CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

10 Oct 2019

Gender Diversity and Autism: A Spectrum Within the Spectrum

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Researchers have identified the co-occurrence of gender diversity and autism as an important emerging issue in terms of clinical practice. Parents, clinicians, and educators, and support professionals in the fields of autism and gender are increasingly likely to encounter clients, patients, and families working to understand gender diversity and autism simultaneously. This workshop will share current findings and perspectives on gender diversity for individuals on the autism spectrum and will present evidence-informed practices for supporting gender creative children and transgender youth who are also on the autism spectrum. Participants will learn practical strategies to provide sensitive care for trans autistic family members, clients, and community members.

10 Oct 2019

Gender Diversity and Autism: A Spectrum Within the Spectrum

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Researchers have identified the co-occurrence of gender diversity and autism as an important emerging issue in terms of clinical practice. Parents, clinicians, and educators, and support professionals in the fields of autism and gender are increasingly likely to encounter clients, patients, and families working to understand gender diversity and autism simultaneously. This workshop will share current findings and perspectives on gender diversity for individuals on the autism spectrum and will present evidence-informed practices for supporting gender creative children and transgender youth who are also on the autism spectrum. Participants will learn practical strategies to provide sensitive care for trans autistic family members, clients, and community members.

10 Oct 2019

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

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Family Connections Parent Link Huntington Hills

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.

09 Oct 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.

08 Oct 2019

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Windsong Heights 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.

08 Oct 2019

Understanding Childhood Stress & Anxiety *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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.

07 Oct 2019

WEBINAR ONLY - EXPERT PANEL Q&A ON VAPING:What should we do while we wait for the evidence?

10:00 AM - Noon

CES is ONLY ADVERTISING this webinar and NOT TAKING REGISTRATIONS. Please register on the link in the poster.

Webinar Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss concerns about vaping products
(e.g. dual use, cessation)
2. Identify recommendations on how to
support clients who want to stop vaping

03 Oct 2019

ADHD is Awesome!

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

St. Sebastian 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 Sep 2019

Expressive Arts and Innovative Therapies for Children and Adolescents

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Over the past decade, hospitalizations for mental health disorders in this age group grew by 55% to 65% while hospitalizations for all other conditions decreased by 24%.

Newly updated information from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows an increase in the number of hospital visits by Canadians age 5 to 24 for mental health disorders over the past decade, especially adolescent girls with self-injury, substance use issues as well as depression and anxiety. At the same time, the number of young Canadians diagnosed with mental health disorders remained stable. In addition, the number of young Canadians who were dispensed a mood or anxiety medication or antipsychotic medication has increased.

Now as we live in a busy, sophisticated, extraverted thinking world most of our interventions for depression and anxiety are medications or talking therapies. This minimizes the fact we are individuals who not only think but we feel, experience bodily sensations and have intuition. Consequently, we neglect the importance of arts, sports, drama and the humanities and the magical symbolic world of childhood. This presentation will focus on the innovative role of arts for engaging and educating children and adolescents from around the world.

26 Sep 2019

Sleep 101 for Teens and Parents

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - B2-200

Is your teen tired all the time? Does he/she have sleep habits that you’re pretty sure are not helping the situation? Not sure where to start? This session will focus on teens (13 years+) that struggle to obtain adequate, restful sleep. We will discuss the purpose of sleep and evidence-based sleep hygiene techniques helpful for setting up a foundation to obtain a better night’s rest. We will also cover how to make it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested.
Teens (13 years+) and Parents are welcome to attend.

19 Sep 2019

Juno House presents: Healthy Brains = Healthy Children

10:30 AM - Noon

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.

12 Sep 2019

Tuning In To Sensory Sensitivities: Understanding Sensory Modulation Disorders and Exploring Strategies That Help *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Life is a sensory experience. Sensory Modulation allows us to respond appropriately to sensory information from our environment every day. Our brains will automatically 'tune down' some information (e.g. background noise)so that we can 'tune up' other information and focus on what is important for daily functioning. For some people, sensory modulation is difficult and the ability to remain at the right level of focus and alertness for daily activity is challenged. In this workshop, we will discuss the process of 'tuning up' and 'tuning down' sensory information and learn to understand more about what might be happening in the lives of people with sensory processing disorders, as well as some strategies that might help to better 'tune-in' throughout your day.

12 Sep 2019

Tuning In To Sensory Sensitivities: Understanding Sensory Modulation Disorders and Exploring Strategies That Help *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Life is a sensory experience. Sensory Modulation allows us to respond appropriately to sensory information from our environment every day. Our brains will automatically 'tune down' some information (e.g. background noise)so that we can 'tune up' other information and focus on what is important for daily functioning. For some people, sensory modulation is difficult and the ability to remain at the right level of focus and alertness for daily activity is challenged. In this workshop, we will discuss the process of 'tuning up' and 'tuning down' sensory information and learn to understand more about what might be happening in the lives of people with sensory processing disorders, as well as some strategies that might help to better 'tune-in' throughout your day.

01 Sep 2019

Adolescent Dating Violence: Prevalence, Correlates, Outcomes and Prevention

Online Course

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.