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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.

 


 

Tips for Parents of Students with Disabilities on How to Advocate for Your Child's Needs at School

Tips for Parents of Students with Disabilities on How to Advocate For Your Child’s Needs at School - YouTube

Osgoode Hall Law School Visiting Professor David Lepofsky gives practical tips to parents of students with disabilities in Ontario or other Canadian provinces on how to advocate for your child’s needs at school.

More information available at www.aodaalliance.org/education and @aodaalliance Check out great legal information from the ARCH Disability Law Centre available here. 

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Lutherwood Blog-Mental Health: Ways to Help Children with Climate Change Anxiety

Mental Health: Ways to Help Children with Climate Change Anxiety
Climate change anxiety in young clients has increased over the years. Fear is an adaptive emotion; it is there to help keep us safe in the face of danger. But when the danger feels large and unchangeable, it can lead to feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed. Read more to learn some strategies to help those you know with children through what they're facing!



 

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Kerry's Place- Online Calendar

Check out what's happening at Kerry's Place. To see online calendar, click here.

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Region of Waterloo-Survey about Child Care & Early Years Services

Dear parents/caregivers,

 

The Region of Waterloo is inviting you to participate in a survey about child care and early years services. We need your help to identify what is important to families. Your input is highly valued.

 

This survey is for all parents and caregivers who live in Waterloo Region and have at least one child age 12 years or younger. This includes all families, both those who use child care or EarlyON programs, as well as those who do not. We only need one response per family.

 

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

 

Visit the survey page to learn more or to take the survey. Please feel free to share this survey link with other parents in Waterloo Region.

 

Thank you,

Barbara Cardow

Director, Children’s Services, Region of Waterloo

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Dance Ability Movement-Spring Break Blast

Check out different virtual dance classes & activities to keep you moving and having fun all week long! Offering classes for Tots/Kids and Teens/Adults.

Click here to see what's available.

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Quick Ways to Relax

Kid Cuddle.

Standing or sitting, stretch arms out wide, wide, wide. Slowly bring arms forward, cross in front. Each hand holds onto the opposite shoulder. Squeeze, rock and cuddle the kid in your arms.

 

Cloud Push (to stretch out tight muscles). We are going to practice stretching up and pushing the clouds away. Stand tall. Place your hands on your hips. Bring one arm way up over your head and stretch it straight up. Try and reach a cloud and push it away. Push, push, push! Now let your arm fall slowly to your side. Bring the other arm up and push the cloud. Push, push, push! Now let your arm fall slowly to your side. Lift both arms up. Clasp hands together; turn the palms up and push and bounce the cloud. Slowly, slowly, let your arms oat gently back to your sides.

 

Who Knows? Stand at attention, or sit up straight with hands along sides. Raise shoulders up to your ears. Hold. Let shoulders drop. While your shoulders go up, say, “Who.” When you drop your shoulders, say, “Knows.” Repeat ve times.

 

Deep Breathing (to slow down the body and quiet the mind). Get into a comfortable position, either lying at on your back on sitting comfortably with both feet at on the oor and if you like, close your eyes. We are going to practice breathing slowly and deeply. Imagine you have a balloon in your tummy. Place one hand below your belly button. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose to a count of four. Feel the balloon ll up with air. When the balloon is full, breathe out slowly, using a count of four, to atten the balloon. Your hand may rise and fall as the balloon lls and empties.

1. Slowly blow up the balloon …. 1 ….2 …. 3 …. 4 ….

2. Now, slowly blow out and atten the balloon …. 1 …. 2 …. 3 …. 4 ….

3. Repeat ve times and then breathe normally. Caution. Remember to breathe out as slowly as you breathe in. Breathing in deeply without relaxed slow exhalation can lead to dizziness or hyperventilation.

 

Go Tight - Go Loose. Stand at attention, hands along sides, ngers pointing down. Make a fist with each hand, squeeze each hand tight. Squeeze… Squeeze… Squeeze… Relax. Now, while you squeeze your fists again, tighten your arms to squeeze your body, Squeeze…Squeeze… Squeeze… Relax. Now, this time also squeeze your legs together while making a st and squeezing your arms together, Squeeze… Squeeze… Squeeze. Relax. Repeat. Shake out your hands, arms and legs. Enjoy the sense of relaxation.

 

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Summer Camp Directory 2021

Waterloo Region Family Network was pleased to cohost the Annual Camp Info Fair with KidsAbility again this year. Together, we offered three informative virtual sessions bringing families and camp providers together. To watch the recording of these sessions, please see the links below:

 

To search through the Camp Directory for Summer 2021, please see the links below:

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New Core Services for Children in the OAP (Ontario Autism Program)

Starting in March, Ontario will begin offering core clinical services for children in the Ontario Autism Program. These services include applied behaviour analysis, speech language pathology, occupational therapy and mental health supports based on the child's individual needs.

 

Learn more about these new core services by clicking here.

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Research: Adapting Anxiety Intervention for Youth with Autism for Rapid Response to Covid

We are currently studying whether a group therapy program called Facing Your Fears (FYF), will help to reduce anxeity in children and youth with ASD. FYF is a modified cognitive behavioural therapy program for children and youth with ASD experiencing significant anxiety symptoms. We will provide everything virtually so that anyone can participate in this study from home.

 

This study is for children & teens between 8-13yrs old.

 

For more details, click here.

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Caregivers and Challenges with Special Education Needs

A graduate student from Conrad School of Business & Entrepreneurship (University of Waterloo) is doing a study to understand the challenges faced by people providing the frontline care for children with these special education needs. This includes parents, educators, occupational, speech & language therapists, social workers, doctors and behavioural clinicans. The research seeks to find the common pinch points faced by these frontline caregivers, especially now during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

Participation in the study will consist of a short 10-30 minutes interview at a mutually agreed upon date and time. Interviews will be conducted over the phone. Questions will be focused on your experience finding or providing support for children with Special Education Needs.

 

If you are interested in more details about this research project and would like to participate, please click here for more details OR email May Alonge at malonge@uwaterloo.ca OR call at 1-825-882-1305.

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