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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.

 


 

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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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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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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Better Nights, Better Days - Sleep Study

Development, implementation, and evaluation of an internet-based behavioural sleep intervention study for children, ages 4-10, with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).


Learn more about this opportunity here.

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CMHA Family Education Series

Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington is offering a free Family Education Series. Topics Include:

 

  • Current Knowledge about Mental Health Issues
  • Understanding & Coping with Mental Health Issues
  • Communication and Boundary Setting
  • Treatment Options
  • Substance Use
  • Legal Issues
  • Recovery – Wellness Planning & Crisis Prevention
  • Community Resources
  • Supporting Recovery
  • Taking Care of Yourself

Every Wednesday for 8 weeks – September 11 – October 30, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm. Please plan to attend all eight sessions. 


Pre-registration Required

 

The training will be held at Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington. Specific address will be given upon registration.

 

For more information and to register, please call:

 

Emily Schacht 519-749-4300x 3729 or Laura McShane 519-744-7645x 3041

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Caregiver Advisory Panel

The Change Foundation is seeking caregivers to join their Caregiver Advisory Panel.

 

The caregivers on the panel are regularly asked for their input and thoughts on some of The Change Foundation’s caregiver-focused ideas, tools and products, and are surveyed on different aspects of the caregiving experience on a regular basis.

 

Learn more about this opportunity here.

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KidsAbility Youth Advisory Council (KAYAC)

KidsAbility is currently recruiting for KidsAbility Youth Advisory Council (KAYAC) 2019-2020. 

  • Monthly meetings September to June
  • For youth aged 14-24
  • Get volunteer hours
  • Plan youth events, gain advocacy skills
  • Make a difference in your community
  • Be the youth voice for KidsAbility

For more information, contact:
Joanne Duddy, transitions@kidsability.ca.

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Caring for the Caregiver

A research project evaluating Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) for female caregivers of individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).


ACT seeks to help individuals to struggle less with difficult things in their lives and mindfully connect with things that are most important in a way that is loving and respectful. With an introduction to the concept of ‘mindfulness,’ ACT does not attempt to directly change or stop unwanted thoughts or feelings, but to develop a new mindful relationship with those experiences that can free a person up to being open, and to take action consistent with what they care about. This is a research project evaluating the benefits of ACT for caregivers.

 

Who Should Attend?
Female caregivers of individuals with FASD.

 

Dates & Times

May 24th: 5:30pm-9:00pm
May 25th: 9:00am-4:00pm
June 19th: 5:30pm-9:00pm
Location: Toronto Western Hospital, 9 East Wing, Group Room B (Room 9E436).
*You must attend all dates

 

Want more information?
Video: https://www.surreyplace.ca/caring-for-the-caregiver-through-act/ 
Articles: http://rdcu.be/I6jT & https://bit.ly/2tSUbcZ
 

Interested?
Contact Brianne Redquest at brianne.redquest@camh.ca or 416-535-8501 ext. 33923

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Ontario Autism Consultations Now Open

Ontario’s government is engaging in a month-long series of public consultations on how children and youth with autism, including those with complex needs, can be better supported.
You can participate in the consultations during the month of May by participating in an online survey and/or through participating in telephone town hall sessions.
Visit the website to learn more about these opportunities. 

 

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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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