CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

10 Aug 2018

Adolescent Dating Violence: Prevalence, Correlates, Outcomes and Prevention

Available until: March 1, 2019 - 7:00 PM

This presentation will introduce attendees to the topic of adolescent dating violence. The latest research on prevalence, correlates and outcomes will be reviewed, as well as best practices for prevention. The presenter will also review key take-aways for health care providers, parents and educators.

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16 Aug 2018

Marijuana and Development of the Brain

Available until: March 1, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Please join visiting Neuroscientist from New York, Dr. Diana Dow-Edwards to learn about:

• Pharmacology and anatomy of endocannabinoid system
• What exogenous cannabinoids do to developing nervous system
• Mental health consequences of adolescent marijuana smoking

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08 Nov 2018

Disability Tax Credit and RDSP Workshop

Available until: May 8, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The RDSP is a program for those that qualify for the Disability Tax Credit and are under the age of 60. There is up to $70,000 in grants and $20,000 in bonds that can be collected until their 49th year. Come get all your questions answered about he Disability Tax Credit and Registered Disability Saving Plan.

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09 Nov 2018

Identifying Youth at Risk of Psychosis

Available until: May 9, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Participants can expect to learn what clinical high risk of psychosis is, as well as what we know about conversion to psychosis. They will learn about symptoms that help identify young people at risk for psychosis. Finally, they will learn about our research group, how our projects might be helpful to them and their clients and how to refer to our program.

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09 Nov 2018

Speaking OUT: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems

Available until: November 9, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Learning Objectives:
1. To learn about the Speaking OUT Special Report process, themes, recommendations and the next steps in this systemic advocacy effort.
2. To build on participants knowledge of supporting LGBTQ2S+ young people and to encourage action to improve their experiences and realities.
3. To hear from young people about what works, what doesn't and how things should change.

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13 Nov 2018

Restricted Interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): How do they engage the brain?

Available until: May 13, 2019 - 6:00 PM

One of the lesser studied symptoms in ASD is restricted interests. In a series of studies conducted at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children's Hospital we asked: how does the brain respond to restricted interests? In this presentation I will talk about how we use techniques like electroencephalography and functional magnetic resonance imaging to study the brain, and what the images we get tell us about how restricted interests are processed in the brain.

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15 Nov 2018

Collaborative Problem Solving Approach for Children, Youth and Families

Available until: November 15, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Objectives:
1. To learn about the difference between triggers/expectations, lagging skills and challenging behavior.
2. To understand the rationale for helping children and youth develop 5 common lagging skills for better adaptation.
3. To learn the advantages of collaborative vs. coercive approaches with children and youth.

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17 Dec 2018

An Overview of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE): Promoting Higher Learning for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities *Also available as a Webinar*

Available until: June 17, 2019 - 6:00 PM

This workshop will provide an overview of the Inclusive Post-Secondary (IPSE) model, promoting higher learning for adults with intellectual disabilities. The IPSE Team from the University of Calgary and St. Mary's University will be providing key information on the importance of collaboration, application processes/preparation and desired outcomes.

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18 Dec 2018

Youth Bullying and Discrimination: Let's Make it Stop

Available until: March 31, 2019 - 8:00 PM


Ryan will address:

The characteristics of a healthy relationship
The relationships between healthy interactions,
social connection and bullying behavior
Power
Bullying
Intervention and Response

http://www.redcross.ca/training-and-certification/course-descriptions/respect-education-courses

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05 Feb 2019

Introduction to Infant Massage * 4 session course February 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019, must attend ALL sessions

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

YWCA Downtown

This 4-session infant massage class is open to moms, dads & families with babies between 6 weeks and 6 months of age. Dolls will be provided for expectant parents and those who come without children.
Topics include: Benefits of infant massage for child and parent; emotional regulation; reading babies’ cues; and simple strokes for the legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, back and face.

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21 Feb 2019

Problem Behavior: Why Does It Happen and What To Do About It *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Have you wondered why someone uses problem behavior, even when they "know better"? What motivates someone to use problem behavior? In this workshop, participants will learn: a)the simple reasons why people use problem behavior, b)how to determine why someone you know uses problem behavior, and c)a variety of practical strategies to promote the use of more positive behavior. This workshop will be useful for family, as well as professionals.

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21 Feb 2019

Problem Behavior: Why Does It Happen and What To Do About It *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Have you wondered why someone uses problem behavior, even when they "know better"? What motivates someone to use problem behavior? In this workshop, participants will learn: a)the simple reasons why people use problem behavior, b)how to determine why someone you know uses problem behavior, and c)a variety of practical strategies to promote the use of more positive behavior. This workshop will be useful for family, as well as professionals.

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23 Feb 2019

Teens Talk Transition Workshop

10:00 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital

Teens Talk Transition is a free 4-week program designed to support teens with a long term health condition in learning medical management and advocacy skills. This program aims to help teens learn to balance priorities, set goals and create action plans, communicate effectively with both their healthcare team and personal supports, and develop problem-solving skills.

This program was created in partnership with youth and young adults to be suitable for teens aged 14 to 18 years who are living with one or more long term health conditions. Teens are encouraged to bring a similarly-aged peer for support (i.e., sibling, friend, cousin).

A simultaneous workshop will be held for parents at the same location so they can support their children in developing medical management and advocacy skills.

Teens Talk Transition will be held on 4 consecutive Saturdays – February 23, 2019 to March 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

For more information or to register contact Deb Thul at 403-955-7252.

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25 Feb 2019

Understanding Autism & ADHD to Promote Long-Term Success

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This workshop will provide an overview of the complex nature of Autism and ADHD, as well as the associated strengths and challenges. Executive functions are discussed, along with practical intervention techniques to promote long-term success in all areas of functioning. Valuable information regarding common medications often prescribed will also be reviewed.

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25 Feb 2019

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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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26 Feb 2019

How to Successfully Negotiate the Seven Stages of the Stepfamily

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Crowfoot Public Library Program Room 2

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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26 Feb 2019

Let’s Talk Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

East Lake School

This session will outline and discuss the main concepts in mindfulness and how understanding the brain can improve
self-regulation. Using a hands-on approach this session will teach skills related to these concepts. This session will discuss how the brain influences thinking, emotions and behaviour. Improved self-regulation can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others and improved self-awareness and self-control.

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27 Feb 2019

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Before High School graduation, one third of adolescent girls will experience depression, anxiety disorders, self harm or an eating disorder.
At Juno House www.junohouse.ca we believe in the extraordinary healing power of parents and caregivers. We believe that you can learn all of the skills that you need to become your teen’s emotional coach. We believe that talking does not grow neurons; experience grows neurons. We will share steps and strategies from the Juno House Therapeutic Model that will give you effective emotional coaching tools for your children as they develop through adolescence and into young adulthood. You will learn about :
• Neuroscience and the developing brain,
• Brain integration of the left and right brain,
• How anxiety develops,
• The background of emotions and how to understand them in your child,
• The five emotional coaching steps,
• Strategies to help guide your adolescent through the challenges they will face in their academic, peer, and emotional environments.

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27 Feb 2019

Healthy Relationships: How parents can help their children create positive and healthy relationships

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Springbank Middle School

This presentation will focus on how parents can help children develop positive healthy relationships in their lives. Healthy relationships among youth are key to fostering positive social-emotional development, as well as preventing bullying and other relationship problems. The qualities of a healthy relationship will be outlined. Strategies to help parents talk about relationships and promote healthy and positive relationships will be provided. The purpose of this presentation is to empower parents to have meaningful conversations with their children to build the parent-child relationship, as well as provide strategies that parents can use to help their children develop healthy relationships with other adults and their peers.

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02 Mar 2019

Little Warriors: Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Cochrane Public Library - Board Room

The Prevent It! Taking Action to Stop Child Sexual Abuse workshop was developed by researchers in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta, utilizing leading scientific evidence.
The workshop is useful for parents, professionals and organizations that are:
- Interested in learning how to protect the children in their lives
- Seeking training for staff and volunteers in the prevention of child sexual abuse
After the workshop participants will feel empowered and be informed about child sexual abuse, healthy sexual development and how to reduce the risk of sexual abuse as responsible adults and organizations.

Poster - Cochrane

05 Mar 2019

Introduction to Infant Massage * 4 session course * March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019 must attend ALL sessions

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

YWCA Downtown

Learn how to connect with your baby through massage, and why massage is so beneficial for your child's body and brain development. Dolls will be provided for expectant moms and those who come without children .

Topics include: Benefits of infant massage for child and parent; emotional regulation; reading babies’ cues; and simple strokes for the legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, back and face.

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06 Mar 2019

Helping Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Discover strategies and skills for parents and caregivers of teens with ADD and ADHD

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07 Mar 2019

The Core Story Of Infant Mental Health

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Participants in this workshop will learn what infant mental health is,how it unfolds, and how the emotional
well-being of very young children can be derailed. The presenter will discuss what can parents do to support healthy attachments and brain development in their infants and toddlers. Parents will learn about how the young child’s brain is shaped by experiences, how relationships help children learn how to regulate their emotions, attention and behavior.

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07 Mar 2019

Digital Dangers

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

With the rapid growth of technology and innovative new methods for communication, it has become an increasing challenge for parents and professionals to implement preventative strategies and effective intervention methods. In this session learn about cyberbullying and the law, dangers of social media, digital safety, sexting and internet luring and netiquette.

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12 Mar 2019

Positive Psychological Health - What Parents Can Do!

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Bishop Grandin High School

Many parents worry about their teen’s psychological health - and if not their own teens, than they worry about who they hang out with, what they spend their time doing, and exactly how they are feeling. Teens are well-known for appearing not to want to talk about their feelings, especially to parents. This workshop will provide an overview, based on interviews with adolescents, of what is on kid’s minds, how they might be feeling about things like anxiety, depression, social pressure, screentime, and other areas – and perhaps of most value to parents, how to engage with teens so they actually communicate!

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13 Mar 2019

Why Reading Matters

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Literacy is the path to prosperity. In this session, you will learn about the literacy landscape in Canada, what current research says we need to be doing to support children to become successful readers, and how to develop a reading culture in your home, school, or organization.

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13 Mar 2019

Adulting: It’s harder than it looks! Helping your child with autism be successful after high school – including university and employment.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Education Centre

Becoming a legal adult at 18 years in Alberta and graduating from high school are two transition points that can be challenging – even scary for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their parents. Developing a plan for “life after high school” can help to maximize the chances your child will be successful as they pursue continued education (post-secondary studies) and employment.This session will support families and provide valuable information about the following topics:

How to create a shared vision for your child’s future
Understanding next steps after high school
Managing health and mental health issues in adulthood
Developing pre-employment skills
Legal and financial issues including guardianship and program funding at age 18

Discuss how the Launch Program might support your child as they transition to adulthood
Launch Program https://sinneavefoundation.org/sinneave_work_item/launch/

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14 Mar 2019

Invisible: Why Do So Few Girls and Women Get an Autism Diagnosis? *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

This presentation will discuss some of the reasons why more boys than girls receive an autism diagnosis, common co-occurring diagnoses and misdiagnoses that teens and adult women receive, strengths and struggles for autistic women across the lifespan, and finally screening and diagnostic tools specifically designed for females. If you or your daughter have been diagnosed with autism or are wondering about an autism diagnosis this session will provide helpful information and resources.

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14 Mar 2019

Invisible: Why Do So Few Girls and Women Get an Autism Diagnosis? *Also Available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This presentation will discuss some of the reasons why more boys than girls receive an autism diagnosis, common co-occurring diagnoses and misdiagnoses that teens and adult women receive, strengths and struggles for autistic women across the lifespan, and finally screening and diagnostic tools specifically designed for females. If you or your daughter have been diagnosed with autism or are wondering about an autism diagnosis this session will provide helpful information and resources.

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19 Mar 2019

“I Am Still Right Here” : Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Children & Adolescents

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Western Canada High School

There has been an ongoing increase in the prevalence of children and youth who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). It can be very frightening to have a child/ student who engages in NSSI, and adults can often have reactions that don’t really help. This session will focus on the types of NSSI, the reasoning behind the behaviour, and some ideas about how parents and teachers can help. We will spend some time on some case studies to provide examples and ample room for Q & A will be provided.

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20 Mar 2019

Self - Regulation: for you & your child

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

While being a parent or caregiver of children can be a joyous and awe-inspiring experience; it can also be frustrating! This session will help you understand what happens in your brain when we are under stress, and why self-regulation of our feelings and actions is essential to helping children learn this critical life skill.

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21 Mar 2019

Adulting: It’s harder than it looks! Helping your child with autism be successful after high school – including university and employment.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chestermere Public Library

Becoming a legal adult at 18 years in Alberta and graduating from high school are two transition points that can be challenging – even scary for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their parents. Developing a plan for “life after high school” can help to maximize the chances your child will be successful as they pursue continued education (post-secondary studies) and employment.This session will support families and provide valuable information about the following topics:

How to create a shared vision for your child’s future
Understanding next steps after high school
Managing health and mental health issues in adulthood
Developing pre-employment skills
Legal and financial issues including guardianship and program funding at age 18

Discuss how the Launch Program might support your child as they transition to adulthood
Launch Program https://sinneavefoundation.org/sinneave_work_item/launch/

Poster

26 Mar 2019

Let’s Talk Mindfulness

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

A.E. Bowers Elementary School

This session will outline and discuss the main concepts in mindfulness and how understanding the brain can improve
self-regulation. Using a hands-on approach this session will teach skills related to these concepts. This session will discuss how the brain influences thinking, emotions and behaviour. Improved self-regulation can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others and improved self-awareness and self-control.

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27 Mar 2019

Adulting: It’s harder than it looks! Helping your child with autism be successful after high school – including university and employment.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitford School

Becoming a legal adult at 18 years in Alberta and graduating from high school are two transition points that can be challenging – even scary for individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their parents. Developing a plan for “life after high school” can help to maximize the chances your child will be successful as they pursue continued education (post-secondary studies) and employment.This session will support families and provide valuable information about the following topics:

How to create a shared vision for your child’s future
Understanding next steps after high school
Managing health and mental health issues in adulthood
Developing pre-employment skills
Legal and financial issues including guardianship and program funding at age 18

Discuss how the Launch Program might support your child as they transition to adulthood
Launch Program https://sinneavefoundation.org/sinneave_work_item/launch/

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02 Apr 2019

Understanding Adolescent Stress and Anxiety

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Manachaban Middle School

A discussion on anxiety and stress in adolescents; what it is, what it may look like and how you can help your youth. This session will teach attendees strategies such as mindfulness and relaxation, and will also provide resources that can support caregivers and their youth.

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03 Apr 2019

Cannabis: Legalization, Harms and Benefits

10:30 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This session will start by briefly reviewing the history of cannabis use. The session will discuss the reasons cannabis is being legalized and the prevalence of its use. The benefits and harms of cannabis will then be reviewed and guidelines for youth will be presented.

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10 Apr 2019

Opioids & Youth: What adults should know

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will discuss the signs and symptoms of youth opioid abuse. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to the symptoms of an opioid overdose, including how to access and when to use a Naloxone kit. A universal screener for opioid abuse and other resources will also be examined.

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15 Apr 2019
18 Apr 2019

Optimal Parenting in the First 2000 Days of Life

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

In this presentation, I will provide an overview of the various areas of child development (e.g., physical health, social competence). Evidence shows that some children are not performing as well as others in these areas. I will discuss how engaging in sensitive and responsive forms of parenting can help children develop optimally. We will review video examples to illustrate when parenting behavior and communication could be strengthened to optimize child development.

25 Apr 2019

ADHD is Awesome!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dalhousie School

ADHD is often thought of in terms of its symptoms and associated problems. Unfortunately, a deficit-based approach, focusing on what is wrong, can be very impairing for children and their families. However, there are so many positive qualities of ADHD that need to be celebrated! In this session, you will learn about what ADHD is, why it is awesome, and how to capitalize on its assets to promote long-term success.

30 Apr 2019

Digital Dangers

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Chestermere Municipal Office

With the rapid growth of technology and innovative new methods for communication, it has become an increasing challenge for parents and professionals to implement preventative strategies and effective intervention methods. In this session learn about cyberbullying and the law, dangers of social media, digital safety, sexting and internet luring and netiquette.

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06 May 2019

Nutrition and Mental Health: An overview of what the science says

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

The key to understanding the importance of nutrition for our mental health is having some basic knowledge about what exactly it is that nutrients do in our brains. This workshop will provide an overview of nutrition in brain health, as well as a summary of some of the clinical studies showing how dietary education and supplementation are being used to improve mental health. The talk will end with practical ideas for fostering better eating habits, even in our pickiest eaters such as those on the autism spectrum.

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07 May 2019

Empowering Parents and Caregivers: A Discussion about Substance Use Prevention and How to Support our Young People Today

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bow Valley High School

Incidence of prescription drug misuse continues to be of concern amongst youth. The new cannabis legislation will be discussed including the impacts legislation has on youth, use, frequency and trends. Harm reduction methods, Use Vs. Misuse and addiction related resources will be presented. This session will provide an understanding of the impact of prescription drug use on our youth, offer prevention techniques, help recognize the signs of use and equip participants with a simplified conversation guide. There will also be discussion on how to respond and where to seek support. This session will enable and better support parent and caregivers to more confidently respond to the curious question “just asking for a friend!”

13 May 2019

Little Kids and Big Feelings

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

Guiding our children through their big feelings, responding to tantrums, and managing difficult behaviors can challenge all parents. Come hear about the Brain-body connection that helps children develop the skills of emotion regulation.  Understand more about why children lose control of their emotions, what it means to ‘flip your lid’, and the role of parents in helping kids with feelings.  Learn skills you can teach your children, and use yourself, to help your child manage big feelings.  We will use a combination of videos, discussion, and practice. This presentation will cover children pre-school through to
school-age.

15 May 2019

Understanding a Child’s Pain: What to Do, How to Help

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This workshop is for parents and caregivers on how to help their child cope positively with painful medical procedures, tests and injuries of childhood. 90 minute session will include a presentation with discussion focusing on how a child’s pain is perceived, how to talk to your child about pain, and how to successfully coach them to help themselves to overcome fears and worries associated with medical interventions.

29 May 2019

Summer Slide: What is it and what can you do to prevent it?

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Throughout the summer, many children lose as much as 2 months of reading skills. Known as summer slide, this learning loss can leave children, especially those furthest from opportunity, up to 3 years behind their peers by the end of Grade 5. In this session, learn how to keep children engaged over the summer to ensure they don't lose any ground in their learning and experience the joy of reading.

03 Jun 2019

Avoiding Power Struggles

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

The more early prevention, the less intervention. In this workshop we discuss issues and concerns regarding positive discipline; examine the difference between punishment and discipline and learn positive approaches to encouraging positive behaviour.

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04 Jun 2019

Understanding a Child’s Pain: What to Do, How to Help

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This workshop is for parents and caregivers on how to help their child cope positively with painful medical procedures, tests and injuries of childhood. 90 minute session will include a presentation with discussion focusing on how a child’s pain is perceived, how to talk to your child about pain, and how to successfully coach them to help themselves to overcome fears and worries associated with medical interventions.