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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.

 


 

Youth Job Connection Workshops

Are you under 30 and looking for work? Get ahead in your job search, connect with employers and get paid to do it! YJC-Lutherwood now offers online help.

Click here to get more details.

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ConnectAbility Covid-19 Resources

Find answers to your Covid-19 questions, share experiences and discover events to stay active and connected.

Click here to see more resources.

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Family Pulse-December 2020

Welcome to December! 

 

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

All Feelings are OK 
SEAC Updates
What's Happening at WRFN
Information, Resources, & Opportunities

 

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

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Putting Family Mental Health First: 7 Tips to Get Ready for the Holiday

It’s Been a Hard Year.

Here, at Children’s Mental Health Ontario, we know that many families and children across the province have been struggling deeply with mental health in these very unusual, trying days. On top of it, parents have been working hard for our families to manage health risks and find our way through the pandemic. For example, the return to school has been extraordinary for so many of us, especially those of us with a child or youth struggling with mental illness. These last few months, we have had to forgo traditional celebrations that are important to families and children, such as Thanksgiving dinners or trick-or-treating on Halloween.

And now, the holidays are upon us.

It’s a lot.

But here is the thing: We are doing it!

We are doing our best – and that is good enough right now. We will get through this next stage, too.

 

We know that many parents are going to be working overtime this year to find new ways to recreate the holidays to not lose the magic of the season. We know you want to keep the sparkle in your kids’ eyes, to keep them engaged and connected. With the support of our network of child and youth mental health experts, we have rounded up some tips and ideas to help your family support your child’s mental health and manage the holidays in a pandemic.

Télécharger: Le bien-être mental de votre famille d’abord: 7 conseils pour se préparer à la période des fêtes  

 

1) Prioritize Mental Health in the Holidays

Even in a typical year, the holidays can be an especially challenging time of year for many families. Expectations of the holidays can be hard on children– and, let’s face it, it’s not ‘the happiest time’ for all of us. When you prioritize your or your child’s mental wellness, you can focus on what works for your family. As a parent, consider the things that feel realistic for you to do and then offer those choices to kids/youth to pick from. So many of us struggle with saying no over the holidays – perhaps this year, you will feel confident about not over committing your schedule and slowing things down; and that’s ok! Also, keep in mind that having time to connect with each other is important, but so, too, is having space for everyone to have their own personal time.

 

2) Plan Early

Routines and predictability are often beneficial (within reason) for children and youth with mental health challenges. It’s a good time to start having conversations with children about what the holidays may look like so that they understand things will be different this year and they know what to expect. This also allows them to be a part of the new planning process. What is important to them? Is there something new they would like to try? Planning early also gives us time to let other relatives or friends know in advance to manage their expectations, too. Also, consider connecting with the parents of your children’s friend to arrange days before or after the holidays for play dates, either virtually or in-person/outdoors, depending on local public health advice. This can include coming up with a list of outdoor winter activities.

 

3) Focus on What's in Your Control

While we are all doing our part to manage the pandemic, so much of what is happening in the province – and the world – is out of our control right now. This is a good time to focus on the things that are in your control. When it comes to traditions of the holiday season, consider how you can incorporate the traditions, or at least parts of those traditions, that are most important to your family. What are some of the things your family can do to bring a little holiday magic into your home? It could be a simple thing like baking cookies, preparing a special family recipe, or planning for a holiday nature walk as a way to get outdoors and move. If seeing family is important to you, consider the ways you can do that, for example, setting up Zoom while your different households have a special meal. It won’t be the same, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it.

 

4) Managing Disappointment

For a lot of us, we are going to need to accept that the holidays just won’t be what they usually are. That will be disappointing for a lot of children (and parents!) It’s important to acknowledge that disappointment, especially for children. Give kids a safe space to share their feelings and be heard; let them know this is hard for you, too. Reminding your kids – and yourself – that this is a temporary measure in a very unusual time may make it all feel a little less daunting. Read More from Parenting Author Ann Douglas on How to Help Kids Manage Feelings of Disappointment

 

5) Supporting Children Through Grief

The holidays can be especially hard for families who are grieving. Remembering your loved one, telling stories, and laughing about good times together are all ok to do, and can provide comfort to your child. You might work together to come up with ideas for memorializing your loved one over the holiday. Remember that it’s okay for you child/youth to feel upset as there have been a lot of different types of loss this year.

Read our post on Helping Children Through Grief Here.

 

6) Take Care of You

The holidays can be a stressful and anxious time for parents, too. Make sure that you are eating, sleeping and enjoying the holidays as well. Maintain healthy boundaries. Take time when you need it, don’t feel guilty saying no when you need to. Do what is best for you and your family. Consider planning a day where the family could play a game or watch a movie together. But don’t forget to have some scheduled time where kids can play games and parents can take some time out as well.

 

7) Take Care of You

The holidays can be a stressful and anxious time for parents, too. Make sure that you are eating, sleeping and enjoying the holidays as well. Maintain healthy boundaries. Take time when you need it, don’t feel guilty saying no when you need to. Do what is best for you and your family. Consider planning a day where the family could play a game or watch a movie together. But don’t forget to have some scheduled time where kids can play games and parents can take some time out as well.

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Family Pulse-November 2020

Welcome to November! 

 

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

  • Working Through My All-or-Nothing Thinking
  • SEAC Updates
  • What's Happening at WRFN
  • Information, Resources, & Opportunities

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



 

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Kerry's Place- Foundational Family Services & Groups

Kerry's Place has lots of learning opportunities for families and groups children with ASD.

 

Check out their Foundational Family Service catalogue here for learning opportunities for parents.

Check out their Groups catalogue here for chldren & youth to participate in & learn new skills.

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Passport eCLAIM

Learn about Passport eCLAIM, which is an electronic method to submit Passport invoices. Passport clients and their Person Managing Funds can use this site to download a personalized eCLAIM (fillable PDF) on their computer, and submit the completed eCLAIM to this web site. The eCLAIM will be processed electronically and you will be able to view submission history and their status.

Click here for more details.

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Empowering Ability-Live Masterclass

FREE MASTERCLASS AVAILABLE UNTIL OCT 24TH! 
Helping your loved one with a developmental disability to gain their independence, and build their own life.  

 

Build Your Plan, Get Expert Strategies, & Connect with Other Families. 

To register, please send a short email to eric@ericgoll.com with the subject 'Masterclass Access' and we will send you access within a couple of hours.

 

What you’ll get in this (free) Workshop:

  • The thinking and strategy you must apply before you start trying to find housing, supports, and other families. This is the most important step to ensure that you aren't wasting your time.
  • Get the Planning Tools and Start Building Your Plan that will create amazing opportunities for your son/ daughter/ loved one. And yes: we will do this together, and you can do this even if you are tired or feeling overwhelmed.
  • Learn how other families are creating a safe & sustainable future & how you can do the same! Plus: learn live how you can start taking easy bite-sized steps to help your loved one create their own life and independence.

**You will get these three (3) free live trainings, plus bonus tools, and resources, and live events that will total over 6 hours of free training!!!

 

Places on the (FREE) LIVE EVENT are limited! Reserve your seat now and join us for the event that will change the way you think about creating the best life with your son/ daughter/ loved one...

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The Psychology Foundation of Canada-Resiliency Courses

Student Resilience Building Program 

Our Kids Have Stress Too! and Stress Lessons programs are designed to support the students in your school identify and manage stress while moving to resilience. They have all been evaluated with a demonstrated impact on a student’s ability to recognize stress in themselves.

  • Masterclass in Stress Management

1.5 hour recording on the fundamentals of stress and resiliency, including how to identify it in yourself and your students, the physiology of stress, tips and strategies for managing stress and moving to resilience.
One page of curated resources to support learning 
Asynchronous: watch at your own pace and return to the video whenever you need to – this workshop will prepare you for implementing our stress management programs in your school 
RETAIL = $25/person
BULK ORDERS = please contact us directly

Please note: the Masterclass is a prerequisite for our Kids Have Stress Too! and Stress Lessons programs.

 

Student Resilience Building Courses

Two live sessions (1 hour each) that provide an in-depth exploration of the program content, stress management activities for the classroom and beyond plus the full-length facilitation guide. Evaluated
Live Q&A with Stress Management expert
Implementation tools for adapting and delivering lessons in the virtual classroom
Ongoing coaching and support through program delivery
Certificate of completion of specialization 

·  Preschool, Kindergarten, Parent

·  Grades 1-3

·  Grades 4-6

·  Grades 7-9

·  Grades 9-12

RETAIL = $75/course/per person

BULK ORDERS = please contact us directly 

 

Adult Resiliency Building Program 

Everyone from parents to teachers, to Early Childhood Educators, Child & Youth Workers, EAs, psychologists, social workers and anyone in a child serving profession are facing uncertainty as we head back to school in September. Learn more about what you can do to nurture resilience in children and youth while also taking care of you.

  • Taking Care of YOU! Workshop: Basics of Stress Management for Adults

One live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
Up to 500 adults in your community can participate per session
Adult Stress Management Resources
Support the mental wellbeing of you and your staff with our Stress Strategies interactive tool, Workplace Resiliency booklets, teacher tips and more.
RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources

 

Parent & Caregiver Resilience Building Program 

Engage parents in your community in understanding how stress impacts their children and youth and strategies to support them at home. This program has been evaluated. 

Parent Masterclass in Stress Management.

One 1.5 hour live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
Up to 500 parents in your school community can participate
Parent Resources
Support the efforts your student’s parents are making during this difficult time with our series of parent’s guides, podcasts and articles on relevant issues. 
RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources

 

Please contact us if you are interested in PERSONALIZED PRICING

Mandi Hickman, Manager Programs and Community Partnerships

mandihickman@psychologyfoundation.org

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Family Pulse-October 2020

Welcome to October! 

 

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

Steph's Corner
Craft Sale
SEAC Updates
What's Happening at WRFN
Information, Resources, & Opportunities

 

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

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