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Free Mindfulness Groups

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has been researching how to support parents and adults on the autism spectrum. As part of this research, they are holding a free web-based mindfulness group for parents and their adult sons and daughters on the autism spectrum to participate in together to learn ways to cope with stress.


Groups will run for 6 weeks on Wednesdays.

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:30pm (log-on at 6:45pm)

Dates: November 7, 14 & 21, December 5,12 and 19, 2018


If this is something you might be interested in learning more about, please complete the form and send it to Brianne Redquest at brianne.redquest@camh.ca.

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Wilfrid Laurier University Research Participants Needed - Are you the mother of a child with a developmental disability?

Hello.  My name is Laura MacGregor and I am a doctoral student at Wilfrid Laurier University.  I am completing a study of mothers who have a child with a developmental disability where the child's disability interferes with typical communication.   My study focuses on how mothers experience interconnection with their child and how they describe this interconnection to others, particularly health professionals.  In other words, I am interested in how mothers learn to "read" their children.   I am asking mothers of a child of any age who has a developmental disability as well as a communication challenge to consider participating in my study.   If you are interested I would love to hear from you via macg4706@mylaurier.ca or (519) 885-3467.  This study has been reviewed and approved by the university ethics committee (REB #5750).



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Ontario Autism Services Study

If you are a parent or primary caregiver of a child or youth diagnosed with autism living in Ontario you are invited to provide your feedback on Ontario autism services, education, and family stress & well-being through an online questionnaire.

Please click here for more information on this project. The survey should take approximately 15-30 minutes of your time. As a small token of thanks for your participation, you may choose to enter a draw for a grand prize of $500 or one of three consolation prizes of $100, following completion of the survey.


This project has been reviewed and approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University research ethics board (REB #5422).

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