Participants must be able to manage in a group environment of three participants to one staff and have a reliable method of communicating their wants and needs. Participants must not engage in harmful behaviour to themselves or others and must respect a closed door.
Sessions will run Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Thursday, September 22nd, 2022, at the Oshawa Main Site (600 Townline Road South). Curriculum development and program supervision are overseen by Grandview Kids staff, including, Behaviour Analysts, Autism Therapy Assistants, and Recreation Therapists. Note: These interventions are not behavioural in nature and are not covered by the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB) certification of the involved Behaviour Analysts.
Visitors to Grandview Kids must 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.