Family Education Resource Network

Record Details
Alternate Name FERN
Office Phone 905-927-9276
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Primary Contact Tina Cesaroni, Program Coordinator
Established 2012
Primary Executive Dr Laura Cesaroni PH.D, RP, Founder and Executive Director
Funding Donations ; Fees - daily, monthly, yearly membership for borrowing privileges ; Currently does not receive government funding and relies on membership fees and donations
Description (Service) Programs and support to children with special needs and their parents, educators and caregivers including:

Fill the Gap: One-to-one, specialized tutoring program for special education students and students at risk for academic failure, including students with attention deficits and organizational weaknesses, executive functioning weaknesses, learning disabilities, non-verbal learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and others * works with students who are struggling in their current school setting * works 1:1 with each student to individualize their program, * Areas of focus include: early language concepts, pre-reading skills, phonemic awareness, hand writing skills, reading, comprehension, counting and math fluency (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions), critical thinking skills

Clinical Services School advocacy and support, parent management training, behaviour management, counselling
FAMILY TALKS program: informal support group, meets monthly
Art Program: after school community group commencing Winter 2019 with art therapist
Yoga class: Saturday mornings

Resources include: a professional resource lending library and workshop room, educational and professional software, computers, WI-FI, printer, TV for video viewing, photocopier, laminator and a kitchenette * library with books, DVDs, manuals and journals for lending and reference * subjects include parenting, special needs and mental health literacy * variety of resources to support home therapy, education and play skills

ABA material for families setting up home therapy * parent education workshops * social problem-solving and interaction sessions for children/youth with social difficulties * Girls Group * clinical play sessions for the young child with engagement, joint attention, communication emphasis
Hours Drop-in hours vary seasonally, call ahead * See website for schedule of services
Dates All Year * FAMILY TALKS program: 2nd Thu of month
Areas Served Toronto ; York Region ; Peel Region; Durham Region
Eligibility Ages: 19 year(s) and up 
Programs offered to children and families * Library and resource centre available to educators
Application All individuals interested in resources, using equipment, or borrowing can drop in to see facility or call to set up an appointment * membership available 
For FILL THE GAP Specialized Tutoring Program: drop in to review methods and curriculum * all students require placement assessment to determine suitability
Languages English
Fees Membership - Optional ; Program
Located In Community Markham
Address & Map
10761 Victoria Square Blvd, Ste 201
Markham, ON L6C 1J3
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Intersection Victoria Square Blvd and Elgin Mills Rd E
Physical Access Fully Accessible ; Designated parking at entrance ; Wheelchair accessible automatic main entrance ; Barrier-free washroom including door and stall ; Wheelchair accessible main entrance (not automatic)
Service Categories Art Therapy ; Autism Therapy ; Caregiver Training ~ Autism Spectrum Disorder ; Child Development Classes ; Parent Support Groups ~ Autism Spectrum Disorder ; Parent/Family Involvement in Education ; Parenting Materials ~ Developmental Disabilities ; Parenting Skills Classes ; School System Advocacy ; Special Libraries ~ Disabilities Issues ; Subject Tutoring ~ Children and Youth With Disabilities
Print Material Book and Educational Tool Catalogs available for viewing on site


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