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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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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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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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A New Chapter: Families Moving Forward

Are you the parent/caregiver of a young adult with disabilities? Do you wonder how the future will look for your child and yourself?

 

Please join us in sharing some of the chal lenges - and solutions in supporting someone to build a full and active l i fe in the community.

 

Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM at The Family Centre, 65 Hanson Ave. Kitchener, Room 1024.

October 9 - November 27, 2018.

 

To register please contact Wendy by emailing wnewbery@bridgestobelonging.ca or calling 519-603-0998 ext. 223.

 

Presented in partnership by Bridges to Belonging and Waterloo Region Family Network.

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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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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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Help us Create a Smart City for Youth in Waterloo Region!

Waterloo Region is competing against four other cities across Canada for a chance to win $50 million to improve child and youth wellbeing in our community. The Smart Waterloo Region Team needs your help to develop a youth engagement plan. They need you to tell them what meaningful youth engagement looks like, and how you’d like to be involved in the Smart Cities project.

 

If you are interested in attending, join them at Google (51 Breithaupt Street, Kitchener) on August 21. Register online: https://smartyouthengagement.eventbrite.ca

 

Snacks and a $20 gift card will be provided!  

 

If you have any questions, please contact Jill Kolb at JKolb@regionofwaterloo.ca. Learn more about Smart Waterloo Region at www.regionofwaterloo.ca/smartwaterlooregion

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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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