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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.
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.
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.
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
Safe food handling
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
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.
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
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.
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.