Caregiver Support

We offer numerous supportive resources for families.

Caregivers Connecting

Caregiver Workshops

 

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Mindfulness Sessions


Ontario Autism Program
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Caregivers Connecting

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: 

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

Upcoming Session Details:

Topic: Isolation  
October 14, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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Topic: TBA
November 11, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

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Caregiver Workshops

Strengthening Resilience During Difficult Times 

As family caregivers of a loved one with a disability we need to know how to become more resilient in our lives. We need to learn how to manage stressors, worries and anxieties more effectively. What if we could learn the techniques to not be swallowed up every time we meet brick walls. What if we could develop the skills to ride out those waves of uncertainty, fear, chaos and remain grounded in a more peace filled and balanced approach to living.

In this 4-part workshop series you will learn these skills so you will become more resilient for yourself and for those you care for in our ever changing world.

Details

October 8, 15, 22, and 29 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

Who should attend?
Parents and caregivers of an adult or child with a developmental disability and/or autism.

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

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How Sleep Affects your Overall Health and Wellness 

As family caregivers of a loved one with a developmental disability getting a good night’s sleep is more important for our overall health than most of us think. Lack of sleep can affect your overall wellness and make you prone to many serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and Diabetes 2. Lack of sleep can also affect your mood, energy, ability to manage and or lose weight, brain fog and overall happiness. 

In this virtual workshop you will learn the benefits of a good night’s sleep and be given many tips to help improve your sleep.

Details

November 18, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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

Who should attend?
Parents and caregivers of an adult or child with a developmental disability and/or autism.

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

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Time Saving Winter Comfort Food

It is challenging as family caregivers with a loved one with a developmental disability to find time to cook healthy meals for our families. Join Chef Laurie-Ann Fisher in the comfort of your own home for a live streamed cooking workshop in which she will share some quick, easy and healthy recipes to prepare in your slow cooker/ crock pot or even in the oven.
Recipes will be accompanied by bread making recipes for your bread maker too! So sit back and relax and get ready to break out the crock pot and bread maker to share these delicious recipes with your family on the cold nights to come!
 

Details

November 24, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

Who should attend?
Parents and caregivers of an adult or child with a developmental disability and/or autism.

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

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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

Tuesday, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2020

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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These sessions will be offered virtually. Details provided upon registration.

For questions or more information email Esther Kearney at ekearney@yssn.ca 
 

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Ontario Autism Program Workshops

Foundational Services Fall Workshop Series

This workshop series is for families who have a child with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and are registered with the Ontario Autism Program.  

Transition from Pre-School Services to School age services and Funding Supports

Information and tips about how to plan and access school age services and support for your child as well as information regarding government subsidies. 

Details

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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

Who should attend?
Families with children who have recently been discharged from Early Intervention Services, who have a child who recently started JK or SK or a child who will be starting JK/SK in 2021.


Advocating for Your Child  

Successful advocacy skills are crucial to help you obtain the best supports for your child through their lifetime.    

Details

Monday, November 2, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Who should attend?
Families with children up to age 17


School Readiness

Tips and strategies to help your child return to school.    

Details

Monday, November 2, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

Who should attend?
Families with children up to age 17


Building a Nurturing Home Environment 

Autism affects the whole family. Learn about what you can do to help your children build skills and relationships within the family. 

Details

Monday, November 9, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Who should attend?
Families with children up to age 12


Caregiver Burnout and the Importance of Respite 

Learn about respite and how it can help you over the long term.   

Details

Monday, November 9, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

Who should attend?
Families with children up to age 12


Understanding the IEP and IPRC   

Information about the school board documents and processes and what to expect.  

Details

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Who should attend?
Families who have a child up to age 17  in a public or catholic primary or secondary school in York Region. 


 The First 100 Days after Diagnosis

Information and resources will be provided to help you navigate through the first days after receiving a diagnosis.   

Details

Monday, November 16, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Who should attend?
Families who have a child up to age 17 who has recently been diagnosed with ASD.


Autism 101 for Grandparents 

Grandparents play an important role in the family and are part of the family support system for the child and the parents.   

Details

Monday, November 16, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

Who should attend?
Grandparents who are caregivers for children up to age 12.

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.

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