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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.

 


 

Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Autism Spectrum Disorder Fundamental Training Course

If you’re the caregiver of a child (under 18 years of age) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and have a strong desire to increase your knowledge and understanding of this diagnosis, Kerry's Place Autism Services has an exclusive offer for you!

 

Kerry’s Place Autism Services is offering this training course FREE as a Foundational Service through the Ontario Autism Program (OAP). To qualify, families must have a child registered with the OAP. Not registered yet? Call the OAP Single Point of Access at 1-877-374-6625 (press 1) to register today!

 

This unique training opportunity will include:

  • 12 modules delivered in six full days
  • Group and individual activities
  • Weekly assignments to enhance comprehension, skill development, and confidence
  • The opportunity to work with other parents in a supportive and dynamic learning environment
  • A certificate of participation

Dates

January 18, 25, February 1, 8 March 1,8, 2019

Time

9:30 am –3:30 pm

Location

Sunbeam Centre-training room - 2749 Kingsway Drive, Kitchener

 

For more information and registration please contact:

Amanda Polesello at Amanda.Polesello@kerrysplace.org or 519-763-5812 ext. 28

Registration is first come first serve basis. Spaces are limited.

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"Building and Learning Together" - KidsAbility

KidsAbility™ Centre for Child Development is offering the "Building and Learning Together" training through their KidsAbility Autism Program.

“Building and Learning Together” will provide you with weekly workshops, supported with hands-on coaching. Using the Behaviour Skills Training Model of instruction, modeling, behavioral rehearsal, and feedback, you and your family will be supported in learning strategies to apply with your child on a daily basis. 

 

Workshop topics will include:

  • Reinforcement and Pairing
  • Functions of Behaviour
  • How to Increase Positive Behaviour (while decreasing less desirable behaviour)
  • How to Enhance Communication
  • Use of Visual Supports to Increase Independence
  • Developing Play Skills

At the end of each workshop you will receive a skill practice sheet outlining what was discussed, and recommendations for practical ways to put your learning into everyday practice.

 

This workshop is being offered during the following times:

 

Guelph
Tuesdays | 9am—10:30am

January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, March 19

Register: "Building and Learning Together" (Guelph - Fall 2018)

 

Kitchener
Tuesdays | 6pm—7:30pm

January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, March 19

Register: "Building and Learning Together" (Kitchener - Fall 2018)

 

Waterloo
Wednesdays | 9am—10:30am

April 10, 17, 24, May 1, May 8, 15, June 12
Register: "Building and Learning Together" (Waterloo - Fall 2018)

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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 - February 6, 13, 20, 27 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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Legal Update: Ontario Government Announces Labour & Employment Reforms

PooranLaw has shared the following legal update on labour and employment reforms:

 

On October 23, 2018, the PC government introduced Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act (“Bill 47”). If passed, Bill 47 will repeal a number of changes made by the Liberal government’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (“Bill 148”). While Bill 148 provided some much-needed protection for Ontario’s most vulnerable workers, many aspects of Bill 148 posed significant challenges for charities, not-for-profit government funded agencies and people with disabilities receiving individualized/direct supports and their families. For the most part, Bill 47 addresses those challenges by simply reverting back to the legislation that existed before Bill 148 was passed. 

 

The important changes are outlined in the full document. The implications of these changes will be discussed further in a webinar on Octoer 30, 2018.

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Building Better Boundaries - Carizon Group Program

Carizon is offering the following fall workshop:

 

Building Better Boundaries

Provides education and support for women who have experienced any form of abuse and are work-ing towards setting better boundaries in their lives. Closed Group. No fee.

Mondays 1-3pm, October 15 - December 3, 2018.

 

To register visit www.carizon.ca or call 519-743-6333.

 

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Woolwhich Counselling Centre Upcoming Programs

The following programs will be offered through Woolwich Counselling Centre.

 

Midfulness - This 6 week adult course will help you discover a healthier, more relaxed

and focused you.

Group 1: Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Dec 6, 2018

Group 2: Mar 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2019

6:30 - 8:00pm

Cost: $100

Pre-interview required. Please call 519-669-8651 to register.

 

No Need to Fret - Does your child worry excessively? Do worries and 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?

Successful strategies are provided to help anxious children cope with fears and worries.

For ages 8-11.

Group 1: Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 & Dec 5, 2018

Group 2: May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2019

6:00 - 7:00pm

Cost: $100

Please call 519-669-8651 for more information.

 

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Autism Ontario - School IEP Parent Workshop

Do you have questions about your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP)? 

 

Join Autism Ontario for a three part IEP focused workshop, lead by Sue McDermid, Autism Ontario's Central West Family Support Coordinator. 

 

The webinars will feature Ed Mahony, Special Education Teacher, and focus on helping parents get the most out of the Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) process. These interactive webinars focused on the next steps after your child's team has met to discuss educational outcomes.  Discussion will follow after each webinar.

 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 10am - 12pm

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10am - 12pm

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10am - 12pm

 

CBI Home Health, 630 Weber St., Suite 200, Waterloo, ON N2V 2N2.

 

Pre-registration is required. Register here.

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Disability, Relationships, and Safety Education

Aldaview Services & Shore Centre invite you to join them for Disability, Relationships, and Safety Education.

 

These Education Sessions are presented in a non-judgemental, safe environment where participants are free to share opinions and thoughts as well ask any questions they may have.

 

 Program topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Relationships & Dating
  • Staying Safe Online
  • Informed Decision Making
  • Consent & Boundaries
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Birth Control & Pregnancy Options
  • Safer Sex & Sexually Transmitted Infections

When: Starting Thursday, September 27, 2018 for 8 consecutive weeks -Thursdays

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Where: Connections Media Room—Aldaview Services, 332 Hamilton Road, New Hamburg, Ontario

Cost: Free

 

Please note: Minimum of 4 participants required.

 

All individuals with variety of abilities are welcome to join. Individuals receiving services and supports outside of Aldaview Services, who require assistance to participate, it is requested a Support Person attend education sessions with you.

 

Have questions before registering? Attend the Parent, Caregiver & Support Person Information Session being held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

 

Please RSVP by Friday, September 14, 2018 to confirm your spot in the group to

Tammy Broughtonà tbroughton@tcmhomes.com or 519-662-5174 extension 9.

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Waterloo Region FASD CoP Update

The Waterloo Region FASD Community of Practice has shared the Summer 2018 Update.

 

In this update you will find information about:

  • a new FASD prevalence study - Ontario based
  • FASD resource consultations
  • confabulation
  • tipsheets, DIY tools and strategies   
  • Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol: How to Ask “The Question”
  • FASD training series for caregivers
  • Vulnerable Persons Registry
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