We are excited to announce our Centre has now reopened and we cannot wait to see your smiling faces again!
Effective June 22nd, the only service available in our office is 1:1 therapy. This includes ABA and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). All group work, social skills groups, camps, etc., will remain on hold until further notice. While there will be some changes to the way that we see clients, your experience and high level of care will remain the same and in fact will be better than ever.
Important Changes to Note
So as to maintain social distancing, all clients will have a staggered time entry. Clients are asked to enter the office alone with no additional family members or friends. If a parent chooses to accompany their child, the same protocols will apply upon entry. It is important to note that due to social distancing protocols we will be unable to allow siblings in the office at this time (unless that sibling also has a therapy appointment). No one will be permitted to enter the office until their scheduled appointment time.
Our restrooms will be closed so please make sure you use the facilities at home before your appointment.
Upon entry to our office we will take each client’s temperature with our contactless thermometer and assist with hand sanitization. If you must accompany your child, we will also take your temperature as well as ask that you sanitize your hands. You must wear a mask. When bringing your child for therapy, you will be required to answer a short panel of COVID-19 assessment questions. These questions must be answered before you or your child will be admitted to our office.
ALL CLIENTS MUST BE WEARING A MASK TO ENTER THE OFFICE. (A cloth or surgical mask of your choosing is appropriate.) We recognize this may be difficult for some of our learners and will work with them on a case by case basis.
Autism Unplugged Learning Centre is committed to the safety and well being of our clients and staff. As per Government Regulations and recommendations from the College of Psychologists for reopening (COVID-19 Operational Requirements: Health Sector Restart / Directive #2 from Chief Medical Officer of Health), we will be adhering to the following procedures:
-Maintaining social distancing of at least 2 metres (approximately 2 arms lengths) from others, as much as possible
-Providing workers more opportunities to keep their hands clean, for example by providing hand sanitizer throughout the centre
-Providing workers with the required personal protective equipment
-Ensuring workers are using all required personal protective equipment appropriately
-Scheduling client and staff breaks at different times to avoid large groups
-Staggered entry for all appointments
-Requiring workers to stay home if they are sick
-Holding meetings and therapy (as much as possible) in outdoor spaces
-All non-essential items have been removed
-Common areas and other high-touch surfaces and objects handled by clients/patients (e.g., reception counters, chairs and seating areas, door handles, handrails, washroom fixtures, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected after each use with a hard surface area cleaner approved by Health Canada
-Assessment materials or other equipment or items handled by multiple clients/patients should be cleaned and disinfected after each use as above
-Staff will be encouraged to bring meals from home, rather than going out and returning to the office at lunch or introducing additional individuals to the workplace [i.e., meal delivery services]
-Use of common areas will be minimized
-Wherever possible, members and staff will refrain from sharing phones, desks, offices and other tools and equipment
-There will be no “visitors” in the office until further notice
- Screening for anyone entering the centre
- Physical distancing and barriers (inside and outside the centre)
- Good ventilation
- Frequent cleaning and disinfection of surfaces
- Source control masking
- Personal protective equipment on all learners/staff without a medical exemption
Please also note that *no* Autism Unplugged Learning Centre staff have:
-Returned from aboard, including the United States
-Have been required to self-isolate for any reason
-Live south of Newmarket
-Work in any long-term care facilities
-Work in any care facilities other than Autism Unplugged Learning Centre or provide respite care of the sort
While there will be no “visitors” in the office until further notice, we are happy to offer virtual appointments for parent consultations.
We will continue to review recommendations from the Ministry and the Chief Medical Officer of Health and provide updates to our families as appropriate.
Questions and/or comments can be made here.
Resources for Children, Youth, and Families During the Pandemic
A pandemic can be a very stressful time for youth, families and communities. It is a time when people may respond with an increased sense of stress and anxiety.
This is the time to reach out, stay connected, lean on one another, and seek support, even if we cannot be in close proximity.
Autism Unplugged Learning Centre recommends the following resources to help our clients, families, and communities. We encourage you to share this page broadly and checkback often as we will update these resources regularly.
Federal Government COVID-19 Update
This website provides the most up-to-date information on how the Government of Canada is responding to COVID-19:
Provincial Government COVID-19 Update
This website provides the most up-to-date information on how the province is responding to COVID-19:
Provincial Government School Funding
The Ministry of Education is providing financial support to parents to assist with the costs of educational resources during school and child care closures as a result of Ontario’s declared emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Parents are eligible for a one-time per child payment of:
$200 for children aged 0-12, or
$250 for children with special needs aged 0-21.
Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
If you stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks. Information here.
How to Talk to Children About COVID-19
This article helps parents understand how to communicate with their children about COVID-19 to reduce worry and anxiety:
How Parents Can Support Young Children
This article provides parents with tips on how to nurture and protect their children at home:
How Parents can Support Teenagers and Young Adults
This article provides parents with some tips on how support the teenagers and young adults in their life:
How To Cope with Anxiety and Stress
This article helps to understand what stress and anxiety is, what it can look like and what we can do if we are experiencing it for ourselves or our family members:
Tension Release Exercise
How you can help your body to feel less stress and anxious:
12 Instant Stress Busters
Try these tips to help you manage stress and anxiety in the moment:
Learn how to use your breath to help you feel calmer and less stressed:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmJNbTR7d_s (background info)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEZ8saVbC_A (breathe in and out with square)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54EcTJSTP64 (breathe in and out on tone)
http://youtu.be/_mZbzDOpylA (video with Elmo, Collbie Callet and Common the Rapper)
How to Cope with Feeling sad, lonely, or depressed
This article helps to understand what depression is, what it can look like and what we can do if we are experiencing it for ourselves or our family members:
How to Cope with Depression during Covid-19
Ways to help you manage feeling sad, lonely or depressed.
How to Help Youth Manage Emotions
When your child’s emotions get too big, here are some ways to help calm down:
Body Scan Meditation
How a mindfulness practice can help kids become less anxious and more focused during times of stress.
The following are a list of different ways you/your child can practice mindfulness: