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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.

 


 

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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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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NEW FASD Ontario Website

We are pleased to share that FASD Ontario has launched!
 

This website is a comprehensive, online hub where you’ll find up-to-date and accurate information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as well as access to valuable resources and services in your area and across the province. You will find:

  • FASD Sevices
  • FASD Information
  • News
  • Learning Events
  • FAQs 
  • Ask Questions

www.fasdON.ca 

www.tsafON.ca (French-language site)

 

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Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice Update - April 2019

The Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice has shared a April 2019 Update.

 

In this update you will find information about:

  • FASD Caregiver Training Series
  • "Dad's Use of Alcohol"
  • Ontario's NEW FASD One Stop Hub 
  • 'You're weird, you're different and nobody wants to be your friend': the loneliness of FASD
  • Understanding and Supporting FASD with Dan Dubovsky (workshop)
  • FASD and sleep
  • FASD presentation with Len Whalen 
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FASD Training Series for Caregivers

Developmental Services Resource Centre Waterloo Region (DSRC) is hosting a Fetal Alcohol Sprectrum Disorder Training Series for caregivers.

 

This is a four session training series - October 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 9:30am until noon.

  • Learn how prenatal exposure affects the brain
  • Learn how FASD impacts behaviour with a focus on executive and adaptive functioning
  • Identify what is needed to support individuals living with FASD
  • Learn about local resources and supports available to families

Space is limited so register early. This is a free training.  

 

Register with Karen Huber, FASD Coordinator at k.huber@dscwr.com or 519-741-1121 ext. 2246.

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Summer 2019 YEP

KW Habilitation's Youth Exploring Possibilities - YEP is offered for 9 weeks during the summer. This program focuses on exploring the community, including recreational and leisure centres and future volunteer and employment options. 

 

Develop your confidence by using the Grand River Transit to access Kitchener-Waterloo. Learn more about what resources and activities your community has to offer, and discover how to use them. Meet new people and experience great adventures together! 

 

What does YEP offer? 

Past YEP participants have enjoyed activities such as:

  • life skills
  • cooking and baking 
  • arts & crafts and music such as drumming
  • volunteering at local non-profit organizations
  • rock climbing
  • outdoor activities such as canoeing or fishing 
  • learning about community safety from local police and fire departments 
  • karate and Zumba
  • attending local events and festivals
  • tours of various employment settings

Who: Ages 16-21

Youth must meet eligibility for Developmental Services 

When: July 2 - August 30, 2019

9:00 - 3:30pm Monday to Friday

Where: 109 Ottawa St. S., Unit D, Kitchener

This is an accessible location. Activities happen in the community. 

Cost:

$120 per registered 5 day week

$97 per registered 4 day week. 

Youth will be supported in a 1:4 ratio. Fees are non-refundable. 

 

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KidsAbility 2019 Spring-Summer Program & Activity Guide

Are you looking for programs or activities for you or your child? The KidsAbility Program & Activity guides highlight some of the great programs geared toward both caregivers and children and youth with special needs. They feature KidsAbility, Firefly and community-based activities and resources. 

 

View the 2019 Spring-Summer Program & Activity Guide.

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Abilities United Soccer Team – New for 2019!!

Waterloo United is proud to introduce the Abilities United team – New for 2019!!  The program is fully inclusive, designed and adapted for children with any disability – we welcome all on the field!  WMSC, in partnership with KidsAbility, is at the forefront of the development of not only soccer programs, but also physical literacy programming and recreation/socialization opportunities.  This is a parent participation program – one support person per player is required. 

 

Date:  Sundays from June 2 – July 28 (no program June 30)

Time:  10am – 11am

Location:  RIM Park (indoors)

Ages: 4-14 yrs

Cost:  $160 (includes full uniform, ball, medal and team photo.)

 

For more information visit  https://www.waterloounited.com/camps-skills/abilities-united/.

 

To register visit https://waterloounited.powerupsports.com/index.php?page=LOGIN.

 

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Dufferin Wellington FASD Caregiver Learning Series

Caregiver learning series for caregivers and professionals supporting someone with diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Presented by Dufferin Wellington FASD Action Group.

 

Three night learning series at Canadian Mental Health Association, 485 Slivercreek Pkwy. N, Unit 1 Guelph

 

Learning Series #1:  Finding Breath: Caregiving in the world of FASD.

Presented by Laurie Whyte

Wednesday March 6, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm

Learning Series #2: Why does stigma exist in FASD, how it impacts us, and strategies for addressing it.     

Presented by Paula Stanghetta   

Wednesday April 3, 2019 6:30pm -8:30pm

Learning Series #3: To be Announced  

Wednesday May 1, 2019 6:30pm -8:30pm

 

Spots are limited so please register early!

 

Register here.

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