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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.

 


 

Lutherwood Blog-Employment: But I've been out of work for too long for anyone to hire me

Employment: But I've been out of work for too long for anyone to hire me
Many people have experienced an elongated length of unemployment due to various changes and impacts of COVID19. Hopefully the tips in this article will help provide some strategies and hope that a next career move doesn't have to feel like an unachievable goal!

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Lutherwood Blog-Mental Health: Ways to Help Children with Climate Change Anxiety

Mental Health: Ways to Help Children with Climate Change Anxiety
Climate change anxiety in young clients has increased over the years. Fear is an adaptive emotion; it is there to help keep us safe in the face of danger. But when the danger feels large and unchangeable, it can lead to feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed. Read more to learn some strategies to help those you know with children through what they're facing!



 

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Kerry's Place- Online Calendar

Check out what's happening at Kerry's Place. To see online calendar, click here.

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Family Pulse-April 2021

Welcome to April! 

 

Inside the April issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

SEAC Updates 
Save the Date
Always Hope
What's Happening at WRFN
Steph's Corner
Community Information, Resources and Opportunities

 

You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy. 

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Muslim Social Services: Hear Me Out- Suicide Prevention Platform

A community-led, culturally sensitive, educational project founded on evidence-based resources to:

  • promote emotional health and well-being
  • de-stigmatize loss by suicide
  • increase capacity for connection and resiliency
  • tailored interventions to Muslim contexts

For more information, please contact coordinator@muslimsocialserviceskw.org

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Quick Ways to Relax

Kid Cuddle.

Standing or sitting, stretch arms out wide, wide, wide. Slowly bring arms forward, cross in front. Each hand holds onto the opposite shoulder. Squeeze, rock and cuddle the kid in your arms.

 

Cloud Push (to stretch out tight muscles). We are going to practice stretching up and pushing the clouds away. Stand tall. Place your hands on your hips. Bring one arm way up over your head and stretch it straight up. Try and reach a cloud and push it away. Push, push, push! Now let your arm fall slowly to your side. Bring the other arm up and push the cloud. Push, push, push! Now let your arm fall slowly to your side. Lift both arms up. Clasp hands together; turn the palms up and push and bounce the cloud. Slowly, slowly, let your arms oat gently back to your sides.

 

Who Knows? Stand at attention, or sit up straight with hands along sides. Raise shoulders up to your ears. Hold. Let shoulders drop. While your shoulders go up, say, “Who.” When you drop your shoulders, say, “Knows.” Repeat ve times.

 

Deep Breathing (to slow down the body and quiet the mind). Get into a comfortable position, either lying at on your back on sitting comfortably with both feet at on the oor and if you like, close your eyes. We are going to practice breathing slowly and deeply. Imagine you have a balloon in your tummy. Place one hand below your belly button. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose to a count of four. Feel the balloon ll up with air. When the balloon is full, breathe out slowly, using a count of four, to atten the balloon. Your hand may rise and fall as the balloon lls and empties.

1. Slowly blow up the balloon …. 1 ….2 …. 3 …. 4 ….

2. Now, slowly blow out and atten the balloon …. 1 …. 2 …. 3 …. 4 ….

3. Repeat ve times and then breathe normally. Caution. Remember to breathe out as slowly as you breathe in. Breathing in deeply without relaxed slow exhalation can lead to dizziness or hyperventilation.

 

Go Tight - Go Loose. Stand at attention, hands along sides, ngers pointing down. Make a fist with each hand, squeeze each hand tight. Squeeze… Squeeze… Squeeze… Relax. Now, while you squeeze your fists again, tighten your arms to squeeze your body, Squeeze…Squeeze… Squeeze… Relax. Now, this time also squeeze your legs together while making a st and squeezing your arms together, Squeeze… Squeeze… Squeeze. Relax. Repeat. Shake out your hands, arms and legs. Enjoy the sense of relaxation.

 

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Summer Camp Directory 2021

Waterloo Region Family Network was pleased to cohost the Annual Camp Info Fair with KidsAbility again this year. Together, we offered three informative virtual sessions bringing families and camp providers together. To watch the recording of these sessions, please see the links below:

 

To search through the Camp Directory for Summer 2021, please see the links below:

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IMPORTANT REMINDER to Submit Temporary Wage Increase Claim for Direct Support Workers by March 22, 2021

People and families who employ or purchase services from eligible direct support workers with funding from the Passport program are eligible for this temporary support.
 
Claims for this temporary support can be for expenses dating from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
 
For details and guidelines, please click here. 

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Populations Eligible for Phase Two COVID-19 Vaccination

To read the latest news release from the Ontario government about the next phase of Covid vaccines, click here.

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Important Information from Family Alliance Ontario

For Vaccine and Covid resources, click here.

To read a letter to the Ontario government re: Medical Triage protocols, click here. 

To read a news release from Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance, click here.

To read a news release from Family Alliance Ontario and the Ontario Disability Coalition re: protecting people with disabilities from discrimination in all Covid-19 policies and directives, click here.

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