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The Art of Nurturing Freedom, Wonder and Creativity in Children

Event Type: Zoom Event

Presented: Catherine Lesage

Date: April 28, 2022

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.

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.

Presenter: Catherine Lesage

Catherine is known for her contagious creativity, enthusiastic leadership, fun, and collaboration. She has created a unique holistic movement model through mindfulness, play, creativity and cooperation. A model based on quality, integrity and learning transferability which promotes well-being and healthy choices while making learning fun. Catherine brings a dedication and warmth to the delivery of all her bilingual programs and her work is devoted to inspire children so they discover their inner wisdom. She is a Teacher, a Yoga Teacher, a PE/Kids/Teens Yoga specialist. a life-long educator, a yogi and a leader in the field of Kids’ Yoga education, a former Lawyer and Ethics Officer. She is also the creative founder of Littlefeet Yoga (www.littlefeetyoga.ca).


Improve Speech, Language, and Reading

Event Type: Zoom Event

Presented: Stacey Knecht

Date: May 16, 2022

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.

Presenter: Stacey Knecht

Stacey Knecht is a busy mom of 2 daughters and a speech-language pathologist with a private pediatric practice in Montreal Quebec. She is also a proud teacher at the McGill University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. With almost 20 years of experience in the field, Stacey believes strongly in early intervention and has a passion for empowering parents with the tools that they need to help strengthen their child’s speech and language skills at home.


Mindfulness: Benefits & Getting Started

Event Type: Zoom Event

Presented: Netta Rotstein

Date: April 25, 2022

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.

Presenter: Netta Rotstein

Netta Rotstein is a longtime meditator and certified elementary school teacher. She is also a mother, singer, artist, and improv actress. Netta loves children and has worked with them for most of her life, either as a special needs educator, camp counselor, or kids-yoga teacher.

Netta is also a cancer survivor who credits meditation as a guiding force behind her continued recovery. She is most passionate about teaching mindfulness and self-love and acceptance to children.

In 2018 she spearheaded a school-wide mindfulness program in a Montreal school in Cote St-Luc and aspires to continue this work one school at a time through her partnership with Mindspace.

Netta truly believes that self-compassion and kindness are the keys to shifting the climate of society.


Stand Up For Mental Health

Event Type: Zoom Event

Presented: David Granirer

Date: May 26, 2022

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

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.