Milestones

Empowering families with children with disabilities.

About Milestones

The Milestones Program is designed for families with a child, 0-17 years of age with a disability who have an agreement with Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) Alberta.

Services typically last six months, are free of charge and for families that live in Calgary and surrounding areas south of Calgary. Milestones offers services through three core areas:

  1. Behavioural and Developmental Aide Support
  2. Transition to Adulthood Support
  3. Counselling

The Milestones Program provides parents or caregivers with individualized help to:

  • Deepen their knowledge around raising their child with a disability
  • Increase their parenting skills and strategies
  • Strengthen their family relationships
  • Build their connections and support network
  • Access community resources and services
  • Receive professional counselling
  • Prepare for their youth’s transition to adulthood

Behavioural and Developmental Aide Support

Milestones provides parents/ caregivers with in-home support to address the unique needs they have parenting a child with a disability. In-home support focuses on strengthening parent skills, learning new strategies, accessing resources and strengthening their support network.

Transition to Adulthood

Transition to Adulthood supports families with a youth, 16 – 18 years of age, with a disability to help them prepare for successful transition to adulthood. We help the youth and family answer questions, access resources and work towards their transition to adulthood goals.

The Milestones Program is funded by the Government of Alberta.

Contact Us

For more information about the Milestones Program, please email:

Milestones Referral Form

Counselling

We offer one to one, non-emergency based, counselling with a registered clinician. Our clinician creates a supportive and open environment where caregivers can explore their needs raising a child with a disability.

Individuals who have a referral for counselling that has been approved by the Milestones Program Supervisor can book an appointment with the clinician online. Currently, we are offering phone and video-conferencing appointments.

Clinician Booking

Families who have been approved by the Milestones Supervisor, click to book an appointment.

 

Not approved or unsure if you are approved?  Contact : milestones@mcmancalgary.ca

We offer one to one, non-emergency based, counselling with a registered clinician. Our clinician creates a supportive and open environment where caregivers can explore their needs raising a child with a disability.

Groups for Parents and Children

In addition to our core services, Milestones offers monthly groups that provide families and their children opportunities to learn and connect.

PARENT CONNECT

Parent Connect is a monthly group open to parent and caregivers raising a child with a disability or challenging behavior. Facilitated by a Milestones’ Family Coordinator, we offer a safe space to share the challenges, resources, support and connection needed when raising a child with a disability.

KID CONNECT

Kid Connect is a monthly group open to kids, 5 years and up, who have a disability or challenging behaviour. Facilitated by Milestones’ Family Coordinators, this group provides an opportunity for a small structured lesson on emotional regulation or social skills and then a chance to practice those skills through fun activities while connecting with other kids.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Parent Connect and Kid Connect typically run as parallel sessions, however, due to COVID they will be run separately on Zoom
  • A formal diagnosis of your child is not required to join the groups
  • You can sign up for either group, or both
  • If registering for Kid Connect, we ask that parents/caregivers to be available to offer support or guidance if needed during the session
  • Please register for each month

Sign Up for a Parent or Kid Connect Group

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If you have any questions, please contact:

Parent Connect: Krystle.Smith@mcmancalgary.ca

Kid Connect: Bryn.Thompson@mcmancalgary.ca

Would you like to receive email updates and reminders about future Parent & Kid Connect dates/events?

SIBSHOPS

Sibshops provide safe space for young brothers and sisters, 8 to 13 years old, to learn about their sibling’s disability, connect with other siblings, and participate in a variety of fun activities.

Due to COVID, to ensure everyone’s safety, we will be offering Sibshops virtually and at no cost until it is safe to resume in-person sessions.  Sibshops will be offered via Zoom; the Zoom invitation will be sent after registration is complete.

Registration for Sibshops for September through to December (4 sessions) begins August 15.  

PLEASE NOTE:

  • If you have been to Sibshops before, you can sign up again!
  • Space is limited to 15 Sibs per group; please ensure your child can attend all sessions.
  • Please sign your child up in the appropriate age group. Unfortunately we are not able to accept Sibs outside of these age ranges.
  • A separate registration for January through to May will open in December 2020 and if it is safe to do so we will meet in person. Dates, times, and cost may change if we are able to meet in person.

Sign Up for Sibshops

NOTE: Sibshops sessions for September to December 2020 are full. Registration for January to June will begin in December 2020.

Please email corrine.grieve@mcmancalgary.ca to be added to our Sibshops mailing lists and be notified of future registrations.

In case of injury, I do hereby waive all claims or legal actions, financial, or otherwise against McMan Calgary, their elected officials and employees, the organizers, sponsors, supervisors or any volunteer connect with the program. In constitute acceptance of the conditions set forth in the release.
Price: $ 135.00
Payment is due, or arrangements must be made, at time of registration. Cheques (made out to “McMan Calgary”) can be mailed to, or dropped off, at our office McMan Calgary, 1538 25th Ave. NE, T2E 8Y3

Resources

INFORMATIVE SITES

  • Founder of the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model and author of The Explosive Child, Dr. Ross Green is a leading expert in why challenging kids are challenging and how they should be understood and treated with compassion.
  • Founded by Michelle Garcia Winner, Social Thinking is a dynamic way of helping kids and youth learn explicitly how to engage in social information processing; how to attend, interpret, problem solve and respond to different situations.
  • Sibshops provides young brothers and sisters with peer support and information around their siblings disability in a safe and lively recreational setting. Siblings get to meet other siblings and chat about the good and not so good parts of having a sibling with a disability and their unique role within their family.

HELPFUL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Based in Calgary, The Children’s Link Society is known and valued for offering resources, information, connections and hope to families and professionals in the special needs community.
  • Inclusion Foothills serves the Foothills and Willow Creek regions in Alberta. They provide support, education and information to families who are living with or are connect to someone with special needs.

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