CARES Caregiver Support Group for Grandparents (online)
Please note that this group is intended for grandparents of children, youth and autistic adults.
The joys and responsibilities of parenting a child with autism often come with a high degree of stress. Caregivers of individuals with autism generally experience high levels of stress, anxiety and depression when compared to families of typically developing children and children with other disabilities.
What is the CARES Caregiver Support Program?
The CARES Caregiver Support Program is an innovative, multi-week, group-based program focusing on the social, emotional and psychological challenges that can arise among caregivers of children with autism.
The CARES program provides a safe space for caregivers to share their experiences and develop a sense of shared identity. This program is focussed specifically on the caregivers, not on their child’s behaviour or unique journeys and has been developed by our partners at SAAAC*.
This program offers 8 weeks of connection with other caregivers where you will discuss the following topics:
- Let’s Talk About Stress
- Helpful Thinking
- Rewriting Our Story
- Problem Solving
Open to one caregiver per family, of any age and with a child at any stage (newly diagnosed, teen, adult).
*SAAAC – South Asian Autism Awareness Centre
How to Register?
This program is geared towards one primary caregiver and not both. Future sessions will be offered if more than one caregiver is interested in participating.
We will be offering multiple CARES programs throughout the year. If you are interested, please complete the registration form. A facilitator will contact you to complete a brief intake and further information will be provided about upcoming program offerings.
How will the program be offered?
The program will run using Zoom and you will need a webcam and microphone to participate. Most laptops, tablets, and smart phones have these built in.
What are the next steps after registration?
A facilitator will be in touch in the near future with more information about next steps. You will be asked to attend an upcoming orientation session in which more specific information will be provided.
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