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A Conversation about ADHD

A Springboard Clinic Workshop for Adults, Parents, Doctors and Teachers

It’s no wonder parents are confused and apprehensive about their child’s ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), with the media coverage…

“Students reaching for ADHD drugs to deal with academic stress.”  – The Globe and Mail

“ADHD on the rise: 1 in 5 high school-age boys diagnosed with hyperactivity” – Fox News

“A.D.H.D. Diagnoses Worry Doctors” – The New York Times


….And these are just from the last 6 months.


ADD/ADHD is one of the most researched psychiatric diagnoses in the world and yet it remains completely misunderstood by many doctors, teachers, and parents.

In an attempt to debunk some of the misinformation about ADHD, and to help the Toronto community see the potential of those with ADHD, Springboard Clinic is hosting two evening workshops titled, “An Evening Conversation about ADHD: FAQs and Discussion”.


Hosted by Springboard Clinic’s Dr. Ainslie Gray, Dr. Diana Mandeleew, and Laura MacNiven, the workshops are open to adults, parents, doctors, and teachers who wish to ask questions or join the dialogue about ADHD.

To learn more about the event click here

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Help Your Child Build Writing Skills

Excellent article from School Family on the topic of how children can improve their writing skills.   The article explores how children can improve their writing through revising and reviewing with the following advice:

  • Show your child how revision is necessary in life
  • Help your child see revision in her own life
  • Talk about how much you write in your daily life: emails, memos, letters, text messages
  • Let your child know that every occupation requires writing
  • Encourage your child to write letters
  • Show your child how writing can help him work through problems and find a solution
  • Help your child tackle math problems with writing
  • Emphasize reading and writing as two of life’s great pleasures that go together
  • Give your child opportunities to showcase his writing
  • Read your child’s writing and comment on it


To read the full article click here



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Halloween Safety Tips

We all know Halloween is around the corner when we see leaves changing colour and the air getting cooler.  While Halloween is a fun night for children to dress up and eat lots of candy it is important for the evening to be safe.    Below are some helpful guidelines to ensure a safe Halloween.

Trick or Treating

  • Travel with your children until they are old enough to go with friends
  • Once children are old enough to travel with friends, have a sense of the routes they are taking or follow along at a distance
  • Stay in well lit areas and avoid running from house to house
  • Cross at lights / stop signs and stay on sidewalks
  • Only visit homes with lights on and never go inside homes or vehicles
  • A flashlight helps ensure safety in the dark
  • Only accept candy that is sealed and review the candy at home before your child eats it



  • Use brightly coloured costumes that can easily be seen – reflective tape can be added to dark costumes
  • Avoid using any masks that can hurt your child’s vision or breathing
  • Select the right size to prevent tripping and falling
  • Any toys in costumes should be made of flexible materials to avoid any injuries


Around the House

  • Keep the lawn and path to your house clear
  • Substitute any candles with glow sticks to prevent fires
  • Refrain from handing out treats that contain peanuts or items that young children may not be able to eat (gum, hard candies) 

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How to Choose the Right School

One of the most challenging questions parents face are what options do I have for my child’s school and what is the right choice for them?  What if they have stronger math and science skills versus english and languages?

Fortunately, our Director Joanne Sallay recently wrote an article in Toronto’s Village Living Magazine on choosing the right school. Some of the highlights from the article include planning ahead to:

To read the entire article, please click on the following link


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Back to School: A Clean Start

The back to school season is what many would describe as a fresh start or a clean slate. Embracing this idea we are presenting back to school cleaning tips for parents.


We are doing this with the help of Melissa Maker from Clean My Space, a leading Toronto based-cleaning service, and the face behind the wildly popular YouTube DIY cleaning videos.


According to Melissa, the number one back to school question is how to clean a backpack.   This is an important question as backpacks are with kids all day, but they ultimately come home with them.


To view some of Melissa’s great tips – view this fun video at the top of the page.



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Fun Family Fall Activities in Toronto

With the school year in full swing and the leaves starting to change colours, we know the beautiful season of fall is in full swing.

This is a great time to take advantage of the many fun family events and activities around the Greater Toronto Area.

Here are some of our favourites:

Thanksgiving at the Harbourfront Centre: On October 14 the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto is hosting a fun day for the family including arts and crafts, movies and concerts.

Halloween Fun at the Bata Shoe Museum: On October 26 & 27, the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto is hosting a Halloween weekend including arts and crafts and decorating your own cookie.  Any children in costumes get in free!

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair: From November 1 -10 at the Exhibition Place in Toronto, this annual tradition brings the farm to downtown Toronto with petting areas, horse jumping and learning how food goes from farm to fork.

Kortright Centre for Conservation: During the weekends of October 5, 12, 19, enjoy guided fall colour walks outside of Woodbridge.  On the weekend of October 25, celebrate Halloween with activities for children of all ages.

Canada’s Wonderland: Every Saturday and Sunday in the month of October, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang hosts Camp Spooky a fun family activity that including rides, mazes, a costume parade and fun kids shows.

Chudleigh’s Apple Farm:  Located north of Milton and open until the end of October, enjoy all their ‘Farm Happenings’ including apple picking, tractor rides, a straw maze and friendly animals.

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