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Families will have the opportunity to come and enjoy at Great Wolf Lodge at a special rate just for Autism Ontario!
Great Wolf Lodge is generously offering Autism Ontario families a discounted group rate for stays occurring May 5-11, 2019.
By registering Eventbrite, starting Feb 6th at 930am, you will be given the group code, which allow you to access the reduced rate. Once you have your group code, you MUST contact Great Wolf Lodge directly, yourself to reserve your stay.
Details About Autism Ontario’s Group Rate:
A limited number of rooms have been set aside for this group. Families are encouraged to book as soon as possible to secure their reservation. Rooms are booked first come first served and the Autism Ontario group block has consistently sold-out each year.
Rates are listed in Canadian dollars and are based on a family of four in a Family Suite that includes up to 4 waterpark passes.
Passes are not transferable. Additional guest passes can be purchased for $50.00 plus tax, per night stay, per guest from Great Wolf Lodge.
Call Great Wolf Lodge as soon as you get your group code for the best selection of dates. When calling, identifying yourself as a member of the Autism Ontario Group and you will be asked for the group code that will be provided after the online registration is completed.
All bookings are based on availability.
The group rates offered, are based on attaining a minimum number of rooms. If the group minimum is not met, the group guests will be contacted and offered the option to cancel without penalty or rebook at the retail rate. If the group minimum is met and a guest chooses to cancel, the individual cancellation policy applies.
Great Wolf Lodge's Cancellation Policy: You have up to 7 days prior to arrival to cancel with a fee of 15% of your deposit. If you cancel 4-6 days prior to arrival, there will be a 30% fee, and 3 days or less of arrival, the deposit becomes non-refundable.
Successful registration does NOT guarantee a room reservation. You must contact Great Wolf Lodge yourself with the group code to arrange your reservation before Great Wolf Lodge's booking cut off date of April 5, 2019 - But don’t wait until then!
The 2019 March Break Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker OR who have paid for their child to attend a 2019 March break camp or program, but not both.
Maximum reimbursements of $350 per child or youth (up to 18th birthday) will be made to subsidize services purchased between March 11 and March 15, 2019.
Reimbursements will be provided based on a random selection made from all eligible applicants who apply between December 17, 2018 and January 25, 2019.
When can i apply for march break autism funds for my son thanks. - Unfortunately the March Break funding through Autism Ontario closed January 25th. If you need help looking at funding you can contact our Family Resource Coach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 18, 2019 at 8:26 AM
Yes, the funding is available to all Ontario families.
January 18, 2019 at 12:02 AM
Can I apply for reimbursement if I live in Brampton.
The following is a list of upcoming 2019 winter group programs at Carizon.
Day Group I Wednesdays 9:30am—11:30am I Jan 9—Mar 20
Evening Group | Tuesdays 6:30pm— 8:30pm I Jan 8—Mar 19
Provides education & support for women who have experienced emotional or physical abuse within their intimate relationships.
Open group: clients can join at any time.
Building Better Boundaries
Mondays 1pm—3pm I Jan 14—Mar 11
Provides education and support for women who have experienced any form of abuse and are working towards setting better boundaries in their lives. Closed Group.
Managing Stress for Managing Moods
Thursdays 6:30pm—8:30pm I Jan 10—Mar 7
Helps participants learn methods to cope more effectively with chronic stress and feelings of depression, anxiety and negative moods, identify & change chronically negative thoughts and beliefs to improve self-esteem, self-care and quality of life.
Cost: $200, sliding scale available.
Mindful Moves, Meditation and Relaxation
Mondays 6:30pm—8pm I Jan 14—Mar 4
This class will include a balance of mindful movements to release tension, mindfulness meditation to calm the mind, and guided relaxation to restore the mind and the body. We will also discuss how we might use some of these practices to alter our response to the stresses and discomfort in our everyday lives.
Dynamic Girls Gr. 7/8
The group focuses on improving social interaction, increasing self-esteem and improving mood. Each week will cover different topics and teach girls skills that will help them cope with difficult times, overcome obstacles, and develop healthy relationships with themselves and others while navigating the teen years.
Cost: $150 sliding scale available.
Families in Separate Homes: FISH
Mondays 4:30pm—6pm I Jan 14—Mar 4
FISH is a group for children aged 7-10, designed to help cope with separation and divorce, utilizing Play Therapy. The purpose of the group is to explore some of the concerns, anxieties, and big feelings your child may experience during this transition while relating to other children who may be experiencing similar feelings.
Cost: $150, sliding scale available.
I’m More than My Pain
Fridays 1pm—3pm I Feb 1—Mar 22
This is a support group for people who have chronic pain. This group provides a positive and safe space for people to talk about the ways that they are impacted by having chronic pain as well as to share coping strategies. Discus-sion will include topics such as healthy balance, self-care strategies and dealing with losses because of pain. Each session will include a relaxation or mindfulness activity.
Cost: $200, sliding scale available.
For more information please visit the Carizon website at www.carizon.ca or call 519.743.6333 for information or registration.
SkateABLE™ is Canada’s only high-quality adaptive ice skating program for children with physical and developmental disabilities.
This program is developmentally appropriate for children with a wide variety of challenges including: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, muscle weakness, as well as autism, down syndrome, learning disabilities, and other developmental delays.
All adaptive equipment is provided free of charge.
Program Dates: Tuesdays, January 15 - March 12, 2019
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
Children with ASD, ages 3-18, are invited to attend 10-weeks of soccer with the Waterloo Minor Soccer Club. Siblings, ages 3-18 are also invited to join in on the fun!
The WMCS's Waterloo Stars is an adaptive program for children ages 3-18 to have a positive experience on a soccer team.
For this event, there will be full and private use of indoor field for 1 hour weekly. Waterloo Minor Soccer Club will provide team jerseys, shorts, socks and a ball for each child registered.
Children will go through warm up exercises, break out into skills training and then end with a short game. Cues will be taken from the child, siblings and parents and activities can include balancing balls, Frisbees, volleyballs, softer balls, hula hoops, smaller nets, etc. It can be a very diverse hour but it is an hour of physical activity.
**Parents must participate with their children on the field**
Please note shin guards are required. Parents must provide shin guards for all participating.
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: