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EAF-Youth & Teen Groups

Check out the fall schedule for EAF's Teen & Youth groups by clicking here.

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Woolwich Counselling Centre-Fall Workshops & Small Group Therapy

Check out this fall calendar for the above organization.

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Back to School Resiliency Building Package

Students in Canada may be facing new levels of stress as many will be returning to in-class learning after months of learning from home.


We are here to help you, the students you work with and the parents and caregivers who support your students at home.


With the help of educators, psychologists, and stress experts from across the country, we designed the Kids Have Stress Too! ® and Stress Lessons programs to help the important people in children’s lives promote resiliency by buffering the impact of stress and building positive coping strategies to deal with life’s inevitable stressors.


These research-based programs are built on an experiential asynchronous and synchronous learning approach. The aim is to help school staff create teachable moments to introduce stress management strategies and build emotional resiliency in students from preschool to high school.


Our approach emphasizes social-emotional learning, it is curriculum based and will help ensure you are better able to manage the challenges that the new school environment presents. In addition, the lessons provided will help educators fulfill the requirements of health and physical education curricula in Canada. 


If you are interested in BULK ORDERS for any of the training sessions or workshops below, please contact us directly.


a) Student Resilience Building Program

Our Kids Have Stress Too! and Stress Lessons programs are designed to support the students in your school identify and manage stress while moving to resilience. They have all been evaluated with a demonstrated impact on a student’s ability to recognize stress in themselves (for more highlights from our research, please see below)


Student Resilience Building Courses:

  • 2.5 hour synchronous training session that provides an in-depth exploration of the program content, stress management activities for the classroom and beyond plus the full-length facilitation guide. Evaluated
  • Masterclass in Stress Management: 1.5 hour recording on the fundamentals of stress and resiliency, including how to identify it in yourself and your students, the physiology of stress, tips and strategies for managing stress and moving to resilience.
  • Live Q&A with Stress Management expert
  • Implementation tools for adapting and delivering lessons in the virtual classroom
  • Ongoing coaching and support through program delivery
  • Certificate of completion of specialization

Preschool, Kindergarten, Parent                                                      

Grades 1-3                                                                                            

Grades 4-6                                                                                            

Grades 7-9                                                                                          

Grades 9-12                       


RETAIL = $75-$100/course/per person


To see the fall training schedule, click below:

October calendar

November calendar


b) Parent & Caregiver Resilience Building Program

Engage parents in your school community in understanding how stress impacts their children and youth and strategies to support them at home. This program has been evaluated. Please see our research highlights below for more information.


Parent Masterclass in Stress Management                                                                

  • One live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
  • Up to 100 parents in your school community can participate
  • Parent Resources                                                                                              
  • Support the efforts your student’s parents are making during this difficult time with our series of parent’s guides, podcasts and articles on relevant issues.

RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources


c) School Staff Resiliency Building Program 

Everyone from administrators, to teachers, child & youth workers, EAs, psychologists, social workers, and custodians are facing uncertainty as we head back to school in September. Learn more about what you can do to support your school community while also taking care of you.


Taking Care of YOU! Workshop: Basics of Stress Management for Adults               

  • One live workshop delivered by our Stress Management expert
  • Up to 100 school staff and educators in your community can participate                             
  • School Staff Resources 
  • Support the mental wellbeing of all members of your school community with our Stress Strategies interactive tool, Workplace Resiliency booklets, teacher tips and more.        

RETAIL = $500/one workshop + resources  



If the training schedule does not suit your organization's needs, please contact Pamela Sariyannis ([email protected]) to discuss other possible dates.

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Rising Youth information session

Every Canadian Count is partnering up with Rising Youth again this year to provide youth, aged 15-30, with various grants to lead disability-related community projects. 

To register for the information session (Thurs, Sept 2 from 12-1:30pm), click ​here.

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Attention Ontario Parents Take This Once In A Lifetime Opportunity To Make Your Views Known.

The Ontario Government, after years of advocacy work by the AODA and other disability organizations, has committed to enact an Education Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). An advisory committee, the K-12 Education Standards Development Committee, which includes representatives from the government and the disability community, was assigned to develop recommendations on what the Education Accessibility Standard should include.


The committee’s initial recommendations report, a 185-page report, was made public on June the 1st (summaries below). The public has been given until September the 2nd to send feedback on the initial recommendations. This may be your only opportunity to have your voice heard. 


To take more action, click here and find out more.

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CYPT Open Letter

Click here to read an open letter from the Child & Youth Planning Table.

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Lutherwood blogposts- Mental Health & Employment

Mental Health: Strategies and Resources for Youth to start normalizing the conversation about Mental Health
Employment: 10 Ways to stay motivated and healthy during COVID

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Autism Ontario's One to One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund

Autism Ontario is happy to announce that the 2021 One to One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund is now open for application!


Applications are due by June 28th!

Reimbursements will be provided based on a random selection made from all eligible applicants who apply by Monday, June 28th, 2021.


To learn more, click here.

To read FAQ, click here.


To apply, click here.

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Early Planning Tool Kit

We all share the same dream for our children—a life filled with friends, joy and opportunities. As a parent of a child with a disability, you already have a lot on your plate. But there are things you can do NOW that will make a huge impact on your child’s future.


The Early Planning Toolkit will get you started. 

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Recreational Respite-Virtual Service

Check out what Recreational Respite offering for virtual programming by clicking here.

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