Friday Features: October 27, 2017

Some items of interest from Manitoba and beyond:

Attachment Network of Manitoba Conference: Attachment Needs of Teens

Two-day conference, December 7 and 8 @ CanadInns Polo Park. 

Kids grow into teens, and we may feel anxious about the challenges that come with their desire for greater independence.  But our teenagers still need us.  This conference is aimed at professionals, but offers topics of interest to parents as well.  Check their website for more information and registration.

AutismDATA Newsletter: A Focus on Schools

Being in school can be overwhelming for kids with autism, and there’s a reason why.  In this newsletter, Dr. Gil Tippy explains the insight that comes from understanding child development and the delays that often come with autism.  The article profiles schools that take these differences into account.  Here’s a link to the newsletter.

Not An Option: A Campaign for Community Inclusion

Community Living Manitoba would like your help with a campaign.  The message?  Families value the opportunity for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and contribute and build relationships in their communities.  Unfortunately, some people believe that institutions are the right place for people who need some support with daily living, and the argument in favor of institutions often includes a statement that it’s what families want for their children.

If you or your family member would like to add your voice, you can contact Community Living Manitoba for a postcard to send to the Minister of Families.

An Invitation for Family Feedback at RCC
We know that information, knowledge and networking are priorities for families. The Rehabilitation Centre for Children/SSCY Family Network provides a link between staff and families to support family-centred care.  Head to their website and sign up to the Family Network newsletter, which will keep you informed about what they are doing, and for opportunities to be involved.
PLAY Project in the News
If you were able to participate in the seminar Dr. Solomon presented in Winnipeg, you know that PLAY Project is a research-based therapy based on DIR/Floortime. An American news station just profiled the program at this link.  Check out the revolutionary way The PLAY Project is helping young children with autism!
From Our Archives

Floortime Goes to School

In 2012, a parent wrote about how her child’s school applied DIR/Floortime principles in her child’s program in a Winnipeg school, with success.

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