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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.

 


 

Woolwhich Counselling Centre Upcoming Programs

The following programs will be offered through Woolwich Counselling Centre.

 

Midfulness - This 6 week adult course will help you discover a healthier, more relaxed

and focused you.

Group 1: Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Dec 6, 2018

Group 2: Mar 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2019

6:30 - 8:00pm

Cost: $100

Pre-interview required. Please call 519-669-8651 to register.

 

No Need to Fret - Does your child worry excessively? Do worries and 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?

Successful strategies are provided to help anxious children cope with fears and worries.

For ages 8-11.

Group 1: Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 & Dec 5, 2018

Group 2: May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2019

6:00 - 7:00pm

Cost: $100

Please call 519-669-8651 for more information.

 

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Autism Ontario - "Waterloo Stars" Adaptive Soccer Program

Children with ASD, ages 3-18, are invited to attend 10-weeks of soccer with the Waterloo Minor Soccer Club.  Siblings, ages 3-18 are also invited to join in on the fun!

 

The WMCS's Waterloo Stars is an adaptive program for children ages 3-18 to have a positive experience on a soccer team. 

 

For this event, Autism Ontario will have full and private use of indoor field for 1 hour weekly. The Waterloo Minor Soccer Club will provide team jerseys, shorts, socks and a ball for the children with ASD. 

 

Children will go through warm up exercises, break out into skills training and then end with a short game. 

 

**Parents must participate with their children on the field**

 

The program runs October 13 to December 15 from 3-4pm

 

To learn more about this opportunity or to register please click here.

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Disabilities Mentoring Day

Disabilities Mentoring Day (DMD) is a full day of job shadowing that was started right here in Kitchener in 2011 by Dolphin Digital Technology to showcase the talent people with disabilities have and to provide greater access to accessible employers. DMD is now a national event bringing together employers across Canada with people who self identify as having a disability for a day of mentoring.

 

Goals for Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day:

  • To provide mentees access to workplace contacts, environments, skills, & HR process,
  • To increase confidence among students and jobseekers with disabilities,
  • To enhance internship, co-operative education and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities,
  • To dispel employers’ fears about hiring people with disabilities and promote disability confidence,
  • To give employers an opportunity to benchmark themselves as being accessible to what is a largely untapped pool of talent as well as a massive consumer market.

To apply to be a mentee fill out the online survey or complete the fillable application and email it to Lisa Livingston.  

 

The deadline to register is is Friday, September 21.

 

Please contact Lisa with any questions you might have at llivingston@marchofdimes.ca or 519-579-5530 ext. 262. 

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Firefly Fall Programs

Firefly Therapy Services offers fee-for-service therapeutic programs for children and youth.  

 

Fall 2018 Programs:

Eat, Cook & Mingle Tween - This 8 week group is for youth in Grades 6, 7, and 8 who want to learn basic cooking skills and make new friends in the process.

Eat, Cook & Mingle Teens - This 8 week group is targeted for youth who want to learn basic cooking skills and make some new friends while they do it.

Playtime Academy Jr. - Playtime Academy Jr. is a fun and engaging group for children aged -7 who require additional support in developing beginner social skills and peer interaction within a group setting.

Playtime Academy - Playtime Academy is a fun and engaging group for children aged 4 – 7 who require additional support learning how to interact and play appropriately with their peers.

Social Explorers - Social Explorers introduces Superflex and Team of Unthinkables to teach youth, ages 8-12 who struggle with social situations and how to navigate and gain control of their emotions.

Music Therapy - Firefly offers group and individual sessions led by a music therapist. Groups include Rock N Talk, Music & Mingle and Rock Band.

Swimming Lessons - Firefly Therapy Services swimming program provides an opportunity for children to learn important basic swimming skills in a safe and supportive environment.

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Tuesday Hangout

Tuesday Hangout is a weekly get together with friends to enjoy volunteering, fun recreational activities and cooking!

 

Session 1: September 4 - October 23, 2018

Session 2: October 30 - December 18, 2018

Session 3: January 8 - February 26, 2019

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

St. George’s of Forest Hill Church - Recreation Hall

321 FisherHallman Road, Kitchener

Cost: $350 *includes a meal cooked by group members

 

For those participating in Special Olympics Bowling, rides will be

provided to Victoria Bowl

 

For more information or to register, contact Lori at 519-501-6747 or

lmyc@gmail.com or Susan at 519-654-7023 or susanhipp@gmail.com.

 

This program is presented by Lori Malony Young Consulting and Susan's Toolbox.

 

 

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Time for Brothers & Sisters

Hosted by Developmental Services Resource Centre - Waterloo Region, Time for Brothers and Sisters is a 6 week group for siblings of youth with autism. This group will be co-facilitated by an Autism Behaviour Consultant and Social Worker.

 

Details

Youth, ages 11-14 will meet others who have similar experiences and challenges, in a supportive, fun environment that will encourage sharing.

 

When

The group will run Thursday evenings, from 5:00-6:30pm, out of the Sunbeam location. The group will start October 4th.

 

The group is free but a referral and registration are required. To make a referral please call 519-741-1121

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WRDSS: Cooking Classes

WRDSS cooking classes will begin in September under the direction of Teresa Feliciano at “The Studio” - Unit “B”, 109 Ottawa Street, Kitchener, ON. 

 

Space is available on a first come, first serve basis. There is a maximum of 8 participants per class. Parents/caregivers must be prepared to volunteer a few nights each session to help with the class. 

 

There are 4 classes set up according to skill level. Classes are open to all WRDSS members only, aged 14 years and older.

 

Cooking class focuses on:

  • Basic cooking skills
  • Knife skills
  • Safe food handling
  • Following Recipes
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Table setting
  • Clean up

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. 

 

2nd Tuesday of the month - Intermediate Skill Level

Can follow direction but needs some assistance with completing tasks.

There will be a total of 4 classes in this session:  Sept 11*, Oct 9, Nov 6, Dec 11

 

3rd Tuesday of the month - Intermediate Skill Level

Can follow direction but needs some assistance with completing some tasks.

There will be a total of 4 classes in this session:  Sept 4*, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18

 

3rd Thursday of the month - Beginner Skill Level 

Needs assistance with most tasks. Limited ability to follow direction without parental / instructor supervision.

There will be a total of 4 classes in this session:  Sept 27*, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20

 

4th Wednesday of the month - Advanced  Skill Level

Can complete most tasks with clear instruction. Can follow/read recipes and needs little or no supervision or assistance to complete tasks.

There will be a total of 4 classes in this session:  Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 28, Dec 26

 

Register at https://www.wrdss.ca/event

  

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WRFN's Fall Session of Active Start & FUNdamentals

Active Start and FUNdamentals are two programs designed to teach children with special needs the fundamental movement and sports skills needed to enjoy an active lifestyle.

 

Active Start is for children 3.5-7 years and targets skills such as running, jumping, catching, throwing, kicking, striking, balancing, and body awareness.

 

FUNdamentals is for children 8-12 years and focuses on improving the ABCs of movement including Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed, while introducing several common sports.  Children are introduced to the rules and tactics of sport through a variety of activities. 

 

These programs are open to all children who face barriers to participating in community sport and recreation. No diagnosis is required.

 

The cost of program is $150 for eight weeks. Special Services at Home (SSAH) can be used to cover the program cost. Funding support can also be accessed through JumpStart and KidSport.

 

Program Locations and Dates:

Waterloo - KidsAbility (500 Hallmark Dr.)

Mondays, October 15 to December 3

Active Start - 6:00-6:45pm
FUNdamentals - 7:00-8:00pm (FULL)

 

Guelph - St. Joseph's Catholic School (10 Guelph St.)

Tuesdays, October 9 to November 27

Active Start - 6:15-7:00pm (FULL)

 

Cambridge - KidsAbility (887 Langs Dr.)

Wednesdays, October 3 to November 28 (No class October 31)

Active Start - 5:00-5:45pm

 

Kitchener - The Family Centre (65 Hanson Ave.)

Saturdays, October 13 to December 15 (No class November 3 or November 17)

Active Start - 9:00-9:45am OR 10:00-10:45

FUNdamentals - 11:00-12:00pm (FULL)

 

Registration opens August 27th and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Krista at Krista.McCann@wrfn.info or 519-886-9150 ext. 2 for more information or to register.   

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Disability, Relationships, and Safety Education

Aldaview Services & Shore Centre invite you to join them for Disability, Relationships, and Safety Education.

 

These Education Sessions are presented in a non-judgemental, safe environment where participants are free to share opinions and thoughts as well ask any questions they may have.

 

 Program topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Relationships & Dating
  • Staying Safe Online
  • Informed Decision Making
  • Consent & Boundaries
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Birth Control & Pregnancy Options
  • Safer Sex & Sexually Transmitted Infections

When: Starting Thursday, September 27, 2018 for 8 consecutive weeks -Thursdays

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Where: Connections Media Room—Aldaview Services, 332 Hamilton Road, New Hamburg, Ontario

Cost: Free

 

Please note: Minimum of 4 participants required.

 

All individuals with variety of abilities are welcome to join. Individuals receiving services and supports outside of Aldaview Services, who require assistance to participate, it is requested a Support Person attend education sessions with you.

 

Have questions before registering? Attend the Parent, Caregiver & Support Person Information Session being held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

 

Please RSVP by Friday, September 14, 2018 to confirm your spot in the group to

Tammy Broughtonà tbroughton@tcmhomes.com or 519-662-5174 extension 9.

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KidsAbility Program and Activity Guide Fall 2018

Are you looking for programs or activities for you or your child? These guides highlight some of the great programs geared towards both caregivers and children and youth with special needs. They feature KidsAbility, Firefly and community based activities and resources. 

 

Early Years (Birth to age 5) Program and Activity Guide

School Years (age 6 and up) Program and Activity Guide

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