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MCLD Proudly Presents – Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities, along with our sponsors, was looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s conference on executive functioning with our keynote speaker, Sarah Ward. However, given the continuing concerns over COVID-19 and in keeping with the recommendations of government and public health officials to avoid large gatherings, we have made the decision to cancel the conference scheduled for April 18th, 2020. Our decision was reinforced by this morning’s announcement to restrict border crossing between Canada and the U.S.A. Moreover, we made the decision because we are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our conference registrants, volunteers and American keynote speaker. All conference registrants will be contacted shortly and will be eligible for a full reimbursement. We are also in the process of exploring the feasibility of rescheduling the conference with Sarah Ward for the spring of 2021. As we move through these uncertain weeks, we wish that you and your loved ones stay in good health.


Saturday, April 18, 2020 9AM – 4:00PM FEATURING Sarah Ward, MS, CCC – SLP Co-Author 360 Thinking Executive Function Program Co-Director of Cogenitive Connections Learn Organizational, Time Management, Planning & Problem Solving Skills for Success Speaker: Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP Speech and Language Pathologist, Co-Director, Cognitive Connections LLP, Boston has over 25 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems not limited to but including: Attention Deficit Disorder, Verbal & Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Mild ASD, and other Social-Cognitive Learning Disabilities. Her particular interest is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits. Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. A popular speaker, Sarah is an internationally renowned expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops on the programs and strategies she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to and consulted with over 1200 public and private schools in the United States, Canada and Europe. Registration Arrival: 8:15 AM Presentation: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Admission Fees: Individual: $50 MCLD Member: $40 (Use Discount Promo Code) Full Time Student: $25 (Must Present ID at Door) Your Tickets Are Required for Admittance No Refunds After March 18, 2020 Fore more information call (514) 487-3533 or (514) 482-7196

A Day With Rick Lavoie

Experience Two Interdependent Seminars
Saturday, June 1st, 2019
Registration Arrival: 9:00 AM
Presentations: 9:45 AM – 3:30 PM

  • #1 Behavioral Strategies that Don’t Work with Struggling Kids…and Some that Do
  • #2 Understanding the Social Side of Learning Disorders: From Isolation to Acceptance

Suitability: This talk is relevant to: Parents (with children/adolescents with LD and ADHD), Special Educators, Teachers, School Support Staff, Psychologists, Behaviour Consultants, Social Workers & Professionals.

For more information (514) 487-3533 or (514) 482-7196

Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Ruby Foo’s Hotel, 7655 Decarie Blvd.
Free Parking

Admission Fee Individual $75 Parent Couple $130
Discount Code Current MCLD Members: Individual $55 Parent Couple $100
Students: Must Present ID $30

Click Link to Register

Rick Lavoie served as an administrator of residential programs for children with special needs for 30 years, and has the distinction of having delivered Keynote Addresses for all three of the major special needs advocacy organizations in the United States (Learning Disabilities Association, Council for Exceptional Children, Children with Attention Deficit Disorder). He has served as a consultant on Learning Disabilities to PBS, New York Times, National Center for Learning Disabilities, USA Today, plus made national television appearances on The TODAY Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America and ABC Evening News. Rick has delivered his message to over 500,000 parents and professionals throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Most parents and professionals know Rick through his videos “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop”, “Last One Picked, First One Picked On: The Social Implications of Learning Disabilities”, “When the Chips are Down: Learning Disabilities and Discipline”, “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend” and “The Motivation Breakthrough”. These award-winning films have brought Rick’s sensitive and compelling message throughout the world and are among the most widely distributed films in the educational media.

Seminar Summary: Explore field-tested techniques which enable the child to monitor and control his behavior and enhance his self-esteem, the value of positive feedback and the futility of punishment, twelve specific behavior management techniques that can be used at home and in the classroom (Broken Record, minor choice, collective rewards, Poker Chip theory, etc.) Discover the concept of Social Contracts, the Social Autopsy technique, the impact of Hidden Curriculum upon the child’s social acceptance and success and more!

Take advantage of our various school exhibitors who are ready to provide you with information and guidance.

  • Centennial Academy
  • Kells Academy
  • Summit School
  • Vanguard School

Thank You to Our Sponsors:



MCLD Presents

2 GET APPy Workshops 1

Friday November 2nd at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Topic: Apps to promote literacy, writing, math, communication and other K-6 skills for children with LD, ADHD and other diverse ways of learning.

Target Audience: Parents of children in K-6, teachers and professionals, (Both techies and non-techies welcome!)

Date: Friday November 2nd

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: NDG YMCA, 4335 Av Hampton, Montreal, H4A 2L3

Free for MCLD members – $10 for non-members.

For more information or to register for the workshop call Judy Deere at: (450) 698-2425

During this workshop participants will have the opportunity:

  1. To acquire knowledge of Apps that can promote literacy, math, writing, communication and other K-6 skills for a diversity of learners.
  2. To learn about the functional features in an app
  3. To explore several Apps in each of the learning areas.
  4. To learn to how to evaluate an App for its key features.
  5. To identify if an App is a potential match for a learner’s specific needs.

Workshop led by:

Roberta Thomson

M.A. Educational Technology
Educational Consultant
Course Instructor – McGill University/LaSalle College


MCLD Presents

GET APPy2 (High School) Workshops 2

Saturday November 3, 2018 pm at 2:00 pm


Want to play with some awesome ‘lit’ APPs that can be used in school!

Apps you can use for writing, math, communication and other high school activities! They’re DOPE! (Means awesome).

Target Audience: Teens grades 7-11, teachers and professionals, (Both techies and non-techies welcome!)

Date: Saturday November 3, 2018 pm

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: NDG YMCA, 4335 Av Hampton, Montreal, H4A 2L3

Free for MCLD members – $10 for non-members.

For more information or to register for the workshop call Judy Deere at: (450) 698-2425

During this workshop participants will have the opportunity:

  1. To acquire knowledge of Apps that can promote literacy, math, writing, communication and other grades 7-11 skills for a diversity of learners.
  2. To learn about the functional features in an app
  3. To explore several Apps in each of the learning areas
  4. To learn to how to evaluate an App for it’s key features
  5. To identify if an App is a potential match for a learner’s specific needs.

Workshop led by:

Roberta Thomson

M.A. Educational Technology
Educational Consultant
Course Instructor – McGill University/LaSalle College

Public Meeting – Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Annual General Meeting 7:00 pm
Lecture Begins at 7:30 pm

Things You May Not Be Doing to Relieve Your Stress!

(Présentation en anglais)

Les moyens que vous ne prenez peut-être pas pour soulager votre stress!


Pam Wener is a retired early childhood educator. She has been an MCLD board member for over twenty-five years and continues to be involved in the field of special education. For ten years she has been a Certified Laughter Leader with World Laughter, doing workshops on the health benefits of laughter with a variety of audiences, from psychiatric patients to special needs adults. Pam is a member and scholarship winner (2011) of AATH, the Association for Applied Therapeutic Humour. For the past four years she has been doing stand up comedy at various “open mikes’ in the Montreal area.


In this session, Pam will outline some of the research that covers the specific stress of parents with special needs children. This is an interactive, experiential workshop that introduces some of the history and research about the benefits of laughter, from the classroom to the boardroom. Parents will walk away with strategies that they can implement and teach their children to cope with everyday stresses.

Space Limited – Call to Reserve Your Seat (514) 488-8989
Free for Members – $5.00 for Non-Members


The Queen Elizabeth Health Complex
2111 Northcliffe Ave. (near Vendome Metro)
5th floor Room 534
Montreal, H4A 3K6

MCLD Proudly Presents Our Annual Comedy Fundraiser

Thursday, May 10th, 2018
Showtime: 8:00 pm
(Doors open 7:30 pm)

Join Us For An Evening Of Fun & Laughter!

Comedian, Writer, Director, Producer, Mom


The Comedy Nest
2313 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest (Pepsi Forum), Montreal, QC H3H 1N2

Price of Ticket:

$20 also includes drawings for fabulous prizes!

For more information or to purchase tickets
Contact Pam Wener at (514) 898-2503

DVD: Winning at Parenting…without beating your kids with Barbara Coloroso

Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities
Parent Support Group

The Queen Elizabeth Health Complex
Free for Current MCLD Members
Registration Required to Reserve Your Sat
Contact Linda (514) 487-3533

This DVD features Barbara presenting Winning at Parenting before a live audience just as she has around the globe. It is a humorous approach to mealtime, bedtime, chores and more. It describes parent skills to promote independent problem solving skills and responsibility.

“Our children are counting on us to provide two things: consistency and structure. Children need parents who say what they mean, mean what they say, and do what they say they are going to do.”

Public Meeting – September 11th, 2017

Sep 11
Annual General Meeting 7:00 pm
Lecture Begins at 7:30 pm

Managing Anxiety and Anger in Children & Adolescents with ADHD, LD & Mild ASD: The Heart & Brain Connection

Gestion de l’anxiété et la colère chez les enfants et ados avec un trouble de l’apprentissage, le déficit de l’attention ou l’autisme léger : Lien du cœur au cerveau (Présentation en anglais)


Linda Aber is a certified Nurtured Heart®, Theraplay®, HeartMath® Anxiety, Stress & Anger Reduction Practitioner, Attachment Parent Coach, Family Life Educator and proud adoptive parent. For over 20 years she has provided parent coaching, parent educational workshops, social skills & social thinking groups for The Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities to families living with ADHD, LD, Mild Autism Spectrum, Defiant, mood, adoption and attachment disorders. Linda presents to educators in various Montreal schools as well as (QPAT) the Quebec Teachers Conference. Empowerment of parents and educaters is Linda’s passion. She inspires to bring out the best in adults, so they can bring out the best in their children and students.


When children/teens become anxious, reactive or argumentative, the #1 mistake parents make is to use demand & command communication scripts. This reactive approach triggers both youth & adults adding fuel to the fire. In this lecture Linda will introduce strategies to take the difficult parenting moments, when you are simply trying to survive, and turn them into opportunities for your children to thrive. She will share the “heart-brain connection” that will empower parents with effective insights plus tools to help end the yelling and power struggles.

Free for Members – $5.00 for Non-Members

MCLD 2017 Parent Conference Update

MCLD held its sixth Annual Parent Conference on Sunday, April 23rd, aimed at providing strategies and resources to parents raising children/adolescents with Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Mild ASD.

A team of seven experts in their respective fields offered parenting insights, strategies and tools for home and school. Thank you to Eva de Gosztonyi, Marlene Desjardins, Dr. Abe Worenklein, Patrick Major, Sophie Plourde, Nathalie Dinelle, Deborah Schwartzman, Jillian Budd and Montreal comic Joey Elias for making our conference a success. Conference topics ranged from the alpha child, managing anxiety in youth, parenting teens with ADHD & ODD, executive functions, making sense of sensory difficulties, assistive technology and ended with comedian Joey Elias mixing humor and his personal story of battling anxiety.

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An Evening With Dr. Gordon Neufeld

Sunday, November 5th, 2017




Dr. Gordon Neufeld

Dr. Gordon Neufeld is a Vancouver-based psychologist with over 45 years of experience with children and youth and those responsible for them. A foremost authority on child development, Dr. Neufeld is an international speaker, a bestselling author (Hold On To Your Kids) and a leading interpreter of the developmental paradigm.

Dr. Neufeld has a widespread reputation for making sense of complex problems and for opening doors for change. While formerly involved in university teaching and private practice, he now devotes his time teaching and training others, including educators and helping professionals. His Neufeld Institute is now a world-wide charitable organization devoted to applying developmental science to the task of raising children, Dr. Neufeld appears regularly on radio and television. He is a father of five and a grandfather to six.

Topic Summary: We all want our children and students to thrive – to become all they were meant to be. But how do we accomplish this? What conditions are required for a child to reach his or her full potential? What experiences are essential to the unfolding of human potential, regardless of the challenges a child may face? Dr. Neufeld will put the pieces together to reveal rather surprising answers to these basic yet important questions regarding human development. When children are facing special challenges, whether at home or at school, it is even more critical for parents and teachers to keep such essential information in mind.

Suitability: This talk is relevant to parents, grandparents, childcare providers, teachers, youth workers, and other professionals who work with children and youth.

Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers

In Hold On to Your Kids, Dr. Neufeld and Dr. Maté explore the phenomenon of peer orientation: the troubling tendency of children and youth to look to their peers for direction–for a sense of right and wrong, for values, identity and codes of behaviour. But peer orientation undermines family cohesion, poisons the school atmosphere, and fosters an aggressively hostile and sexualized youth culture. It provides a powerful explanation for schoolyard bullying and youth violence; it is an escalating trend that has never been adequately described or contested until Hold On to Your Kids. Once understood, it becomes self-evident–as do the solutions.

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