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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.



Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Practice Lecture Series

The Continuous Professional Learning Committee (CPLC) is excited to bring the Foundations in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Practice Lecture Series to the members of the Children and Youth Planning Table! This $350.00 value, 15-part series focuses on promoting early mental health and wellbeing during the first 1,000 days of life. The series aims to raise awareness and understanding of the unique needs of infants and toddlers in order to promote healthy social-emotional development in the early years and reduce the likelihood of poor mental and physical health outcomes in youth and childhood. 


How to Register:

Registration is now open and will remain open until 2022,  click here to learn more and register. Please ensure you register as Guest specifying Conestoga PRC (as the Host Agency). A unique email must be used upon registration for access to the session handouts, and to receive session details and reminders. You will also be required to create a personal user account at www.IMHPromotion.ca to access the recorded content. You will have access to the 15  Live webinars, which are scheduled to launch every 2-3 weeks between January and August 2020. Furthermore, you will have access to the recorded videos until September 2022 to view the lectures at your own pace or to revisit the material for your own learning. You will receive a certificate upon completing the training. Coupon code will be provided for free access.

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IMPORTANT WRFN UPDATE RE: Programming & Events

After much consideration, conversation and concern for the health and safety of the families and individuals supported through WRFN, our staff and volunteers, and for the larger community, we are cancelling all our support groups, social groups, events, and in-person program activities until further notice. With growing concerns around COVID-19, we feel this is the appropriate and responsible approach to take at this time. Updates will be provided as to when regular programming, activities and events will resume.


Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate and respond to these challenging times together.


Sue Simpson

Executive Director          

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Dr. Jean Clinton @ The Kitchener Public Library

Dr. Jean Clinton is on her way to Waterloo Region, and you're invited!

On March 24th at the Kitchener Public Library, Dr. Clinton will be offering workshops to support parents/caregivers and professionals with understanding the importance of connection in healthy brain development for our children and youth.


This is a free event that is being provided by several community partners.

Please click here to view a flyer with further details.
There will be two sessions on March 24th: one in the afternoon for parents/caregivers (1-2:30pm) and one in the evening for professionals (5-8pm). Please register using the Eventbrite link that is included in the flyer. We are likely to fill every available seat as there are a limited number of seats, and this event is being shared widely in the community.
Below you'll find a couple of short YouTube videos with Dr. Clinton speaking, for those who are interested or need some help with deciding if this is an event you’d like to attend.

Dr. Clinton Supportive Connections video
Dr. Clinton - Parenting Style and Emotional Brain video (speaking to parents)

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ADHD in Early Childhood-2 Part Webinar

Wednesday, April 8th & 15th 

Cost: $10


ADHD in early childhood (under six years of age) continues to be under recognized and under treated. Learn to recognize indicators of early childhood ADHD, what these children look like in the home and school setting, what is involved in an ADHD assessment and why these children have difficulty with executive functioning and self and emotional regulation. Proven behavioural and social skills strategies will also be discussed.


The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing following the live event.


To register, click here.

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Oh! The Places You'll Go!! workshops

Oh! The Places You'll Go!! workshops on April 7 and April 9. Both evenings cover the same material.


Exploring the transition from school life to adulthood•Learn what a transition plan is•How to create a transition plan•What services and programs are available after high school•Discuss how to get connected in the community and make friends•Explore ways you can lead a fulfilling and happy life.


Please call 519-894-1153 x 2907 or email Shiona at s.niven@dscwr.com to reserve your spot. Space is limited. 

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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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Attendant Services & Legal Clinic

ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) is offering two free repeat workshops for consumers of attendant services about their legal rights and self-advocacy strategies.

After each workshop, ARCH’s lawyers will be available to give up to 30 minutes of legal advice and information to persons with disabilities on Attendant/PSW services issues. Please sign up for an appointment if you would like to take part in this free and confidential service.

Thursday February 20
Tuesday March 17
Workshop: 11:00am - 1:00pm (Reception at 10:30 am)
Legal Clinic: 1:00pm - 5:00pm (30 minute sessions)

Please choose only one date as seating for each workshop is limited to 25 people.

ARCH Disability Law Centre
15th Floor, 55 University Ave, Toronto

To register via Eventbrite, click here.
For more information, click here.

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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.



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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