August 2017 | Newsletter

C o n n e ct:  News, Stories, Events and Resources Relevant to You

We are proud to share Connect - a newsletter designed for families of kids with special needs and the service providers who support them. In this newsletter we hope you find information that is relevant to you. We also share in person events where you can meet local families of kids with special needs. Connect is distributed monthly. If you have any feedback on the newsletter, story ideas or want to volunteer to write an article please contact

CTN's Visit with the Honourable Michael Coteau
CTN welcomed a visit from the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Deputy Minister Nancy Matthews, and other members of his team, at the Richmond Hill site. Service providers, staff, network partners and parents had the opportunity to share information about the network model, the shared electronic record and challenges facing the system and families. The Minister encouraged a continuation of this dialogue and was appreciative of the painting he received from 12 year old CTN client, Ashley.

Happy Campers Enjoyed a Week of Skill-Building 
Last month, CTN and its partners at Closing the Gap Healthcare, hosted a one week "Happy Hands modified constraint induced movement therapy (mCIMT) camp" for six children ages five to nine with hemiplegia cerebral palsy. The goal of mCIMT is for children to build motor skills in their affected hand and arm. 

Free Family Park Event in Barrie on August 23rd
Join us for this unique event at Lampman Park in Barrie. By playing with families and children, our physiotherapists will demonstrate how therapeutic goals (gross motor, balance, strength, motor planning, sensory etc.) can be met through simple dance, obstacle courses, park activity, and play in outdoor natural settings. Click for details. 


Gearing Up for Back to School
Visit the CTN Online Resource Centre for links to resources on special education, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), tips for transitions and tools to build effective communication with school teams. 

Finding the Right Inclusive Recreation Program 
Want to get your child involved in some new activities this fall? Registration is around the corner!  Click to read tips from an Inclusive Recreation Therapist and remember that you can always speak to a member of your child's team to help you find the right fit for your child with special needs! 

This events calendar features events hosted by CTN, our partner organizations and other local organizations that we thought may be of interest to your family. New events are added to our network calendar each week! Check out the upcoming dates for family fun, inclusive recreation programs, camp and parent workshops or coffee chats!

If you're interested in having your event posted on our calendar or have an idea for a seminar, workshop or fun-filled activity that you'd like to see CTN host, please contact us .

Funding, Finance and Planning 
All About School and Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  Diagnosis Information
 Youth and Transition to Adulthood
Camps and Recreation
Autism Resources

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