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Programs

 

A supportive place, where skills are developed and confidence is built, can make a tremendous difference for families living with special needs. Our programs provide participants with a warm, caring setting where they can feel welcome and safe, knowing they’re surrounded by others who understand.

Programs

Active Start and FUNdamentals

Adapted from the Special Olympics Canada curriculum, Active Start and FUNdamentals programs teach children with special needs the basic movement and sports skills needed for an active lifestyle.

  • Active Start, which is open to children ages 3.5 to 7, focuses on running, jumping, catching, throwing, kicking, striking, balancing and body awareness. This program is offered in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph.

  • FUNdamentals, which is open to children ages 8 to 12, focuses on the ABCs of movement – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed, through common sports. In this program, children are introduced to sports rules, ethics and basic tactics. Activities are non-competitive -- and always fun. This program is offered in Kitchener and Waterloo.

Active Start and FUNdamentals run in the fall, winter and spring. For more information, please call Krista McCann at 519-886-9150, ext. 2, or email her at Krista.McCann@wrfn.info.

Coffee Club

Our Coffee Club gives youth and adults with special needs a place to connect with friends and feel at home.

This drop-in social group is open to people with disabilities, who are age 16 and older. We meet two Mondays each month, from 7 to 9 p.m. Each night includes a planned social activity, such as:

  • Creating art
  • Exercising
  • Playing games
  • Watching movies

Sometimes, we meet for dinner at different local restaurants, and attend community events and festivals together.

 

Coffee Club is facilitated by Carmen Sutherland. As a co-creator of the program, she’s been running Coffee Club for more than five years.

 

For more information on our Coffee Club, please call Carmen Sutherland at 519-500-7153, or email her at Carmen.Sutherland@wrfn.info.

Support Groups

Belonging to a community of support is paramount to family wellness. The sharing of experiences strengthens and builds capacity to deal with the challenges and joys of parenting a child with special needs. It reduces isolation through mutual understanding and the potential to create new connections.  WRFN provides the following group support opportunities for families:

 

School Issues Support Group

This peer-led group provides support, advice and a safe environment for parents who have questions or concerns about school issues affecting their children with special needs.

 

Communication My Way

A peer-led augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) group that welcomes all ages and levels of AAC users and their caregivers.

 

Kaleidoscope Kids

A free drop-in program in Waterloo for parents and siblings of children with special needs.

 

A New Chapter: Families Moving Forward

In partnership with Bridges to Belonging, this peer-led eight-week program provides support for parents and caregivers of young adults with disabilities. Each meeting, the group shares ideas, experiences, resources and strategies for planning for the future.

 

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Programs

 

A supportive place, where skills are developed and confidence is built, can make a tremendous difference for families living with special needs. Our programs provide participants with a warm, caring setting where they can feel welcome and safe, knowing they’re surrounded by others who understand.

 

 

Active Start and FUNdamentals

Adapted from the Special Olympics Canada curriculum, Active Start and FUNdamentals programs teach children with special needs the basic movement and sports skills needed for an active lifestyle.

  • Active Start, which is open to children ages 3.5 to 7, focuses on running, jumping, catching, throwing, kicking, striking, balancing and body awareness. This program is offered in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge and Guelph.

  • FUNdamentals, which is open to children ages 8 to 12, focuses on the ABCs of movement – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed, through common sports. In this program, children are introduced to sports rules, ethics and basic tactics. Activities are non-competitive -- and always fun. This program is offered in Kitchener and Waterloo.

Active Start and FUNdamentals run in the fall, winter and spring. For more information, please call Krista McCann at 519-886-9150, ext. 2, or email her at Krista.McCann@wrfn.info.

Coffee Club

Our Coffee Club gives youth and adults with special needs a place to connect with friends and feel at home.

This drop-in social group is open to people with disabilities, who are age 16 and older. We meet two Mondays each month, from 7 to 9 p.m. Each night includes a planned social activity, such as:

  • Creating art
  • Exercising
  • Playing games
  • Watching movies

Sometimes, we meet for dinner at different local restaurants, and attend community events and festivals together.

 

Coffee Club is facilitated by Carmen Sutherland. As a co-creator of the program, she’s been running Coffee Club for more than five years.

 

For more information on our Coffee Club, please call Carmen Sutherland at 519-500-7153, or email her at Carmen.Sutherland@wrfn.info.

Support Groups

Belonging to a community of support is paramount to family wellness. The sharing of experiences strengthens and builds capacity to deal with the challenges and joys of parenting a child with special needs. It reduces isolation through mutual understanding and the potential to create new connections.  WRFN provides the following group support opportunities for families:

 

School Issues Support Group

This peer-led group provides support, advice and a safe environment for parents who have questions or concerns about school issues affecting their children with special needs.

 

Communication My Way

A peer-led augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) group that welcomes all ages and levels of AAC users and their caregivers.

 

Kaleidoscope Kids

A free drop-in program in Waterloo for parents and siblings of children with special needs.

 

A New Chapter: Families Moving Forward

In partnership with Bridges to Belonging, this peer-led eight-week program provides support for parents and caregivers of young adults with disabilities. Each meeting, the group shares ideas, experiences, resources and strategies for planning for the future.