Support Groups

Support Groups

Special Needs Children

Children with special needs today often go through a lot internally and externally. Their
socio-emotional issues can be challenging to navigate given their unique needs and our ever
changing, complex social world. Whether they are having difficulty expressing themselves
verbally, making friends, or learning the social cues of social engagement, they, too, are
looking to make meaningful and lasting social connections! Support groups are a way to help
them navigate their worlds. Specifically, they help a child to:

  • Feel that he (or she) is not alone in his struggles by hearing stories and experiences of other children which may open his eyes; thereby gaining new perspectives and acceptance of his challenge
  • Develop new skills, such as building social skills and finding general coping skills
  • Benefit from sharing ideas and suggestions from group members; thereby helping him to solve his own problem effectively and asking others for help
  • Find support and safe environment where he can experiment with emotional risk taking and open sharing
  • Set and work on goals, such as arguing less at home, raising his math grade, etc., by reporting back to the group on whether or not he made progress—can be a powerful motivator (peer pressure working at its best here)!

Social Skills Building for Girls and Boys with Special Needs.

Being a girl, or a boy in this world is not easy, let alone living with a special need (or needs). Each gender will have different challenges. That is why we provide two separate support groups for boys and girls (can be combined depending on level of interest of group members) to help children better navigate and making meaning of their social lives and world. Specifically, the social support groups seek to address the following:

  • Build fine motor and problem solving skills
  • Enhance communication and expression
  • Promote self-esteem and motivation to succeed

Depending on who signs up and the presenting diagnoses, we may have to form unique groups,
such as a group for Girls with Dyslexia, Boys with Mutism, Autism, etc.

Session Details
Bi-weekly Sessions starting
Saturday, September 25, 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Sessions will be held in a secure Zoom meeting session; art materials to be provided by participant at own cost (will be using mostly basic supplies—paper of various sizes and colors, colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc)

Fee-40Euros/session

Registration is free and is limited to 5 children at a time and on first come, first serve basis

Caregivers/Parents

Our current times are ever evolving and challenging and sometimes raising a child with special needs in it can prove more challenging, especially as we try to balance work and home life. In the midst of all of this, we sometimes forget about our own needs—that is to be seen, heard, and understood by our loved ones and the community around us. This support group is a way to help you unpack, connect, and learn from other parents/caregivers. Through facilitated discussions and art-based activities, together we create a unique space that is safe, nurturing and positive to your own emotional growth.

Session Details
Bi-weekly Sessions starting
Saturday, September 25, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sessions will be held in a secure Zoom meeting session; art materials to be provided by participant at own cost (will be using mostly basic supplies—paper of various sizes and colors, colored pencils, crayons, markers, etc)

Fee-30Euros/session

Registration is free and is limited to 5 children at a time and on first come, first serve basis

Community Healing HeARTs Open Studio (for adults)

Do you often feel that you are going through life and its challenges alone? Maybe there are inter-generational issues holding you back that you need to express? Do you find it difficult to use words to express what it is that you are feeling? If you answered yes to any of the above, then the Community Healing HeARTs Open Studio may be the right place for you to discover and express yourself!

The open studio is a safe space for adults (older than 20 years of age) to come together and share their stories. With the aide of an Art Psychotherapist, participants are invited to express themselves on a range of topics using a variety of media–ranging from painting, clay, drawing, to other mixed media materials of choice.

Depending on interest, children of parents may also be invited to join.

BUT I CAN’T DRAW!

The open art studio is about so much more than simply making art!  It’s a place to talk, share, and re-connect with the community. It’s also about building self-respect and empowerment – not so much about technical know-how. So you can do what you already know and love, discover your creative potential by trying something new or just relax and chat to others!

Donations

Relationship Skills

If you have any traditional art supplies and/or any scrap material (old magazines, wool / knitting supplies, felt, cardboard, buttons, beads, glitter, fabric, etc.) that you would like to be used in a project or donated to the Network, you are most welcome to do so! You can also support our social enterprise by joining, donating or volunteering!

To make a personal donation, here is our banking details :
Child Behavioral Health Network
NL19 ABNA 0842 5809 21
With your permission, we will mention your name on the website as a way to thank you for your contribution! 🙂

Special mentions to our donators:
We are humbled to have our first donation of child friendly materials from Carolina Mancuso, a contemporary dancer from Argentina! She donated colored pencils, several teddy bears, finger puppets, and much more! Thank you, thank you, Carolina for your generous contribution! Good luck on your journey back to Argentina! We hope to see you back sometime 🙂
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