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Ontario autism events: April Spring Break

Updated: Jun 13

As Spring Break has moved to April this year and with a stay-at-home order in place, you may wonder how to make it easier for yourself or your loved one with autism.

Spring Suncatcher Kits

Do you want to improve your fine motor skills? Express your inner artist? Have fun with making Suncatcher Kits. You can choose one of three kits: Birds, bugs, or flowers. They also include two cutouts per design, which are anywhere between six and nine inches long and coloured tissue paper. All you need are scissors and glue. Canada Post will also bring kits to your home next week.

People in the North, Central, Toronto, East and West regions can sign up.

Provincial - Black Caregiver Check in and Chat

Black caregivers who support autistic individuals can virtually check in with a black mental health professional on Monday, April 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. You can discuss unique experiences together.

Central West- Pirate Adventure

Ahoy matey! A pirate host will take you on an exciting adventure on Tuesday, April 13, from 7 to 7:45 p.m. Telling tales and looking for treasure may be part of it.

(Photo credit: Karen Zhang on Unsplash)

This event applies to people in the Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Waterloo and Wellington regions.

North- Exotic Animal Party

Autism Ontario will host another virtual exotic animal party for the North region. Boa constrictors? Colour changing lizards? Furry friends? There will be lots of animals to see.

(Photo credit: Lourdes Castro on Unsplash)

Residents in Ontario's North region can enjoy this unique event on Tuesday, April 13, from 8 to 9 p.m.

Webinar - Live - Successful Parents, Happy Families: 12 Strategies for Stressful Times [COVID Edition!] with Dale Munro

Having a family member with autism can have challenges. Dale Munro, an individual, couple and family therapist in London, Ont., will speak about stress management, family therapy research and how COVID-19 may affect everything. He will discuss strategies in these areas.

This online event will happen on Wednesday, April 14, from noon to 1 p.m.

April 14 trivia events

Are you into superheroes? Do you want to see how much you know about them? People in the Sault Ste Marie and Algoma regions can have fun with a superhero trivia event from noon to 12:45 p.m.

(Photo credit: Марьян Блан on Unsplash)

Are you into anime? This anime trivia event is for people in the Simcoe, Muskoka and Parry Sound regions from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

You will need a computer or tablet to access Zoom and view trivia questions on Kahoot and another device to get your answers to the multiple-choice questions.

West- Mom Salsa Dance Party

Autism Ontario and the Social Portal are hosting a fun virtual autism mothers-only Salsa Dance Party. This event will occur on Wednesday, April 14, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Beginner to advanced dancers are all welcome.

Mothers in the Chatham-Kent, Grey-Bruce, Huron-Perth, London, Niagara and Sarnia Lambton regions can participate.

North- Ripley's Aquarium Virtual Ray Bay Stingray Feeding

(Photo credit: Fernando Jorge on Unsplash)

Autism Ontario, Ripley's Aquarium and the aquarium's S.C.U.B.A. divers will offer a virtual tour to see animals, learn about them and with a stingray feeding for North residents. You will learn about growth, reproduction, habitat and their shark relatives.

This event will occur on Friday, April 16, from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Other notices

Interim One Time Funding and Ontario Autism Program sessions will continue during the Spring Break. There will also be a New Diagnosis Support Group for the East (Belleville, Cobourg, Kingston, Peterborough, Ottawa and Renfrew regions) on Monday, April 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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