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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.

 


 

SOAR Transition Planning Program

Are you or your child in grades 7-9 with an LD or ADHD? Are you looking prepare for the changes of high school?


SOAR (Some Assembly Required) Transition Planning Program
Monday @ 7pm – 8:30 pm
5 Sessions: Feb 3-March 9, 2020 *NEW START DATE*
(No sessions Jan 27-highschool exams, and Feb 17-Family Day)


Location: Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute
(155 Paisley Street, Guelph, N1H 2P3)


Cost: $200 ($180 for LDAWC members)


• L’s and D’s – understanding your learning disability, your learning style and a model for problem solving
• Tools for success – 3 key areas – daily work, studying and tests, projects and assignments, and ways to approach successfully
• Making Choices for the Future – changes and choices in high school, strategies to stay on top of homework and organizational issues, IEP and accommodations
• Group based learning
• Each participant will get their own workbooks. Concepts taught will be reinforced with games and hands-on activities!


Who: Students grades 7 to 9 with a learning disability or ADHD diagnosis

What: Small group Focus: Increase self advocacy and awareness of student’s disability Program Details: 1.5 hours, once a week for 6 weeks, starting Monday January 20, 2020 Find out more: contact Monica at 519-837-2050 or email execdir@ldawc.ca

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Resilience & Self-Regulation

Resilience as part of learning & building self-regulation.

 

January 23, 2020 from 7-9pm @ Community Living (8 Royal Rd, Guelph, ON)

 

*This is Part 1,of a two-part series* (This session is for parents & will be followed by a 2nd session for parents & youth on Feb 20, 2020).

 

Resilience is both a trait and an aspiration. We all have resilience and we need to know how to tap into our resilience, as well as devleop or build on it.

There are 7 key criteria for resilience and the top 2 criteria are Self-Regulation & Impulse Control.

Come to a workshop that will help you and your children with tapping into and developing Self-Regulation as a means to cope and thrive.

 

Cost: $15 (members $10)

Register here or by calling 519-837-2050 or emailing Info@ldawc.ca

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WRDSS-Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes for Ages 14+
The next session runs from January to June under the direction of Teresa Feliciano

 
WRDSS is pleased to offer cooking classes for members with Down syndrome ages 14 and older.  All recipes are simple to prepare and are adapted to any skill level. Students will work in groups of 2-3 and will have a volunteer assisting them in completing their recipe.  We will prepare a complete 3 course meal that includes a main course, side dish and a dessert.  We all sit down together and enjoy it.

NEW Location: Parkminister United Church (275 Erb Street East, Waterloo, ON N2J 1N6)
Session: Various dates January to June (see registration links below for details)
Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Cost: $55
 
Our cooking class focuses on:
- Basic cooking skills
- Knife skills
- Safe food handling
- Following Recipes
- Measuring ingredients
- Table setting
- Clean up

Select Class Options Still Available:
3rd Tuesday of the month - Intermediate Skill Level
Can follow direction but needs some assistance with completing some tasks.

 3rd Thursday of the month - Beginner Skill Level
Needs assistance with most tasks. Limited ability to follow direction without parental / instructor supervision.

Space is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Parents/Caregivers must be prepared to volunteer a few nights each session to help with the class. 

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Register for Cooking Class Ages 14+: 3rd Tuesday, Intermediate

Register for Cooking Class Ages 14+: 3rd Thursday, Beginner

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Weekend Social Club

Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region is pleased to continue offering the Weekend Social Club (WSC) to Waterloo Region. Founded by the Kitchener Waterloo Association for Community Living and with support from WRDSS, this program’s goal is to inspire active participation in the community.

WSC offers recreational opportunities for adults ages 18+ with a developmental disability where a variety of community events and interests are explored. Events and activities range from attending sporting events, going nature hikes, visiting historical places and so much more.

The winter/spring session runs from January - June, 2020 and the registration fee for this session is $35 (plus any additional costs for special events or trips). If required, a direct support person must be provided.

For more information or to register, please contact Ben Sauder, Support Coordinator/Community Group Supervisor at 519-741-0190 x290 /ben.sauder@eafwr.on.ca.

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Living Life to the Full-Autism Ontario

As part of the Mental Health Matters initiative, Autism Ontario is looking for adults (18+) on the spectrum to participate in Living Life to the Full. Living Life to the Full is an eight-week course that provides skills and knowledge to help you cope with life’s challenges.

This mental health promotion course is free for participants, and may be a great opportunity to learn more about making small changes to feel happier, less stressed and more in control.

Please note that this course involves voluntary group participation, reading and writing/typing for some of the activities. This is not a transfer of care program.

 

Toronto

Autism Ontario
1179 King St W, #004
Tuesdays, February 4 - March 24
5:00pm - 6:30pm

 

To see the full flyer, click here.
For more information about this course, click here. 

For additional information, contact Tobi at tobi@autismontario.com or call (416) 246-9592 ext. 230.

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No Need to Fret

Does your child worry excessively? Do worries & fears interfere with your child's ability to enjoy a carefree childhood that all children deserve? Did you know that appropriate and timely intervention can assist anxious children to grow up to be healthy adults?

 

Course sessions are for children age 8-11.

Sessions held on March 3, 10, 24 & Apr 7, 2020 from 6-7pm (held at the Woolwich Counselling Centre).

Fee: $100

 

Please call 519-669-8651 for more information.

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Friendship & Dating Program

This program supports you to build on social skills to create and maintain friendships and relationships. We have put together a curriculum to support youth, adults and seniors with developmental exceptionalities to identify, develop and practice creating friendships and relationships.


In this program you will learn and practice:
✅ Identifying potential friends and partners
✅ Starting and ending conversations
✅ Phone calls, social media and texting
✅ Planning and enjoying get togethers
✅ Handling disagreements
✅ Planning a date
✅ Asking someone out on a date
✅ Dating etiquette

Saturdays: April 18th – June 13th, 2020 (no program May 16th) 

from 1pm- 3pm 

Fee: $249 (Passport Funding Friendly)

Course is held at Community of Hearts-Lifelong Learning Centre (55 Wynham St N. Guelph, ON).

 

Register at info@communityofhearts.ca OR 519-826-9056.

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Brunch Club

BRUNCH CLUB 

Gives you the tools and freedom to create brunch meals independently for yourself or friends. With the support of a Life Skills Educator, visual cookbook and colour coded measuring tools, making brunch has never been easier! Learn to make brunch meals with the group, enjoy the meal with friends and gain kitchen confidence to cook for yourself!

Wednesdays: Apr 8th - Jun 3rd 
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Fee: $200 (Passport Funding Friendly) includes your own set of colour coded measuring spoons, cups & visual recipe book.

Course is held at Community of Hearts-Lifelong Learning Centre (55 Wynham St N. Guelph, ON).

 

Register at info@communityofhearts.ca OR call 519-826-9056.

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Safety for Independent Living

Safety For Independent Living

A personal safety course to teach you life skills to give you the skills to make safe choices for your life both online, offline and in community. 

 

Topics that will be covered: Bullying Prevention, Online Safety, Being Assertive, Fire Safety, Travel Safety, Tricky People, People Safety, Basic First Aid, Emergency vs Non-Emergency, Getting Help.  

Saturdays: Feb 1st, 8th, and 15th
1pm – 3pm
Fee: $60 (Passport Funding Friendly)

Course is held at Community of Hearts-Lifelong Learning Centre (55 Wynham St N. Guelph, ON)

 

Register at info@communityofhearts.ca OR 519-826-9056.

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Mindfulness-Adult Workshop

This 5 week course will help you discover a healthier, more relaxed and focused you.

 

Course sessions on Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 & Mar 5, 2020 from 6:30pm-8pm at Woolwich Counselling Centre.

Fee: $100

 

Pre-interview required.

Please call 519-669-8651 to register.

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