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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.

 


 

Not Another Webinar

We are all navigating a lot of uncertainty!  As we work toward transitioning children back to child care and classrooms, a group of community agencies have come together in the interest of creating resources.  “Not Another Webinar” has been created with parents and educators in mind, to support finding tools and strategies to have a smooth and successful transition for not only the children, but for the parents and educators as well.

 

The short videos and compilation of valuable resources you’ll find at Not Another Webinar were created by our community partners on topic areas such as Strategies for Challenging Behaviour, Tapping Into Your Resilience and more.  They were put together specifically to help you save time and get exactly what you need, right now.  Not another webinar is a collection of short and easy to implement lessons that will make your transition back to a classroom that much better!”

 

This resource was put together by staff from: Kidsability, KWHab, DSRC, EarlyON, Early Childhood PRC, SNAP, SNRC and of course the CYPT.

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Supporting Our Children’s Mental Health as they Return to School - webinar recording

Returning to school in the fall is an anxious time for both parents and students. These feelings are only magnified when your child suffers from mental health challenges. The “Supporting our Children’s Mental Health as they Return to School” webinar offers tools and tips on supporting your children as they return to school.

 

Parenting author and mental health advocate, Ann Douglas, was the keynote speaker for the discussion, followed by a panel of educators and parents, including: Holly Sabara, Chair of Parents for Children’s Mental Health and CMHA WW Family Council; Kellie Angerilli, St John Bosco Catholic Secondary School Principal; and Jennifer Meeker, Upper Grand District School Board Principal.

View the recording online here.

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Family Pulse-September 2020

Welcome to September! 

 

Inside the September issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

Thank You, Cowan Foundation!
Back to School Q&A
Managing Overwhelm in the Big Wide World
SEAC Updates
What's Happening at WRFN
Information, Resources, & Opportunities

 

You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy

 

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Back to School Mental Health Kit

As students, parents and educators begin to navigate their way back to school after a six month “break”, Canada Mental Health Ontario has recently launched a newly developed resource that supports school re-entry. Click here to access the resources.

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Adults in Motion Cambridge-Weekly LifeSkills Respite Program

Adults in Motion Cambridge has expanded their services to include a weekly LIFESKILLS RESPITE PROGRAM on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-7:30pm.

 

Take a break and enroll for evenings of one to one learning in the kitchen, practicing life skills and relaxing while safely socializing with friends. 

 

465 Avenue Road

Cambridge, ON

$67/session.  Dinner cost included.

 

For more information about this program and to learn about our robust COVID safety measures, please call or visit AdultsinMotion.org, Southern Ontario Disability Programs and Services.

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School Issues Support Group Q&A session with the Waterloo Region school boards

On August 18, WRFN hosted a virtual Back-to-School Q&A session as part of our monthly School Issues Support Group. We would like to thank superintendents, Laura Shoemaker (WCDSB) and Scott Miller (WRDSB), for answering our many questions.

 

Please keep in mind that things are evolving. Responses have been provided with the most up-to-date knowledge at the time. ​Click here to view the questions & answers shared during the session.

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Recreational Respite-Virtual Services

Check out what Recreational Respite has on for virtual programming this September 2020!

-September calendar

 

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Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

Finally, the CRCB will provide a $500 per week taxable benefit, for up to 26 weeks, if an individual misses work to care for a family member due to COVID-19. This benefit will also be available for one year, beginning on Sept. 27.

The CRCB can be shared among household members, but only one household member can receive the benefit in any one week. If a facility is available, but an individual prefers to keep a dependent at home, they’re not eligible for the CRCB. To qualify for the CRCB, you must have been unable to work for at least 60 per cent of your normally scheduled work week because you must take care of a child who is under 12 years old, or provide care to a family member with a disability or a dependent. You must be caring for the child, family member or dependent because either: their school, daycare, day program or care facility is closed (or operates under an alternative schedule) due to COVID-19; a medical professional has advised that they cannot attend the facility due to being at high risk if they contract COVID-19; or because the caregiver usually providing care is not available because of COVID-19. In addition, you must not have received paid leave or certain other benefits (including the CERB, CRB, CRSB, short term disability benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, or EI benefits) for that work week.  

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Family Pulse-August 2020

Welcome to August! 

 

Inside the August issue of Family Pulse you will find information on:

The Matthew MacGregor Award for Volunteerism
Steph's Corner
Welcome Sue Furey!
SEAC Updates
What's Happening at WRFN
Information, Resources, & Opportunities

 

You can read the online version of Family Pulse here or download a pdf copy. 

 

 

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Our Place-Virtual Playdates

Does your child miss being able to interact with their friends and educators? Would you like them to practice relationship-builind and social skills over the summer before reutrning to school?

Join us for a two week session of Our Place's Virtual Playdates.

 

A Registered Early Childhood Educator will facilitate three 25-minute play dates per week on Zoom for groups of children 3-6 years (and a caring adult close by). The sessions involve open-ended play, songs, conversation, and fun!

 

Zoom groups are CLOSED programs.

 

Dates: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Sessions start in July 

Time: 11:00-11:25am

 

Register Online.

There is no fee to register. SPACE is LIMITED.

 

Questions: 519-571-1625 ourplace@ourplacekw.ca

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