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New Edition of 3.21 Magazine

Together with The Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, the Canadian Down Syndrome Society publishes and digitally circulates 3.21 – Canada’s Down Syndrome Magazine, four times a year.

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Welcome to Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre!

This video will give you an idea of what to expect when you receive services from Crossroads as well as discuss tips you can use!

Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook

Learn to accept your feelings, tolerate distress and move forward with grace despite not knowing what lies ahead. 
Download the FREE Workbook

8 no-touch group games kids can play together

Children love playing close to one another, but many parents and educators are discouraging close contact right now to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These eight no-touch group games are easy to set up, and can help young children learn the concept of personal space. 

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Social Distancing Activities For Preschool

Having fun while adapting to a new normal
These activities promote learning outcomes across different domains while allowing children to keep distance from their friends.
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Thrive Outside

These resources are for everyone who has, loves, or works directly with kids! Parents, caregivers, early years educators, teachers, recreation and camp professionals – this is for you! Whether you are looking to take your first steps leading children outdoors and you’re not sure where to start, or you’re comfortable leading children outdoors but you’d like to learn more about unstructured play and learning – this is for you!

Kids Games for Social Distancing

Each of the games below allow for proper distancing and don’t require any shared equipment. Games are organized by age group and spaces where they can be played. Each link will take you to online game rules, a downloadable pdf, and a video which explain how to set-up, play, and modify each game.

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My ADHD at School

A look at ADHD and school work, executive functioning, treatment options and anxiety.

Embracing Inclusion Audio Series

From Community Living Hamilton. Each weekly episode touches on a different theme with the goal of supporting inclusive education in early childhood settings during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The series promotes discussion and offers tips and suggestions on how to fully include children with special needs.

  1. Redefining Inclusion
  2. Creating Meaningful Connections
  3. Creating Inclusive Environments in Licensed Home Child Care
  4. Recognizing and Responding to Children’s Sensory Needs
  5. Compassion Fatigue
  6. Fostering Independence During the Transition to School
  7. Resources to Support Early Childhood Educators in Building Inclusive Practices

Listen to Embracing Inclusion

Do you have elementary school children at home?
Try these easy and fun mental health activities

A great way to care for your child’s mental health during COVID-19 or at any other time is to focus on social-emotional learning. Social-emotional learning is how we develop skills to support our mental health and success through life.


Click below to see a variety of activities:

Social Stories for all children!

Social Stories
  • Getting a haircut during COVID-19
  • Masks, Face Shields and Gloves, Oh My!
  • Why does my Therapist/Doctor Look DIfferent
  • What is Social Distancing
  • Wearing a Mask to School
  • Coronavirus Test
  • How to Video Chat with Other People
  • Going for Walks
  • Going Back to School
  • Seeing People Wearing Masks
  • Wearing a Mask
  • Arabic COVID-19 Story for Children

See All the Stories

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5MM: Home Learning Edition

In partnership with the BC Ministry of Education, Shelley Moore created videos with short tips for learning at home to support families who have children with disabilities

  • Home Learning Tips
  • What the heck is continuous learning?
  • Explaining COVID
  • Visuels
  • Visual Schedules
  • First/Then
  • Countdown Strips
  • And more to come weekly…


Hope where are you? is the story of six children around the world who are experiencing school closures because of the pandemic.
Each story follows a similar pattern of frustration and challenge, finding their hope and spreading their hope to others.

Available to download free in 33 languages:

“Just Breathe”

Community and Emergency Support

Find Resources for:

  • Employment Canada
  • Food Banks
  • Mental Health
  • Counselling and Family Services

See full list

3.21 Magazine


Written for and about the Down syndrome community in Canada.

It includes stories about advocacy, advice from professionals, the latest news, and important dates about upcoming events and activities.

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In 2017, First Words Health Promotion Team created a comprehensive Chat Room Program Manual for Family Educators, Early Childhood Educators and Health Care providers.

The Chat Room Program provides information and strategies to create language rich environments to support children’s language development and is now available for download on our website.
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If your program could benefit from an extra set of hands for summer programs, click the link below for more information about grants to support summer employment opportunities for students.

Funding: Canada Summer Jobs


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Visual Timers


Visual timers are a great addition to every child care program. It helps for announcing transition and encourages turn taking with children.

Timers can be purchased at a variety of stores, such as Amazon and

Programs using tablets can also download applications for free or at a low cost. Search for “visual time” in the app store.

For a full list of suppliers used by CISS

Eat Right Be Active: A Guide for Caregivers 

This resource was developed as part of Ontario’s Action Plan for Healthy Eating and Active Living and aims to help parents/caregivers bring physical activity and healthy eating to life with their children.

Select from 3 age groups:


Join the WIMS Parent Group


Research shows that parents and caregivers have an important role in supporting early child development and this can happen through play! Play&Learn provides a variety of expert-reviewed activities that support growth in kids from 1.5 – 6 years old. Most Play&Learn activities can be completed in less than 15 minutes and require little equipment to get started. Activities focus on practicing skills in one of four developmental domains: Thinking & Learning, Social & Emotional, Movement and Language. Developed by experts at McMaster University, Play&Learn makes playtime fun for everyone.

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The Ottawa Public Library (OPL) has added Reading and Parents Program (RAPP) Packs to its collection. This initiative, offered in partnership with ALSO (Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks), is geared towards children aged 6 months to 6 years old. RAPP packs promote and encourage literacy, creativity and self-expression through stories and interactive activities.

Two types of packs are available: ASL (American Sign Language) packs and Voices packs. RAPP packs include a children’s book, an activity booklet which includes crafts, poetry and reading and language tips, and either a DVD showing the story in sign language (for ASL pack) or a CD (Voices pack). The interactive RAPP packs are available to borrow for free with a Library card at the Beaverbrook, Greenboro and St-Laurent branches, or by requesting them in the online catalog to pick up at your local OPL point of service.

Find more about RAPP Packs at


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Learning language begins at birth and you are your child’s best teacher. The way you interact and talk with your child will make all the difference in their language learning. Here are some useful tools about language learning:

 Special Education Advisory Committee Meetings

Keep in mind that all school boards’ SEAC meetings are open to parents. Click link below to find out details and upcoming meeting dates for your school board.


Fostering Inclusion – Tipsheet

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The purpose of this tip sheet is to support the teaching team in fostering inclusion.
Inclusion is an attitude and approach that values all uniqueness and embraces diversity.
It promotes a sense of belonging and provides equitable opportunities for all children, all
families and all members of the teaching team. 

(Please click on the image above to open the document)

Preparing for School : a Checklist for Parents/Guardians

For parents/guardians, the transition to school can be an overwhelming endeavor. CISS has created a checklist and timelines for families to make the process easier to organize and follow.

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(Please click on the image above to open the document)

 Transition to School

Transition to school is the beginning of a partnership between families and the school. Below is a checklist to help guide you on your journey to help foster and build a collaborative relationship with the school.

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Navigator Program

The Navigator Program is excited to launch their inventory of resources for families of medically complex children and youth! It is an inventory of resources collected to assist families in navigating the complex web of local resources and supports.

Visit their website

CISS Resource Library

CISS Online Library

Visit the online catalog

New Interactive Family Services Map


MindMasters 2

MindMasters 2 is a free bilingual interactive toolkit developed by the Child & Youth Health Network for Eastern Ontario (CYHNEO) and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to support children 4 to 9 years of age manage their emotions and cope with stress. MindMasters 2 builds on the original evidence-based resource MindMasters (1) and includes new techniques and technology, such as an app for iOS. The toolkit is organized in a series of audio and video based activities that help children develop 3 key skills: stress control & relaxation, positive thinking and imagery, and mindfulness. The activities are designed to be led by a parent or adult working with the child. The guidebook includes discussion questions and tips around how to use and adapt the activities to include a variety of different developmental levels.

Learn more about MindMasters 2 and download the complete resource at!mindmasters-2/dha2r.

A Guide for Inclusive Collaboration with CISS

Children’s Integration Support Services would like to remind you that “A Guide for Inclusive Collaboration with CISS” is available on our website.

The intention is for you to readily access information to support effective communication between our programs regarding inclusion practices and policies. It is also meant for you to easily access forms as you plan for supported inclusion for each child being enrolled in your program.

You will be able to download and complete forms with Adobe Reader, print or save them and send them via e-mail, mail or fax. Some forms such as referrals and authorizations/consents will need to be printed and signed. We have clearly identified the processes for the various forms in our guide.

We appreciate the support that you will continue to provide for families who are completing forms as we move to this new format.

In the future, if for any reason a change or update in the guide is required, it will be completed on the website so that you will always have access to current policies, procedures, forms and so on. We recommend that you download what you need as you go.

CISS Resource Library – A Treasure Trove of Resources to Discover

Our library has thousands of items and new ones are added regularly. It contains resource books, children’s books, teaching materials, CD’s, DVD’s, journals, periodicals and magazines which are available in both English and French.

Discover what our library has to offer by browsing our catalogue here.

Capacity Building Binder

CISS is proud to launch a new tool that will provide a framework to enable teaching teams to build and enhance on their existing knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of all children. CISS will provide a table of contents and dividers for each child care program so that they can create their own Capacity Building Binder.

The purpose of the binder is to create a central location for the teaching team to access resources shared by Resource Consultants, Behaviour Consultants, Early Childhood Educators and Community Partners through consultations or training. Resources may include presentations, program specific strategies, Manual Tool Kits and program action plans.

Stay tuned for upcoming articles in the ACCESS Integration newsletter on capacity building for your program.

 Questions & Answers Regarding CISS Intake

Is there information about our service that you may wonder about or think you know but are not entirely sure? This may be your first time seeking care for your child or, for a director, including a child with special needs into your program.

In the document linked below are questions that arise when in discussion with directors and parents/guardians that we hope will provide additional clarity and understanding.

Click here to see our FAQ sheet.