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Sensory Friendly Halloween for All Families

Posted on: October 31st, 2016

Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with Autism. Lighting, noise and scary costumes, combined with a change to routine, going out in the dark, and knocking on doors, can be an uncomfortable experience. Here are some tips and tricks for parents of children with Autism, and the community, to help make Halloween a positive experience for all families:

  • Ensure your child’s costume fits easily;
  • Eliminate bright lights, noises and scary decorations from your home;
  • Preparation and planning ahead can help family and friends stay stress-free; and
  • Most importantly, ensure your child’s comfort and take your cues from him/her.

For more information on Autism, including early signs and resources for parents, contact Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca or visit www.TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca/Autism.

Autism Awareness Month Celebrated in Parry Sound and Muskoka

Posted on: October 28th, 2016

October is Autism Awareness Month and families in Parry Sound and Muskoka celebrated with an open house held by Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca.Photo of staff and family interacting at open house

The open houses had a terrific turnout offering families and service providers a glimpse into available resources for children with autism, including Hands’ Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) program.

“Autism signs and symptoms are usually noticeable in early childhood around 18 months. It is important for us to connect with parents and have discussions about what early signs of Autism they might look for in their children,” said Nathalie Ouellette, Senior Manager of Autism Services at Hands. “Through events such as our open house, we have the privilege of inviting our community in to see the amazing work our team does on a daily basis to improve the lives of children and their families.”

The Photo Group North Bay’s Help Portrait – Supporting Families in our Community

Posted on: October 21st, 2016

The Photo Group North Bay, through their Help Portrait campaign, generously provides free professional portrait sessions, including hair and make-up, to families in North Bay just in time for the holiday season. Once again this year, The Photo Group has generously donated portrait sessions to families receiving services through Hands, as well as other community organizations.

On behalf of Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca and the families we serve, thank you to The Photo Group North Bay and Help Portraits for your generosity. We really appreciate your dedication to our community!

Thank you to Greenwood Baptist Church

Posted on: October 21st, 2016

Thank you to the Greenwood Baptist Church in North Bay for generously providing the use of their facilities to Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca. The organization has offered their space to allow Hands to run groups for children.

Thank you to Greenwood Baptist Church for your continued support!

Families Celebrate Autism Awareness Month in North Bay

Posted on: October 17th, 2016
Autism Open House Photo

Rikki Durocher and Kelly Hingley, both with Autism Services at Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca interact with a child and share information with her family at the Hands Autism Open House.

October is Autism Awareness Month and it has given the North Bay community an opportunity to talk about Autism Spectrum Disorder, and early signs in children through events and activities.

Families in North Bay celebrated with an open house held by Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016. The open house had a terrific turnout offering dozens of families a glimpse into available resources for children with autism, including Hands’ Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) program.

“Autism signs and symptoms are usually noticeable in early childhood around 18 months. It is important for us to connect with parents and have discussions about what early signs of Autism they might look for in their children,” said Nathalie Ouellette, Senior Manager of Autism Services at Hands. “Through events such as our open house, we have the privilege of inviting our community in to see the amazing work our team does on a daily basis to improve the lives of children and their families.”

Sensory Sensitive Halloween Event

To wrap-up October’s Autism Awareness Month, children and families are invited to participate in a “sensory sensitive” Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 29, 2016 being hosted by Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca. Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with Autism. This free event will provide an opportunity for children to have a positive Halloween experience in an environment with reduced triggers such as lighting, noise, scary costumes and the need to go out in the dark. Registration is required; families are asked to contact Hands at 705-476-2293 ext. 1323 to reserve a spot.

For more information on Autism, including early signs and resources for parents, contact Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca or visit www.TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca/Autism.

Autism Intervention Program – Open House!

Posted on: October 7th, 2016

Hands’ Autism Services invites you to attend our Open House.

Refreshments will be available for our guests along with interactive sessions and opportunities to learn about the important work we do in our community through our Intensive Behavioural Intervention Program, School Support Program and Behaviour Communication Therapy.

Hands’ 2015-2016 Annual Report Released

Posted on: October 7th, 2016

It is our pleasure to share with you Hands TheFamilyHelpNetwork.ca’s Annual Report for the 2015-2016 year.

Over the past year, Hands has had the privilege of serving over 12,000 individuals across Northern Ontario. It is our hope that this year’s Report captures the spirit of these families and the journeys we have been on over the past 12 months.

View Hands’ 2015-2016 Annual Report

Be Your Child’s Voice Workshop

Posted on: October 5th, 2016

An interactive 3 hour workshop designed to provide parents with easy to use tips and tools to effectively support their child through the service system. The workshop includes an introduction to advocacy, communication and negotiation, meetings, and navigating the service system.

Who should attend?
The workshop is designed for parent(s) or guardian(s) of special needs children however may benefit any parent(s) or guardian(s) requiring additional support or strategies when navigating and/or interacting with services. (this is open to both clients and non-clients of the agency).

North Bay

  • April 27, 2017

Sundridge

  • Spring session to be announced

Parry Sound

  • Spring session to be announced

Sturgeon Falls

  • May 4, 2017

Sturgeon Falls/North Bay *French session*

  • May 11, 2017

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited.

Call your local Hands office to register.

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