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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


Online Learning During COVID-19: Anna Marczewska Webinar

What Do You Do When Your Home Suddenly Becomes Your Classroom


Speaker: Anna Marczewska, B.Ed. M.A.

Date of original recording: Nov 09, 2020


Although the webinar is geared towards students, it can be of benefit to parents, teachers, tutors, and others who are in contact with the targeted student population. For most senior high school and post-secondary students, online learning is not something they have chosen, but a necessity imposed on them.

Some students thrive in the online environment; others say that sitting alone in front of a screen all day zaps motivation. Successful online learning depends on two, equally important factors: what teachers bring to the virtual classroom and how well students can adapt to this new situation. Academic success in these challenging times requires a new skill set.

What kind of an online learner are you? Do you have the necessary skills to be successful in your online courses? Are there resources and tips that could be helpful to you?

This webinar will provide students in Secondary 3,4 & 5, Cegep, and university with strategies regarding:

  • Motivation and attention Study skills and organization
  • Physical and emotional well-being
  • Handling group work
  • Social media safety and netiquette


Anna Marczewska, B.Ed. M.A. is a pedagogical counselor at the Academic Skills Centre at Dawson College. She supports students, especially those with second language acquisition difficulties and learning disabilities (often undiagnosed), in their development of self-regulation strategies for learning and writing skills. In her work, she focuses on practical aspects of learning and on the importance of social learning, including peer support.


Improv for Happiness – An Albert Nerenberg Webinar

The Science Of Fun Applied


The Pandemic forced us all online for better or worse. What if there was a way to make online connecting fun, joyful, and energizing?

Improv for Happiness is a new technique that marries the energies of improv and laughter with an effective online style that works.

It’s easy and it builds focus, good feelings, and connection.


Expect to learn some new online connection and energy skills in this workshop directed by Laughologist and Filmmaker Albert Nerenberg (Laughology) and Energy Medicine Expert Sarah Knight.



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Does My Child Have ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities? | Linda Aber Webinar

This webinar was specially created for parents. Does your child struggle with math, or reading, or learning new things? Do you find that your child has a very short attention span? It can be normal for children to struggle with certain things, while do well with others. It can also be a sign of Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or learning disabilities. In this webinar, Linda Aber explains what signs to keep an eye on if you have such questions.



About Linda Aber

As a mother of two adults with ADHD and LD, Linda knows the challenges and heartwarming fulfilment that come from raising children with learning disabilities. Since 1996, Linda has worked with more than 3600 families, and she’s certified as an Attachment Parent Coach, Theraplay® Group Specialist, HeartMath® Anxiety/Anger Reduction Practitioner, and Family Life Educator. All of that education and experience is funneled into one goal: empowering you with the skills you need to become a positive difference-maker in your child’s life, so that they can reach their full potential as a confident and independent adult.

Leading Our Children Back to School

Eva de Gosztonyi webinar recording from Aug 24, 2020


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


Topic: How can we lead our children back to school amid all of the changes COVID-19 has brought? What do we do with their worries (and ours), as we face uncharted waters? How do we prepare them for physical distancing and other new regulations that schools will have to impose? This webinar will address these questions and more. It will help parents to take the lead with their children and give them some tips for managing the emotions and behaviours that will arise as a result of this new way of being in schools.

Please note that this presentation will NOT deal with the medical aspects of COVID-19, nor specific rules in each school. Rather, it addresses the emotional needs of our children as we prepare them to re-enter school.


Speaker: Eva de Gosztonyi, M.A. is a psychologist who has worked for over 45 years in schools across Canada. She is the Co-ordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management, a support to the ten English School Boards of Quebec, helping them to provide effective interventions for students with behavioural disorders using the Neufeld attachment-based developmental approach that is informed by neuroscience and an understanding of the effects of trauma.

Why Play Is Important

Eva de Gosztonyi webinar recording from June 29, 2020


The brain has two hemispheres – Left and Right

The Left hemisphere is used to learn facts and focus in on details and rules. It wants the answer.

The Right hemisphere looks at the whole picture and makes sense of lots of details. It considers the context.

The right hemisphere requires EXPERIENCES, not INFORMATION to develop. AND SO THE NEED FOR PLAY – LOTS OF PLAY

Presenter: Eva de Gosztonyi, psychologist Organizer: Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities

Fun Ways To Keep Children Active

Tim Miller webinar recording from Aug 07, 2020


Parents: Have physical distancing protocols and avoidance of group activities made it difficult for you to keep your kids physically active and engaged?

From mini hand hockey to toilette paper bowling, Tim Miller shares 17 different indoor and outdoor activities for children 4 years and up to keep them active.

Here’s what to expect in this webinar –

Part 1 – why move
Part 2 – how to move
Part 3 – how to move during a pandemic
Part 4 – tool kit