CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

More Information In person sessions are held at a location within the Calgary area and your attendance is required.
18 Oct 2018

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

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

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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18 Oct 2018

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

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

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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22 Oct 2018

Youth Fentanyl and Prescription Drug Use

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

South Health Campus - Wellness Centre

Improve your knowledge of youth over-the-counter and prescription drug use, misuse and abuse. Information provided will include prevalence of use, drugs of abuse (including fentanyl), signs and symptoms of misuse/abuse, the link to mental health concerns, a harm-reduction approach, and available resources.

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22 Oct 2018

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 - Theatre

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.

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22 Oct 2018

Helping your stressed out student: Tips for parents to combat test anxiety and school stress

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Western Canada High School

This session will provide parents with information about stress in adolescence and signs to look for. It will also focus on strategies that parents can use to help their teen manage general and school stress, with specific strategies for combating test anxiety.

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24 Oct 2018

Tech Neck

Noon - 1:00 PM

Cochrane Community Health Centre

Are your teens and tweens spending endless hours on electronic devices? A phenomenon called Tech Neck
(yes... it's so prevalent, it's actually been named) is having detrimental effects on the posture and health of our youth! Our mission is to educate our community in prevention of postural related-problems with a grassroots approach.
The good news: Tech Neck is totally preventable with a proper awareness and understanding of what causes it, and some simple strategies to prevent it.

The workshop is brief, interactive and applicable to all ages.

In Person Poster

25 Oct 2018

Cannabis: Legalization, Harms and Benefits

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Bert Church High School

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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30 Oct 2018

Cannabis: Legalization, Harms and Benefits

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

ReidBuilt Centre for Community Leadership

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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31 Oct 2018

A Focus on Speech & Language: Information & tips for improving communication abilities in children & youth

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Learn about speech and language difficulties and their impact on children and youth in terms of academic achievement, psychological and social development. The presentation will describe what to do if you are concerned about your child’s communication abilities or fluency. Therapy resources for children and youth and information about speech and language treatment options will be provided. This presentation will also discuss ISTAR's speech and language services, research projects and how to access ISTAR’s services.

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01 Nov 2018

Schizophrenia Society of Alberta- Community Education Presentation

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

The Schizophrenia society of Alberta offers community education Presentations to educate our community on the disorder, its symptoms and what those living with it experience.

Community education Presentations are unique in that the program presenters are living with schizophrenia themselves, they share their personal experiences in order to combat the stigma around the illness, with the goal of creating a more inclusive and educated society.

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05 Nov 2018

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 - Theatre

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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06 Nov 2018

Cannabis: Legalization, Harms and Benefits

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mitford School

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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08 Nov 2018

CADDAC Presents : The Impact of ADHD on Learning and Self-Regulation

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Calgary Academy

Have you wondered why children with ADHD struggle in the school environment? While ADHD is not a learning disability, nor a behaviour disorder, ADHD can significantly impact a student’s ability to learn and behave in this environment while impairing their academic achievement. The impact of ADHD symptoms on classroom functioning, typical presentations of ADHD symptoms seen in the classroom and some that may be commonly overlooked will be covered. Typical executive functioning impairments and other cognitive deficits will be discussed in detail. Impairments in self-regulation typically seen in children with ADHD in the home and school setting will also be explained and discussed.

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13 Nov 2018

Test Anxiety: What is it and What You Need to Know Part 2

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Many students take tests throughout their time at school. Sometimes, the results are used to make important decisions about their educational programs, levels of curriculum mastery, report card grades, graduation requirements, and opportunities for further education. As many as 25% to 45% of students have test anxiety. As a result, these students usually experience high levels of stress, nervousness, and apprehension during these evaluative situations. This presentation will explain the nature and cause of test anxiety and offer strategies that parents, teachers, and professional can use to help students overcome high levels of anxiety during tests. Part 1 was January 23, 2018.

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15 Nov 2018

The New Guidelines on Screen Time for Preschool-Aged Children: The Importance of Interaction in Early Language Acquisition

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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15 Nov 2018

Responding to Youth Crime: An Overview of the Youth Criminal Justice Act

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Samuel W Shaw School

This presentation will provide a general overview of the purpose, principles and procedures found in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and will address a number of common misconceptions about the criminal justice system as it relates to youth between the ages of 12-17. Participants will gain an understanding of the ways in which youth in
conflict with the law are treated differently than adults, with particular focus on the areas of diversion from the formal court process, bail, sentencing and youth records

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19 Nov 2018

Mindfulness for Stress Management and Emotional Regulation

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This session will help introduce you to the main concepts of Mindfulness practices and give you ways to reduce stress in yourself and your children. In this transformative practice, you will be introduced to ways that mindfulness can be used to increase focus and achievement while giving you a toolbox of experiential skills that help lower anxiety, build resilience, reduce stress and help with your (or your child’s) emotional regulation.

20 Nov 2018

The Teen Years: Raising a Healthy Child Through Resilience and Empathy

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Bert Church High School

We will be discussing how to develop resilience in your teen. We will also be exploring teen brain development, health, and the impacts of parental empathy on teens. This presentation is for anyone looking to learn how to support their teen through these difficult years.

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22 Nov 2018

Positive Parenting through Adolescence: Boundaries, Modelling, and Emotional Coaching for Teenagers

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Monsignor JJ OBrien School

Participants can expect to learn:

-How psychologists, doctors, and other health professionals study and intervene around areas of adolescent behavior and emotional responses
-How parents and teachers can use their own regular interactions to coach teenagers toward positive outcomes and results
-Relevant and recent research around brain development with regards to social media, video gaming, and online social interactions

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26 Nov 2018

A Family's Journey

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hull Services - Social Room

Objectives: To share the family experience of a child's mental illness and suicidality, and eventual recovery, through personal stories. For attendees to see the impact of illness on a family unit, and hear what makes a difference in working with youth and families. Questions and discussion welcomed.

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26 Nov 2018

Teenage Sleep Deprivation

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Learn about common sleep disorders in teens, the causes of teenage sleep problems and the mental and physical effects
of sleep deprivation. How to improve teens’ sleep health? Join us and find out.

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29 Nov 2018

Curious About Cannabis

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Learn about cannabis, youth, and the legalization of this drug. Tools and resources will be shared to support you and your family.

29 Nov 2018

Nutrition and Brain Health: Implications for ASD and mental health *also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

The key to understanding the importance of diet is having some basic knowledge of what nutrients do in the brain. This workshop will begin with an overview of nutrition in brain health, followed by practical ideas that can help foster better eating habits. The final topic will focus on the many dietary challenges in autism.

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04 Dec 2018

ADHD & Executive Functioning

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bert Church High School

The session will be an overview of ADHD and how issues with impulsivity and/or inattention impact children's ability to manage their environments. The session will also explore the impact ADHD has on Executive Functioning and how it relates to managing everyday tasks, and meeting daily expectations at home and at school, including social, emotional, behavioural and academic demands.