COMMUNITY & SUPPORT GROUPS

Several community groups use the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) spaces as their home base. Please read on to discover some of the different areas of support available.

Autism Parents Support Group

The CV Autism Family Support Group provides support to families in our community who have children/young adults on the autism spectrum. The group offers monthly meetings with a community of parents who mentor and share their experiences. Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at the Child Development Association in Courtenay.

There is no official diagnosis necessary to join our group. If you have a need for support surrounding autism then we are here! We offer peer support to parents/caregivers in a non judgemental confidential atmosphere.

Find out more on the Comox Valley Autism Support Group website.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

This is a supportive group for grandparents temporarily or permanently raising their grandchildren. It is a innovative partnership between the Comox Valley Transition Society and the CVCDA to provide support in this area.

Raising grandchildren can be overwhelming at times. Often it helps to know that you are not alone. This group is free, confidential and can provide support and information about resources available.

If this group might fit your needs, please contact Kathy Cruickshank at the CVCDA (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 230).

Preemie Support Group

The support group hosted by the CVCDA’s Infant Development Program provides support and guidance to the families of babies born prematurely (preemies). 

If you would like more information about this group and any upcoming dates, please contact Chelsey Newton (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 223) or Jennifer McInnes (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 235).

Infant Massage Group

This group offers parents and primary caregivers of infants currently receiving servcies at the CVCDA the opportunity to learn the skill of infant massage in a supportive and social environment. Our trained instructors  show you how to lovingly and respectfully communicate with their babies through massage. 

If you would like more information about this group and any upcoming dates, please contact Chelsey Newton (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 223).

Sibling Support Group

This is a support group for siblings of children with diverse abilities. There are great opportunity for siblings to meet other siblings. Fun weekly activities are designed to encourage children to share in their common experiences being siblings of children with diverse abilities.

If you would like more information about this group and any upcoming sessions, please contact our Beth, our Family Advocate (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 225).

Circle Of Security Parenting Series

At times, all parents will feel lost or even without a clue about what their child might need from them. The Circle of Security Parenting (TM) program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. This series will assist parents in making sense of what their child is really asking from them with learning objectives such as reading your child’s emotional needs, supporting emotional management and enhancing the development of your child’s self esteem.

If you would like more information about this group and the times that they meet, please contact Kathy Cruickshank (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 230) or Lindsay Mallette (Phone: 250-338-4288, ext 224).