Local Resources – Youth and Child Support Services

The final post in our series highlighting local resources will bring attention to the services that are specifically provided for youth and children.

Youth and Child Support Services

As a young person it is important to be able to access the resources locally that will help them to feel supported in the Nelson community. We hope that the following list will help with this.

There are not individuals on this list as I wanted to make sure that all the listings stay current. Therefore I instead chose to highlight organizations and websites that can connect families with the specific resources that they need.

The list of local resources below includes a short overview of the services offered as well as contact info and a link to their website.

Local Youth/Child Support Services

  • Name: Nelson Cares Society
    • Services offered: a number of programs including an advocacy centre, an emergency shelter for women and families facing abuse, and an affordable housing initiative.
    • Website url: http://nelsoncares.ca/programs/
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-352-5777

 

 

  • Name: Kootenay Kids Society
    • Services offered: a number of resources including many different parent support groups including a young parents group for expecting parents who are younger than 25, as well as general pediatric services.
    • Website url: http://kootenaykids.ca/
    • Contact info:

 

  • Name: Nelson Community Services
    • Services offered: has a number of programs including a supported youth housing initiative, and child & youth counselling and outreach.
    • Website url: http://www.servicesfyi.ca/our-programs/
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-352-3504
      • Email: admin@servicesfyi.ca

 

 

  • Name: Freedom Quest Youth Services
    • Services offered: confidential services ranging from youth drug & alcohol prevention, counselling and support, and family resources and referrals.
    • Website url: http://freedomquestonline.ca/
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-304-2676
      • Email: infofq@shaw.ca

 

  • Name: Nelson and District Youth Centre
    • Services offered: has an indoor skate park as well as other equipment and spaces for recreation, as well as offering ongoing camps, events, and workshops.
    • Website url: http://www.nelson.ca/EN/main/residents/youth-centre.html
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-352-5511
      • Email: youthcentre@nelson.ca

Local Resources – Parenting Support Services

The fifth post in the local resources blog series will provide a listing of support services targeted towards parents and caregivers.

Parenting Support Services

At Thrive Tutoring Services, we understand that the well-being and holistic education of their children is a priority for many parents. We hope to help parents and caregivers to provide the best and fullest education for those in their care, and we have compiled the below list in order to aid in this goal.

There are not individuals on this list as I wanted to make sure that all the listings stay current. Therefore I instead chose to highlight organizations and websites that can connect families with the specific resources that they need.

The list of local resources below includes a short overview of the services offered as well as contact info and a link to their website.

Local Parenting Support Services

  • Name: West Kootenay Early Years
    • Services offered: provides connections to community calendars and events for Nelson and the larger West Kootenay area.
    • Website url: https://wkearlyyears.ca/
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-352-6786
      • Email: earlyyears@thekoop.ca

 

  • Name: Nelson Cares Society
    • Services offered: a number of programs including an advocacy centre, an emergency shelter for women and families, and an affordable housing initiative.
    • Website url: http://nelsoncares.ca/programs/
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-352-5777

 

 

  • Name: Kootenay Kids Society
    • Services offered: a number of resources including many different parent support groups, and general pediatric services.
    • Website url: http://kootenaykids.ca/
    • Contact info:

 

  • Name: FETCH Kootenay Boundary
    • Services offered: has a parenting / parent support listing of local services including parent support circles and divorce / separation support services.
    • Website url: http://kb.fetchbc.ca/index.html?view=crd&e=105
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-505-7248
      • Drop in at: 333 Victoria St. (2nd floor)

 

  • Name: Nelson and Area Friends of the Family Foundation
    • Services offered: provides financial support to families who are faced with unexpected childhood injuries or accidents.
    • Website url: http://kb.fetchbc.ca/index.html?view=crd&e=105
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-551-5905
      • Email: hello@nelsonfriendsofthefamily.com

 

  • Name: Nelson Public Library Parent Resources Database

 

  • Name: West Kootenay Child Care Resource and Referral Program

 

  • Name: Nelson Community Services
    • Services offered: has a number of programs including family counselling and parenting support, as well as a transition house for women and families experiencing or at risk of abuse.
    • Website url: http://www.servicesfyi.ca/our-programs/
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-352-3504
      • Email: admin@servicesfyi.ca

Local Resources – Educational Support Services

This post in the local resources series will list some of the educational support services that can be accessed in the Nelson area.

Educational Support Services

The Nelson area attracts many families who move here specifically for the abundance of wonderful educational opportunities present in this community. There are a number of schools in Nelson, as well as distance and online education options that make it possible for families to tailor their children’s education towards a particular goal or pedagogy. At Thrive Tutoring Services, we are committed to helping parents and educators make the most out of all of these wonderful resources, and this list is intended to help.

There are schools or other individual education providers on this list as I wanted to make sure that all the listings stay current. Therefore I instead chose to highlight organizations and websites that can connect families with the specific resources that they need.

The list of local resources below includes a short overview of the services offered as well as contact info and a link to their website.

Educational Support Services

  • Name: Kootenay Lake School District Website
    • Services offered: provides links to local schools, school programs, and parent and youth resources.
    • Website url: http://www.sd8.bc.ca/
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-352-6681

 

 

  • Name: I Love Nelson Community Resources
    • Services offered: a listing of local resources which can be searched by categories like elementary, high school and higher learning.
    • Website url: http://ilovenelson.com/community-resources/
    • Contact info:
      • Varies depending on service.

Local Resources – Diverse Needs Support Services

The third post highlighting local resources will focus on support services for people with diverse needs and their parents and educators.

Diverse Needs Support Services

Advocating for someone with diverse needs can be a tremendous amount of work. Parents, caretakers, and educators can easily feel overwhelmed about the barriers that prevent those with diverse needs and their families from accessing the resources they need in order to thrive in every aspect of their lives. The list below is meant to provide individuals and families with local and provincial support that will help them to accomplish all their academic goals.

There are not doctors or other individual medical practitioners on this list as I wanted to make sure that all the listings stay current. Therefore I instead chose to highlight organizations and websites that can connect families with the specific resources that they need.

The list of local resources below includes a short overview of the services offered as well as contact info and a link to their website.

Diverse Needs Support Services

  • Name: Learning Disabilities Association of BC
    • Services offered: general information, as well as a listing of online and local resources.
    • Website url: http://www.ldabc.ca/
    • Contact info:

 

 

  • Name: Kootenay Kids Society
    • Services offered: a number of resources including a SPEAK (supportive parents educating and advocating for kids) group, and general pediatric therapy.
    • Website url: http://kootenaykids.ca/
    • Contact info:

 

 

 

 

Local Resources – Mental Health Support Services

In the second post in the local resources blog series I will provide a listing of local mental health support services.

Mental Health Support Services

The health of an individual is not limited to their physical body, and it is important that every child is receiving proper mental health support. However, mental health issues are complicated, and it might be feel overwhelming to try to identify what will best support the mental health of those in your care. To help connect local and provincial mental health resources with individuals and families that need them, we have compiled the list below.

There are not psychologists or other individual medical practitioners on this list as I wanted to make sure that all the listings stay current. Therefore I instead chose to highlight organizations and websites that can connect families with the specific resources that they need.

The list of local resources below includes a short overview of the services offered as well as contact info and a link to their website.

Local Mental Health Support Services

 

  • Name: FETCH Kootenay Boundary
    • Services offered: provides a range of services including urgent response, short term assessment and treatment, group therapy and a seniors mental health program.
    • Website url: http://kb.fetchbc.ca/service.html?i=275
    • Contact info:
      • Phone: 250-505-7248
      • Drop in at: 333 Victoria St. (2nd floor)

 

 

 

Local Resources – Physical Health Support Services

In this new series of blog posts, I will be focusing on local resources that are available to help individuals and families in many ways.

Physical Health Support Services

Making sure everyone in your family is physically healthy can be difficult and complicated, but you don’t have to do it alone. There are many local organizations, resource centers, and databases that can connect you with the help you need to keep you and those you care for physically healthy.

There are not doctors or other individual medical practitioners on this list as I wanted to make sure that all the listings stay current. Therefore I instead chose to highlight organizations and websites that can connect families with the specific resources that they need.

The list of local resources below includes a short overview of the services offered as well as contact info and a link to their website.

 

Local Physical Health Support Services

 

  • Name: BC Association of Speech/Language Pathologists & Audiologists
    • Services offered: association which provides information and the ability to search for a professional audiologist and/or speech pathologist  in your area.
    • Website url: http://www.bcaslpa.ca/public/
    • Contact info:

 

 

  • Name: Kootenay Kids Society

 

Preparing to Learn – Screen Time

The final post in our preparing to learn series will discuss the ways in which screen time and blue light can negatively affect learning.

Screen Time

child watching tvIn this modern world it is easy to live a life saturated by screen time. Screens seem to have infiltrated every part of our lives, with phones in our pockets, computers in our offices, and televisions in our homes. This saturation of screens has caused concern among some parents who wonder how much and how often their children should be exposed to media. In this post we will explore some emerging research about how screens can affect young brains.

Although there is not a large amount of conclusive research on the topic, as screen-saturated lifestyles are a very recent phenomenon, there is research suggesting that exposing children to too much screen time at a very early age can impair their cognitive development. This can cause delays in language acquisition and other key skills learned in the first few years of life. This could be due in part to the reduction of human-to-human interaction that happens when children consume too much media. Young learners excel when they spend plenty of time interacting and playing with other people, and when this is exchanged for spending time with a screen, babies and young children could be adversely affected.

The developmental delays that result from the over-consumption of media are not only detrimental early in life, in fact consuming too much media at a young age can reverberate throughout someones life in many ways. It has been found that as children age, they may experience difficulties making friends and interacting in social situations. This has been linked with an over-use of electronic devices, and may lead to isolation and loneliness in adolescents and teens.

baby eating a phoneSome have argued that electronic use can actually help children learn. There are many apps, games, movies, and tv series which contain educational content and are aimed at younger audiences. However, there is not much research which can verify that consuming this type of media content leads to much developmental or educational progress in young children.

Given that mass media use is such a recent phenomenon, it is unlikely that we will be able to fully understand the scope of its affects for many years. As parents, it can be hard to know what the best approach to media use is, with so many conflicting messages and the ubiquity of screens in our lives. To help you make the decisions that will best support your family, the Canadian Pediatric Society has released a study and associated guideline for screen time, and the American Pediatric Association has recently updated their guidelines for screen time as well.

 

An Overview of Services Offered

In our final blog post in the services offered series will provide an overview of all the new services we have added for the fall of 2017.

An Overview

In our previous blog posts we have highlighted three exciting new services that are being offered for the coming school year. At Thrive Tutoring Services we are committed to providing the greater Nelson community with unique, innovative programs that are tailored to the needs of every family. Our peer tutoring, virtual homework help, and homeschool planning and development services are aimed to help a wide range of learners and caregivers in our community.

Peer Tutoring

Our peer tutoring services are designed to pair young learners with older students who can help them to gain valuable numeracy and literacy skills. Peer tutors will be closely monitored to begin with, and will train closely with Georgia to ensure that they are providing the best possible support to every young learner.

It can be very difficult for children who fall behind in their first few years of school to catch up, and this can cause a lot of stress socially and at home. In order to make sure that this does not happen, our qualified team of peer tutors is available to help with children aged 5-12 years.

For more information about our peer tutoring services, please feel free to read more here.

Virtual Homework Help

Virtual homework help is designed for the student who is a confident learning individually and who only needs occasional help and assignment or essay revision. Our virtual homework help program is designed to be flexible, and can be accessed from the comfort of your own home. Our virtual homework tutor has many years of tutoring experience and is excited to be able to provide tutoring services remotely.

High school can be a stressful time for students, especially those aspiring to attend prestigious post-secondary institutions. Our virtual homework help can provide students with an extra push to ensure that they obtain the marks they need in order to be accepted to any program they apply to. Virtual homework help is being taught by Kate, a university student with over 6 years of professional tutoring experience.

For further details about our virtual homework help program, including the cost and specifics of what is included, you can read more here.

Homeshool Planning and Development

The homeschool planning and development services were designed with parents in mind. Homeschooling a child can be an overwhelming, isolating, and difficult experience for parents who don’t have experience as educators and are unfamiliar with the education system and graduation requirements of BC. The homeschool planning and development program can provide a clear, well researched, and individualized education plan to parents and educators that makes any academic goal possible.

The homeschool planning and development services are completed with close consultation from the caregiver, and can be customized to fit the needs of any situation.

If you would like a comprehensive overview of all our homeschool planning and development services, including the cost of each program, you can read more here.

Preparing to Learn – Social Support

In our sixth blog post of the series preparing to learn, we will focus on the importance of social support in the lives of young learners.

Social Support

children playingAs social creatures, humans need healthy social connections in all aspects of our lives in order to thrive. Young people especially need to feel supported and cared for or they won’t be able to fully participate in any learning that is being asked of them. Making sure that their child is surrounded by caregivers, family and community members, teachers, and peers who can provide your child with strong social bonds is an important way that any caregiver can set their child up for success.

In this modern world that focuses on money and material possessions as markers of success, it is easy to forget that social connections are just as important to living a successful life as any other aspect. When someone feels socially isolated or rejected, they can experience real physical pain and their quality of life is impacted just as much as with any physical injury. In particular, strong social support has been shown to increase resilience to stress and reduce the risks of developing depression or post traumatic stress disorder following an illness or traumatic event. In fact, social isolation may be as bad for our health as smoking!

It has been found that although both are important, the quality of the relationships in someones life matter more than the quantity of relationships. Not only do high quality social bonds help a child to be healthy emotionally and physically, but they can also help a child to develop strong social skills themselves. It has been shown that children who grow up with strong social and emotional capabilities will have greater educational and career success later in life.

mother and babyPrimary caregivers are often the main provider of social support, especially early in a child’s life. As children age, however, they can begin to form meaningful relationships with other adults in their communities such as their teachers, extended family members and religious and community leaders. We encourage every caregiver to take some time early in their child’s life to identify who they can encourage their child to form these social bonds with: who can your child turn to if they are struggling at school? Who can they trust to advocate for them and to champion their needs as they grow? Who in their lives has valuable skills and can mentor them as they enter adolescence?

Providing another human with strong social support is not an easy task, and for working parents or those with many children it is important that you know you don’t have to be everything in your child’s life. Sometimes the most beneficial thing you can do is to connect those in your care with a circle of mentors, friends, educators, and family members who can support them in ways that you can’t.

 

 

Note:

Having the time, energy, and resources to socially support a child is a privilege that not every caregiver enjoys. Parents who are young, financially marginalized, or single, face even more barriers to supporting their child emotionally. By writing this blog post I do not mean to diminish these struggles and instead hope to empower every caregiver to identify all the ways in which they can care for their child and to seek out help when they cannot provide all of the support their child needs. To aid in this, I have included a list of local support services below which might be helpful to parents who feel isolated or unable to fully support their children emotionally.

Local support services