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Family Workshop - Navigating Transition to School: Registration and Special Education

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Family Workshop - Navigating Transition to School: Registration and Special Education

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This community-based virtual workshop is geared to families with children entering JK/SK in September 2021.

The workshop aims to benefit families who are new to the Ontario education system as well as anyone who seeks to better understand the basics of special education in the early elementary school system. The workshop will include information about the following areas: 

- Understanding Ontario public school boards and how to register for school
- An introduction to special education and resources
- General information about Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 
Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) Meetings
- How to access information about legal rights in education and advocacy  

There will also be time for Q&A and group discussion!

Transitions Pop-up: Yorktown Family Services Connect4 Youth Mentorship Program

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Transitions Pop-up: Yorktown Family Services Connect4 Youth Mentorship Program

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Do you want to hang out with other youth and have fun in a welcoming space?

Who:

Holland Bloorview clients, who are 12-25 years old.

What:

  • Register for CONNECT 4, a group mentorship program designed for youth to work in small groups with a mentor to develop and enhance their life skills and leadership skills.
  • Holland Bloorview staff to adapt activities & facilitate interactions.

Date:

Monday February 1st, 2021 (with the opportunity to register for weekly events directly with Yorktown Family Services)

Time:

4:00pm-5:30pm

Cost:

FREE

Where:

Online

Why:

Hang out with peers from Holland Bloorview and meet others from the Youth Hub. Play games, build skills, and have fun! Learn more about York town Family Services

Transitions Pop-up: Connect with the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

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Transitions Pop-up: Connect with the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

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Who?

Youth with disabilities 17.5 years and older and their families.

What?

A Virtual Transitions Pop-Up event.

  • Learn about ODSP from the agency and a Family Leader.
  • Start the application.
  • Meet other youth and families!   

Where?

Zoom Healthcare platform

Why?

Your transition to adulthood matters! We can support you to take action in applying for ODSP. 


Brought to you in partnership with Holland Bloorview’s Transition Strategy and the Ontario Disability Support Program. Learn more about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

Free Virtual Workshop: Understanding Motor Learning Challenges in Children and Youth – Optimizing Success

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Free Virtual Workshop: Understanding Motor Learning Challenges in Children and Youth – Optimizing Success

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Holland Bloorview is hosting a FREE virtual workshop for kids, teens, parents, and educators to learn about strategies and resources for young people with coordination and motor planning challenges.

This is an evidence-informed workshop developed by a team that includes a developmental pediatrician, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech language pathologist and psychologist. The workshop provides:

  • information about motor planning challenges and DCD
  • coping techniques and strategies
  • tools and resources for families
  • information about supports available in the community

Do you or your child have trouble with activities that require physical coordination, like sports and writing? Do they appear “clumsy” or “awkward” with their movement or approach to new physical activities? Do they avoid these activities altogether? Do you have a student who has trouble participating in class activities because of coordination difficulties or trouble starting a task?

Coordination challenges can be a symptom of motor planning challenges and/or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), a condition that affects up to six per cent of
school-aged children. Young people with DCD often struggle with daily activities such as:

  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Writing
  • Playing
  • Speech

Registration

The workshop will be held virtually over Zoom (link will be provided to registrants)
Registration is required by Thursday January 21st, 2021

To register or for more information, please contact Leah Wong:
Email: lwong@hollandbloorview.ca

Virtual Coffee Chat for Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Virtual Coffee Chat for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Details

Holland Bloorview social workers, in partnership with Autism Ontario, are pleased to invite you to a virtual caregiver group. Parents and caregivers of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are invited to bring a cup of coffee or tea and connect to other caregivers.  This will be an opportunity to share stories and resources.

Examples of topics to be discussed:

  • Virtual programs
  • School
  • Ontario Autism Program (OAP)

Location: Online through Zoom Video (link to be emailed prior to the group)


If you have further questions about this group, please contact Autism Ontario:

Karie Evelyn, Toronto Service Navigator
Phone: 416-246-9592 ext. 340
Email: karie@autismontario.com

Trivia Night

Family Event

Trivia Night

Details

Autism Ontario, in partnership with the Holland Bloorview is excited to invite children with ASD and their siblings ages 5-17 to a virtual Kahoot trivia night.  

You will be emailed the link to join and must access Kahoot from a mobile device. 

Virtual high fives for the winners!

If you have further questions about this group, please contact Autism Ontario:

Karie Evelyn
Phone: 416-246-9592 ext. 340
Email: karie@autismontario.com

Paperwork Party (virtual)

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Paperwork Party (virtual)

Details

Location: Zoom Healthcare

Monthly Paperwork Parties aim to support families in understanding and completing funding applications. A Paperwork Party includes a brief presentation followed by the option to join a breakout room hosted by Holland Bloorview staff and Family Leaders, who will offer support, tips and strategies on filling out forms.

Each breakout room will focus on different funding sources. Once you are registered for a Paperwork Party, you will be asked which breakout room you would like to attend. Options include Special Services at Home (SSAH), Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities (ACSD), Ontario Autism Program (OAP), Assistive Devices Program (ADP), Holland Bloorview's Family Support Fund and other supports such as the TTC Assistance Card, Easter Seals, Access2Entertainment Card and more.

Families are encouraged to watch 'Part 1 - Funding Overview Webinar' prior to attending a Paperwork Party. This webinar will help you understand various funding sources in more detail. Please contact Family Support Specialist Stephanie Moynagh at smoynagh@hollandbloorview.ca or 416-425-6220 ext. 6146 for access to the webinar. Once you have viewed 'Part 1 - Funding Overview Webinar', please bring your funding forms and your questions to the virtual Paperwork Party!

Parent Support Network Event - Topic: Supporting Friendships and Social Connection Online

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Parent Support Network Event - Topic: Supporting Friendships and Social Connection Online

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Location: Zoom Healthcare

Parent Support Network aims to create a space where families can share experiences, information, challenges, successes and strategies. 

The discussion topic for this month is Supporting Friendships and Social Connection Online. Please join us as we learn together and discuss how we can support our children in connecting socially in this virtual era. Guest speakers Carolyn McDougall and Laura Howson-Strong from Holland Bloorview’s Transition Strategy team will join us to share information and ideas and contribute to discussion. 

Discussion will be facilitated by Family Support Specialist Stephanie Moynagh and Family Leader Cheryl Peters.
   
Please email smoynagh@hollandbloorview.ca to let us know the ages of your children. This will help us to tailor the material to relevant age groups. 

Parent Support Network is: 

  • Created by families, for families
  • Unique peer-to-peer support network
  • At times includes hearing from childhood disability experts
  • Open to all caregivers of children living with disability
  • All are welcome - you do not have to be a Holland Bloorview client to attend
  • This discussion will take place over Zoom. Live captioning available
     

Virtual Pilates Class in support of Holland Bloorview

Fundraising Event

Virtual Pilates Class in support of Holland Bloorview

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In partnership with Núcleo Pilates & Rowing, Holland Bloorview Foundations Virtual Volunteers are pleased to present our #VirtualPilates fundraising event! We welcome anyone and everyone to attend a virtual pilates session hosted by our pilates expert, Marlene! Please click the link below to secure your spot today!

Date: January 16, 2021
Time: 10am-11am
Format: Zoom. A link will be shared the day before the event.

Holland Bloorview's 7th Annual Virtual Recreation, Respite & Life Skills Fair

Community Event

Holland Bloorview's 7th Annual Virtual Recreation, Respite & Life Skills Fair

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Let's Stay Connected

  • Learn about recreation, respite and life skills programs across the GTA.
  • Talk to representatives from Holland Bloorview and external community organizations.
  • Find out what’s being offered for you or your family member’s needs.
  • Connect with other clients and families.

Information Videos Posted:

  • Friday January 22nd, 12:00pm
  • Please view exhibitor videos before the open house

"Virtual" Open House:

  • Saturday January 30th, 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Join the Zoom sessions you are interested in and bring your questions

10:00am-11:15am

Funding and family support resources

11:30am-12:45pm

Inclusive and specialized community programs, recreation, summer and seasonal camps

1:00pm-2:00pm

Adapted equipment & vendors: recreation, sensory, daily living

2:15pm-3:30pm

Holland Bloorview transitions, recreation, life skills, music, arts and respite

3:45pm-5:00pm

Community respite services


For more information

Contact us at (416) 425-6220 ext. 6047 or recreationrespitefair@hollandbloorview.ca