Day Program Outline

The following is a description of the approach and underlying principles of our Day Program service. Our approach to learning will be adapted based on the individual’s preferences and learning goals.

Each person involved with the Day Program will have an individualised plan and activity schedule. Activities, scheduling and staffing supports will vary depending on the individual. We will be offering a blending of individual activity with group activities and outings.

Skill Enhancement


Cognitive development includes problem solving, processing information and thinking. Individuals with autism may have difficulty with some of these skills, especially since their attention spans are shorter than an individual without autism. Individuals will work on expanding their attention span and learning cause and effect through playing with others, learning shapes, colors and playing memory games. It may be observed they have only a few activities that they enjoy doing; however, it is important to encourage trying new activities.


Communication problems in individuals with intellectual disabilities and ASD can range from mild to severe. These symptoms may include only communicating with gestures and not words, developing language slowly or not at all and not pointing to objects or utilizing PECS’s visuals. Making a visual communication board with individuals will benefit them in prompting from activity to activity and ensuring expectations are known.


Individuals with a developmental disability or autism may not have mastered some of the fine or gross motor skills. For example, a person with I/D or autism may run with a limp or have trouble riding a bike which is geared to their age. Fine motor skills may be impacted as well, examples like; hand writing, scissor use, brushing teeth or brushing hair.


  • Starting, maintaining, and ending conversations appropriately
  • Taking turns speaking and listening
  • Recognizing and understanding nonverbal cues
  • Expressing thoughts and opinions in a (helpful) way
  • Initiating interactions and gaining attention in positive ways
  • Sharing with others and taking turns when playing
  • Developing reciprocal friendships
  • Recognizing expected and unexpected behaviors
  • Realizing that there is more than one way to view a situation
  • Problem solving with others and resolving conflicts
  • Learning to be assertive in a polite way

In addition, we will focus on learning and practicing basic executive functioning skills and coping strategies, such as:

  • Following directions
  • Improving attention
  • Controlling impulsive behavior
  • Increasing flexibility and ease of transitions
  • Managing and appropriately expressing both positive and negative feelings
  • Making healthy choices

Focusing on skill development, our staff will assist individuals to engage in fun activities and reciprocal interactions with peers, all within a supportive environment.


  • Exercise
  • Companionship
  • Independence
  • Gross motor
  • Fine motor
  • Vestibular
  • Sensory
  • Language
  • Communication
  • Cognitive

LIFE SKILLS (activity options)

  • Cooking (ethnic & favorite foods)
  • Baking (ethnic & favorite foods)
  • Preparing & scripting grocery lists
  • Canada Food guide knowledge
  • Personal care/ hygiene
  • Safety role playing (self & others)
  • Household chores
  • Self-esteem exercises
  • Respect exercises (self & others)
  • Self-awareness exercises
  • Understanding behaviours +/ - (self & others)
  • Understanding facial expressions/ moods
  • Sensory Stimuli materials (touch, taste, sound, vision, smell)
  • Practicing “safe hands” exercises
  • Songs
  • Board/ card games/ dominos/ puzzles/ sequencing
  • Drawing/ painting/ colour coding
  • Exercise- swimming/ ball hockey/ walks/ roller blading
  • Stretching- yoga
  • Music/ instruments
  • Outings/ day trips- grocery store/ zoo/ hockey game/ park/ Science Centre/ Wonderland etc.

Physical Facilities

All homes within CRSS are zoned or designated for group living in their local municipality. CRSS homes receive annual fire inspections, are suitably insured and have protocols in place for the ongoing monitoring and maintenance of each home. Environmental standards are consistent with CFSA licensing standards / MCSS residential compliance standards. Maintaining these legislative expectations ensures a high physical standard and a healthy, safe environment for those we support. CRSS has an internally developed Quality of Care standard that ensures our homes are individualized comfortable and geared to the person’s needs and vulnerabilities.