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Virtual Family Support for Caregivers​

York Support Services, Family Peer Mentor Program is hosting virtual family support drop-ins for family caregivers who are caring for an adult or child with a developmental disability. A new topic will be covered at each session.

Join us for an opportunity to share your story and connect with others going through the same experiences in a safe and non-judgmental space.

The virtual family support drop-ins offer encouragement for you to:

  • share your experience.
  • increase your capacity for resiliency.
  • learn to manage your stress.
  • build a more meaningful life.

These sessions are for parents and caregivers of an adult or child with a developmental disability or autism.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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This workshop is free and will be offered virtually. Details provided upon registration.

For questions or more information contact Sherry Summers at 905-898-6455 ext. 2213 or via email ssummers@yssn.ca

 

Caregiver Workshops

Cooking with Steffie – Holiday Desserts with a Healthy Twist! 

Join Stephanie Cho as she creates three make-ahead holiday desserts with a focus on healthy choices. Free workshop available to parents or caregivers of a child or adult with a developmental disability.

Details:

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Caregiver Mindfulness Sessions

Join us for virtual mindfulness sessions that will teach you how to reduce stress, increase resiliency, improve relationships and regulate emotions. Core concepts of mindfulness will be explored through meditation and mindful exercises. Everyone is welcome.

Details

This workshop is free and will be offered virtually. Details provided upon registration.

Stay tuned for upcoming dates

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Ontario Autism Program Workshops

These workshops are for families with children up to age 17 with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and are registered with the Ontario Autism Program.  

If you have a child with autism and need help to register with the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) please call YSSN at 905-898-6455 ext. 2574 to request an appointment with an OAP support worker.


Advocacy Basics: Your role as a parent

Learn different strategies of how you can advocate for your child.

Details:

Thursday, October, 21, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Monday, October, 25, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Visual Schedules

Learn the important role using visual schedules in reducing stress and challenging behaviours. What they are and how to create/use them.

Details:

Wednesday, October, 27, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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How to teach your child to self-advocate   

Learning to self advocate is part of developing independence. Learn how to help to your child build their skill now and into the future.

Details:

Thursday, October, 18, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Monday, November, 1, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Sibling Workshop 

How to support your Neuro-typical child to build relationships within their family and community.

Details:

Thursday, November, 4, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Monday, November, 8, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Keeping your child safe – managing & supporting destructive behaviours

Keeping our children safe is the priority in every family. In this session, families will learn the strategies for managing destructive behaviours.

Details:

Wednesday, November, 10, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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School Readiness

Learn tips and tricks to manage transitions, build routines and reduce stress in the home, as you and your child prepare to start a new school year.

Details:

Thursday, November, 11, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Monday, November, 15, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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How to reduce stress in the home environment & routine building

Learn strategies to arrange your home environment in a way that can reduce stress, plan routines and support self care.

Details:

Thursday, November, 18, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Monday, November, 22, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Learn how to regulate during the Holiday Season     

The holidays bringing excitement, late night, changes to routines and sometimes challenging behaviour. Learn how to plan ahead and prepare for these challenges at home and in the community.

Details:

Wednesday, November, 24, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Essentials of healthy eating and sleeping     

Children with an ASD diagnosis often experience challenges developing eating and sleeping routines. Learn strategies to make these routines less stressful.

Details:

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Autism 101 for Grandparents

Grandparents are an important part of the family support system. Learn more about autism and how you can provide support to your family.

Details:

Thursday, December, 2, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Monday, December, 6, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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How to create a strong Support Team       

Your child’s team includes, educators, therapists, consultants etc. Learn how to create a strong team to suit your families’ unique needs for now and into the future.

Details:

Thursday, December, 9, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Caregiver Burnout and Respite

Learn about how you can recognize and support burnout and access respite support.

Details

Thursday, November, 25, 2021

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Monday, November, 29, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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