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Mental Health & Learning Differences During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Event Type: Webinar

Date: Feb 23, 2022

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.

Presenter: Daryaneh Badaly, PhD Dr. Badaly has expertise in providing neuropsychological evaluations to individuals across a broad age range, from preschool-age children to young adults. She has worked with individuals who have a wide variety of developmental, learning, and psychiatric concerns. She has served in specialty clinics for children with autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Badaly strives to conduct comprehensive evaluations to best understand each child’s strengths and weaknesses; she relies on up-to-date research findings to identify appropriate interventions to optimize academic, social, and emotional functioning; and, she endeavors to work collaboratively with educators and service providers to ensure that children have access to needed support.

Fluent in French, Dr. Badaly is experienced in conducting evaluations with monolingual French speakers learning English to fully bilingual French-English speakers. Raised in a multilingual and multicultural environment, she carefully considers the impact of different languages and cultures on children’s profiles. An alumnus of the French-American School of New York and the Lycée Français de New York, she also has a deep understanding of the needs of bilingual learners. In addition, Dr. Badaly is experienced in providing evaluations to children with complex medical issues including concussions and other brain injuries, cerebral palsy, congenital heart defects, and genetic disorders.

Dr. Badaly also provides executive functioning skills coaching to preadolescents and adolescents. Trained in cognitive-behavioral and family therapy models, she integrates relevant strategies into treatment to help mitigate the impact of emotional distress, family discord, and other factors on children’s day-to-day use of executive functions.

In addition to her clinical services, Dr. Badaly is involved with collaborative research efforts. Her work has focused on cognitive and social development among children and adolescents who are either typically developing or have complex medical problems. She has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences. Dr. Badaly is also dedicated to the training of future and junior clinicians. She has been involved in the supervision and training of pre-doctoral students in clinical psychology and post-doctoral fellows in neuropsychology, as well as collaborative education efforts for medical students, residents and fellows. She mentors students through programs with the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and the Society of Clinical Neuropsychology, and she serves on a task force developing training for early career professionals through the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Here’s the webinar recording –

Problematic Substance Abuse in Teens with LD & ADHD

Event Type: Webinar

Speaker: Dr. Varainja Stock

Date: Jan 20, 2022

Objectives: This presentation explores –

  • The relationship & co-occurrence of substance abuse & ADHD/LD
  • The warning signs & risk factors
  • Protective factors against substance abuse
  • Thow to foster open communication with your teen

The Nuts and Bolts of Psycho-educational Assessments

Event Type: Free Webinar

Speaker: Marlene Desjardins

Date: November 2021

Objectives: In this presentation, Marlene addresses questions commonly asked by parents who are considering a psycho-educational assessment for their child.

About Marlene Desjardins

Marlene Desjardins, PhD, is a licensed school psychologist who works at The Montreal Fluency Centre, a not-for-profit centre offering speech, language, learning, and literacy services. A significant part of her time is spent doing psycho-educational assessments. Marlene brings to her assessment work a strong desire to help students and their parents/guardians understand the student’s learning profile and use this understanding to help the student achieve their full potential. To do this, Marlene draws from theory and research on assessment and report writing.

In addition to doing psycho-educational assessments and consulting around learning issues, Marlene also directs the Taylor Adolescent Program (TAP). TAP is an after-school intervention for middle-school and high-school students who have learning disorders. Here, her knowledge of assessment helps with providing appropriate intervention to students with identified learning disorders as well as monitoring their progress in the program.

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

Event Type: Free Webinar

Speaker: Linda Walker

Date: October 2021


  • 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.

About Linda Walker

Linda Walker, PCC, works with entrepreneurs, professionals, adults with ADHD, whom she calls Creative Geniuses. Linda has helped adults with ADHD move from chaos and overwhelm to productivity and feeling in control. Her unique approach has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs, professionals, and other Creative Geniuses.

Traditional approaches to focus, productivity and organization fall short for adults with ADHD. Linda discovered entrepreneurs and professionals meet common roadblocks. These obstacles leave them struggling and burnt out.

Since 2005, Linda has created programs for Creative Geniuses that address challenges with productivity that combine group coaching, online training, and community. She’s the author of With Time to Spare.

Technology Addiction & Our Youth

Event Type: Free Workshops

Speakers: Rabbi Bresinger

Date: November 2021

This webinar explores the inner terrain of today’s children & adolescents, and how their relationship with technology can become addictive. Now, due to the increased isolation brought about from the pandemic, addiction and mental health issues related to tech have skyrocketed. Find out what parents and professionals can do.

About Rabbi Bresinger

Rabbi Benyamin Bresinger is a political science graduate from Concordia University with extensive training as a pastoral counselor working with anyone affected by addiction.

For his rabbinical education, Rabbi Bresinger studied at Toras Chaim Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Israel, followed by higher education at the Rabbinical College of America Kollel in Morristown, N.J. In 1991, he and his wife were appointed by the Lubavitcher Rebbe to represent Chabad for Metro West, New Jersey.

Since 2007, he has served as Director of Centre Lifeline, a non-sectarian, non-profit organization that helps anyone affected by addiction with a clinical team of 12 professionals and an extensive youth team. Rabbi Bresinger has lectured extensively throughout North America on topics of addiction, spirituality, and healing.

Joy of Reading

Event Type: Free Workshops

Speakers: Monique Polak, David Byers

Date: September-October 2021

Open your child’s mind to endless possibilities through the power of reading. Reading Changes Lives. It sets your child’s imagination free, taking them to faraway lands and teaching them to see the world through the eyes of others. For all children, reading can be fun. And what begins with fun can open the door to empathy, creativity, critical thinking, and so much more.

Webinar Recording Part 1

Turning the Page: Getting your child to read isn’t always easy. Books don’t offer the same kind of instant, interactive satisfaction as YouTube or video games. This workshop will show you how to overcome that struggle and make reading a fun, family-friendly activity.

  • Change your child’s attitude towards reading and make it a stress-free experience.
  • Get our personally curated list of suggested books for all ages and reading levels.
  • Give your child role models through books starring children with learning disabilities.

Webinar Recording Part 2

Diving Deeper: It’s one thing to read the words, it’s another to understand their meaning. In our second workshop, we’ll explore advanced techniques for teaching your child how to engage with the stories they read – then begin to create their own.

  • Expand your child’s awareness of printed language and ability to read reflectively.
  • Show your child how to use what they read to become more creative themselves.
  • Bring a pen and paper for you and your child to do some writing of your own!

About Monique Polak

As a two-time winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and YA Literature, author and educator Monique Polak’s work has been critically acclaimed for its direct yet approachable focus on diversity, inclusivity, and meaningful storytelling.

About David Byer

Children’s books? They’re David Byers’ forte. Through his beloved children’s bookstore, Livres Babar Books, where he has been for 25 years, he’s introduced countless young minds to heartfelt journeys, comedic capers, and meaningful lessons that they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives.


It’s Never Too Late!

Event Type: Free Webinar

Speakers: Pam Wener, and Desirée Chaker

Date: May 18, 2021 at 8 pm EST


About Pam Wener

Pam Wener has a BA in Early Childhood Education. She is a now a retired early childhood educator who taught for 3 decades. For the last 14 years as a Certified Laughter Leader with the World Laughter Tour, she has been leading workshops on the health benefits of laughter. Additionally, since 2013, she has performed stand up comedy at open mikes in clubs around Montreal. Pam has been a dedicated volunteer of MCLD for 27 years, and is currently the Vice- President. She is also the married mother of 3 adult children.

About Desirée Chaker

Having been diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 27, Desirée has spent decades advocating for people with learning disabilities. After graduating from Concordia University as a Family Life Educator, she was chosen by the provincial government in 1999 to design Quebec’s first service program for adults with learning disabilities, and she’s been tirelessly working to build awareness and help people who have learning disabilities overcome the difficulties they face.


Online Gaming: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Ph.D.

Recorded on: Mar 18, 2021


This webinar will be of interest to parents, teachers, and anyone who interacts with children and teens on a regular basis.


Topic: Dr Derevensky discusses the positive and negative impacts associated with youth gaming and the typical characteristics and risk factors associated with youth problem gamers. He provides parents with strategies to assess when gaming moves from a recreational activity to a problem behavior. As well, Dr. Derevensky addresses parental obstacles, challenges and strategies in working with youth with gaming problems.


Speaker: Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Ph.D., is James McGill Professor and Director of Clinical Training in School/Applied Child Psychology and Professor, Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He is a clinical consultant to numerous hospitals, school boards, government agencies and corporations. Dr. Derevensky has published widely in the field of gambling, gaming, adolescence, and developmental psychopathology and is on the editorial board of multiple journals. Dr. Derevensky is the Director of the McGill University Youth Gambling Research and Treatment Clinic and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors. Dr. Derevensky and his team have helped governments establish research priorities and have been instrumental in the development of responsible practices, the development of treatment centers, prevention programs and social policy recommendations. He is a child psychologist, has testified before governmental bodies in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australasia and is considered an expert in the field of youth gambling and behavioral addictions. Most recently he was on the World Health Organization’s working group looking at video game addiction.

The People Puzzle Presentation: Bridge the Gaps of Communication at Home and School

Event Type: Free Zoom Webinar

Speakers: Monique Caissie

Date: May 04, 2021 at 8 pm EST

Monique Caissie is a Family Life Educator and a Certified Human Behaviour Consultant . As a person with ADHD for most of her life, she found relationships confusing and often hurtful. When her daughter was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia, she became her advocate with doctors and learned to navigate the school system. This journey included her own diagnosis. Drawing from 30 years of crisis intervention, she is a Professional Speaker and Communication Coach.

Topic Summary: Monique shares the DISC Personality Styles which show behaviours to elicit better collaboration and outcomes from those we can’t or shouldn’t avoid.

Parenting in Difficult Times: Dr. Nancy Heath Webinar

We all know parenting teens is challenging. As a parent, when you are trying to cope with your own issues, how do you support your teenage kid(s) when they are struggling with record levels of stress, anxiety, and helplessness?


Speaker: Dr. Nancy Heath | James McGill Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University, Associate Dean of Research & Innovation, and Director of the DAIR research team.

Date of original recording: Feb 09, 2021


Bonus Material: Click here to download a PDF handout with information and links to helpful resources