CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

14 Sep 2021

Adapting after Adversity

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Normal development happens even during a pandemic. We still grow, change and learn from our experiences. This session explores some of the possible impacts we need to understand about the effects of adversity on neurodevelopment.
Ideas about what we can do to support the healthy development of young people as they adapt to new expectations and opportunities just as we as adults are adjusting from surviving to thriving will also be explored.

13 Sep 2021

Gut Feelings

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Join Dr. Taylor as she speaks to the growing body of evidence examining the link between the bacteria in your gut and mental illness.
She will address this literature and talk about what we know about this branch of science and what we don’t know.

09 Sep 2021

Promoting Self-Determination in Everyday Life: Practical Strategies

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Self-determination refers to the ability to be in charge of your own life. It can include choosing what to eat for breakfast, choosing your leisure activities, or choosing where to live among many other choices we make everyday. However, research shows that autistic people are less self-determined than their peers. This workshop will provide a brief overview of self-determination theory and factors that support its development. Participants will leave with practical strategies to embed into daily routines that will enhance self-determination for autistic teens and young adults.

09 Sep 2021

When should doctors consider antibiotics for the Common Cold?

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

This session will provide information on:
• what to expect for children during the upcoming respiratory viral season
• the causes of the common cold
• the role of antibiotics for respiratory infections and
• management strategies for common cold symptoms

07 Sep 2021

Helping newcomer youth navigate the process of school integration

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Immigrating to Canada and entering a new school system is an enormous task for newcomer youth. The process of school integration captures the adjustment of newcomer youth across all aspects of student life – both inside and outside the school context – including English Language Leaning, academic performance, classroom behaviour, social networking, identify negotiation, emotional and familial wellbeing, involvement in school life, and understanding of the educational system. This presentation will focus on strategies to help newcomer youth navigate the numerous social-emotional challenges they face as they integrate into a new school setting.

02 Sep 2021

Panic and Anxiety in Youth: Strategies for families to conquer back-to-school stress

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Going back to school is both exciting and nerve wracking for youth, and this year will pose more uncertainty than most. This presentation will focus on understanding what panic and anxiety looks like in youth and how it affects activities, such as returning to school. Practical strategies will be offered to youth and caregivers for managing back-to-school worries. As well, tips for reducing parenting stress will also be shared with caregivers.

01 Sep 2021

Return to Work and School: Optimizing your Mental Health

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has created stress and anxiety, loss and grief, and a host of other mental health concerns. This presentation will provide information about what has been learned about mental health challenges during the pandemic, but will focus on recommended strategies to optimize your mental health as we face the Fall return to school and work. Some of the recommended strategies will be well-known and drawn from extensive past research and study, but some will be unique to the return to work and school as health restrictions are lifted and we begin to encounter the peculiarities of post- pandemic life. This session will include a presentation, but ample time will be left for questions and discussion.