Children with Special Needs

Children with Special Needs


PMFRC Programs and Services

The PMFRC offers a wide range of programming to serve families with children with special needs.  Check out the PMFRC events calendar for dates and times.

Exceptional Families Network

Do you have tips or tricks that have worked over the years for your special needs family? Come to our monthly Exceptional Families Network and share your experiences with other parents. This is your opportunity to connect, share information and bounce ideas off each other.  The group meets the first Thursday of each month; check our calendar to find out more about the next session.

Welcoming Space & Sensory Play

For children from newborn to age 14 with special needs. Bring a friend and your siblings, for an afternoon of fun in our gym. Each month, activity stations will be set-up with a new theme.  There will also be an open gym area and a portable sensory space to enjoy. Have some fun, be yourself, and make new friends.

Sensory Aquatic Program

A Sunday afternoon swim session exclusively for families with exceptional needs.  Enjoy some family fun in the water, in a smaller group setting.  Lifeguards will be on duty. 

PSP and PMFRC are subsidizing the cost of this program for CAC members and all military families.  For non-military families, a drop-in fee will apply.  If you have questions about the Sensory Aquatic Program, send an email to Erika at, or Amy at  To register, visit our events calendar and select the date that you wish to attend.

Special Needs Family Forum

This annual panel discussion brings together partners from across the County.  Find out about what is available, discuss the issues that matter to your family, and tell us about the services that you want to see.  

Exceptional Children Awareness Week

Join us for a week of workshops and activities, presented in cooperation with local community  partners.  Each year, we visit facilities around town and find out more information about the programs and services that are available to meet your family's unique needs.

Social Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This program offers a safe and structured environment for your child to form friendships and practice various social skills such as:
  - non-verbal behaviour cues and emotion recognition,
  - conversation rules,
  - social problem recognition and problem solving,
  - making good choices, and
  - friendship and leadership skills.

Brain Gym ®

Brain Gym will help to coordinate eyes, ears, hands and the entire body with movement-based programs and activities. This program has been known to help improve: concentration and focus, memory, academics, self-responsibility, organization and attitude.  Learn exercises that will be beneficial for the entire family!

Friends for life

FRIENDS for Life is a social skills and resilience building program that has been recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective means to prevent anxiety for children aged 7-11. It is proven to reduce anxiety and provide participants with the tools to rise to life’s challenges, and make the most of setbacks and adversity. FRIENDS for Life also improves participants’ social and emotional skills, ability to focus, confidence, and the capacity to relax and regulate emotions.

For more information about any of our special needs programming: