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http://wcimn.org/trcp/calendar 

 

MONTHLY SUPPORT FOR YOU 

  • Parent Support Networking Groups: Monthly meetings facilitated by a caring professional for parents to swap stories and learn from one another. Topics vary based on families attending. They’re free! Visit our Google Calendar for dates. New in 2017 is Lunch Bunch--support offered during the lunch hour in Benson and Willmar. Walk-in anytime!
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      • Willmar:   Friday, January 19 at Noon - 1:30 p.m. at LuLu Beans, Front Room
      • Olivia: January 11, 6-7:30 p.m. - Internet Safety for Your Child & Family  
      • Benson: January 18, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Support for Siblings of Children with Challenges
      • Litchfield:  No January Meeting. Next Meeting is February. Email sookbecky@gmail.com

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PEER FRIENDSHIPS FOR TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

  •  Peer Connect: We provide monthly events for teens and young adults in Olivia and Willmar. Parents are welcome to attend. 
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      • Olivia: January 11 - Board Games & Cards with New & Familiar Friends
      • Willmar: February 15 - Valentine Celebration at WCI

 

FEATURED EVENTS

  • Club BUILD-LEGO Fun & Friendship Clubs: New Club starting in Benson. View Details. Complete Registration Form for Elementary or Middle School and return with payment. Clubs to begin in Willmar, Olivia and Litchfield, let us know you are interested by emailing trcp@wciservices.org.  
  • Stingers Baseball - I am a Fan: Coming in summer 2018. Watch for details on how your child and family can meet the Stinger's team, take in a ball game and much, much more. Thank you to the Stingers and Walt's for making the dream of having our kids on the field come true!

Questions? Call us at 320-235-5310, x206. Email us at trcp@wciservices.org.

 

ANNUAL EVENTS

Adventure Fair: A regional resource fair for parents & children with special needs on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Watch for details!

U-Empowered Conference: A six-hour conference for parents, professionals and caregivers with keynote speaker, breakout learning sessions and state-regional vendor fair. Saturday, April 8, 2017. The keynote speaker was www.thomasiland.com. This event rotates every other year with the Adventure Fair. 

Family Picnic: New in 2015, this annual event partners with Prairie Woods Environmental Center to host a fun-filled outdoor adventure for the whole family. The event includes a picnic lunch and invites families to try new experiences and create positive memories together. 2017's picnic was on June 17 at the Lions Shelter in downtown Spicer following a sensory-friendly movie at Spicer Cinema.

Halloween Party: TRCP hosts an annual Halloween Party, giving families and children, teens and young adults an opportunity to experience Halloween in a comfortable environment. The evening consists of a dinner, Bingo, costume contest and prizes. 

  • Thursday, October 26, 2017In 2017, we had a sell out crowd of 75 people. View our Video of Halloween Smiles.
  • Thursday, October 27, 2016. We had a great time! 9.3 rating on 10-point scale from parents! 

Breakfast with Santa: TRCP held its first breakfast in 2016 for families and children, teens and young adults. A sensory-sensitive Santa gives parents and families an opportunity to prepare for the season in a comfortable environment. The breakfast consists of a simple (finger-food) breakfast, easy to assemble crafts, Santa visit with no lines, and a gift for every child. Saturday, December 2, 2017. 

 

ONGOING PROGRAMMING

Social Skill & Friendship Clubs: Through a combination of skill building activities and fun, children, teens and young adults work on their social skills and find friends. 

  • Peer Connect: We provide monthly events for teens and young adults in Olivia and Willmar. Parents are welcome to attend. Visit Google Calendar for latest events. Contact Becky Sook at sookbecky@gmail.com for Willmar events and/or Jan Ervin at janervin.trcp@gmail.com for Olivia events.
  • Fun & Friendship Lego Club for Social Skill Development: Six-week sessions for children with ADD/ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s and other social developmental delays. Each features well-planned lessons, goal setting and feedback on child’s progress. Children learn important communication skills and gain friendships and confidence. Parent involvement and discussion time provide support and tips for helping your child reach their fullest potential. Clubs held in Willmar, Litchfield, Olivia and Benson. Minimum of 5 families with a maximum of 7. For more information, contact Linda Mathiasen at trcp@wciservices.org
  • GAP: This is a pilot program offered for school age children who need a more supportive environment and do not thrive in a traditional setting. Students work on behavior management strategies. Our highly trained staff works with parents to develop a community inclusion plan so children can be successful in other settings and activities. Ask us about respite care and referrals to providers and resources in the area.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Workshops:  Various workshops and events are held, bringing experts to the area so families have the skills and knowledge to support their loved ones. Family events help the whole family have fun and create positive memories.

  • Executive Functioning in Willmar, Saturday, October 28, 2017. Featuring Autism Society of Minnesota. This workshop focused on the Three Big A's--ADHD, Anxiety & Autism. We had 60 parents and professionals attend.  In 2016, we had 70 parents, grandparents and professional attend a Life with Autism Introduction workshop in Litchfield.    
  • U-Empowered Conference: This rotates every other year.  Most recently, our theme was "Hidden Disabilities," which was held in Willmar on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Featuring a keynote speaker self-advocate Thomas Iland from Los Angeles area, who was diagnosed with Autism at age 13. We had 105 registered participants and several walk-ins.

 

Not seeing what you are looking for?

If you would like more information on the above events or would like to suggest an event/workshop, please send an email to trcp@wciservices.org or call 320-235-5310, ext. 206. We'd love to hear from you!

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