June 23, 2020
We are happy to announce that starting July 6th, we will begin a gradual re-opening of some of our locations to be able to support our clients and families with scheduled face to face appointments! To ensure everyone’s safety, our re-opening of buildings will be a phased-in approach and in line with the province’s re-opening plan…
May 4th, 2020
How are you holding up? We’re going into week eight since we closed our physical office locations, with the exception of our adult residential services, to comply with Public Health requirements. We know that this has been a challenging time for everyone. Many of the families that we support are working from home while caring for children and youth with mental health issues and/or autism…
April 1st, 2020
Now more than ever, and as we practice physical distancing, it is important for our mental wellness to feel supported and to stay connected to each other. So, we wanted to touch base to let you know that we are still here for the clients and families that we serve. We also have some resources, curated by staff, to share with you as we all navigate the ‘new normal’ of working from home…
March 18th, 2020
We know that these are trying times that add much stress and uncertainly to our lives. Things are changing very quickly as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the province and it is difficult to keep up with the changes that this brings. As parents or family members of children, youth, and adults living with mental health needs and/or autism, we know you are trying to cope…
March 16th, 2020
Woodview Mental Health and Autism offices will be closed to the public effective Monday March 16th until Monday April 6th. We recognize that these are difficult times and we will continue to support clients and families by telephone. Woodview’s residential program (The Manor) and Supported Independent Living (SIL) program will remain operational with strict precautionary measures taken to safeguard the safety of our clients and staff. Refunds for fees paid will be issued to clients and families.
For the most up to date information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, please visit Ontario Ministry of Health’s website. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this unprecedented time.
Resources for Families
We’ve compiled resources that may be helpful to you and your family during COVID-19. They include ways to support individuals with mental health issues and/or autism, free educational resources, activities to help kids and youth stay active, and much more. It’s a stressful time and now more than ever, we each need to feel supported and to build up the resilience we need to get through this difficult time.
Mental Health & COVID-19
Autism & COVID-19
Activities for Children & Youth
At-home activities that are fun and educational!
- Your local library branch may be closed but they are open online and offer a variety of resources for families including free downloads and e-books. If your library card expired, no problem, you can usually renew it online for free.
- Books, books, and more books! 45 places you can download thousands of books (legally) and for free.
- Conservation Halton offers Nature Based Home Learning
- The Toronto Zoo has a Zoo School for You page featuring educational videos on zoo animals, tune in often!
- Scholastic Learn at Home has four weeks of activities for grades 6-9
Time Capsule Workbook
- Kids can record experiences with a 2020 Covid-19 time capsule sheets created by Natalie Long of Long Creations.
Cora and the Corona Colouring Book
- 8-year old Cora from St. Catharines, wrote this book with help from her mom, Christine. Download the printable copy here or purchase your own copy and proceeds will be donated to mental health essential services.
- Mr. Ben’s Open Door Music facilitates interactive music classes for our LIFE program at the Mischa Weisz Centre and the Woodview Learning Centre. Mr. Ben is at home with his family (just like the rest of us) and has found a creative way to keep kids learning by offering free weekly online classes for families! Check out the videos online.
- The Jays Cares Foundation has daily challenges for kids and youth that will get them moving.
Get Crafty Get Creative
- Art City Toronto posts weekly craft videos and activities on Facebook and Instagram for children ages 6-12. What’s great is that the activities are designed to use materials that can be found around the house (paper, pencils, scissors, etc.)!
- The Canadian Homeschooler has 250 LegoChallenges available for download!
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