CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

14 Nov 2016

Prostitution in Calgary

Available until: March 14, 2017 - 1:00 PM

This presentation will discuss both juvenile and adult prostitution. Information about charges under the criminal code, the PSECA legislation, pimp activity and Calgary Police Service protocol in addressing all of these issues will be provided.

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03 Jan 2017

Boys & Working with Boys' Brains

Available until: April 3, 2017 - 2:00 PM

This workshop will explore some current insights into the
physical development of boys and how they process their
world at different ages and stages. Strategies for working
with boys will also be presented.

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11 Jan 2017

Launching or crashing? The autism support cliff post 18 and what to do about it

Available until: June 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM

By participating in this presentation, attendees will:
1) Understand transition to adulthood challenges in ASD
2) Review "easy" tools for creating post-high school transition plans
3) Learn about the Launch Program (feasibility and scalability)

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12 Jan 2017

Caring for Children of War

Available until: March 10, 2017 - Noon

A three-part series:
Wartime Stresses on Children
How Children React to Wartime Stresses
Dealing with Children's Reactions
Common Problems
Seeing Specialists
Part 1 available until March 10, 2017

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27 Feb 2017

What is Play Therapy? How Does it Work? Who would Benefit from it?

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

South Health Campus Auditorium

Children can struggle with emotions or adjusting to changing life circumstances just like adults. However, children are different from adults in how they process information - traditional talk therapy isn't always appropriate or helpful. The language of children is play.   This presentation will help participants to
gain better understanding of what Play Therapy is, how it works, and who might benefit from doing play therapy. 

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28 Feb 2017

Precision Medicine * Session Also Available as a Webinar

11:00 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

More accessible gene sequencing has allowed Dr. Micheil Innes and his colleagues to diagnose many previously undiagnosed, complex chronic diseases. We will explore how this new technology is helping children and families in Alberta.

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28 Feb 2017

Precision Medicine * Session Also Available as a Webinar

11:00 AM - Noon

More accessible gene sequencing has allowed Dr. Micheil Innes and his colleagues to diagnose many previously undiagnosed, complex chronic diseases. We will explore how this new technology is helping children and families in Alberta.

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01 Mar 2017

Fear and Anxiety before Painful Procedures in Young Children: A Parent's Guide * Also available as a Webinar

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

In this session you will learn:
1. Learn about new cutting edge research on the role of parents in preventing distress
2. Learn evidence-based strategies to help reduce fear and distress in young children before painful procedures

Session focuses on children under the age of 5 years old.

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01 Mar 2017

Fear and Anxiety before Painful Procedures in Young Children: A Parent's Guide * Also available as a Webinar

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

In this session you will learn:
1. Learn about new cutting edge research on the role of parents in preventing distress
2. Learn evidence-based strategies to help reduce fear and distress in young children before painful procedures

Session focuses on children under the age of 5 years old.

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02 Mar 2017

TEEN SERIES: Understanding Teens: Supporting LGBTQ Youth

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

Learn basic LGBTQ terminology, and discuss strategies to support LGBTQ children.

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06 Mar 2017

Can One Story Change Everything?

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

-Participants will develop an understanding of early brain development and its impact on health throughout life.
-Participants will learn about applying brain development knowledge into policies and practice.
-Participants will receive information about learning tools (including the new online Brain Story course)they can access to learn more.

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06 Mar 2017

How to Successfully Negotiate the Seven Stages of the Stepfamily

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

South Health Campus - Wellness Centre Room 180006

This presentation details the tools, techniques and strategies that are needed to guide a stepfamily from its early beginnings to becoming a successful, stable, and well functioning, cohesive family unit.

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07 Mar 2017

How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Genesis Centre of Community Wellness - 1000 Voice

The experiences we have in early childhood have the ability to affect the physical architecture of our developing brains. Research undertaken through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative and the Palix Foundation has shown that the building of strong brain architecture will help set the stage for later healthy development. Participants will become familiar with child brain development concepts using "The Brain Game", an experiential exercise that illustrates how brains are built and how adversity early on in a child's life may impact this architecture.

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08 Mar 2017

Expressing the Unspeakable: Art Therapy as a Pathway to Healing

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation aims to offer a better understanding of the field of Art Therapy and its potential applications within medical and mental health contexts. We will explore its role in providing a powerful pathway to healing at physical, psychological, and social levels.

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08 Mar 2017

Parenting in a Digital World

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Prince of Peace Lutheran School

Learning will include:
- Living in a digital society
- Keeping our children safer in a fast paced digital society
- Understanding our children's activities online and the conversations we need to have with them at different ages and stages in their life
- Internet and smartphone safety tips for parents

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08 Mar 2017

Homeschooling - You can do it!

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

In this highly interactive session, you will discover the legislation surrounding homeschooling in Alberta, a comparison of blended vs. traditional approaches , support systems and how to get started. Presenters are Home Education Managers with Third Academy @ Home and bring more than 40 years combined experience working with their own children as well as homeschoolers across the province.

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09 Mar 2017

TEEN SERIES: Anxiety and Teens * Also available as a webinar

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

South Calgary Health Centre - 1001

Learn strategies to help your teen deal with anxiety.

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09 Mar 2017

TEEN SERIES: Anxiety and Teens * Also available as a webinar

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn strategies to help your teen deal with anxiety.

13 Mar 2017

Sexting, Social Media and Relationships for Adolescents in the 21st Century - A Mental and Sexual Health Overview *also available as a webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Participants can expect to learn:
- relevant mental health and developmental concerns with regards to adolescent relationships
- review of current research regarding media usage and sexual behaviour among adolescents
- best practices for providing education and coaching for children and adolescents regarding social media and modern cultural practices

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13 Mar 2017

Sexting, Social Media and Relationships for Adolescents in the 21st Century - A Mental and Sexual Health Overview *also available as a webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Participants can expect to learn:
- relevant mental health and developmental concerns with regards to adolescent relationships
- review of current research regarding media usage and sexual behaviour among adolescents
- best practices for providing education and coaching for children and adolescents regarding social media and modern cultural practices

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14 Mar 2017

Mindfulness-based Approaches for Anxiety and Stress Management in Children and Youth - WEBINAR only

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Over the past few years, mindfulness and mindfulness-based approaches have becoming increasingly popular in psychology and education. Particularly, mindfulness-based approaches have been shown to beneficial for managing anxiety and stress in children and youth. In line with this, this session will present a conceptual framework as to why mindfulness-based approaches may benefit children and youth struggling with anxiety and stress management. Additionally, it will introduce and discuss specific mindfulness-based strategies and resources that children and youth may use in home and school settings.

In collaboration with Werklund School of Education.

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14 Mar 2017

Understanding Childhood Stress and Anxiety with Practical Tools to Implement in the Home

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford School

A discussion on anxiety and stress in children; what it is, what it may look like, and how you can help your child. How to use strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation with your child as well as resources that can support caregivers and their children.

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15 Mar 2017

Laugh Until it Helps: Building Resilience through Humour and Laughter * Also available as a Webinar

Noon - 1:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200 (40)

In helping children be more resilient, the goal is not to deny the reality of their struggles but rather to recognize areas of special need & help them gain insight into their talents and inner strengths. Knowing how to face up to & answer tough questions, connect with people in ways that are helpful,& deal with frustration with creativity, imagination & even humour are all ways we can teach children to become more independent & enjoy success in school & in the community.

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15 Mar 2017

Laugh Until it Helps: Building Resilience through Humour and Laughter * Also available as a Webinar

Noon - 1:30 PM

In helping children be more resilient, the goal is not to deny the reality of their struggles but rather to recognize areas of special need & help them gain insight into their talents and inner strengths. Knowing how to face up to & answer tough questions, connect with people in ways that are helpful,& deal with frustration with creativity, imagination & even humour are all ways we can teach children to become more independent & enjoy success in school & in the community.

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15 Mar 2017

Introduction to MEND

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Crowfoot Public Library

MEND is a FREE healthy-lifestyle program designed for three specific age groups: 2-4, 5-7 and 7-13, who are at risk of, or are above a healthy weight, and their families. MEND's goals are to empower children and families to become fitter, healthier and happier!
You will learn about:
- Healthy eating and mealtime habits
- How to read food labels
- What serving sizes look like
- Building self-esteem
- Healthy growth
- Behaviour change strategies
- Positive parenting
- Active play
Learn how to make healthier lifestyle choices for your entire family. Check out MEND!

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16 Mar 2017

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Updated Guidelines, Functional Impacts, and Practical Interventions

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will provide details on the 2015 Canadian guidelines for diagnosis of FASD. Attendees will learn about how FASD can impact functioning in primary and secondary domains (e.g., neuropsychological functioning, mood, etc.). Finally, practical interventions, strategies, and supports for specific areas of need will be offered.

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16 Mar 2017

TEEN SERIES: Street Drugs - Conversations With Your Teen

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Shawnessy Public Library (i)

Learn about current street drugs, warning signs of use, and how to maintain productive conversations with your teen.

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17 Mar 2017

SCREENAGERS

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Hillhurst United Church

We are thrilled to collaborate with the Graduate College at the University of Calgary/Leaders in Medicine MD/MSc. Program and Hillhurst United Church to present:

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

SCREENAGERS addresses the most pervasive parenting issue of our time head on—depicting teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction. The film empowers kids to best navigate the digital world and provides practical resources to help them do it.



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20 Mar 2017
21 Mar 2017

The New Guidelines on Screen Time for Preschool-Aged Children: The Importance of Interaction in Early Language Acquisition * Also available as a Webinar

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

In a world where 'screen time' is rapidly increasing, how we interact with our children is changing. We will present the revised guidelines on digital media use from the American Academy of Pediatrics (released in October 2016) with a focus on the impacts of screen time on the development of language in the preschool years.

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21 Mar 2017

The New Guidelines on Screen Time for Preschool-Aged Children: The Importance of Interaction in Early Language Acquisition * Also available as a Webinar

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

In a world where 'screen time' is rapidly increasing, how we interact with our children is changing. We will present the revised guidelines on digital media use from the American Academy of Pediatrics (released in October 2016) with a focus on the impacts of screen time on the development of language in the preschool years.

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21 Mar 2017

The ABC's of Learning Disabilites

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

Learning Disabilities refers to a number of disorders which may affect the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding, or use of verbal or nonverbal information. This session will provide caregivers with an understanding of Learning Disabilities (i.e., what they are and what they may look like). Caregivers will also learn about strategies and resources to help support their children.

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22 Mar 2017

Youth, Sexuality, and New Media

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This workshop will explore current mediums that people are using to learn about, express, and engage in sexuality. Participants will learn to teach youth and adults media literacy skills. Participants can expect to leave with increased comfort and tools to assist them in discussing sexting, social media, and how to make informed decisions regarding their engagement with these mediums.

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23 Mar 2017

Fostering Academic Resilience in Elementary and Middle School Children

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

For children to be successful in school, they must be resilient to the challenges that appear in their daily lives. Many researchers explore how resilience is important to the functioning of children who survive significant life traumas, but often neglect the everyday stressors that impact the majority of children in our schools and communities. Academic resilience can be described as the ability to overcome situational barriers or stressors that appear in life to achieve academically in school. In this talk, we will identify the components that make children academically resilient and outline the ways that parents and teachers can foster it in their homes and classrooms.

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23 Mar 2017

TEEN SERIES: Organizational Skills for Teens

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Shawnessy Public Library (i)

Discover how you can improve your child's academic performance and reduce family stress by applying an organization model for your teen to use in school and at home.

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23 Mar 2017

TELUS WISE: Wise Internet & Smartphone Education

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Highwood High School

Objectives:
- To engage parents/adults in a meaningful discussion about keeping ourselves, our families and our communities safer online
- To discuss internet, social media and smartphone safety tips

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27 Mar 2017

The SCREEN AGE - a Panel Discussion

6:40 PM - 8:15 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Kinsmen Theatr

The University of Calgary invites you to a panel discussion on the effects of screens and technology on our society.

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03 Apr 2017

Supporting Anxious Children and Teens: From Recognition to Response

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Ecole Senator Riley Middle School

Participants will learn to better understand and recognize anxiety in children and adolescents. The presentation will review the "Do's and Don't Do's" in supporting an anxious child, and will introduce a variety of strategies to better support children. Participants will also gain a clearer idea of when children should be referred for further assistance.

06 Apr 2017

Calgary Police Response to Domestic Violence

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants will learn what domestic violence is and the cycle of violence, how the police respond and what to expect. Advice will be given on who to contact if you or someone you know are in a domestic violence relationship along with information on court orders to help protect you and your family. The session will conclude with a Q&A with a member of the CPS.

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08 Apr 2017

Life After High School - Post - Secondary for Students with and without Special Needs

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Brought to you by a Government of Alberta Learning Clicks Ambassador. Hear her story of navigating post-secondary, including: moving across the country and surviving only 10 days, starting University two weeks late, facing mental illness, navigating academic supports, transferring programs, to now - Graduate School. Presentation topics will include: Finding the right path, upgrading after high school, scholarships/grants, post-secondary options, and supports available to students with unique needs. (Registration open to all)

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10 Apr 2017

Marijuana and the Developing Brain

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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10 Apr 2017

Demystifying ADHD and Supporting Your Child Effectively *Also available as a webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Participants can expect to learn:
a) An in-depth understanding of the nature of ADHD
b) What executive functioning is an its association with ADHD
c) Practical strategies to promote a child's success in all areas of functioning

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10 Apr 2017

Demystifying ADHD and Supporting Your Child Effectively *Also available as a webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Participants can expect to learn:
a) An in-depth understanding of the nature of ADHD
b) What executive functioning is an its association with ADHD
c) Practical strategies to promote a child's success in all areas of functioning

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11 Apr 2017

Are you ready for the questions your children are going to ask? How to talk with children & youth about sexuality

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

East Lake School

At this session, we will:
- consider how to talk with children and youth about sexuality
- identify reasons to discuss sexuality in a positive way with children
- gain an understanding of sexual development and behavior in children
- develop an awareness of strategies for creating a healthy environment in which to discuss sexuality with children
- learn about when and how to talk about sexuality with children
- discuss how to support children in developing healthy sexuality, values and boundaries so they can make great decisions
- explore trends such as current events and social media - respond to questions and concerns

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11 Apr 2017

TELUS WISE: Wise Internet & Smartphone Education

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Mitford School

Objectives:
- To engage parents/adults in a meaningful discussion about keeping ourselves, our families and our communities safer online
- To discuss internet, social media and smartphone safety tips

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19 Apr 2017

Skills that Help the Brain Get Things Done: Understanding Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents Part 1

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Executive functioning skills are mental processes that help us tolerate change, control our emotions, resist impulses, juggle information, make a plan, and start and finish tasks. Much like an air traffic controller who manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways at a busy airport, the brain needs this skill set to get things done in an organized and efficient way. In this session you will learn about these skills and their importance for both school and personal success. (Part 2 May 10, 2017)

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20 Apr 2017

The Stigma of Mental Health

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

1 in 5 Calgarians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life, yet everyday Calgarians suffer in silence. Through this session, participants gain a greater understanding of mental illness. Attendees will learn about the most common mental illnesses, symptoms and treatment methods, what life can be like for people who have mental illness, as well as where and when to seek help for themselves or others.

20 Apr 2017

More Than Butterflies in My Stomach: Understanding and Managing Adolescent Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Webber Academy

An increasing number of children and adolescents are demonstrating symptoms of and being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, including social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety. This session will a) explore some of the social and personal factors that contribute to the development of anxiety and b) discuss some of the practical strategies that we can use to support children and youth dealing with an anxiety disorder. Particular attention will be given to the family systems that contribute to anxiety disorders in children and youth.

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24 Apr 2017

Marijuana and the Developing Adolescent Brain: What Parents Need to Know as Canada is Moving Towards Legalization

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

In 2016 the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse (CCSA) undertook a research project with youth across Canada to better understand why youth are using marijuana, what are their misconceptions, what influences their choices and what are their thoughts about prevention. To effectively prevent harms related to adolescents and marijuana use, parents and youth will need the facts about marijuana and its effects.

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25 Apr 2017

The Implications of ADHD for Kids, Parents, and Teachers

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will focus on discussing current trends in the treatment of ADHD and the impact of the disorder on social and academic functioning among school age children. Additionally, time will be spent discussing optimal means of diagnosis and treatment.

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27 Apr 2017

Through Trauma to Success: Parenting to Help Children Thrive in Canada

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

Please join us to deepen your parenting skills as your family adapts to a new society. We will talk about how children may have been affected by trauma and how this affects your family.
We will talk about supportive techniques that you can use to help your child to heal. This will also be a chance to meet other parents whose families have had similar experiences and to explore ideas to ensure your children thrive in Canada.

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03 May 2017

Early, Positive Brain Connections Create Positive Lifelong Relationships

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

High River Library

Participants will learn the significance of predictable, responsive caregiving and the positive impact this has on the developing brain and positive attachments.

08 May 2017

Kids Have Stress Too!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

In this workshop we discuss typical childhood stressors, excessive activities, inadequate age appropriate play time and whether children are too involved in adult concerns. Strategies and conversation around your particular child and family and how to remove stressors from the environment.

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10 May 2017

Skills that Help the Brain Get Things Done: Improving Executive Functioning in Children and Adolescents Part 2

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Executive functioning skills help the brain get things done in an organized and efficient way but what happens when a child or teen has difficulty in this area? Does your child often start an activity prior to hearing all the instructions? Have a hard time tolerating change? Have trouble knowing where to begin a big project? Or often underestimate time needed to complete a task? If so, strategies for improving executive functioning skills might be helpful. In this session you will learn how difficulties in executive functioning affect children and adolescents. You will also learn a number of strategies for helping your child or teen improve their skills.

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