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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.

 


 

KidsAbility Fall Resource Guide

The KidsAbility Program and Activity Guides for Fall is a great resource for local programming.

 

Program and Activity Guide - Fall 2019

 

Guides can also be found on the KidsAbility website at www.kidsability.ca.

 

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Eye See...Eye Learn

The Eye See...Eye Learn® program is available to children born in 2015 that will start junior kindergarten in September.  This ESEL program beings July 1, 2019 through to June 30, 2020.

 

If required, Eye See...Eye Learn® will provide one pair of glasses courtesy of participating optometrists and corporate partners Plastic Plus and Modern Optical Canada. The frames are fashionable and are made with high quality and impact resistant polycarbonate lenses. The estimated value of the glasses is over $250. 

 

Annual comprehensive eye exams are covered by OHIP (health card) up to 19 years of age. 

Find a participating optometrist near you and book your child's Eye See...Eye Learn® eye exam. 

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CMHRT Psychology Consultation Services

Description of the Psychological Consultation Service

The Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment (CMHRT) psychological consultation service is intended for clients or parents and caregivers of children or youth who have had a previous psychological assessment and who wish to better understand the implications of the assessment results for themselves or for their child.

How does the Psychological Consultation Service Work?

First, the client/parent/guardian provides the CMHRT clinician with a copy of all relevant previous psychological assessment reports and other pertinent information (such as psychiatric reports, academic assessments, etc.). The clinician reviews this information in order to translate the technical psychological testing information into accessible language. A basic handout is developed that summarizes the client’s learning strengths and challenges, based upon the available previous psychological assessment information.

Next, the assigned clinician meets with the client or client’s parent or caregiver (and case manager, or others as appropriate) to review the assessment information. The clinician uses knowledge of tests and test results, as well as knowledge of development, to interpret the implications of those results for current functioning. The client or parent/guardian (if a child or younger adolescent) contributes observations of current functioning and together the clinician and the family co-create an understanding of the implications of the assessment data for everyday life. Key strategies and recommendations are also discussed and shared. 

Lastly, the CMHRT clinician provides a consultation document to the client or parent/guardian that summarizes the client’s learning in accessible language. If the previous assessment results no longer appear to fit the client, an outcome of the consultation may include the recommendation for an updated psychological assessment.  

Accessing the Psychological Consultation Service

To begin our intake process, please complete our online intake form or call the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment at 519-888-4567 x33842 or send us an email at cmhrtintake@uwaterloo.ca.  Please mention that you are specifically requesting a consultation. The CMHRT Director, Dr. Marjory Phillips, will then contact you to discuss the request. 

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NEW FASD Ontario Website

We are pleased to share that FASD Ontario has launched!
 

This website is a comprehensive, online hub where you’ll find up-to-date and accurate information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as well as access to valuable resources and services in your area and across the province. You will find:

  • FASD Sevices
  • FASD Information
  • News
  • Learning Events
  • FAQs 
  • Ask Questions

www.fasdON.ca 

www.tsafON.ca (French-language site)

 

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Samsung x Autism Speaks Canada Tablet Program

Samsung Canada in partnership with Autism Speaks Canada have given over 1,700 tablets to support and foster closer connections with the autism community in Canada. This year they are providing 500 new Samsung tablets to individuals with autism and service organizations.

 

The Samsung x Autism Speaks Canada Tablet Program is NOW OPEN for applications!

 

 

How to Apply

  1. Visit Autism Speaks Canada CONNECT
  2. Create a free profile
  3. Apply before May 20, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

  • Canadian residents
  • Individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder or organizations supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder
  • Do not currently have a touch device
  • Willing to share the benefits of the tablet with Autism Speaks Canada and Samsung online community

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact SamsungxASC@autismspeakscan.ca.

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KidsAbility 2019 Spring-Summer Program & Activity Guide

Are you looking for programs or activities for you or your child? The KidsAbility Program & Activity guides highlight some of the great programs geared toward both caregivers and children and youth with special needs. They feature KidsAbility, Firefly and community-based activities and resources. 

 

View the 2019 Spring-Summer Program & Activity Guide.

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OIFN Publications

Ontario Independent Facilitation Network is pleased to share some of their learning about facilitating change and customizing support, in service of citizenship for all people.

 

Find a list of their publication here.

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KidsAbility Program and Activity Guide Fall 2018

Are you looking for programs or activities for you or your child? These guides highlight some of the great programs geared towards both caregivers and children and youth with special needs. They feature KidsAbility, Firefly and community based activities and resources. 

 

Early Years (Birth to age 5) Program and Activity Guide

School Years (age 6 and up) Program and Activity Guide

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Help Paying for Child Care

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