All sessions are offered at no cost.
How to Help Teens Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD PART 2
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Learn additional intervention strategies and skills for parents and teens with ADD / ADHD.
* This is a level 2 session, and meant for those who attended Part 1, or have some understanding of ADD/ADHD/
Physical Literacy and Health
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
In a world where children are sedentary, over-scheduled, and less likely to play outside, Active for Life helps parents raise physically literate kids.
Physical literacy is when kids have developed the skills and confidence to be physically active for life.
In this presentation we explain why it is important to the grassroots (parents, teachers, professionals, etc) in developing physical literacy in children.
We will emphasize the importance of developing physical literacy and how that supports engagement in physical activities across the lifespan. Tools and resources that help support the development of physical literacy will be shared in this session.
Keeping Kids Safe: Confidently fulfilling the Duty to Report
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Child abuse is a serious, pervasive and complex issue experienced by approximately 1/3 of Canadians. All adults who work with children and youth have an obligation to report suspected abuse. Talking with a child or youth about suspected abuse or making a report is often very stressful. Knowing what signs to look for, how to respond and what to expect when you report can help make this difficult situation more manageable. This session is designed to increase the capacity of adults who work with children and youth to:
- Recognize behavioral and physical signs of potential child abuse
- Respond to children and youth who disclose or give subtle verbal clues
- Confidently report suspected child abuse.
Restricted Interests in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): How do they engage the brain?
10:45 AM - 12:15 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.
A Focus on Speech & Language: Information & tips for improving communication abilities in children & youth
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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.