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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.

 


 

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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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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