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Parenting a child with a disability has unique rewards and challenges beyond the regular activities of children. Learning about resources and finding support can at times become difficult or overwhelming for families. Grandview’s Social Work Services are here to help you.

Social Work Services are provided by Registered Social Workers and a Family Support Assistant. We are committed to supporting the psychological, social and emotional well-being of children, youth and their families while respecting individual differences and the need for confidentiality.

We value families’ strengths & capacity to bring about positive changes in their lives.

We believe every family is unique and plays an important role in their community.

We offer:

  • individual and family counselling
  • groups and workshops
  • crisis support
  • support in accessing community services
  • advocacy support
  • assistance with funding

Grandview’s Social Work Services team works closely with the pre-school, school-age and adolescent clients, and families in areas that include healthcare, education and social services. They also work as a team with your child’s therapists to ensure an overall effective approach to treatment. Social Workers are assigned to various programs provided by Grandview.

Eligibility for Social Work Services at Grandview Children’s Centre

In order to be eligible for Social Work Services at Grandview Children’s Centre, your child must be actively receiving services, and your family’s need for Social Work Services must be directly related to your child’s diagnosis.

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide Social Work Services to families whose children only receive service through:

Social Work can assist in many ways

Parents often look for help with:

  • coping with the impact of the disability
  • coping with stress
  • dealing with change and transitions
  • feelings of loss and grief
  • strategies for parenting
  • changing relationships within the family
  • assistance with funding
  • communicating with various agencies and community services
  • planning for the future
  • linking with other families

Children and Teens may access Social Work for support with:

  • feelings, worries and needs
  • questions about health and sexuality
  • bullying and teasing
  • family, friends, relationships
  • school concerns
  • meeting other kids with disabilities
  • planning for the future
  • sibling support
  • developing positive self-esteem

The Social Work Services team provides a wide range of therapeutic groups and educational workshops for eligible clients of all ages as well as their families. These groups and workshops provide families with tools and resources to address some common and specific needs. It also provides families with an opportunity to meet with each other, in a safe and supportive environment.

Opportunities include: 

  • self-esteem groups for children and youth
  • sibling support groups and events
  • special education
  • new diagnosis support
  • support groups for parents and caregivers

Groups & Workshops

Support Groups: facilitated by Registered Social Workers

Providing a safe, compassionate and respectful environment where eligible parents and caregivers come together to share experiences, gain insight and develop a healthy support network.

MUM’s Group: Mothers Understanding Mothers: for moms of children with a disability. Meets twice monthly.

Complex Needs, Complex Parenting: for parents and caregivers of children with high medical needs including medically fragile, technology-dependent, palliative care. Meets October to February.

The Breakfast Club: for parents and teens. Information sharing, networking and support.

Informative Workshops: facilitated by Registered Social Workers

Providing opportunities for eligible parents and caregivers to meet other families and gain valuable information related to disability.

Link ‘n’ Learns: topic-based workshops offered throughout the year to provide parents with information and resources relating to common issues. Sibling Issues: October 2013. Life after Grandview: August 2014.

Connections/New Connections: for parents and caregivers of children who have received a new diagnosis, to provide support, resources and information. Eligible families will be invited to attend sessions throughout the year.

Stepping Stones to School: for families of children with a disability who will be entering kindergarten in the coming school year. A 4-part series on building relationships with the school, developing education plans and understanding supports available once your child enters school. This program is held yearly.

Therapeutic Groups: facilitated by Registered Social Workers

Providing opportunities for Grandview Kids to receive support, develop friendships and build tools to assist them throughout their childhood and youth.

Celebrating Me!: a fun-filled group promoting healthy self-esteem, and building strategies to handle some of life’s challenges. Throughout the group, kids will identify and celebrate their many strengths and qualities. 5-week session for eligible school-aged kids: April 2014

Girls Group/Spa Day: this joint Occupational Therapy / Social Work Services group provides teen girls with an opportunity to learn about self-care and self-worth. There are many opportunities for the girls to share their thoughts, learn new information and be pampered! Held three times per year: October 2013, February & May 2014

Super Sibs!: this group provides an opportunity for brothers and sisters of Grandview Kids to meet other siblings, share feelings and experiences, and develop strategies for effective coping and building a positive relationship with their sibling. October 2013

For more information about Social Work Services at Grandview, contact your Social Worker, or your child’s Therapist, or call:

905-728-1673 x 2358

toll free 1-800-304-6180 x 2358

For more information about Social Work, visit the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers