Our family programming offers the following benefits:
• Communication strategies
• Age appropriate support for your children
• Help with family disruption
• Overall family functioning support
Children's Program - Puddle Jumpers
Puddle Jumpers is a group-based supportivecare program lead by Christine, our certified Child Life Specialist, for children aged 5 to 13. Each class has therapeutic lesson goals to help your child(ren) cope with a cancer diagnosis. We talk about really tough stuff and then engage in a fun age appropriate themed activity that help improve their understanding of cancer and addresses both their informational and emotional support needs.
Waterloo: Saturdays 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
September 15 – Welcome! We welcome back both new and returning kids to our fall session. We will learn about our similarities and differences, our experiences with cancer and well…what makes you, YOU!
September 29 – What’s Cancer? – The Nitty Gritty
True or false: You can catch cancer from someone else? Not sure? Then come learn the answer to this and many more misconceptions about cancer. We will learn about what cancer is and different treatments it can require. Ask your family member about their cancer and treatment before you come!
October 20 – Inside Out – Talking about Feelings
Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, you know them well but what can you do when these feelings arise? Come explore our many feelings and how to deal with each and every feeling!
October 27 – Worries and Relaxation
We’ve all got worries, but don’t always know what to do with them. Come in your costume and find out how to put away your worries and focus on the positive. We will practice different ways to help our bodies and minds relax.
November 10 – Problem Solving in Your World
Learning how to deal with life’s problems is tough. Let’s help each other think of ways to handle problems at home, school, or with friends through fun activities and games.
November 24 – My People – Finding Support in Your World
Helping hands are just around the corner. Come join as we identify our helping people through expressive art.
December 8 – Celebrating Family – Puddle Jumpers Holiday Party
Bring your whole family to enjoy breakfast together and enjoy the holiday season. We will play games and makes crafts.