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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.

 


 

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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Study for children aged 6-12, with ADHD and ASD

The Center for Pediatric Excellence is conducting a research study for children aged 6-12, with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Your child may be eligible to participate in a research study using a drug already approved by Health Canada. 

 

You child may qualify if they have been diagnosed with high functioning autism and ADHD. 

 

Qualified participants may receive study-related psychological evaluation(s), compensation for visit-related expenses and receive a Health Canada-approved medication to treat ADHD in children. Your doctor may continue to prescribe this medication on completion of the study. 

 

Contact Center for Pediatric Excellence at 613-726-7355 or info@cfpe.ca.    

 

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Technokids: Exploring Daily Electronic Media Use of Children With and Without Autism

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by and Eric Gilliland, B.A. (Hons.) under the supervision of Dr. Kimberley Babb, Ph.D., from the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor. The results of this research will form the basis of a Master’s thesis. If you have any questions or concerns about this research, please contact Eric Gilliland at technokidstudy@gmail.com or Dr. Babb at kbabb@uwindsor.ca.

 

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The present study is being conducted to learn more about the patterns of daily media behaviours, different media devices used, types of content accessed, and types of media activities engaged in by children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (i.e., autism) and children without any mental health diagnoses to understand how their electronic media use might be similar or different.

 

To learn more about this study please read the Letter of Information

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Autism Ontario 2019 One to One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund

Need support so your child with ASD can go to Summer Camp?

 

The 2019 One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund is available to Ontario families of children or youth with ASD who retain the services of a one-to-one support worker for their child to attend a community summer camp or summer program.  Maximum reimbursements of $600, per child or youth, (up to 18th birthday) will be made to subsidize services purchased between June 24 and August 30, 2019. 

 

A minimum of 500 families from across Ontario are expected to receive reimbursements. Reimbursements will be provided based on a random selection made from all eligible applicants who apply between May 6 and May 31, 2019.

 

Process

  1. Application:  Completed and signed applications will be accepted from May 7 to May 31, 2019. Your application must include evidence of a clear ASD diagnosis from a professional who is qualified to make the diagnosis (see website for details).
  2. Selection: By June 7, 2019, 500 families will be randomly selected and ALL applicants will be informed by letter whether they were selected to receive funds or not.
  3. Payment: Autism Ontario will issue cheques to the randomly selected families who have submitted (by no later than September 13, 2019) all original receipt(s) for fees paid by the parent of the child with ASD for the child’s one-to-one worker.

Note: Membership in Autism Ontario is not required to access the Fund.

 

Contact Ginny Kontosic with questions, 416-246-9592 ext. 225 or 

ginny@autismontario.com

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Sleep Quality in Parents of Children 4-10 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sleep Quality in Parents of Children 4-10 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 

 

What is this study about?
The purpose of this study is to study the relationships between your child’s sleep and your sleep and health. This information might help us learn more about what may help to improve sleep in other parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (referred to as ASD).

 

Who can participate?
English-speaking parents of a child 4-10 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder (1 year since diagnosis).

Parents will be excluded if he/she:

  • Work night shifts or is employed at nighttime
  • Has a physician-diagnosed sleep problem (e.g. sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome etc.)
  • Has infants less than 12 months at home
  • Provides casual care for child with ASD (e.g. grandparent, babysitter, daycare or respite provider) that does not provide nighttime care for the child.
  • Child with ASD also has a permanent movement disorder (e.g. Duchenne muscular dystrophy) or neuromuscular diagnosis (e.g. CP) that requires physical care at night time (e.g. suctioning or repositioning etc.)

What’s involved?
If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey that takes about 60 minutes to complete. The survey asks questions about:

  • You and your family
  • Your child’s autism severity and behaviours
  • You and your child’s sleep
  • Your health, including stress and depression
  • Your coping and support networks

Participants may choose to enter into a draw to win one of ten $100 e-gift cards.

 

Principal Investigator:
Pam Green and Samantha Micsinszki

 

To ask questions or to sign up, contact: Samantha at  parentsleepstudy@hollandbloorview.ca

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