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25 Things Kids with ADHD Wished Their Parents & Teachers Knew About ADHD
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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.
The New Guidelines on Screen Time for Preschool-Aged Children: The Importance of Interaction in Early Language Acquisition
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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.
Understanding Childhood Trauma
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Trauma can significantly impact a child, and those caring for them are often left with questions about how to best help. The impact of trauma on neurological development and attachment system will be explored, and how this presents in children’s behaviours. Caretakers will be given key strategies to help children impacted by trauma, and appropriate resources will be suggested.