All sessions are offered at no cost.
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.
Schizophrenia Society of Alberta- Community Education Presentation
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The Schizophrenia society of Alberta offers community education Presentations to educate our community on the disorder, its symptoms and what those living with it experience.
Community education Presentations are unique in that the program presenters are living with schizophrenia themselves, they share their personal experiences in order to combat the stigma around the illness, with the goal of creating a more inclusive and educated society.
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.