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Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD Class

The ADHD & Asperger's Centre is hosting a 5 session class, "Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD."


Join with ADHD and Asperger's experts and other parents/caregivers of kids of all ages with ADHD and/or Asperger's to get your questions answered, support from people who've been there, and a hopeful perspective on your child's future. The ADHD & Asperger's Centre sees ADHD and Asperger's as a gift and focus on managing the negative symptoms while helping to find and harness the amazing super powers of our kids (like high intelligence, creativity, kindness, and hyper-focusing).

Part workshop, part support group, these sessions have been described as "self-care I badly needed", "a safe place to not feel guilty, for once!", and "incredibly informative". Refreshments and snacks are also offered. 


Topics are voted on at the beginning of each course. Topics often discussed include:

  • Homework & Chores
  • Effective Disciplining
  • Time management & Organization
  • Anger Management
  • Parent Self-Care
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Sleep Issues
  • School Transitioning
  • Career Navigation

This group will run September 11 to October 9 from 6:00-7:30pm.


Learn more about this opportunity on their website.  


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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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A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers

A Trial of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Caregivers - A research project evaluating Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for parents of individuals with autism. Presented by York University and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (camh)


What is the research about?

This is a research project evaluating the benefits of Acceptance & Commitment

Therapy (ACT) for parents. 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. Each workshop is facilitated by a parent of an

individual with autism and a trained clinician.


Who should attend?

  • Mothers and fathers of children, youth and adults with autism. Fluency in English is required.

What does participation involve?

Participating involves attending three workshop sessions held in London, Ontario:

Workshop 1:

Friday, April 12, 5:30pm-9:00pm   

Saturday, April 13, 9:00am-4:30pm 

Saturday, May 11, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Workshop 2:

Friday, September 13, 5:30pm-9:00pm

Saturday, September 14, 9:00am-4:30pm

Saturday, October 19, 1:00pm-4:30pm

  • You will be randomly allocated to attend either Workshop 1 or Workshop 2.
  • As a participant, you will need to attend all three sessions and complete some questionnaires before the workshop, and again three times after that.
  • Participation in the workshop is free.

I’m interested! What next?

For more information, please contact Andrea Maughan, at amaughan@yorku.ca.


For more information on ACT workshops, you can check out our short video the : https://www.surreyplace.ca/caring-for-the-caregiver-through-act/

As well as these articles: http://rdcu.be/I6jT & https://bit.ly/2tSUbcZ

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Sex-Esteem: Developing Sexuality Confidence

Join this fun and unique way to learn about sexuality that provides educational opportunities for both adults with a develop-mental disability and the staff who support them.


Topics Include:

  • dating
  • gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender
  • how to talk about sex with people you support
  • street smarts
  • responding to disclosure
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • sex and technology
  • relationships
  • consent and boundaries
  • sexual assault/abuse
  • intimacy and physical disabilities

Basic understanding of sexuality is a prerequisite to attend this more advanced decision-making and confidence-building educational opportunity. Each adult with a developmental disability must be accompanied by an agency support person. Together they will form teams in a survivor mode forum that playfully encourages everyone to “Outwit, Outplay and Outlaugh” other participants to develop sexuality confidence.


Learning Objectives and Strategies will include:

  1. Providing opportunities to discuss sexuality in an open and humorous way using visual, tactile and interactive learning strategies
  2. Fostering communication about sexuality and relationships between adults with a developmental disability and the people who support them
  3. Providing everyone with skills and materials to promote healthy sexuality

This workshop is not appropriate for individuals who are known sex offenders. All participants must be 18 years of age or older.


Date: Friday, April 26, 2019 and Friday, May 03, 2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Region of Waterloo Public Health, 99 Regina St. S., Waterloo, Room 508
Cost: $45.00 Includes Lunch and Snacks
Registration Deadline: April 19, 2019
Register early as space is limited


If you have questions or would like to learn how to register please contact Terry Mayou at 519-897-0357.


Brought to you by: The Sexual Health and Developmental Disabilities Conference Committee of Waterloo Region:

  • K-W Habilitation
  • Region of Waterloo Public Health
  • Griffin Centre Toronto
  • Developmental Services Resource Centre - Waterloo Region
  • Rainbows pride in Scarborough

Along with Speakers from Shore and ACCKWA

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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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Waterloo Region FASD CoP Update - January 2019

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


In this update you will find information about:

  • FASD Caregiver Training Series
  • Nourishing the Caregiver Living with FASD - The Importance of Self-Care
  • Supporting Caregivers - Success for All
  • CanFASD FREE Online Training – Foundations in FASD
  • Summer Camp


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Triple P Positive Parenting Group

Triple P positive parenting group starts at the CMHRT, University of Waterloo in March 2019.


What is Triple P?

  • Group program based on research evidence and used in 35 countries worldwide
  • Opportunity to meet other parents in similar situations
  • Provides tips and strategies to suit the individual needs of your family
  • Includes a handy workbook with parenting tools and information
  • Includes video and demonstrations to put ideas into practice

Who is it for?

  • Parents of children ages 3 to 11 years
  • Parents seeking strategies to manage challenging child behaviors
  • Parents wanting to learn new ideas, to reduce parenting stress, or to feel more confident in their parenting

What does it cost?

  • The group program fees are $200 for the 8 week program
  • There is an additional cost of $30 for the parent workbook
  • Subsidies are possible

Dates: Wednesday nights March 6 to May 1 2019 (excluding March 13 2019)

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Venue: CMHRT, University of Waterloo (PAS 1401)

Facilitators: Dr. Marjory Phillips (supervisor) with experienced graduate students and residents in clinical psychology


Please contact cmhrtintake@uwaterloo.ca or (519) 888-4567 ext. 33842 if you would like to participate in the program and to discuss whether it is suitable for your family.

Space is limited. For more information, please see  https://uwaterloo.ca/cmhrt/.

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2019 Woolwich Counselling Centre Groups

The following programs will be offered through Woolwich Counselling Centre.


Stand Tall - This Group promotes confidence and assertiveness, enabling children to protect and express themselves.  

For ages 7-9

Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4 and 11, 2019

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $100


Helping Our Teens Conquer Anxiety - This workshop examines the causes and symptoms of adolescent anxiety. Strategies to support and cope with anxiety are provided for teens, their parents and others.

Dates: Monday, February 25, 2019

Time: 7-8pm

Cost: $20/person


Glad to Be Me - This fun-filled children’s program promotes self-esteem and self-worth.

For ages 4-7

Dates: Feb.25; March 25; April 29; May 27

Time: 6-7pm

Cost: $20/session 


Conquering Teen Anxiety - This group will assist teens to learn effective ways to cope with teenage pressures and stress. They will learn strategies to feel more in control of their daily lives.

For ages 12-14

Dates: March 18, 25, April 1, 8 and 15


Cost: $100


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

and focused you.

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

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm

Cost: $100


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.

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

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Cost: $100


Protecting the Girl in Me - This group develops leadership skills and confidence to enable girls to protect themselves, develop healthy coping mechanisms and positive social connections.

For ages 10-12

Dates: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 7:30-8:30pm

Cost: $100


To learn more about these program or to register please call 519-669-8651 for more information.

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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


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


9:30 am –3:30 pm


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:


Tuesdays | 9am—10:30am

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

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


Tuesdays | 6pm—7:30pm

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

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


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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