Staying Connected: Tips on Fostering Relationships from Youth with Disabilities and their Families

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Recording of virtual panel discussion.

Over the past year, we have worked to establish and maintain social connections despite spending most of it physically apart from our extended family members, friends and communities. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, social connection can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy and improve our immune system. When we find ways to connect with others, we are prioritizing our health.

On Wednesday, June 16th, CTN hosted a virtual panel discussion with youth with disabilities and their families. Listen to Amelia, CJ, Cole, Hoda and Marya as they share what they’ve done to build and maintain connections through the pandemic and the strategies they plan to use in the future.

The topic was developed in collaboration with our Family Advisory Committee (FAC). It is also based on one of CTN’s clinical pillars: The F-Words for Child Development, which promotes how function, family, fitness, fun, friends and future can work together to make our lives rich and full.