CORE Association

Who We Are

CORE Association Children Services – Service Provider for Medicine Hat & Area

CORE Association believes that all children with developmental disabilities are valued members of our community and deserve quality support services to reach their full potential. CORE believes that all families of children with disabilities deserve support and advocacy to help them succeed in realizing their goals for their child and family.

Children Services offers families a wide variety of family-centered programs, hourly respite services, child development supports, parent education (Triple P - Stepping Stones), play groups and behavioural consultation services. In addition to child-focused services, CORE offers a parent training network from trained professionals to assist families in developing skills and strategies to understand and support their child’s behaviour and development.

Parents are encouraged to be involved in the services for their child, to make the decisions on the journey their child will travel to achieve their goals, and are given applicable training, support and resources to be successful in realizing their goals.

Our trained Children Services team has over 50 years of education and experience in the development and implementation of behaviour and skill development supports specific to each child’s needs and abilities.

Each child and family is unique, equally important and deserving of qualified and reliable support services. Each family is recognized as being integral to their child’s accomplishments. Every consideration is given to each family to provide them with the tools and supports to help them be successful.

Programs and Groups

ASDreams is community-based group facilitated by Karen Sudom exclusively for youth grades 5 - 12. ASDreamers are given opportunities to learn and practice Autism supports. This included individuals with the former diagnosis of Asperger’s. Skills include anxiety management, self-regulation and social communication. Learning takes place Monday evenings through guided activities and free time. The group participates in an opening activity, a theme activity and skill building time for learning and practicing developmentally appropriate support strategies.

ASDreams is a safe place for self-discovery with others who understand.

For more information please contact Wendy Johnson at 403.952.8406 or email wendywheelockjohnson@gmail.com

Check out Karen Sudom’s website: http://www.spectrumes.org/

Social Detectives meet on Tuesday evenings. This group activity was developed to provide socializing opportunities for children with their peers. The kids help pick the themes and we plan activities around the themes to promote building friendships and socializing.

For more information contact Pam Darley at 403.527.3302 ext 136 or email pdarley@coreassociation.ca

Culinary Kids meets Wednesday evenings,three times a month, where teens learn skills about prepping and cooking in the kitchen. They also learn to use different utensils and appliances. Youth learn to work as a team to figure out and put a recipe together from start to finish.

For more information contact Laura Fonteyne at 403.527.3302 ext 149 or email lfonteyne@coreassociation.ca

Youth Group is a respite group for parents so they can have some time to themselves, by having the kids come to CORE where we provide support workers. Activities are planned around monthly themes, with the main goal being for the youth to build positive relationships and – most importantly – to have fun!

For more information contact Pam Darley at 403 527-3302 ext 136 or email at

pdarley@coreassociation.ca

Stepping Stones Triple P

Stepping Stones is based on the Positive Parenting Program – known as Triple P – positive parenting strategies. It helps you manage problem behavior and developmental issues common in children with disabilities. It also helps encourage behavior you like, cope with stress, develop a close relationship with your child and teach your child new skills.  Here are the services that we provide:

  • Level 3 Primary Care Stepping Stones
  • Level 4 Group Stepping Stones
  • Level 4 Standard Stepping Stones
  • Level 3 Primary Care Teen Triple P
  • Level 4 Group Teen Triple P

Contact your FSCD worker to let them know if you want to take Stepping Stones and it will be applied to your service agreement with them. Once competed, ask them to send us a copy of the agreement letter. If you are looking for more information on Triple P, please contact any of our practitioners:

You can also find information on the Parents, Stay Positive! website:

http://www.triplep-parenting.ca/alb-en/home/

How to Apply

The Process

To apply for services with CORE Association Children Services, please contact one of the following people to complete the Application of Service forms:

Once the Application for Service has been completed, parents will need to contact their worker from Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) and let them know to forward a copy of their signed Service Agreement letter to CORE. Once CORE receives the approved FSCD Service Agreement, we process the completed applications for service consideration based on the child/family needs and funding allocation.

FSCD: http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/14855.html 

  • Medicine Hat Family Support for Children with Disabilities
  • 104 Provincial Building, 346 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat AB T1A 0G7 
  • Phone: 403-529-3100   Fax: 403-528-5271
  • Intake email: HS.FSCDSouthIntake@gov.ab.ca  

Who to Contact

Maureen Jones - Manager of Children Services

mjones@coreassociation.ca  403 527-3302 ext 130

Wendy Johnson - Children Services Behavioural Consultant

wjohnson@coreassociation.ca  403 527-3302 ext 133

Pam Darley - Team Leader (Staffing), Stepping Stones Practitioner

pdarley@coreassociation.ca 403 527-3302 ext 136

Laura Fonteyne - CYCW II (Service Delivery) Stepping Stones Practitioner

lfonteyne@coreassociation.ca 403 527-3302 ext 149

April Bell - CYCW II (Service Delivery) Stepping Stones Practitioner

abell@coreassociation.ca 403 527-3302 ext 145

Justin Grunwald - Team Leader (Transition Home)

jgrunwald@coreassociation.ca  403 529-6709

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