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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.

 


 

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.

 

Toronto

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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Stand Tall

This group promotes confidence and assertiveness enabling children (ages 7-9) to protect and express tthemselves. 

 

Group sessions on Feb 24, Mar 2,9,23 & 30, 2020 from 6:30pm-7:30pm at the Woolwich Counselling Centre.

Fee: $100

Please call 519-669-8651 for more information.

 

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DSRC-Weekly Sibling Support Group

Time for Brothers & Sisters


It is a 6 week group, for siblings of youth with autism. This group is co-facilitated by a Behaviour Consultant and a Social Worker.


Youth, ages 11-14 will meet others who have similar experiences and challenges, in  a supportive, fun environment that will encourage sharing.


This group is free but a referral and registration are required.

To make a referral please call: 519 741 1121.

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DSRC-Weekly Mother's Support Group

The Mothers’ Support Group at DSRC is an 8-week group, providing the opportunity for Mothers to discuss a range of topics related to parenting a child with an intellectual disability and / or autism.  


Topics include understanding and sharing the diagnosis, grief and resilience, interacting with schools, behavioural challenges and self-care.  Guest speakers from the community and DSRC also contribute their expertise.  The group is a great way to connect with other Mothers who understand your daily experience.  


The Mothers’ Support Group is a small group, for 6 – 8 members, and runs for 8 consecutive weeks.   Day and evening times are offered.  


Groups are offered 2 – 3 times per year.    


Please call 519-741-1121 for more information about how to join.

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Nursing Care for People with Developmental Disabilities

It is based on a review of literature and was supported by a Faculty of Health Minor Research Grant.  

 

The project is a collaboration between the Office of Women's Mental Health Research in Mental Health (Dr. Nazilla Khanlou, Chair) and Nursing at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (Dr. Rani Srivastava, Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice at CAMH). 

Citation information:  Khanlou N, Khan A, Vazquez LM, Srivastava R, & Karunakaran A. (2019) 

Information Sheet 13: Nursing Care for People with Developmental Disabilities. Toronto: York University.  Available url:  https://nkhanlou.info.yorku.ca/files/2019/11/Final-Info-Sheet-Nursing-NKhanlou-Nov-2019.pdf

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Positive Parenting Program

We are pleased to offer a Positive Parenting Program Group for parents of youth ages 12 to 16 years (Teen Triple P Level 4) at the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment this winter. 

 

Triple P Positive Parenting Program is an evidence-based 8-week group intervention that offers parents simple and practical parenting skills and strategies. The program can be helpful for parents who have tweens and teens with challenging behaviors and who would like to learn new ideas and to gain support from other parents in a similar situation. It can also be helpful for parents who simply want to gain confidence and new ideas in parenting. 

 

We are currently accepting referrals for the Teen Triple P group (parents of youth ages 12 to 16 years).  The group will run on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm, beginning on Jan 21 2020 and ending on March 10, 2020. I will be facilitating the group with 2 graduate students as co-leaders.

 

I have attached a flyer and an information sheet, if you have any clients or know of families who may be interested. The 8 week group costs $200. Clients are welcome to contact the CMHRT if they are interested. I will chat with each potential group participant in a short phone screen to determine ‘goodness of fit’. 

 

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