All sessions are offered at no cost.
Expressive Arts and Innovative Therapies for Children and Adolescents
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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.
Understanding a Child’s Pain: What to Do, How to Help
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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.
Sleep 101: For Parents of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
This session will cover typical sleep patterns for children in the 0 to 5 year-old range. Evidence-based information on sleep will be presented to parents, who will learn how to teach their young children to fall asleep independently and stay asleep through the night. We will also cover naps and how to address early morning waking.
* Expecting parents are also welcome to attend *