Child & Youth Groups
The CDC offers a variety of groups for children, youth and parents depending upon the family needs. Listed below are just a few of the groups we offer. To register, please contact Coleen Onofrechuk at 250.392.4481. ext. 208.
Food Skills for Families
It is a six session healthy cooking program that teaches healthy eating and cooking. The program will strengthen your cooking confidence and skills while giving you the food knowledge necessary to make sound meal, snack and beverage choices.
Taming Worry Dragons (9-12 years)
This is a psycho-educational group for children to learn how to cope with worries and anxiety. The group focus is on understanding and identifying anxiety and how it affects the body, thoughts, and behavior. The children learn and practice coping strategies and tools to conquer their fears, worries, and physical symptoms related to anxiety.
Mighty Moe (5-8 years)
A younger version of Taming Worry Dragons
Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s “Making Sense of Anxiety”
This four-session program puts the puzzle together to expose separation alarm, revealing the relationship of anxiety to common childhood issues including dominance, aggression and attention problems.
Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s “Power to Parent, The Vital Connection” (8 sessions) Call for more info
Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s “Helping Children Grow Up” (8 sessions) Call for more info
Children in Between (4-15 years)
It is a skills-based program that helps children and parents deal with the children’s reactions to divorce. It is built around a 39 minute video for parents and a 30 minute video for children. The parent video teaches parents the skills needed to avoid putting children in the middle of their conflicts. The children video helps children understand why their parents divorce. It teaches children stress and anger management and problem-solving skills.
My Tween and Me (7-12 years)
This program is intended to strengthen the confidence and ability of parents to positively influence the lives of their school-aged children. The goal is to support parents and children in the transition to adolescence.
ADHD Coaching (6-18 years)
ADHD coaches help children and their parents to understand their unique strengths and show them how to use those strengths to reach their goals.
Horsin’ Around: This group is designed for children who experience a number of barriers that prevents them from taking part in regular lessons. The program runs through the month of JULY at the Trail Riders Arena located in the Stampede Grounds. Referral is by parent or agency and a doctor’s letter may be required.
The group is set up from the ages of Kindergarten to Grade 7, but welcomes all ages to participate.
Swim Program: Youth volunteers from local high schools are paired with each special needs swimmer in order to provide a safe and successful swimming experience. Under the direction of a Supported Child Development Worker, therapist and a lifeguard, the volunteers help the child to develop specific swimming and water safety skills. The program runs from 3:45 to 4:45 pm for 8 weeks twice a year starting in October.
Sibling Support Group: A support group for boys and girls who have a sibling and/or other family member with a disability, we try to meet once a month to support one another while engaging in fun, interactive activities and outings.
Parent Support Groups:
ADHD (Every third Thursday of the month),
FASD (https://www.facebook.com/groups/137281336331739/), and
Parenting is Tough… We Have a Class for That: Call for more info
Power to Parent ©:
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A DVD based parenting program offers a relationship-based approach to parenting that restores parents to their natural intuition and helps children realize their innate potentials as human beings. Consisting of eight sessions (a 50 minute video presentation followed by group discussion), Dr. Neufeld takes the best that developmental science has to offer and delivers it directly to the people who are a child’s best bet – the parents.
Please call regarding any of the programs as they are not ongoing. If you are interested, it is important to put your name on a wait list as programs are offered only when there is available staff and a maximum of participants.
Please contact Coleen Onofrechuk at 250.392.4481 ext. 208 to put your name on the list for next group