Lots of fun and events this month with Victoria Autism.
October 2018 News
This Halloween we are meeting to do trick or treating at a local mall, Westshore Town Centre aka Can West Mall. We may add a second mall once more halloween mall events are announced, watch our website and facebook account for details. Please register so we have an idea of the numbers attending.
Teen escape room challenge!

Join our Autism Teen Group on Sunday, October 28th from 11am-1pm at Quest Reality Games.

Please register here so we know you're coming.
September 2018
Social Skills Dev. and Autism
One of the challenges children and adults on the spectrum face is learning how to act in
the wide variety of social encounters we all face on a daily basis.
The desire to engage is often there, but such an experience can be utterly overwhelming.
We are all social beings and desire to be part of a community, even if such a desire remains unarticulated. How can we help our children become more engaged with their world? One answer is the build up social skills.
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VSCA Parents Night Out
*with Limited childcare provided*

Meet other parents, relax, eat and de-stress around the pool table or ping pong table.

Monday, Oct 22nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Saanich Commonwealth Place 
Please register here.
Did you know our VSCA Library has equipment & books?
Pick up and Drop off is **By Appointment** 
Book an appointment through:
You can see our books here and equipment here.
or request to reserve and borrow a FREE ipad here.
Consumer Corner ...Continued from above
Autism Speaks defines social skills as ‘the rules, customs, and abilities that guide our interactions with other people and the world around us. In general, people tend to “pick up” social skills in the same way they learn language skills: naturally and easily. Over time they build a social “map” of how to in act in situations and with others.’People with autism can have a harder time picking up and learning these social cues. The development of social skills for people with autism can involve:
  • Direct or explicit instruction and "teachable moments" with practice in realistic settings
  • Focus on timing and attention
  • Support for enhancing communication and sensory integration
  • Learning behaviors that predict important social outcomes like friendship and happiness
  • A way to build up cognitive and language skills
As there are a myriad of social encounters in many difficult locations, we can look to the following specialists to be a participant in the development of social skills:
  • occupational therapists
  • behavioral therapists
  • school psychologists
  • general education teachers
  • health and PE teachers 
  • many other direct care staff
Many of these skills can be taught within the context of a social skills group. Enquire if you think a group might be the right setting for your child.

Andrew Koster is the owner of Perfect Day Special Needs Store where you can find products that can help ease your child's transition back to school. 
You can learn more about Perfect Day’s products on social skills development by clicking here.

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