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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.

 


 

Children and Youth Planning Table E-News Bulletin September 2018

The Children and Youth Planning Table September 2018 E-News Bulletin is available online.

 

In this issue:

  • Message from the Co-Chairs
  • Youth Engagement in Waterloo Region Survey
  • Smart Waterloo Region
  • Children & Youth Planning Table Meetings 
  • Shared Foundation for Practice
  • Family Compass
  • Early Years System Roundtable
  • Healthy Kids Community Challenge
  • Community Updates
    • Resilience Summit
    • Ideas Connect
    • Parenting Now

Read the newsletter here.

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Autism Speaks is donating 500 tablets in partnership with Samsung Canada!

Autism Speaks Canada and Samsung Canada have teamed up to donate 500 tablets to families living with autism and organizations that support them.

 

Apply between October 1 – October 31, 2018 at www.samsung.com/thelovespectrum.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Canadian residents.
  • Individuals with a diagnosis of ASD
  • Organizations supporting individuals with ASD.
  • Do not currently have a touch device.

If you have any questions, please email lookatme@autismspeakscan.ca

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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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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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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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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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WRFN Camp Day!

Please join us on Sunday, September 23rd between 2-5pm at Camp Ki-Wa-Y (3738 Hessen Strasse, St. Clements) for our annual Camp Day!

 

Enjoy camp activities for the whole family while connecting with others. Bring your appetite because we will be roasting s'mores on the fire and having a barbeque! Everyone is welcome!

 

Event Schedule

2-4pm - Camp activities:

  • Canoeing (please note that the only access to the canoes is by stairs due to environmental barriers)
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • High Ropes
  • Archery
  • Camp Fire & S'mores

4:15-5pm - Barbeque

 

Please register in advance by contacting Krista McCann at krista.mccann@wrfn.info  or 519-886-9150 ext. 2. Please indicate the number of people attending, their names and if anyone has dietary restrictions.

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Roots of Empathy Recruiting Volunteer Families for the Fall

Are you a proud parent with a new baby?

Will your baby

be 2-4 months old in October?

If so...Your baby could be a teacher...and YOU could be a Roots of Empathy Family!

 

What is Roots of Empathy?

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown a significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The program helps students to understand each other better, creating a tolerance for our differences by observing and learning from the loving relationship between a parent and baby.

 

What is the role of the Family?

This program celebrates the power of the family in the development of the baby as a person. A mother and/or father visits a local school classroom with their baby and a

trained Roots of Empathy Instructor nine times throughout the school year, each time for about 30 minutes.

 

For more information please contact Mary Wright at 519.267.6444 or

m.wright@ywcacambridge.ca.

www.ywcacambridge.ca

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Are you looking for a Church family to connect with?

Are you looking for a Church family to connect with?  Koinonia would love to meet you! They have recently begun to provide support options for families who have children with special needs, available at their 9am service. Their sensory room is open and they have a team of “buddies” ready to support children in their classrooms.  Visit www.kcf.org/kids for more details.

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