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Super Dads Super Kids

Online Dads group for dads with children 0-6. Join us to talk about what you think it means to be a dad and more. Click here to read the flyer.


Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm starting January 26, 2021 via Zoom.

Contact Sarah at 226-339-5616 or capc@carizon.ca to register.

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Podcast: World of Possibility

The BlendMedia, here in Waterloo Region, has recently released a pilot podcast featuring Dr. Clinton, Ann Douglas and Cheryl Jackson. It’s called “World of Possibility”. The first two episodes are called “Bouncing Back” and it’s in two parts (each about 30 minutes). Have a listen: https://open.spotify.com/show/492hzoDZCCUv2GS0XJ68bp?si=IuHb-vfqR0i9AOCqchm0WA

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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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Recreational Respite-Virtual Services

Check out what Recreational Respite is offering for Virtual Service this December.

Click here an overview of programs.


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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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Adults in Motion Daily Virtual Programming

Adults in Motion is excited to share another month of Virtual Programming for November!

They have some new additions to their calendar, and newcomers are welcome! 

You can visit their website to learn more about in-person programming at their day programs, one to one, respite, and workshops.

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Empowering Ability-Live Masterclass

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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PCMH - Parents for Children's Mental Health, Waterloo Chapter monthly support meetings are back!

PCMH - Parents for Children's Mental Health, Waterloo Chapter, is excited to let you know that our monthly support meetings are back!  


ADHD Support Group is the THIRD WEDNESDAY OF every month.

The General Family and Caregiver Support group is the FOURTH TUESDAY of every month.

Due to Covid-19 Measures, our regular meetings cannot be in person at this time.  Instead, our meetings will be online using ZOOM.

To register in advance, please email waterloo@pcmh.ca

We will email a direct link to the meeting the day before each meeting event.

Please note: Zoom is available from any laptop, as well as on your phone using the Zoom app.  If privacy is a challenge in your home, you can join us from your car, your backyard, or while you walk around the neighbourhood.

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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


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Bullfrog Fitness Programming

Check out what's available at Bulldog Fitness starting in October.


Kindergarten Readiness Preschool Program Spots Available!

An emergent/activity based program ran by qualified RECE that will assist with social development and school preparation. Using your child’s interests and their own curiosity, we will use creative play and activities to develop many skills including: Numeracy/ Literacy, Science, Cognitive Thinking and more!


Days Available: Monday-Thursdays

(Friday spots are available if demand is high)

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Cost: $18/per day


Call or email us to book your toddler's spot today!


Before and After School Spots Available for JK-Gr 6!

Full time and consistent Part time spots available!

Schools include: Ken Danby, William. C. Winegard, Holy Trinity, and Guelph Lake

Working at half capacity to endure safe social interaction with others and following the COVID Guidelines.


Before school: 6:30-9am

After School: 3-6pm

Call or email to learn more and how to register!

Click here to learn more!

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