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Healthy Living Guide incl. Resources for Families with Special Needs - 2018

MEDICAL, DENTAL & VISION CARE, FITNESS, COUNSELLING AND EDUCATION, NUTRITION, AND MORE - CALGARY AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES BEST RESOURCES IN ONE GUIDE.

 

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ASSOCIATIONS, SUPPORT & SERVICES

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES

Phone: Phone (Health Link): 811

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES, HEALTHY CHILDREN & FAMILIES: HEALTHY PARENTS, HEALTHY CHILDREN

Healthy Parents, Healthy Children is a pregnancy and parenting resource developed by Alberta Health Services. It is available online at healthyparentshealthychildren.ca or print copies of the books can be picked up at your local community or public health centre.

ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES PERINATAL EDUCATION

CHILDREN’S COTTAGE SOCIETY

Phone: 24/7 Crisis Line: 403-233-2273
Website: http://www.childrenscottage.ab.ca

Since 1986, The Children’s Cottage Society has been dedicated to preventing harm and neglect to children and building strong families through support services, respite programs, and crisis nurseries.

COMMUNITY LINKS

Address: In Airdrie
Phone: 403-945-3900
Email: info@nrvcl.ab.ca
Website: http://www.nrvcl.ab.ca
Phone: Toll-Free: 1-866-945-3905

Community Links strengthens individuals, families, and communities of North Rocky View by providing them with and connecting them to services, supports, and resources.

LA LECHE LEAGUE CANADA - CALGARY

Phone: 403-242-0277
Website: http://www.lllc.ca

Many mothers want to breastfeed their babies, but some stop sooner than planned. Connecting with La Leche League (LLL) can make the difference to reaching your breastfeeding goals. LLLC Calgary offers mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and information by email, over the phone, or at monthly meetings. Check us out at lllc.ca/find-group-alberta or phone 403-242-0277 for more information or assistance; Facebook, facebook.com/lalecheleaguecanada; and Twitter, twitter.com/LLLCanada

MELODY PATTON SLEEP CONSULTING

Phone: 403-660-2112
Email: info@mpsleepconsulting.com
Website: http://www.mpsleepconsulting.com

Baby not sleeping? I can help! Bedtime struggles? Night wakings? I’ve helped many families with these common struggles and many others! Reach out to chat about what’s been going on and discuss solutions! With a success rate of 100 percent, I’d love to work with you and your family! Chat soon. 

NANNY TAX CANADA

Phone: 1-877-NANNYTAX
Email: info@nannytax.ca
Website: http://www.nannytax.ca
Phone: (1-877-626-6982)

Nanny Tax Frustration Relief. We offer a no-hassle payroll tax calculation and remittance service that caters to people with a nanny or elder-caregiver in Canada. We take the confusion out of payroll tax deductions, room and board, T4s, ROEs, and other paperwork. Pass your nanny payroll tax headaches on to us! 

NORTHERNSTAR MOTHERS MILK BANK

Phone: 403-475-6455
Website: http://www.northernstarmilkbank.ca

Moms! If you are currently breastfeeding a baby under one year of age, you can help save the life of a premature or sick baby by donating your excess milk. Babies in the NICU may not have access to their own mom’s milk, leaving them vulnerable to infections. Your milk can help give them a healthier start and go home sooner. For more information, visit our website. 

ROWAN HOUSE EMERGENCY SHELTER

Phone: 24-Hour Helpline: 403-652-3311
Website: http://www.rowanhouse.ca

Rowan House’s mission is to provide crisis intervention, long-term support and education for those affected by family violence in rural communities.

YW CALGARY

As Calgary’s largest and longest serving women’s organization, YW Calgary offers services and programs to help women and their families thrive. 

COUNSELLING

CHINOOK PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATION CONSULTING

Psychological assessments and counselling for ADHD, LD, ASD, PDD, and AISH.

FAMILY PSYCHOLOGY PLACE (THE)

Address: South Office: A5, 10333 Southport Road SW
Phone: 403-250-7792
Email: staff@familypsychologyplace.com
Website: http://www.thefamilypsychologyplace.com
Address: North Office: 226, 1829 Ranchlands Boulevard NW
Phone: 403-477-0902
Email: staffnorth@familypsychologyplace.com

At The Family Psychology Place, our team of experts work together to provide high-quality assessments and counselling. We work with toddlers and young children to explore communication problems or developmental delays. We provide assessments to children and teens to explore learning, behavioral, emotional, attention, or social skills concerns. We offer parenting help and treatment for ASD and ADHD. Our offices are located in North and South Calgary. Come for answers, stay for solutions. 

SAGE CENTRE

Sage Centre, through its Child and Family Grief Services, supports families with children and teens (ages 5 to 18) who are grieving the death of a loved one or who have a family member facing life-threatening illness.

SENSES MINDFULNESS COACHING

Phone: 403-519-1959
Email: info@sensesmindfulness.com
Website: http://www.sensesmindfulness.com

Senses Mindfulness Coaching provides individual and group mindfulness coaching to support health and optimal functioning. This approach has the capacity to impact issues related to mental health, social and emotional intelligence, focus, impulse control, stress, and sleep management. The mindfulness coach engages the client in a self-exploration process that incorporates relaxation, guided imaging, music, and guidance so the client can access internal resources and insights, leaving each session feeling renewed and empowered.

SUPPORTING WELLNESS PSYCHOLOGICAL & FAMILY SERVICES

Individual, marriage, child and adolescent, and family therapy are offered through several treatment modalities. Our belief is that therapy should be recognized as a form of prevention and healing. We want to encourage and support those who want to change their lives. Addressing one’s hardships and finding solutions is empowering. Supporting Wellness Psychological & Family Services promotes wellness in many forms. At Supporting Wellness, we believe change is possible! 

EDUCATION

KIDS U

Phone: 1-855-805-4378
Email: info@kidsu.ca
Website: http://www.kidsu.ca

Kids U is an accredited daycare and preschool that accepts infants and children up to Kindergarten-age. We offer parents a safe, clean, caring environment with a strong educational program that also encourages the wonderment of play, physical movement, and social interaction. Our educational approach integrates right brain, left brain, and movement learning into a program designed to build strong, healthy, whole-brain children.

LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION FOR NEWCOMERS TO CANADA (LINC)

LINC provides basic English language training to help permanent residents or refugees with social, cultural, and economic adaptation.

FITNESS & RECREATION

REPSOL SPORT CENTRE

Address: 2225 Macleod Trail South
Phone: 403-233-8393
Email: info@repsolsport.com
Website: http://www.repsolsportcentre.com

We offer a variety of Registered Programs for all ages and skill levels. Learn to swim programs from ages 3 months to Adult. More advanced swimmers can join one of our Swim Clubs or take their interest in lifesaving to the next level with organized lifesaving leadership courses. Get them active early in Preschool for Active Living. A Membership at Repsol Sport Centre gives you unlimited access to all Group Fitness classes, Fitness Centre, five gyms, two pools, hot tub, cold tub, steam room, two tracks, and much more - all under one roof and at a great rate! 

TRICO CENTRE FOR FAMILY WELLNESS

Address: 11150 Bonaventure Drive SE
Phone: 403-278-7542
Email: guestservices@tricocentre.ca
Website: http://www.tricocentre.ca

We offer drop-in day camps over the holidays, drop-in for Nerf Wars on Saturday evenings, child and youth art, dance, martial arts, sports, and activity programs, and flexible Mommy & Me classes all year long for you and your little one!

VECOVA RECREATION CENTRE

Phone: 403-284-2231
Email: recinfo@vecova.ca
Website: http://www.vecovarecreation.ca

Vecova Recreation Centre provides recreation and leisure opportunities to Calgarians of all ages and abilities. Our barrier-free facility offers a wide variety of programs that promote health and wellness, including swimming in our warm 31.5° to 34.5° pool, fitness classes, preschool programs, and more. We are proud of our programs and are committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive recreational experience for all guests. 

YMCA CALGARY

Keep your family active at one or more of our seven multi-recreational facilities. Take advantage of $4 Flames Friday Youth Nights (for ages 8 to 17) and free events for the whole family. We offer multi-use facilities, fun and active programs and camps galore! Don’t forget every Grade 6 student in Calgary receives a free Flames supported YMCA membership and active programming.

FOOD & NUTRITION

AMARANTH STORES

Address: Three Locations in Calgary
Website: http://www.amaranthfoods.ca

Since 1994, Amaranth has provided the best in healthy groceries and supplements. We have everything you need from allergen-friendly choices to hard-to-find bulk herbs and spices. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask one of our friendly staff. Thanks for supporting us, Calgary! 

FIRST STEP NUTRITION

Nourish your growing family with confidence! First Step Nutrition specializes in nutrition for new moms, moms-to-be, babies, and children. Nutrition services are provided by a dietitian, and include help with Pregnancy Nutrition, Meal Planning, Picky Eaters, and Baby-Led Weaning. Check your health benefits plan as dietitians are often covered, and visit our website for a free meal plan!

ITALIAN CENTRE SHOP

From bountiful gift baskets filled with European delights to party platters featuring an assortment of over 600 meats, cheese, and antipasti, here at the Italian Centre Shop, we make mealtimes and entertaining easy. Off to a party? Don’t go empty-handed! We’ve got the perfect gifts and products to excite food lovers of all ages. Proud to be one of Calgary’s favorite gathering spots. Come, step into Italy! Grocery. Bakery. Deli. Café

TOPS® - TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY

Phone: 403-274-7554
Email: msinotte@telus.net
Website: http://www.tops.org

TOPS® mission is to support our members as they take off and keep off pounds sensibly. One of the things that sets the TOPS® program apart from others is group support. No matter what health goals you set for yourself, having the support of others who share your goals and challenges can make all the difference. The TOPS® method is scientifically proven to help members stop dieting. 

MEDICAL, DENTAL & VISION CARE

ALBERTA BLUE CROSS

Phone: 1-800-394-1965
Website: http://www.ab.bluecross.ca

Protect Your Health. Thousands of Albertans enjoy the affordable protection of Alberta Blue Cross individual health plans. You can, too. If you’re without employer-sponsored group benefits, we’ve got a plan to fit your family’s needs and your budget. Prescription drugs, dental, vision, ambulance, and more. Call us today or visit our website for your free information package.

DENTAL CARE FOR CHILDREN

Address: Southport Clinic: 104, 10601 Southport Road SW
Phone: 403-278-8000
Website: http://www.dentalcareforchildren.ca
Address: Sunridge Clinic: 102, 3393 - 26 Avenue NE
Phone: 403-457-3311

Dental Care for Children is a Paediatric dental office that has specialized in caring for infants, children, and special needs patients for 40 years+. Dr. Farida Saher, Dr. Carmen Cymbalisty, and Dr. Leonard Smith, along with our friendly, knowledgeable staff, aim to provide our patients and their parents with the ultimate dental experience (in a latex-free environment!). We also offer treatment under general anesthesia, when necessary. The recommended age for a child’s first dental visit is before their first birthday. Our goal is to educate all caregivers so your children never have dental decay! Prevention is the Best Treatment!

GROUP CALGARY ORTHODONTICS

Address: Market Mall Professional Building (Dr. Claude Boutin; Dr. Greg Barnett; Dr. Lorne Kamelchuk)
Phone: 403-284-5202
Website: http://www.groupcalgaryortho.com
Address: Mission Centre Building (Dr. John Huynh)
Phone: 403-228-5006

Our two locations offer diagnostic imaging and techniques that promote personalized treatments. We specialize in Speed, Damon, Incognito* braces as well as Invisalign. Our commitment is to earn your trust, with the goal of giving our patients a beautiful smile to show off! We take pride in the relationships we build and the results we provide. We look forward to meeting you! *Available at our Mission office.

HALYKOO™

HALYKOO™ products are driven by Swiss innovation, combining scientific know-how and research, the recognized benefits of high quality organic and naturally sourced ingredients, along with innovative, convenient child- and parent-friendly delivery methods and packaging. HALYKOO™ products provide solutions designed specifically to share the journey with you and your child through each stage of his or her development. Available to purchase online and at London Drugs.

SIERRA DENTAL

Address: Two Locations
Phone: (Calgary): 403-297-9600
Email: info@sierradental.ca
Website: http://www.sierradental.ca
Phone: (Airdrie): 403-768-1000

With locations in Calgary and Airdrie, Sierra Dental offers convenient treatment for everybody. We start seeing your child upon onset of the first tooth. We offer early morning, evening, and weekend appointments to accommodate your busy schedule. We have a Paediatric Specialist, Orthodontist, Periodontist, Prosthodontist, and a team of wonderful general dentists to assist your entire family. We also direct bill! Call today to find out more.

SMALL TO TALL PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Phone: 403-474-5600
Email: info@smalltotall.ca
Website: http://www.smalltotall.ca

Quality dental care in a warm, safe, and welcoming environment! Our goal is to make children, and their parents, feel comfortable at the dentist. Our child-centered team is devoted to delivering the best quality care for infants, children, adolescents, and those with special health care needs. We work hard to promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime.

SOUTH CALGARY ORTHODONTIC AND PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Phone: 587-885-1811
Email: info@SCOPedDentistry.com
Website: http://www.SCOPedDentistry.com

South Calgary Orthodontic and Pediatric Dentistry provides dental care to our pediatric patients, and our orthodontic patients of all ages, in a caring and comfortable setting. Both orthodontic and children’s dental care are provided by Canadian and American board-certified specialists in one convenient location. Collaboration of care between both specialists is available when the need arises. No referral necessary. Complimentary orthodontic consultations. Ample free parking.

WELLNESS THEATRE

LIFE STAGES THEATRE

Life Stages Theatre is a new theatre company which addresses the challenges of aging in original productions that always incorporate puppets. 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS - SPECIAL NEEDS

BEHAVIOUR THERAPY AND LEARNING CENTRE (BTLC)

Address: Suite 100, 2107 Sirocco Drive SW
Phone: 403-217-5876
Email: admin@btlc.ca
Website: http://www.btlc.ca

BTLC is the only school in Calgary using the established and well-researched principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to teach preschool and Kindergarten students with the unique learning needs and challenges associated with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. BTLC’s success is based on small class size, intensive and individualized programming using effective, research-based teaching strategies, a high ratio of adult support, and opportunities for integration in community schools. 

CONNECT SOCIETY D.E.A.F. SERVICES

Phone: 403-828-1937
Email: tfoy@connectsociety.org
Website: http://www.connectsociety.org

Connect Society provides daily, on-site preschool and kindergarten programs for children who are Deaf or hard of hearing. The program offers a language-focused curriculum, daily speech language therapy services, play-based learning, and staff knowledgeable in the impact of hearing loss. Monday to Thursday: 9am to 2pm. For more information, contact Teresa Foy at
tfoy@connectsociety.org.

DANA M. LUEBKE, LICENSED BRAIN GYM® INSTRUCTOR/CONSULTANT

Phone: 403-931-1527
Email: dana.luebke@sunergos.com
Website: http://www.languageofmovement.ca

Dana Luebke offers private sessions to support special needs, learning challenges, and anyone who wishes to be more effective at learning and living. A Licensed Brain Gym®, Movement Exploration and Dominance Factor Instructor/Consultant with further training in Rhythmic Movement Training and Reflex Integration, he’s taught Brain Gym® in schools for 28 years, often working as an artist-in-residence. He also does dominance profile assessments and offers workshops for children, parents, educators, and occupational therapists

DIAGNOSTIC READING CENTRE OF CALGARY

Address: Suite 106, 7370 Sierra Morena Boulevard SW
Phone: 587-356-3722
Email: drkv@drccalgary.com
Website: http://www.drccalgary.com

The Diagnostic Reading Centre of Calgary (DRCC) is a private reading clinic which offers language and literacy assessment, intervention, and consultation services for learners with significant reading, writing, and/or language difficulties. The founding director, Dr. Karen Vavra (B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.), has specialized knowledge and expertise in language and literacy education, development, and assessment with more than 30 years of experience as a special education teacher, literacy consultant, and academic researcher.

FOOTHILLS ACADEMY - COMMUNITY SERVICES

http://www.calgaryschild.com/images/Clientlogos/FoothillsAcademyLogo.jpgCommunity Services at Foothills Academy offers a variety of programs and services year-round for individuals affected by Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD in the general community. Programs include remedial reading, writing and math instruction (Read/Write and Math); Amicus Recreation Camps; in-person and online parent and educator workshops; psycho-educational assessments, counselling, and small group programs. Financial assistance may be available for qualified families. 

NEW HEIGHTS SCHOOL AND LEARNING SERVICES

Phone: 403-240-1312
Email: info@newheightscalgary.com
Website: http://www.newheightscalgary.com

At New Heights, we provide a nurturing environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through educational programming and home and community support for preschool-aged children to young adults. We’ve created a community dedicated to breaking down barriers and releasing the vast potential of each child that walks through our doors. 

RECREATION & EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMMING - SPECIAL NEEDS

AMICUS RECREATION

Address: 745, 37 Street NW (in Foothills Academy)
Phone: 403-270-9400, Ext. 252
Email: intake@foothillsacademy.org
Website: http://www.foothillsacademy.org

Amicus Recreation programs are designed specifically for youth (ages 8 to 16) with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD to provide opportunities to learn new skills, socialize, and gain self-confidence. A wide variety of activities (technology, sports, arts - to name just a few) are offered. There’s something for everyone! Programs are led by mature, trained staff who provide a welcoming, supportive environment. Financial assistance is available for qualified families. 

BETWEEN FRIENDS

Phone: 403-269-9133
Email: info@betweenfriends.ab.ca
Website: http://www.betweenfriends.ab.ca

Between Friends provides quality social, recreation, and self-development opportunities for people with disabilities to connect, grow, and belong. We focus on abilities, not disabilities. This allows each person to set their own goals and determine their level of participation. Many people with disabilities seek social and recreational activities that are fundamental to enriching self-esteem, quality of life, and mental and physical health. Between Friends facilitates programs with these goals.

CALAWAY PARK

Phone: 403-240-3822
Email: calaway@calawaypark.com
Website: http://www.calawaypark.com

At Calaway Park, it’s all about family fun! Visit calawaypark.com for more information on Calaway Park’s Special Needs and Special Needs Aide admission rates. Access 2 Entertainment card required for Attractions Boarding Pass program. Your smile is our mission! 

CITY OF CALGARY RECREATION (THE)

Looking for accessible recreation opportunities and programs? Visit us online at calgary.ca/recreation for more information about our program options. For subsidy information, visit calgary.ca/fairentry/feeassistance. #GetMovingYYC

INVITATION TO DANCE

Invitation To Dance is committed to providing high-quality dance classes in a non-competitive environment. We provide a safe and child-centered space to encourage our students to explore dance with qualified, nurturing teachers. We are proud to be able to offer an adaptive dance program for students with special needs with a Rhythm Works Integrative Dance certified instructor. Our Mixed Ability classes work on skill development, self-empowerment, and celebrating our differences! 

YOUTH SINGERS OF CALGARY

Phone: 403-234-9549
Email: yscadmin@youthsingers.org
Website: http://www.youthsingers.org

Youth Singers of Calgary offers programming for youth (ages 9+) and young adults with cognitive delays to participate in the performing arts. STAR (Special Talents in Arts and Recreation) and STAR Young Adults provide an interactive experience using voice, movement, and instruments to foster a love of music and dance in a safe, stimulating, and fun environment

THERAPY, CARE & SUPPORT SERVICES - SPECIAL NEEDS

CAUSE AND EFFECT FOUNDATION

Cause and Effect is a community-based early intervention service for children with developmental delays or exceptional needs within Calgary and surrounding areas. We provide play-based, individualized programming for children 6 months to 6 years old. Our multidisciplinary team supports children in local preschools, daycares, community and home environments, helping them to achieve maximum development and independence. Programs include Program Unit Funding (PUF), Mild/Moderate programming, Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD), and private therapy services. 

CHILDREN’S LINK SOCIETY (THE)

Phone: 403-230-9158
Email: info@childrenslink.ca
Website: http://www.childrenslink.ca

Children's Link Staffed by parents that have been there, The Children’s Link Society is Calgary’s first and only special needs connection. Whether newly-diagnosed or struggling through critical life events, our service connects parents with the services they need, when they need it. The Children’s Link Society is committed to the development of a community where families of children with special needs and those who serve them are informed, supported, and valued.

DENTAL CARE FOR CHILDREN

Address: Southport Clinic: 104, 10601 Southport Road SW
Phone: 403-278-8000
Website: http://www.dentalcareforchildren.ca
Address: Sunridge Clinic: 102, 3393 - 26 Avenue NE
Phone: 403-457-3311

Dental Care for Children is a Paediatric dental office that has specialized in caring for infants, children, and special needs patients for 40 years+. Dr. Farida Saher, Dr. Carmen Cymbalisty, and Dr. Leonard Smith, along with our friendly, and knowledgeable staff, aim to provide our patients and their parents with the ultimate dental experience (in a latex-free environment!). We also offer treatment under general anesthesia, when necessary. The recommended age for a child’s first dental visit is before their first birthday. Our goal is to educate all caregivers so your children never have dental decay! Prevention is the Best Treatment! 

G.R.I.T. CALGARY SOCIETY

Phone: 403-215-2444
Website: http://www.gritcalgarysociety.com

The G.R.I.T. program is a non-profit, home and community-based Early Childhood program for young children with disabilities, which has been providing services to the Calgary region since 1995. The G.R.I.T. program provides each child with a Developmental Specialist who carries out the child’s Individual Program Plan in the child’s home and/or community. Ongoing consultation from the therapy team and a Special Education Consultant is provided to children and families. G.R.I.T. also provides information and support with the eventual transition into the school system. 

JUST 4 U FAMILY SERVICES INC.

Just 4 U Family Services provides care for special needs/typical infants, children, youth, and adults. We provide staff consistency and quality care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services provided are: Hourly respite and overnights in both the family and staff home, Developmental Aide with IPP in place, Community aide/outings, care for complex medical needs, Awake night shifts, Personal care, Work-related care, Sibling care, and Homemaking services. 

PACEKIDS PROGRAMS

Phone: 403-234-7876
Email: info@pacekids.ca
Website: http://www.pacekids.ca

Pacekids Programs is family-focused and strives for excellence in the therapy, education, and family empowerment of children with special needs. From as young as six months of age, Pacekids is there to support children with special needs and their families when the future looks uncertain. Pacekids offers a dynamic, active environment, specializing in family-centered, therapeutic learning, supporting each child’s unique developmental and physical needs. The organization has continued to expand from just six children in 1994 to currently serving 500 children and families annually, and the demand for these services continues to grow

POST NATAL HELPERS LTD.

Phone: 403-640-0844

Post Natal Helpers provides part-time childcare services for families with newborns, toddlers, preschoolers, and/or special needs children. We have been providing services in Calgary for over 30 years. While we are in the home, the parent has the option to stay, to rest, or to leave. Post Natal Helpers are available in the daytime as well as evenings, weekends, and overnights. 

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