Health and Well-Being
For Managing it All….
There are some extra challenges to family life that can come with autism (and long wait lists). Here are some organizations that provide helpful services in keeping our family members safe and healthy:
Health Care: Doctors Doing House Calls
It can be difficult to manage long wait times in medical drop-in centres. Here’s another option if you need to see a doctor:
- Four Rivers Doctor House Calls is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 10 pm and can be reached at (204) 582-2362.
- Envoy Medical Dispatch operates 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday and can be reached at (204) 786-4444
- Health Calls takes patients 8 am-6 pm Monday to Friday and can be reached at (204) 988-1900
Family Dynamics is a nonprofit community service organization focused on the needs of families. They can provide respite and in-home support for parents. Their Family Support Program’s goals are to:
- Provide hands-on, practical support so that a family can continue to function during difficult times e.g. laundry, meals, child care
- Strengthen parent/child relationships
- Assist families to promote the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of their children
They provide many other services as well (including counseling). Fees are adjusted to the family’s ability to pay.
New Directions provides a range of counseling and educational opportunities for children, youth, and families, based on the values of integrity, honour, holism and respect.
Mental Health Information
Mental Health Education Resource Centre of Manitoba
4 Fort Street
Toll Free: 1-855-942-6568
Autism is not necessarily accompanied by mental health concerns, but for those of you who might find this resource helpful, the Mental Health Education Resource Centre (MHERC) has lots of up-to-date resources on mental health and mental illness, all of which are free to borrow.
Children and Youth Mental Health Resource Guide
Parents for Children’s Mental Health in Ontario has produced a Children and Youth Mental Health Resource Guide explaining mental health issues in children. The section on autism is a bit outdated, but there is much useful information in an easy-to-understand format.
Project Lifesaver Manitoba
If you have a child who is not safety aware and tends to wander off, this might be a great resource for you. Project Lifesaver provides police, fire/rescue and other first responders with a comprehensive program including equipment and training to quickly locate and rescue “at risk” individuals.
A trained service dog can be helpful to children (or adults!) with autism. Emotional regulation, safety, sleep support, play and interaction, and developing responsibility are all possible benefits. For more information check out these organizations:
MSAR K-9 Program (Manitoba Search and Rescue)
If you know of any other sources of practical support, let us know and we’ll add them!