PROGRAM DATES: January 9 - February 27.2020
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WHAT IS LINK@OSNS?
LINK@OSNS is a place for youth! It is designed to help young people with Autism or social communication difficulties develop social skills and make friendships in a welcoming, fun and engaging environment.
LINK@OSNS was created by an Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Therapist, Social Worker and Behaviour Interventionist. LINK@OSNS will be delivered by OSNS staff and supported by local youth leaders - our YOUTH CREW!
Youth Participants and Youth Crew will meet once a week every Wednesday & Thursday after school (3:30 - 5:30 pm) to share interests, participate in social activities and spend time with others.
Learn social negotiation skills
Learn relationship building skills
Meet new people
Try new activities
Hang out and have fun!
Board games (Heads Up, UNO, Giant Jenga, Cards etc.)
Cooking / eating (making smoothies,BBQ events, baking muffins)
- Outdoor activities
- Art (paint night, pumpkin carving, tree ornaments)
- Building a photo wall (polaroid cameras and films)
- Other activities decided by participants
LINK@OSNS is located at OSNS Child & Youth Development Centre. It has indoor and outdoor areas that meet varied sensory needs including adjustable lighting, a low key sensory space, hammocks, kitchen, soft couches and a large projector screen. There is a designated outside entrance for youth to the LINK@OSNS space.
January 9 - February 27, 2020
Wednesday: 3:30 - 5:30 pm PST ( youth participants 11 - 12 yrs )
Thursday: 3:30 - 5:30 pm PST ( youth participants 13 - 15 yrs )
Please note that this program runs for 8 weeks. We will not have drop-in availability
"Everyone will have a friend"
In order to ensure success we will be
speaking with families upon registration
to determine if this is a good fit for
This is a fee for service program that accepts autism and private funding. We strive to meet the financial needs of all families. Please reach out to Andria Anderson at if you would like more information about the program and funding options. The program cost is $1100.00 per 8 week block of sessions.
Our LINK@OSNS lead will contact
you to follow up with more
information about the program.
COME JOIN OUR STUDENT
LINK LEADERSHIP CREW!
We need your help to run the LINK@OSNS youth activities!
We are looking for students interested in building relationship skills and working with youth. Your role would assist in the support and engagement of LINK@OSNS program activities. Since most of the youth attending may be living with Autism and other abilities, peer role modeling can be a natural learning opportunity.
Youth Leadership Crew Commitment?
Commit to once a week either Wednesday or Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30 pm PST
We are looking for an 8 session day commitment
LINK@OSNS session start will be 6 weeks prior to the Christmas break beginning November 20th or 21st (dependant on age group) and ending January 24th. Another session will begin again February 2020. Please stand by for confirmed dates!
We are looking for a total of 6 Youth Leadership Crew members to volunteer per program - 3 per session based on age group
Staff at OSNS will be providing a two hour training session in late October that will include an overview of the program and the different activities you will be supporting. You will learn about various abilities and how to engage and disengage with youth participants.