Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada


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Hamilton Health Sciences: McMaster Children’s Hospital

If, like me, you are raising a mentally challenged child, you might benefit from the various courses and workshops available to caregivers through the McMaster Children’s Hospital, Chedoke Site, and its community partners.

When my grandchildren were young and it was determined they had ADHD, FAS, and behaviour issues, I enrolled in several workshops over a period of approximately two years, sometimes taking two classes at a time. Not only did I find the programmes helpful by offering me strategies to use during challenging situations with my grandchildren, but they also made me aware of the struggles the children themselves face on a daily basis. And, of course, I met other caregivers in similar situations to mine and found their stories interesting while offering me the comfort that I was “not alone”. Please check out www.communityed.ca for information on the workshops and courses available. In addition to the programmes and workshops, there are resources available through the Family Resource Centre, located on the 1st floor of the Evel Building at the Chedoke site in Hamilton, Ontario. This provides a large number of reading materials along with other resources related to parenting and child development. Well worth the visit!

Update! One of my grandchildren just brought home from school the latest Guide from McMaster Children’s Hospital. It’s called Growing Together and offers many courses, some offered previously and some new. There are pre-natal programmes for young mothers, teens, and parents plus workshops and courses for parents/caregivers of children 6-8 years of age, such as: COPEing with Toddler Behaviour, Stuttering in the Young Child, 1-2-3 Magic, and the Incredible Years. There are also workshops and courses for parents/caregivers of children 6-12 years of age, such as: COPEing with ADHD, kNOw Fear, Temper Tamers, Managing Meltdowns, and a Lone Mother with Kids Recreation Program. The workshops and courses for parents/caregivers of teens 12-18 years of age offer Parent Support Workshops, COPEing with Teens. For children of any age there is an Autism Spectrum Disorder Presentation, a programme for The Quiet Child, and another for Parenting Your Anxious Child.

There are also workshops for the children and teens to attend like: Kids Klub, GRUB Club, Towards No Drug Abuse, and Teen Talk. There are also many adult programmes offered for Self-Help, Relationship and Marriage issues.

The above is just a sampling of courses offered, so if you would like to know more about the Growing Together programmes offered in Hamilton, Ontario, please visit www.communityed.ca or call 905-521-2100 extension 77243.

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