COVID-19 UPDATE – CHILDREN’S SERVICES: Bethesda’s Children’s Services is preparing to resume face-to-face services starting late August to early September. As we gradually bring back in-person services, we will continue to remain available to families via phone, email, videoconference and virtual services. To explore remote service options, click here for our latest calendar.

For more information on Bethesda’s plan to resume services click here.

For additional questions please contact Bethesda’s Services Coordinators at 905.684.6918 ext.170 or email serviceinfo@bethesdaservices.com

Group Programs

Bethesda offers both respite and clinical group programs across different areas of interest and skill domains.

  • ABA Skill Building Groups use evidence-based strategies that enable participants to learn and practice new skills with peers.
  • Recreational and Respite Groups provide participants with interactive social activities on evenings, weekends and school PA Days.

Flexible Teens - Virtual Group Service

Flexible Teens is facilitated by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. This group is designed for teens to promote psychological flexibility. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is used to teach teens how to focus on the present moment and identify their own personal values and translate these into concrete committed actions.  ACT is used to empower teens to think flexibly and gain self-awareness as they seek to make decisions about how they want to live their lives.  

DatePrice

Home Alone - Virtual Group Service

Using an online platform, youth will discuss topics related to staying safe when home alone.

Topics covered will include: stranger awareness, what to do in an emergency and calling 911, home safety and basic medical care for minor scrapes and cuts, internet safety, establishing a home alone routine, locking and unlocking a door, being responsible with a house key. 

This program is appropriate for children who can: follow multi-step instructions independently, communicate verbally and can participate in a virtual group setting without interfering behaviour. 

DatePrice
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Monday August 10, 2020 to Monday August 31, 2020
Ages 10+
$275.00Please Call

Keeping Your Cool - Virtual Group Service

Emotional Regulation for Kids!

This group will help teach your child to regulate their emotions using ABA teaching strategies and the Zones of Regulation Curriculum. 

Parents and children will create individual goals with a clinician and each child will have an opportunity to practice their individual goals with a clinician in addition to completing the Zones of Regulation lessons.

DatePrice
Every Tuesday, Thursday 2:00PM to 3:30PM
Tuesday July 7, 2020 to Thursday August 13, 2020
Ages 10 to 14
$250.00Please Call

Making Friends 101 - Virtual Group Service

Does your child need extra support making and keeping friends?

This group is designed to teach children a variety of social skills to become the ultimate friend: initiating a conversation, setting up a hang out, being a good sport, handling teasing and rejection.  

Children will participate in a variety of lessons and practice their new skills in interactive games and activities.  As a parent/caregiver, you will be provided with the tools to be a 'friendship coach' through feedback and weekly homework assignments that are designed to build on the skills practiced in the sessions.

DatePrice
Every Tuesday, Thursday 3:00PM to 4:30PM
Tuesday August 11, 2020 to Thursday August 27, 2020
Ages 8 to 12
$275.00Please Call

Puberty 101: Boys Group - Virtual Group Service

NEW START DATE!

In this  virtual group, children and youth will learn social and life skills related to the physical and emotional changes that occur with puberty in an engaging and interactive way. 

Topics Include: Hygiene and showering, Washing and shaving, What is puberty, Biological processes and who to talk to, Private vs. public, Social media and online safety. 

This program is appropriate for youth who can: follow multi-step instructions independently, communicate verbally and can participate in a virtual group setting without interfering behaviour.

DatePrice

Puberty 101: Girls Group - Virtual Group Service

NEW START DATE!

In this virtual group, children and youth will learn social and life skills related to the physical and emotional changes that occur with puberty in an engaging and interactive way. 

Topics include: Hygiene and showering, Washing and shaving, What is puberty, Biological processes and who to talk to, Private vs. public, Social media and online safety.

This program is appropriate for children and youth  who can: follow multi-step instructions independently, communicate verbally and can participate in a virtual group setting without interfering behaviour.

DatePrice

Ready, Set, Print! (VIRTUAL PROGRAM)

Goal: This virtual group is designed for children who are 5-6 years old, who are demonstrating difficulty with printing.  The focus of the program will be on improving printing legibility of lower-case letters (letter formation, sizing and placement, letter reversals), as well as fine motor activities that develop hand strength and dexterity needed for printing.  

Each group will consist of a maximum of 4 children (parent participation is required) and is facilitated by an Occupational Therapist.  A printing/fine motor kit will be provided to families at the start of the group, and that can be used after completion of the group to continue the learning at home.

DatePrice
Every Tuesday, Thursday 10:00AM to 10:45AM
Tuesday August 11, 2020 to Thursday September 3, 2020
Ages 5 to 6
$225.00Please Call

Ready, Set, Read! (VIRTUAL PROGRAM)

Each week, we will read a new book and target literacy skills through fun and interactive activities that are related to the story. Each group will consist of a maximum of 4 children (parent participation is required) and facilitated by a Speech and Language Pathologist. 

This group is a great opportunity for children who will be starting school in the fall!  At the end of the program, each child will receive a package containing a book and activities to continue the learning at home.

If you require assistance in determining which group is best for your child/youth, please call 905.684.6918 ext. 170

GROUP 1: Begins Tuesday August 4 at 10:00am and ends Tuesday September 1
Children in this group show an interest in books and have developing verbal language skills. Through story reading and song, children will participate in language-rich activities supporting early literacy development, and parents will learn about opportunities for increasing vocabulary using books.

GROUP 2: Begins Wednesday August 5 at 1:00pm and ends Wednesday September 2
Children in this group may have difficulty with reading but can identify letters and sounds and have average language skills. This group will focus on teaching literacy awareness skills like rhyming, blending and segmenting words to support the development of reading.

GROUP 3: Begins Tuesday August 4 at 1:00pm and ends Tuesday September 1
Children in this group may have difficulty with reading but can identify letters and sounds and have average language skills. This group will focus on teaching literacy awareness skills like rhyming, blending and segmenting words to support the development of reading.   

DatePrice
Every Tuesday 10:00AM to 10:45AM
Tuesday August 4, 2020 to Tuesday September 1, 2020
Ages 2 to 18
$225.00Please Call
Every Tuesday 1:00PM to 1:45PM
Tuesday August 4, 2020 to Tuesday September 1, 2020
Ages 2 to 18
$225.00Please Call
Every Wednesday 1:00PM to 1:45PM
Wednesday August 5, 2020 to Wednesday September 2, 2020
Ages 2 to 18
$225.00Please Call

Youth Empowerment - Virtual Group Service

Teens will learn to navigate complex social situations and make informed choices regarding topics such as personal health, unwritten social rules, relationships, consent and boundaries, social media and internet use, and salf-advoacy.  Topics will be discussed in a safe and interactive setting. 




DatePrice
Every Tuesday, Thursday 3:00PM to 4:30PM
Tuesday August 4, 2020 to Thursday August 20, 2020
Ages 14+
$275.00Please Call