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2010 Winter Programs



IWK Rehabilitation
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To register for programs contact Kim Clarke
(toll free# 1-888-470-5888; ext 7039)

If a different phone number is listed in the brochure please call that number.

We will call you back within one week to get more information.

Payment/Financial Assistance: Payment is due at time of registration

and may be made by cheque or money order.
You will receive an invoice for
program fees through the mail. Financial help may be available; please let us
know when you register if you need assistance.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be given after the

program starts unless there are special circumstances. If you cancel less than 5
days before a program there will be a $10.00 fee.
If the IWK Rehab Services cancels a program registration fees will be fully

Depending on your child’s age and needs, some programs may not be useful at
this time. Descriptions are available for each program; please review these
before choosing.



To Register or for more info call 902-470-7039

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The IWK Health Centre’s Pediatric Rehabilitation

Service is pleased to present a workshop for brothers
and sisters (ages 9-12) of children with a disability/
physical, developmental or acquired brain injury.
The purpose of this workshop is to….
• Help kids learn more about their brother or sister’s
unique strengths and challenges
• To allow them to discuss feelings and any concerns
• To meet other children who are growing up with a
brother or sister with similar issues
Parents are also invited to participate in a1.5 hour
parent education and discussion session.

Date: January 16th, 2010

Time: 9:00am to 12:00 noon
Location: IWK Health Centre

There is no charge for this workshop.

Space is limited so reserve your space early by completing the
attached registration form and returning it to the address on
the form by
Monday January 4th, 2010
Refreshments will be provided at both
sessions free of charge.

For more information contact

Kim Clarke at 902-470-7039 or via email
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Date: January to May 2010 (see dates below)

Time: 6:45pm to 8:30pm
Location: Dalhousie University—
McCain Building 6135 University Ave.
Criteria: Caregivers with a son/daughter who has a
disability and is in junior high or high school.
Cost: Free

Come together with other caregivers for a monthly life skills support
group for caregivers that is focused on strengthening coping skills that will
enhance successful transition into adult life for youth with disabilities.

Topics Include:
4. Occupational Options—January 26
5. Recreation and Leisure—February 23
6. On Defining Disability - Deficit vs Difference March 30
7. Dignity of Risk—April 27
8. Open Mic! - May 25

No registration form is required for this program.

Please RSVP to Kim Clarke 902-470-7039 at least 3 days prior to
the session.

To Register or for more info call 902-470-7039

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Equipment Loan Program

The Equipment Loan Program was established to give
families of children and youth who have a physical disability or acquired brain injury the
opportunity to borrow a variety of resources. To borrow adapted equipment please con-
tact Recreation Therapy at (902) 470-3840.

Get out on the ice with a Sled Coach

for sledge hockey or skating

A walk in the park is a breeze in this

Snow Coach!

This Hippo-
campe ski
attachment is a
great way to get
out and stroll in
the snow!
Borrow a Quickie Sport Chair for your
indoor winter sports

There is new availability for long-term loan of some equipment for use
during the school year!
Call now for more information!
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P.L.A.Y And You

And You
Preschool Leisure

l L e i sure

The P.L.A.Y group will introduce families and children 4 years of age and under
who are able to participate in a group setting to various leisure activities.

Program will be Afternoons

orn in gs and Thursday
offered Monday M -3:30 p.m.
:3 0- 11 :3 0a .m., and 2:30
January 11th to Time: 10
February 4th, 2010












To register and get all of the details on this Come together with other parents and
program please call Shelley Smith at 470-
caregivers for fun family recreation.
3840 or
Deadline: Monday January 4th, 2010

To Register or for more info call 902-470-7039

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When: Wednesday Evenings
Date: January 13th to February 17th, 2010 (6 weeks Food & Fun)
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Braemar Superstore, Dartmouth. Also to include other
Dartmouth locations.
Criteria: Youth 12 years of age and up who are able to participate in
goal setting, planning, and can actively participate in a group
Cost: $20.00 per participant. Covers the entire 6 week program.

Have fun with friends, learning how to plan,

shop for, and prepare healthy snacks and
meals. An active living component will also
be included as the group will be participating
in some recreational outings!
Menu Planning
Grocery Shopping
Cooking Skills
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Encouraging Advocacy and Sexual Education

Most teenagers have many questions about sexual health, but talking
to parents, teachers, and doctors can seem very embarrassing.

E.A.S.E. is a new sexual education program being offered by the

Paediatric Rehabilitation Service at the IWK Health Centre. During the
program, instructors will teach lessons, facilitate activities, and lead
discussions covering a variety of issues related to sexual health such
as self-image, dating and relationships, emotions, sexual identity, and
safe practices.

The first E.A.S.E. group will be for girls,

aged thirteen years and older, and will be held
Saturday March 6th and 27th, 2010
from 1 to 4 pm at the IWK (Cafeteria Room)

This program will be best suited to girls who are able to participate in
group activities and discussion. For more information about E.A.S.E.
or to register your child, please complete the attached registration
form and return it to the address on the form.

The Deadline for this program is:

Friday February 19th, 2010

A program for boys will follow, in the fall of 2010. If you are interested
on placing your son on a waiting list, please contact Kim Clarke at

To Register or for more info call 902-470-7039

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forma t ion Session

Parent In
Encouraging Advocacy and Sexual Education
How to Talk to Your Teenager about Sexual Health

As parents, talking with our teens about sexual health can be

challenging and uncomfortable. As a parent with a teen with a
disability, there are often unique issues to consider.

On Monday, February 15th, from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm,

the IWK Paediatric Rehabilitation Service will be offering
A Parent Information Session entitled
'How to Talk to Your Teenager about Sexual Health'
At the IWK

Topics will include: socio-sexual development, dating and

relationships, safe sexual practices, identity, consent and sexual
abuse, masturbation, and the importance of sexual health education.

We will also provide information about the E.A.S.E. program for

adolescents and how your child can participate.
Parents from outside of HRM may participate in the Parent information
session through Telehealth at their local community hospital.
To register, please complete the attached registration form and return
it to the address on the form.

The Deadline for this program is:

Monday January 18th , 2010
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Come and join us for a week of activities which keep the

Paralympic Spirit alive. Participants will have the opportunity
to participate in a variety of Paralympic activities from
Wheelchair Curling, and Sledge Hockey to a game of Boccia.
Even though were not in Vancouver for the week we can
certainly be part of the Paralympic Celebrations!!

St. Andrew Community Centre, 6955 Bayers Road, Halifax

Monday March 15th to Friday March 19th, 2010

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Ages: 12 years to 18 years of age

Criteria: This program will be of interest to youth who are able to actively partici-
pate in goal-setting and planning within a group setting. The program will provide
youth with useful skills in accessing recreation and leisure resources and services
within the community. Youth will practice skills with regards to identifying available
recreation programs, directing personal needs, money management, using Metro Tran-
sit and participate in the spirit of the Paralympic Games throughout the week!

Cost: $50.00—covers the entire week of activities!

Please complete the attached registration form and send it to:

Kim Clarke ( or
IWK Paediatric Rehabilitation Service
5850/5980 University Ave. P.O Box 9700
Halifax NS, B3K 6R8
Att: Kim Clarke—K2216
Fax: 902-470-7465

To Register or for more info call 902-470-7039

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Making Waves is a not-for-profit group of volunteer swimming instructors based

out of universities across Eastern Canada. This is the first time that our program will
be offered in Halifax.

We offer inexpensive swimming lessons to children with intellectual challenges who

are unable to participate in group swimming lessons and allowing very affordable ac-
cess to private swimming instruction.

At Making Waves, we believe that becoming comfortable in the water and learning to
swim is essential for all children. It is our mission to ensure that swimming lessons are
accessible and affordable to those who need them most.

Your child will be paired one-on-one with one of our instructors, who will help them
attain their personal goals, whether it be putting their faces in the water for the first
time or developing their swim strokes. We recognize that everyone learns at their
own pace, and that with a little help anything is possible.

A nine-week session of lessons will run Sunday mornings from 10:30 – 11:00
AM from January 16th to March 13th at a price of $20/child at Centennial pool
(1970 Gottingen Street, Halifax NS). Fees cover administrative costs and
pool rental fees. Registration is limited.

Information on Making Waves Montreal, the program on which we are modeled, is

available at

To register, contact Kyle Jewer (coordinator) at Further inquiries on the program can be addressed
here as well and will be responded to promptly.
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Dartmouth Whalers Sledge Hockey League

The Dartmouth Whalers are always welcoming new members to their sledge
hockey league sessions running Sundays. Sessions are held from 11am to 12
noon at the Bowls Arena, 15 Acadia St. Dartmouth
For more information or to register contact Francis & Eddy Durand at

Do you know someone who loves to dance???

Calling all aspiring dancers and their parents! Halifax Dance offers ‘Inclusive
Movement: dance classes for children with special needs’. The age range for
classes is 4-7 years and 8-12 years. All classes have an instructor plus various
volunteers. If you are interested please call Halifax Dance at 422-2006 and ask
for the Inclusive Movements class for children. Questions and comments can
be sent to Jen Loane at

Don’t miss all the excitement of the 2010 Paralympic

Games in Vancouver
March 12 – 21, 2010.
Various events will be televised on TNS throughout the

For information


To Register or for more info call 902-470-7039

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“Take Part”
Sports and Recreation Program
Children and Youth with a Physical Disability
Sponsored by the Easterseals of Nova Scotia
Halifax Program: Sunday’s from 12:30pm – 2:00pm
St. Andrews Center, 6955 Bayer’s Road
To register contact:
Christina Swett, Active Living Program Coordinator
453-6000 ext. 229



January 29th to January 31st, 2010

The 2nd Atlantic CADS Festival is going to be held at Ski Wentworth again this
year. It is designed to allow CADS members from all the 4 Atlantic Provinces to get
together and enjoy skiing and socializing. There will be CADS instructors available
to help as needed or opportunities for free skiing/boarding. There will be a
Snowboard Camp designed for confident boarders who would like to improve their
skills. It will be run by an experienced snowboard coach and CADS instructor.
Deadline for Applications: Friday, January 8, 2010
To get your registration form email
Linda at: or call her at
902-425-5450 ext 349
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Leisure Ease
The Epilepsy Association of NS is planning to hold a leisure education
workshop for teens, "Leisure Ease", where teens, (ages 12-15 years of age)
who have epilepsy, can get together and find out how to use leisure to improve
their lives, whether though giving them the opportunity to have fun, showing
them how to cope with the challenges in their lives by learning to de-stress
and relax, or meeting up with one's peers to exchange experiences and make

For more information on the this program being planned for the winter please
call Iris Elliott, Program Coordinator of The Epilepsy Association of Nova
Scotia at 902-429-2633 or visit their website at or email

Parents Supporting Parents

Parents of kids with special needs supporting parents of kids with special

Truro NSCC
6:00pm to 8:00pm
1st Wednesday of every month

Contact: Susan Lewis at 902-843-2984 for more information.

To Register or for more info call 902-470-7039

To Register or for more info call 902-470-7039

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HRM Inclusion

HRM has an inclusive mandate which welcomes, encourages and supports all
persons with disabilities and/or persons requiring support to participate in
their recreation programs. Make your inclusion experience a success by:
• Assisting staff in identifying the recreational interests of your child.
• Sharing relevant information that will promote a successful experience.
• Completing the participant information forms and review medical and
behavioural policies.
• Connecting with program staff at least two weeks prior to start of
• Assist in the training of staff to meet the participant’s need/requirements
when applicable and appropriate within HRM policies and procedures.
• Committing to open communication and problem solving with staff.
For information on winter recreation opportunities for 2010 please go to Contact your local recreation centre to see what
programs they will be offering this winter!
IWK Health Centre
Rehabilitation Services
5850/5980 University Ave. P.O. Box 9700
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3K 6R8
Call: 902-470-7039 or email