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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.

 


 

KidsAbility Program & Activity Guide Winter 2019-2020

Check out the KidsAbility Winter Activity Guide.

 

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Cambridge Youth Soccer ACES Program

All abilities CElebrated Soccer is a program designed for participants between the ages of 5 - 15 & 16 – 24 with intellectual and/or physical disabilities who are interested in learning more about the FUNdamentals of physical literacy and soccer.

 

Sundays October 27—December 15, 9:30am—10:25am

 

CYS Indoor Facility, 745 Fountain Street, Cambridge. CYS jersey provided.

 

For more information contact Jon Morgan at 519 277-0325 or grassroots@cambridgesoccer.ca.

 

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Triple P Positive Parenting Group

Triple P Positive Parenting Group starts at the CMHRT, University of Waterloo starting September 2019.

  • Triple P is an evidence-based behavioural parenting group program
  • Triple P equips parents of children ages 3 to 11 years with the skills and confidence they need to manage challenging behaviors
  • Cost is $200 for the 8 week program and includes the parenting workbook

Dates: Wednesday nights September 18 to November 6, 2019

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Venue: CMHRT, University of Waterloo (PAS 1401)

Facilitators: Dr. Marjory Phillips (supervisor) with experienced graduate students and residents in clinical psychology

 

Please contact cmhrtintake@uwaterloo.ca or (519) 888-4567 ext. 33842 if you would like to participate in the program and to discuss whether it is suitable for your family.

Space is limited. For more information, please see  https://uwaterloo.ca/cmhrt/.

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Social Groups at Monarch House

Monarch House has the following social groups starting in September.

 

Lego Club - Lego Club is a collaborative play therapy group in which children work in teams to build Lego models. Using the media of LEGO©, group facilitators target skills such as collaboration, joint attention, joint accomplishment, sharing, turn-taking, verbal communication, and non-verbal communication. The program is led by ABA Therapists under the direction of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.
This group is intended for children with ASD ages 5-8. Participants must be able to work
independently in groups of 2-3 students and have near typical language skills.

Cost: $660/child for 12 weeks

Dates: Tuesdays, September 24 - December 10, 4:30-5:30pm

Location: Monarch House, 630 Weber St. N. Suite 204, Waterloo

 

Homework Club - Homework Club involves collaborative group work through completion of a group project. Participants will be given different roles each week and will learn essential skills such as problem solving, compromising, conversation skills, and team work. Practice sheets will be provided each week to generalize skills outside of the group
session. The program is led by ABA Therapists under the direction of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst®.
This group is intended for children with ASD ages 8-12. Participants must be able to work independently in groups of 2-3 students and have near typical language skills.

Cost: $990/child for 12 weeks

Dates: Thursdays, September 26 - December 12, 4:30-5:30pm

Location: Monarch House, 630 Weber St. N. Suite 204, Waterloo 

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Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD Class

The ADHD & Asperger's Centre is hosting a 5 session class, "Parents of Kids with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD."

 

Join with ADHD and Asperger's experts and other parents/caregivers of kids of all ages with ADHD and/or Asperger's to get your questions answered, support from people who've been there, and a hopeful perspective on your child's future. The ADHD & Asperger's Centre sees ADHD and Asperger's as a gift and focus on managing the negative symptoms while helping to find and harness the amazing super powers of our kids (like high intelligence, creativity, kindness, and hyper-focusing).

Part workshop, part support group, these sessions have been described as "self-care I badly needed", "a safe place to not feel guilty, for once!", and "incredibly informative". Refreshments and snacks are also offered. 

 

Topics are voted on at the beginning of each course. Topics often discussed include:

  • Homework & Chores
  • Effective Disciplining
  • Time management & Organization
  • Anger Management
  • Parent Self-Care
  • Communication Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Sleep Issues
  • School Transitioning
  • Career Navigation

This group will run September 11 to October 9 from 6:00-7:30pm.

 

Learn more about this opportunity on their website.  

 

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Play-A-Latte Cafe

There's a new cafe in town! Play-A-Latte Cafe wants to share a little bit about themselves with you...

 

Have you heard of Play-A-Latte Cafe? We are a new cafe that opened in March that is geared toward both coffee lovers and parents alike! Our indoor playground is catered to children aged 0-7, providing a wooden play structure and a daily dose of activities run by our Early Childhood Educators. We also have special events and host birthdays! 

Why would you want to bring your child to our facility? We are a small enclosed playground with muted decor and a calming environment. We play quiet music, we have no flashing lights, TVs or displays and you can see your child from any viewpoint. We are a peanut-free cafe and offer options that cater to different diets including vegan and gluten free. Our coffee and tea is also delicious! 


Are you looking for a venue to host an event or your child’s next birthday? You can bring in your own food and decor! We have reasonably priced “DIY” packages that can be hosted during open hours or as private bookings. If desired, we can also take care of the details for you! 

We also host “sensory” times when we turn the lights off, turn the music off and offer sensory activities. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @playalattecafe for updates or check out our website www.playalattecafe.com 

Do you have questions about our facility? Come check us out or give us a call! We want to know how we can accommodate you and your family! Mention to us that you are a part WRFN and we will give you a $2 discount off admission. 

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KidsAbility Fall Resource Guide

The KidsAbility Program and Activity Guides for Fall is a great resource for local programming.

 

Program and Activity Guide - Fall 2019

 

Guides can also be found on the KidsAbility website at www.kidsability.ca.

 

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Better Nights, Better Days - Sleep Study

Development, implementation, and evaluation of an internet-based behavioural sleep intervention study for children, ages 4-10, with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).


Learn more about this opportunity here.

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Eye See...Eye Learn

The Eye See...Eye Learn® program is available to children born in 2015 that will start junior kindergarten in September.  This ESEL program beings July 1, 2019 through to June 30, 2020.

 

If required, Eye See...Eye Learn® will provide one pair of glasses courtesy of participating optometrists and corporate partners Plastic Plus and Modern Optical Canada. The frames are fashionable and are made with high quality and impact resistant polycarbonate lenses. The estimated value of the glasses is over $250. 

 

Annual comprehensive eye exams are covered by OHIP (health card) up to 19 years of age. 

Find a participating optometrist near you and book your child's Eye See...Eye Learn® eye exam. 

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Secret Agent Society: Operation Regulation – Trasdiagnostic Trial

Do you have a child between 8-13 years of age with Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

York University invites you to participate in a research study: Secret Agent Society: Operation Regulation –  Trasdiagnostic Trial.  
 
What is the research about?

This study is about a new program aimed at helping youth with neurodevelopmental disorders cope with their emotions and handle the day-to-day stressors in their lives using a variety of activities and tools, like an emotion focused computer game, cue cards, and parent and teacher handouts. 
 
What does participation involve?

Participating involves weekly 1-hour visits to York University where you and your child will meet with a trained therapist for one-on-one therapy. Your child will get to do an assortment of activities and play games (e.g., computer games, problem solving tasks, and role playing). The activities are aimed to help build emotion regulation skills. 
 
You and your child will also participate in research to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. 
 
There is no cost to the program, except for parking and travel to the university. 
 
I’m interested! What next?

For more information, please contact sasor@yorku.ca or Dr. Jonathan Weiss, Principal Investigator on the study, at jonweiss@yorku.ca
 
You can also visit the website at: http://ddmh.lab.yorku.ca/secret-agents-society-operation-regulation/ 
 
Limited space is available, so families will be contacted on a first come, first serve basis.

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