CES Sessions
All sessions are offered at no cost.

28 Nov 2019

Seeing through the Vape

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Bishop Pinkham School

Given e-cigarette popularity amongst young Canadians there are concerns about the possible adverse health effects, renormalization of smoking and tobacco uptake among youth, and other unforeseen consequences of their use. In this workshop you will gain knowledge about e-cigarettes and vaping, impacts of nicotine, appropriate prevention, identifying problematic use and legislation.

27 Nov 2019

ADHD & Executive Functioning *also available via webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Windsong Heights School

This 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.

27 Nov 2019

ADHD & Executive Functioning *also available via webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This 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.

27 Nov 2019

Conflict Between Separated Parents and Its Effect on Your Children

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

This presentation will discuss how and my parents find themselves fighting with each other after they separate and the serious short- and long-term effects parents' conflict can have on their children.

25 Nov 2019

25 Things Kids with ADHD Wished Their Parents & Teachers Knew About ADHD

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Huntington Hills Parent Link - Upper Board Room

Most parents of kids and adolescents who have ADHD try very hard to be compassionate and understanding of the nature of ADHD and its various effects on behaviour, mood, academic performance, and so on. What we can all forget, sometimes, is that somewhere in there is a kid who understands ADHD better than anyone else. This presentation is based on hundreds of conversations with kids with ADHD and their response to the basic – but critically important – question “What do you wish others knew about you and your ADHD?” Using their own words is a great place to engage in truly understanding the condition and developing more effective ways to work with kids, adolescents, and young adults who have ADHD while also framing the symptoms in a much more positive manner, so the focus is on strengths as opposed to focusing on the negative effects of ADHD. Strategies developed in collaboration with kids with ADHD will also be discussed.

18 Nov 2019

When Consequences Don't Seem to Work

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Huntington Hills Parent Link - Upper Board Room

Parenting is frustrating at times, especially when consequences don’t seem to be working. There are positive and respectful solutions and helps available. In this workshop we will explore concerns and discuss options to help guide parents through these tough and challenging periods.

14 Nov 2019

Sexual Health Workshop *Also available as a Webinar*

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Ability Hub

Are you a parent, caregiver or service provider of a child or teen with ASD? Do you want to learn more about puberty and sexual development, healthy relationships, and personal boundaries? Sexuality is an important part of the overall wellness of all people. This workshop will give you practical tools and strategies to guide your child or teen through puberty and beyond and introduce resources to help build your comfort and skill in working with your child.

14 Nov 2019

Sleep 101 for Parents of School-Aged Children

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Is your child taking forever to fall asleep at night?
Delaying bedtime and offering up every excuse possible?
Are you co-sleeping and want to change?
This session will cover typical sleep patterns for children in the 6 to 12 year-old range. Evidence-based information on sleep will be presented to parents, along with details on how to obtain adequate sleep hygiene. A variety of techniques helpful for teaching children to fall asleep and stay asleep will also be discussed.

13 Nov 2019

Let's Talk About: Typical Speech and Language Development (2 to 5 years)

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Typical speech and language development for two to five year olds will be presented, as well as when and how to seek help. There are many misunderstandings of what 'typical' speech and language development looks like in preschool-aged children. We will set the record straight and discuss when to refer, and how the 'wait and see' approach often may not be appropriate.

12 Nov 2019

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

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

YW Parent Link Centre - The Hub

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.

04 Nov 2019

Canadian Cannabis..."to eat it or to smoke it?"...that is the question!

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Alberta Children's Hospital - Theatre

Cannabis has been legal for a year now in CANADA. As of October 17th, 2019 edible cannabis is now legalized for people who are 18yrs and older but you won't find it in stores for a few weeks. What should our community and the larger society know about the risks of CANNABIS? Despite the marketing message that you may have heard (cannabis is natural, a good sleep promoter or for pain relief), CANNABIS is not a panacea. You can become addicted and it does have some serious side effects for a vulnerable section of our society.

This presentation will focus on the risks and benefits inherent in its use. There are 3 populations at particular risk of negative consequences due to cannabis use: children and youth, mothers-to-be and people with underlying mental health problems will be discussed. This presentation will also outline the medical indications for cannabis use and the risks associated with regular high potency use, such as addiction and psychosis. This impact of CANNABIS on family functioning, motivation and impaired executive skills will be emphasized. In particular, the effect on school and social relationships will be highlighted.

19 Oct 2019

Teens Talk Transition Workshop

10:00 AM - Noon

Alberta Children's Hospital

Teens Talk Transition is a free 3-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, create action plans, develop problem-solving skills and communicate effectively with both their healthcare team and personal supports.

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 3 consecutive Saturdays – October 19, 2019 to November 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

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

09 Oct 2019

Infant Massage - 4 Sessions Oct 9, 16, 23,30 * Must attend ALL 4 Classes

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

YW Parent Link Centre - The Hub

The YW Parent Link Centre is offering a FREE 4-session infant massage class to moms, dads & caregivers 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.
*The final Infant Massage session will be held at the Calgary Reads Children’s Reading Place. Enrolled families will be given more details

24 Oct 2019

Nutrition and ADHD

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Country Hills Public Library

Parents of children and teens with ADHD are often concerned about their eating habits - are they eating enough, too much or the right type of foods? In this presentation, parents can expect to learn the fundamentals of nutrition, nutrition related to ADHD and practical strategies to make mealtimes more enjoyable!

23 Oct 2019

Sleep For Children and Adolescents: Commons Concerns and Strategies for Improving Sleep

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Calgary Academy

Good quality sleep is a positive factor in healthy development of children and adolescents. It influences learning, behaviour and decision making; supports our emotional health and well being; and promotes healthy growth, metabolism and immune system functioning. Yet, evidence suggests that many kids do not get enough sleep.
This presentation will focus on the importance of sleep for school aged children and teens, common signs and causes of sleep deprivation, and effective solutions for improving sleep.

17 Oct 2019

Taming Anxiety Gremlins

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

St. Marguerite School

Anxiety is at epidemic levels among children and teens. This workshop will promote parent and teachers' understanding of anxiety and teach them how traditional ways of offering help may unwittingly feed into the child's worries and associated behaviours. Participants will learn effective tools to help children manage their anxiety to promote their resilience and overall well-being.

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.