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The Art of Nurturing Freedom, Wonder and Creativity in Children

Session Overview

Come explore a holistic movement approach that engages creatively the whole child, creating body-mind connections and positive social interactions. Using play, creativity, and cooperation, children find meaning in learning as they explore, connect, and act creatively through movement, making sense of their world through their bodies/emotions/senses, building a sound foundation of meaningful movement experiences for deeper engagement in learning.

Play helps children meet their need for autonomy, Creativity helps children meet their need for competence, and Cooperation helps children meet their need for relatedness.

Increased body/emotion awareness, increased confidence, and creativity are some of the benefits of this approach, which ultimately make children feel good and healthy, providing them with creative tools for school.

Come feel the positive benefits of this approach for yourself and your children. Join us and receive concrete ideas, tips, and tools to create a compassionate classroom where children move towards the joy of learning and healthy living.

Improve Speech, Language, and Reading

Learn practical strategies that can be used at home to help improve speech, language, and reading development. This 1-hour presentation is for parents of preschool and school-aged children and will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer period.

Session Overview

Covid-19 has had an effect on everything and everyone during this global pandemic. Unfortunately, speech and language development is no exception. With the constant wearing of facial masks, reduced schooling, online schooling, and parental stress, there has certainly been an impact on these skills in preschool and school-aged children. During this webinar, Stacey will briefly discuss some of these impacts and then move on to provide practical strategies that can be used at home to help improve speech, language, and reading development. This 1-hour presentation is for parents of preschool and school-aged children and will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer period.

Mindfulness: Benefits & Getting Started

Learn about how mindfulness can disrupt the brain’s reptilian mechanism in order to put you in the driver’s seat of your reactions.

Session Overview

  • What is mindfulness, How can it benefit me, and where do I start?
  • Be introduced and led through some practices to help ground you in the day-to-day stresses of life.
  • Learn to feel the contact points in the body, how to perform a body scan, and how to take your own Internal weather report. This workshop is intended for anyone looking for some practical and accessible techniques to help navigate the roller coaster of life.

Stand Up For Mental Health

A fabulous show by David Granirer and our MCLD Ambassadors. Join David on his mission of changing lives one laugh at a time.

David Granirer, RPC, MPCC, M.S.M. is a counselor, stand-up comic, author, and founder of Stand Up For Mental Health (SMH), a program teaching stand-up comedy to people with mental health issues.

David who himself suffers from depression is featured in the VOICE Award-winning documentary Cracking Up. He also received a Life Unlimited Award from Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, an Award of Excellence from the National Council of Behavioral Health, a Champion of Mental Health Award, and a Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor-General of Canada, and was recognized as one of the 150 Canadian Difference Makers in mental health.

A sought-after keynote speaker, he has worked with mental health organizations in Canada, the U.S., and Australia to train and perform with SMH groups in over 50 cities.

Mental Health & Learning Differences During the COVID-19 Pandemic

\Overview: Children with attention and learning challenges are at increased risk for mental health difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, and behavioral concerns. As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about increasing stressors, there has been a greater mental health burden among children, particularly those already facing the daily stressors that come with attention and learning challenges. This workshop reviews the signs and symptoms of some of the most common mental health comorbidities of children with ADHD and learning disorders and provides caregivers with strategies that can be applied in supporting children in today’s world.

How To Hotwire Your ADHD Brain: Get it Started & Keep it Going

Objectives:

  • Understanding the science behind ADHD challenges with activation, motivation, and time management.
  • Applying positive psychology approaches to hack your brain and improve time management.
  • Programming the ADHD brain to improve mood and motivation.
  • Overcoming most procrastination challenges by feeding your addiction to dopamine.
  • Strategies to help.