Community Living (Social Skills for Children & Youth with Special Needs)

SOCIAL SKILLS FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH WITH SPECIAL NEEDSAll children should be able to feel accepted, that they have input, and are part of a larger whole.  SHARE Family & Community Services’ groups for children and youth not only provide learning opportunities, develop motor and life skills, but also enables each child to experience interaction and a connection with their peers, in a safe environment that teaches appropriate social practice.

ACTIVITY CLUB – GROUP FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

  • Youth Workers provide activity-based learning opportunities to help develop age-appropriate social, motor and life skills.
  • Who is it for: children aged 5-8, and 9-12.
  • When: Once a week.
  • Where: SHARE’s Family Resource Centre at Mountain View Elementary (Coquitlam).
  • Registration:  Referrals to the individual and Group Service must be made by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. You may contact them at: 604-528-3950.

CLUB – GROUPS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Supper Clubs focus on supporting children/youth to acquire meal planning and meal preparation skills while encouraging social interaction through the practice of dining together and group activities.  There are groups for 8-12 year olds and for 13-18 year olds.

  • Purpose: children with special needs developing life and social skills by helping prepare dinner with youth workers and their peers. There is also time for other creative and recreational activities, as well as occasional community outings.
  • Who is it for: children and youth 8-18 years old.
  • When: One Friday evening every two weeks. 4 Hours per session.
  • Where: 2 locations: SHARE’s King Edward Street site, #200-25 King Edward Street, Coquitlam and SHARE’s Clarke Street site, 2615 Clarke Street, Port Moody. Location does not change for a specific group.
  • Registration: Referrals to the individual and Group Service must be made by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. You may contact them at: 604-528-3950.

YOUTH SKILLS AND TRAINING GROUP “SUPER YOUTH”

This is a social group for youth aged 16-18 years old.  The focus is on learning about skills building resources and volunteer training in the surrounding community. The group makes appearances at various community events to take on supervised leadership and peer modelling roles.

  • Purpose: Youth Workers support youth to explore skills and education opportunities in preparation for job or volunteer possibilities in the future.
  • Who is it for: open to youth 16 -18 years old with, but not limited to, Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning Autism and a diagnosed mild developmental disability. A moderate knowledge of community safety is also an expectation for participants of this group.
  • When: Monday after school. 2 hours per session.
  • Where: SHARE’s Clarke Street site, 2615 Clarke Street, Port Moody.
  • Registration: Referrals to the individual and Group Service must be made by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. You may contact them at: 604-528-3950.

BOY’S GROUP

Boys Group is a social group for male youth aged 15-18 years old.  The focus is on preparing for adulthood, increasing independence and social skills between peers and in the community. The group meets once a week on Tuesday evenings.

  • Purpose: Youth Workers support youth to achieve their life and social skills in anticipation for adulthood.
  • Who is it for: open to males 15-18 years old with, but not limited to, Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning Autism and a diagnosed mild developmental disability.
  • When: Tuesday evenings. Some special outings on Saturday as well.
  • Where: SHARE’s King Edward Street site, #200-25 King Edward Street, Coquitlam.
  • Registration: Referrals to the individual and Group Service must be made by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. You may contact them at: 604-528-3950.

GIRL’S GROUP

Girl's GroupGirls Group is a social group for female youth ages 10-18 years old. The focus is on preparing for adulthood, increasing independence and social skills between peers and in the community. Older girls in the group are allowed to explore mentor and leadership skills with the younger participants. There are also opportunities for the group to discuss gender specific issues. The group meets once a week.

  • Purpose: Youth Workers support youth to achieve their life and social skills in anticipation for adulthood.
  • Who is it for: open to females 10-18 years old with, but not limited to, Asperger’s Syndrome, high functioning Autism and a diagnosed mild developmental disability.
  • When: Wednesday evenings, 2 hours per session.
  • Where: SHARE’s Clarke Street site, 2616 Clark Street, Port Moody

Registration: Referrals to the individual and Group Service must be made by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. You may contact them at: 604-528-3950.