IMPORTANT NOTICE: For the months of July and August 2021, EYR will be putting all social programming sessions on a brief hold. All social programming will resume in September 2021 to allow all members to enjoy their summer and take time away from their computers! This will also give us time to re-evaluate and adjust programming to better suit the needs of the EYR community.
In the meantime please contact our Social Worker, Paige Jemmett, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, inquiries or to be added to our mailing list for up to date information on our programs.
A monthly social support group for all teens living with epilepsy, ages 13 through 18, to
connect, share and understand with other teens in a relatable, supportive and inclusive
group sharing experience. Being a teen is not always an easy stage of life, while having
to deal with physical changes, social complexities, school stresses, life beyond your
teenage years and balancing friends, family, school and work life. On top of typical
teenage worries for all individuals, teens living with epilepsy may face stigma, exclusion
and bullying, while working through the process, acceptance, understanding of being a
teen living with epilepsy. Although your experiences, stresses and struggles may seem
a lot at times, these all make you a stronger, understanding and confident warrior,
being a young individual who has gone through so much more than many others your
age can even understand.
The purpose of this group, is to give teens living with epilepsy a chance to be a part of
something that connects to you personally, welcomes the ability to discuss this process
for you and opens doors to meeting others in a similar position showing each member
they are not alone in their journey with epilepsy. This group is an opportunity, for all
teens living with epilepsy across York Region, to connect virtually by meeting other
teens you may have a lot in common with, share personal interests, have relatable
experiences with or even make some new friends. Teens are encouraged to discuss
personal interests, hobbies and lifestyles, life experiences of a teen living with epilepsy,
challenges or barriers you may be facing and most importantly be part of an
understanding group of teens who all have at least one aspect of what makes you who
you are in common.
EYR welcomes all teens living with epilepsy, whether new to the diagnosis, experienced throughout your life, un/controlled, seizure free for a duration or anywhere along your journey with epilepsy. The group will be a blend of personal sharing and focused events, topics or discussions with a monthly sign-up opportunity. EYR teen’s groups will be held virtually through zoom for the time being, held on weekday evenings and run for an hour each meeting. Each month there will be a reminder email sent out for the group, a week in advance, where if you plan to attend, you simply reply to that email to confirm your attendance in the upcoming group session.
NEXT MEETING DATE: TBA
EYR hosts various social events throughout the year to encourage children living with
epilepsy and their siblings, ages 4 through 12, to embrace social interaction,
involvement and empowerment with their local agency and other kids living with
epilepsy across York Region. Children’s social events are typically geared around
holidays throughout the year, where the event will fall near the date of the holiday,
embrace the holiday traditions and raise excitement for the kids around both the
holiday and event! Events around holidays typically include Valentine’s Day, March
Awareness and Purple Day on March 26th, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Back to
School, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Winter Holiday’s.
Please know we are open to your family’s participation at your own preference and sign
up for each event is completed separately. At EYR we understand not all families
celebrate certain westernized holiday’s, may not be able to commit their attendance for
every event and may have to cancel or sign up on short notice around their child’s
medical needs. Each event will be structured differently depending on the holiday in
terms of duration, date and time of scheduling and resources involved, however please
note that EYR does its best in creating these events to be most suitable for the majority
of family’s participation. These events involve no cost to the family to participate and all
items or resources will be provided through the agency. For the possibility of a few
event exceptions, there may be a request sent to parents prior to the event if specific at
home prep for involvement in the event is needed or arrangement for at home drop-offs of event specific items provided and delivered from the agency.
Each event announcements will be sent through email approximately a month in
advance with the event description, information needed, and a final rsvp date in place
asking for a confirmation of number of children attending. This is so as an agency we
can ensure all prep, materials and participants are ready and confirmed in advance and
offers enough time for parents to make any at home necessary adjustments. The day
following the rsvp deadline, those who confirmed their attendance will be contacted
with any instructions, information and resources needed along with the zoom link to
participate in the event. EYR does not have a maximum or minimum number of
attendees for each event, nor is there any penalty for last minute cancellation or sign
up, that being said, participation at each event can vary. We encourage children
attending to bring along their siblings or family member at home to the event and ask
parents to be close by during the event for any assistance needed at home as virtual
event delivery continues until further notice.
NEXT EVENT: TBA