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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.

 


 

SOAR Transition Planning Program

Are you or your child in grades 7-9 with an LD or ADHD? Are you looking prepare for the changes of high school?


SOAR (Some Assembly Required) Transition Planning Program
Monday @ 7pm – 8:30 pm
5 Sessions: Feb 3-March 9, 2020 *NEW START DATE*
(No sessions Jan 27-highschool exams, and Feb 17-Family Day)


Location: Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute
(155 Paisley Street, Guelph, N1H 2P3)


Cost: $200 ($180 for LDAWC members)


• L’s and D’s – understanding your learning disability, your learning style and a model for problem solving
• Tools for success – 3 key areas – daily work, studying and tests, projects and assignments, and ways to approach successfully
• Making Choices for the Future – changes and choices in high school, strategies to stay on top of homework and organizational issues, IEP and accommodations
• Group based learning
• Each participant will get their own workbooks. Concepts taught will be reinforced with games and hands-on activities!


Who: Students grades 7 to 9 with a learning disability or ADHD diagnosis

What: Small group Focus: Increase self advocacy and awareness of student’s disability Program Details: 1.5 hours, once a week for 6 weeks, starting Monday January 20, 2020 Find out more: contact Monica at 519-837-2050 or email execdir@ldawc.ca

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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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Just Hangin' Out program

The Just Hangin' Out program (Youth 13-21) will take place at the Chaplin Family YMCA, Teen Drop in Centre located at 250 Hespeler Road. This program is designed to provide a safe and inclusive place where youth with developmental disabilities can develop character building, health and wellness, and life skills while socializing with peers. This program runs for 10 weeks.


Fall Session: September 17 – November 19
Time: 6:00-8:00pm Cost: $140 Bar Code: 15327

 

Winter Session: January 14 – March 10
Time: 6:00-8:00pm Cost: $140 Bar Code: 15328

 

For information contact meloh@cambridge.ca, 519 740-4680 ext.4369

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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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Teen Social Group for Youth with ADHD & Asperger's/ASD

The ADHD & Asperger's Centre in Guelph is running a 5 week social group or teens from 13 - 16 yrs old who have ADHD and/or Asperger's/ASD. 

 

You will meet every week for two hours to:

  • Learn social skills
  • Discuss dating issues
  • Have fun
  • Play games
  • Make friends with other youth with neurodiversity


Facilitator:
​​​This group is run by Coach Kate, an ADHD & Asperger's/ASD specialized coach with ADHD and symptoms of Asperger's herself. Kate specilizes in working with teens and youth with neurodiversity as she LOVES helping them find and harness their interests and special abilities! Always ready to break into a smile, invent a game out of nowhere, or craft a comedy routine from scratch, teens love Kate because she's young, energetic, honest, willing to embarrass herself at a moment's notice for the sake of learning, and totally nonjudgmental.

 

Learn more about this opportunity here.

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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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In Her Shoes - Employment Training Program

In Her Shoes (Youth) is an employment program for female identifying, transgender and non-binary youth who are experiencing significant barriers to securing employment. In this program, participants receive technical training and work experience in the YW Kitchener-Waterloo bricks & clicks social enterprise store- In Her Shoes, where they sell new and used accessories and shoes. Participants will earning minimum wage, equivalent to 30 hours/week.


Participants will receive technical skills training in digital literacy, computers, operating systems and software, customer service and support, online business and e-commerce, retail work, point of sale systems and cash handling, marketing and photography. They will also receive support to develop life skills and employment skills, build their resume, and to secure employment upon graduation from the program in a related job area that interests them.


Eligibility:

  • Female identified, transgender, or non-binary youth between the ages of 15-30;
  • A Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or a protected person as defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act;
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • Participants cannot be in receipt of EI benefits;
  • In accordance with funding requirements, priority in hiring will be given to youth facing barriers to finding and keeping employment.

Program Details:

  • Program Time: Monday to Friday- 2 pm- 8 pm
  • Program Duration: Each session runs for 18 weeks at a time
  • Program Location: 84 Frederick Street, Kitchener, On
  • Bus Pass, work uniform, and dinner are included.

Session Dates:
Session 1: Starts August 6th, 2019
Session 2: Starts December, 2019 (Date TBD)
Session 3: Starts May, 2020 ( Date TBD)

 

Registration Information:
Eight participants will be selected to participate during each intake period. To apply for the program please complete the following two steps. If you need assistance, please contact us.

  • Step 1: Complete our online registration form at https://forms.gle/uZDh2fKpKd9mbQof9
  • Step 2: Once your registration form has been received participants will be contacted to schedule a follow up meeting to talk further about their application and receive a tour of the In Her Shoes retail store and work space.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gordon Director of Youth Services & Entrepreneurship
Phone: 519-576-8856 x 215
Email: Jennifer.gordon@ywkw.ca

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