Community Updates


Opey Needs a Repair

In June of 2021, Our Place published a book for children on self-regulation and co-regulation concepts using brain science research and evidence to inform the story.  Opey Needs a Repair is the first in a series of 4 books that will be available for purchase between now and the end of 2021.

With the release of each book, Our Place will also be hosting workshop sessions for both caring adults and educators.

  • You can purchase the book here
  • You can sign up for the workshops being held on September 16 and 27th here
  • Watch an interview between Dr. Jean Clinton and Nadine Senack, RECE as they discuss the first book and how Nadine’s daughter used some of the tools taught in the book to deal with a new situation.

About the book:

Tires, Wires, and Brakes Series
Inspired by research into how our brains fuel our behaviours. When we, as caring adults, use our calm with children to co-regulate, children can then self-regulate and find their own calm. The series uses relatable stories to support adults and children in talking about their emotions, their responses to new situations, and their brains. Caregivers and educators alike can respond to invitations along the way to stop, pause, reflect and navigate social and emotional learning with children ages three to six.

The series shows how connected relationships help both adults and children feel safe and calm and how an adult’s view of the whole child as capable and competent can help them feel prepared for any bumps in the road!

Rainbow Diversity Training

SPECTRUM’s Rainbow Diversity Training is a service that helps organizations along the path towards becoming more open and welcoming, as well as equitable and accessible to persons of all sexual and gender diversities, both to clients and employees of the organization.

Learning Objectives for the 2SLGBTQ+ 101 Workshop:

SPECTRUM aims to create a supportive and open learning environment. By the end of this two-hour workshop, participants will report that they are better equipped:


  • With knowledge of 2SLGBTQ+ terminology and understanding of key concepts, such as being able to articulate the difference between gender identity and sexuality, and how there are more than two genders.
  • To understand and empathize with 2SLGBTQ+ individuals through learning what the day-to-day life and challenges are of these individuals, by hearing stories and personal experiences.
  • With awareness of the role that intersectionality and privilege plays in the lives of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.
  • To practice and explore strategies for dismantling one’s own misconceptions and becoming a better ally.
  • To commit to demonstrating more welcoming and inclusive behaviour, providing support of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, including knowledge of where to go for further resources (both to further deepen personal understanding, and to support 2SLGBTQ+ people).

For more information visit or email

Not Another Webinar

The collection of short and easy-to-implement lessons to make the transition back to the classroom that much better has been updated for 2021.  Please click here to check it out.









A new initiative from Immigration Partnership fits perfectly into the CYPT’s Belonging work.  Visit the #RacialEquityWR webpage is designed to be a central place to learn about racism and discrimination in all their forms and access resources, tools, and information to assist you in taking action to end racism in Waterloo Region.