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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.

 


 

Your Virtual YMCA

The YMCA is committed to keeping our community healthy and connected. While their physical space may be closed, they still want to show up for our community through online workouts and more.

 

Please take a moment to explore Your Virtual YMCA.

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Tips for talking to children about Covid 19

Covid-19–a word that only a few months ago we had never even heard. Now it is all we talk about. Our lives have been disrupted in ways we could never have anticipated and the situation changes so rapidly it is difficult to keep up…or plan.

 

As parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends…how do we talk with the children and teens in our lives to help them make sense of everything happening? 

 

How can we listen without interrupting? Without telling them not to feel afraid or sad? Particularly if we are afraid and sad ourselves?

They are tough conversations to have but they are also very important ones.

 

Read this article for tips on how to have these tough conversations. 

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Strong Moms, Safe Kids Group

FREE program, Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. starting April 8, 2020 and running for 10 weeks.

This program is for:

  •  Mothers who have experienced abuse in intimate relationships.
  •  Their children, ages 4 to 18, who have witnessed abuse in their homes.
  •  Mothers and children living apart from the person who abused them.

See flyer for more details or contact:
Elizabeth Hachborn
phone: 519.884.0000 x240 fax: 519.884.7000
email: ehachborn@kwcounselling.com

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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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Get Set Learn Spring Session

Are you a parent receiving OW or ODSP with children at home or school?

Get your family ready for school. Fun, free program!

  • Free snacks, bus tickets and books
  • Parent time included
  • Have fun with books and songs
  • Learn activities to help your child in school

To Sign Up:
Email—info@projectread.ca
Phone—(519) 570-3054

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Bullfrog March Break Camp

March Break is less than a month away! Are you prepared?! What about the kids?!

 

From 8-5pm, Bulldog offers a wide range of activities, sports, crafts, games and more!

Furthermore, each day will be based on different themes where the kids can dress up based on that theme!

 

Click here to learn more about Bulldog’s March Break Camp!

*Payment upon Registration Required*

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WRDSS-Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes for Ages 14+
The next session runs from January to June under the direction of Teresa Feliciano

 
WRDSS is pleased to offer cooking classes for members with Down syndrome ages 14 and older.  All recipes are simple to prepare and are adapted to any skill level. Students will work in groups of 2-3 and will have a volunteer assisting them in completing their recipe.  We will prepare a complete 3 course meal that includes a main course, side dish and a dessert.  We all sit down together and enjoy it.

NEW Location: Parkminister United Church (275 Erb Street East, Waterloo, ON N2J 1N6)
Session: Various dates January to June (see registration links below for details)
Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Cost: $55
 
Our cooking class focuses on:
- Basic cooking skills
- Knife skills
- Safe food handling
- Following Recipes
- Measuring ingredients
- Table setting
- Clean up

Select Class Options Still Available:
3rd Tuesday of the month - Intermediate Skill Level
Can follow direction but needs some assistance with completing some tasks.

 3rd Thursday of the month - Beginner Skill Level
Needs assistance with most tasks. Limited ability to follow direction without parental / instructor supervision.

Space is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Parents/Caregivers must be prepared to volunteer a few nights each session to help with the class. 

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Register for Cooking Class Ages 14+: 3rd Tuesday, Intermediate

Register for Cooking Class Ages 14+: 3rd Thursday, Beginner

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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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