We hope you have had a great summer and are getting back into the swing of September! Happily, we announce an upcoming PARTY for siblings (ages 8 - 18) of children with special needs. Check out the poster:
It was great to meet everyone who came out to the Autism Expo on the weekend!
We will be offering our next block of Social Groups beginning the week of April 9th, 2018 (The second week back after Easter/Spring Break).
We like to meet with you before groups begin, so if you are interested in joining in on the Spring Session, let us know and we can schedule a time to meet.
We are excited to be hosting a table at the Victoria Autism Expo 2018, organized by the Victoria Society for Children with Autism. Curious about the type of programs we offer? Want to meet us face-to-face? We will be there from 9am to 5pm on FEBRUARY 3rd, 2018.
The Victoria Autism Expo 2018 will be held at St. Aidan’s United Church @ 3703 St. Aidan’s St.
We still have spots available for participants in our upcoming half-day camps: July 31 - Aug 3 and August 28 - 31! We will be working together on a variety of projects and each child will have the opportunity to make up to 10 entries for the Saanich Fair! We have been receiving a lot of interest, so don't wait to call 250-813-1468 for more information,
We have just kicked off another round of Social Groups and are excited to be exploring the life and teachings of Ghandi for our service learning component this term. We will be reading and doing some of the activities from the book, "Ghandi for Kids" by Ellen Mahoney. Check it out!
Thanks to all who came out to the Meet & Greet last week! It was fun to get to know you and we are excited to take the plunge and go ahead with Sibshops on Saturday, March 11th from 3:00 to 5:45pm at High Point Community Church in Vic West (949 Fullerton Ave). If you haven't already done so, please register using the online form. Also, please help spread the word - we need a few more kids to be able to play some of the *really* fun games! We have an event listed on facebook for you to share with your friends: please do!
Brothers and sisters will have the longest-lasting relationship with a sibling who has a disability - one that can easily exceed 65 years! During their lives, they will experience most of the unique concerns and joys their parents do. But few siblings of kids with special needs ever have a chance to talk about their issues with others who "get it" - until now.
We are pleased to announce once-monthly Sibshops for 8- to 13-year-old brothers and sisters of kids with special needs in Victoria, BC. We have had some participants signed up but we are still a few short of the minimum enrollment needed to go ahead. Please share this information with anyone you think might be interested!
Our Sibshops are lively, action-packed, 3 hour workshops that celebrate the many contributions made by brothers and sisters. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, for others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another - if they are given a chance.
In addition to receiving peer support, Sibshops participants will play lively "new games", learn about their siblings' disabilities and the services they receive, participate in cooking and craft activities, and make new friends.
Many brothers and sisters have feelings that are difficult to express, even to a friend: sadness that a sister can't learn things that others take for granted; anger when a brother's behavior prevents the family from doing things other families do; or the special pride when a sibling with a disability learns a basic but important life skill after months or years of practice. At Sibshops, they'll share these feelings with others who truly understand.
Our Sibshop is listed on the Sibling Support Project's website where you can find more information about the project and it's creator, Don Meyer. (https://www.siblingsupport.org/sibshops/we-can-sibshops-victoria) .
Once we have enough participants signed up, we will meet on the second Saturday of the month, from 3:00 to 5:45pm at High Point Community Church, 949 Fullerton Ave, Victoria, BC.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 778-350-6628
WE*CAN Learning Communities provide Social Learning Groups in Victoria, BC for children with autism as well as others with social, emotional or cognitive challenges. We also offer Sibshops for siblings of kids with special health or developmental needs.