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From time to time, the Waterloo Region Family Network (WRFN) is asked to distribute information on behalf of third parties. WRFN provides general information to self-advocates and families of children with special needs. The information provided on this website is not a recommendation, referral or endorsement of any resource, therapeutic method, or service provider. WRFN is not responsible for any information or services provided by third parties. You are urged to use independent judgment when considering any resource.

 


 

Waterloo Region FASD Action Group- Caregiver Support Group

The Waterloo Region FASD Action Group is pleased to announce the launch of a new Parent/Caregiver FASD Support Group that is being offered by Lutherwood.

 

Parents and caregivers of children with FASD often experience some degree of social isolation caused by a lack of understanding of their child’s disability from family, educators, health, and social service providers. The goal of the Parent/Caregiver FASD Support Group is to provide a forum for parents and caregivers to support and learn from one another, to share knowledge, and to build skills in order to improve outcomes for children with FASD and their families.

 

The Parent/Caregiver FASD Support Group will be co-facilitated by actual parents and caregivers in order to draw upon their own experiences and expertise while discussing a wide-range of topics that are relevant to rearing a child with an FASD. Monthly sessions will be offered from September through March, each lasting 2 hours in duration with dinner provided.

 

Click here for a list of dates and topics. 

 

To register contact 519-749-2932 ext.3336 or rmacdonald@lutherwood.ca.

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Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice Update - August 2019

Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice has shared an August update

 

In this issue you will find information about: 

  • Parent/caregiver Support Group
  • Free online training - Practical Strategies for the School Environment
  • "FASD & Education" workshop
  • All About Me - Getting Ready for September
  • Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders 
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder- Considerations for Justice Involved Individuals
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Triple P Positive Parenting Group

Triple P Positive Parenting Group starts at the CMHRT, University of Waterloo starting September 2019.

  • Triple P is an evidence-based behavioural parenting group program
  • Triple P equips parents of children ages 3 to 11 years with the skills and confidence they need to manage challenging behaviors
  • Cost is $200 for the 8 week program and includes the parenting workbook

Dates: Wednesday nights September 18 to November 6, 2019

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Venue: CMHRT, University of Waterloo (PAS 1401)

Facilitators: Dr. Marjory Phillips (supervisor) with experienced graduate students and residents in clinical psychology

 

Please contact cmhrtintake@uwaterloo.ca or (519) 888-4567 ext. 33842 if you would like to participate in the program and to discuss whether it is suitable for your family.

Space is limited. For more information, please see  https://uwaterloo.ca/cmhrt/.

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Social Groups at Monarch House

Monarch House has the following social groups starting in September.

 

Lego Club - Lego Club is a collaborative play therapy group in which children work in teams to build Lego models. Using the media of LEGO©, group facilitators target skills such as collaboration, joint attention, joint accomplishment, sharing, turn-taking, verbal communication, and non-verbal communication. The program is led by ABA Therapists under the direction of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.
This group is intended for children with ASD ages 5-8. Participants must be able to work
independently in groups of 2-3 students and have near typical language skills.

Cost: $660/child for 12 weeks

Dates: Tuesdays, September 24 - December 10, 4:30-5:30pm

Location: Monarch House, 630 Weber St. N. Suite 204, Waterloo

 

Homework Club - Homework Club involves collaborative group work through completion of a group project. Participants will be given different roles each week and will learn essential skills such as problem solving, compromising, conversation skills, and team work. Practice sheets will be provided each week to generalize skills outside of the group
session. The program is led by ABA Therapists under the direction of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.
This group is intended for children with ASD ages 8-12. Participants must be able to work independently in groups of 2-3 students and have near typical language skills.

Cost: $990/child for 12 weeks

Dates: Thursdays, September 26 - December 12, 4:30-5:30pm

Location: Monarch House, 630 Weber St. N. Suite 204, Waterloo 

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Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD Class

The ADHD & Asperger's Centre is hosting a 5 session class, "Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD."

 

Join with ADHD and Asperger's experts and other parents/caregivers of kids of all ages with ADHD and/or Asperger's to get your questions answered, support from people who've been there, and a hopeful perspective on your child's future. The ADHD & Asperger's Centre sees ADHD and Asperger's as a gift and focus on managing the negative symptoms while helping to find and harness the amazing super powers of our kids (like high intelligence, creativity, kindness, and hyper-focusing).

Part workshop, part support group, these sessions have been described as "self-care I badly needed", "a safe place to not feel guilty, for once!", and "incredibly informative". Refreshments and snacks are also offered. 

 

Topics are voted on at the beginning of each course. Topics often discussed include:

  • Homework & Chores
  • Effective Disciplining
  • Time management & Organization
  • Anger Management
  • Parent Self-Care
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Sleep Issues
  • School Transitioning
  • Career Navigation

This group will run September 11 to October 9 from 6:00-7:30pm.

 

Learn more about this opportunity on their website.  

 

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Teen Social Group for Youth with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD

The ADHD & Asperger's Centre in Guelph is running a 5 week social group or teens from 13 - 16 yrs old who have ADHD and/or Asperger's/ASD. 

 

You will meet every week for two hours to:

  • Learn social skills
  • Discuss dating issues
  • Have fun
  • Play games
  • Make friends with other youth with neurodiversity


Facilitator:
​​​This group is run by Coach Kate, an ADHD & Asperger's/ASD specialized coach with ADHD and symptoms of Asperger's herself. Kate specilizes in working with teens and youth with neurodiversity as she LOVES helping them find and harness their interests and special abilities! Always ready to break into a smile, invent a game out of nowhere, or craft a comedy routine from scratch, teens love Kate because she's young, energetic, honest, willing to embarrass herself at a moment's notice for the sake of learning, and totally nonjudgmental.

 

Learn more about this opportunity here.

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Play-A-Latte Cafe

There's a new cafe in town! Play-A-Latte Cafe wants to share a little bit about themselves with you...

 

Have you heard of Play-A-Latte Cafe? We are a new cafe that opened in March that is geared toward both coffee lovers and parents alike! Our indoor playground is catered to children aged 0-7, providing a wooden play structure and a daily dose of activities run by our Early Childhood Educators. We also have special events and host birthdays! 

Why would you want to bring your child to our facility? We are a small enclosed playground with muted decor and a calming environment. We play quiet music, we have no flashing lights, TVs or displays and you can see your child from any viewpoint. We are a peanut-free cafe and offer options that cater to different diets including vegan and gluten free. Our coffee and tea is also delicious! 


Are you looking for a venue to host an event or your child’s next birthday? You can bring in your own food and decor! We have reasonably priced “DIY” packages that can be hosted during open hours or as private bookings. If desired, we can also take care of the details for you! 

We also host “sensory” times when we turn the lights off, turn the music off and offer sensory activities. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @playalattecafe for updates or check out our website www.playalattecafe.com 

Do you have questions about our facility? Come check us out or give us a call! We want to know how we can accommodate you and your family! Mention to us that you are a part WRFN and we will give you a $2 discount off admission. 

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WRFN Family Pulse - August 2019

Inside the August issue of Family Pulse you will find information about:

  • What's Happening at WRFN 
    • A New Chapter
    • Find Your Passion
    • a school workshop with WCDSB & WRDSB
    • The 'Exceptional Swings' golf tournament
    • Camp Day
  • Coffee Club updates
  • "Navigating Periods of Transition" by WRFN Self-Advocacy Liaison, Cristina Stanger
  • Upcoming community events

Read the online version of Family Pulse or download a pdf copy.  

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A Team - August Newsletter

The A-Team is primarily run by individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome, with some assistance from Waterloo Region Family Network. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment to meet fellow adults with Aspergers Syndrome [or ASD – level 1], discuss topics of interest, share experiences, and embrace our neurological diversity.

 

In the August newsletter you will find:

  • upcoming meeting dates
  • a "quotable quote" 
  • ASD resource spotlight

Read the August newsletter here.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy workshop for postpartum depression

Not feeling yourself after having a baby? Since birth have you...

  • been sad and tearful?
  • felt overwhelmed or unable to concentrate?
  • lost interest of pleasure?
  • felt hopeless, frustrated, or angry?
  • fely anxious?
  • had difficulties connecting to your baby?

Our Place Family Resource and Early Years Centre is hosting a free one-day Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) workshop for postpartum depression. The workshops will be delivered by Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, MD, PhD.


You may be eligible to participate in the workshop if you are 18 years of age or older and have given birth within the past 12 months.

 

The workshops are part of a study conducted by McMaster University.

 

To register for the workshop or to receive more information please contact the study coordinators, Meena Rangan and Haley Layton kw1daycbt@gmail.com.

 

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