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A Conversation About ADHD – New Date

Due to the success of the October and November events, Springboard Clinic has scheduled another date for ‘An Evening Conversation about ADHD: FAQs and Discussion’.

Parents, adults, teachers, doctors, and anyone else interested in learning more about ADHD assessment and treatment are invited.

Members of Springboard Clinic’s team – Dr. Ainslie Gray MD, Dr. Diana Mandeleew CPsych, and Laura MacNiven MEd – will be there to answer your toughest questions.

Monday, January 27th at 7:00pm-8:30pm

** ‘An Evening Conversation about ADHD” specifically for teachers and educators will be held on

Monday, January 20th at 7:00pm-8:30pm

Find out more here.

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Explore the World of Education

Did you know that high school students have the opportunity to explore Canada and the World while strengthening their education?

Educational travel programs over the summer holidays and March Break provide numerous benefits for students keen to travel to new cities or countries and learn in a unique cultural environment.    These courses also help students to obtain a great life-learning experience that provides incredible opportunities to mature, gain independence, get ready for university / college and make new friends.

While there are numerous opportunities for students to engage in educational travel, below are two unique options to explore with your son or daughter:

French Language Bursary Program:

Through the Department of Canadian Heritage, students in Grade 11 and above have the opportunity to explore another area of Canada while learning French over a 5 week period.   If selected, students receive a $2,200 bursary that covers part of tuition fees, instructional materials, meals and accommodation at host family or university residence.  To find out more information, please visit: http://www.myexplore.ca/en/.  The deadline to apply for this program is end of March 2014.


Georgia Hardy Tours:

Specializing in educational travel for students and schools, Georgia Hardy Tours offers summer credits courses, March Break, and community service trips abroad. Working with Ontario school boards and private schools, Georgia Hardy Tours offers Grade 10, 11 and 12 credit programs to destinations in Europe, including France, Switzerland, Italy, England, Ireland and Greece.  The courses typically last one month and cover a broad range of subjects, including English, History and Languages while visiting cultural sites on the continent.

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10 Apps to Make Science Fun for Kids

Educational Technology is a fantastic way for kids to learn about any subject on their Smartphone or tablet.   Today we are covering Apps to make science fun for kids.  Whether your child is interested in physics, astronomy, chemistry or biology, these apps cover all topics for kids of all ages.

Here are some of our favourites to help your child explore the world of science in a fun and engaging way:


Sid the Science Kid – Sid’s Slide to the Side:  Teaches your child about friction and sliding in two stories with two games. Your child will start by learning about friction and how and why it can stop her from sliding.


The Elements: A Visual Exploration: A rich and engaging love story of the periodic table, told in words and pictures, and allowing you to experience the beauty and fascination of the building blocks of our universe in a way you’ve never seen before.


Science Glossary:  A glossary of scientific terms and short biographies to help high school students understand and learn more about science.


Anatomy 3D: Organs:  Expand your knowledge of the body’s organs with this app that combines 3D models, video, audio lectures and quizzes.


SkySafari:  One of the most comprehensive apps for astronomy – it shows 46,000 stars, plus 220 of the best-known star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies in the sky. It also displays the Solar System’s major planets and moons using NASA spacecraft imagery, and includes the best-known 150 (or so) asteroids, comets, and satellites.


The Ultimate Dinopedia: This dinosaur app lets kids indulge their fascination by providing vividly colored illustrations and fascinating facts on more than 1,000 dinosaurs including stats, a fun fact, information on the picture and the dinosaur’s evolution.


Sea Life:  This app takes you on a virtual underwater ride by introducing you to marine animals through interactive images and sounds.


Rocket Science 101: Select your favorite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. As you take the apps challenge, you can learn more about thrilling missions and the various components of the launch vehicles, how they are configured and how they work together to successfully launch a NASA spacecraft.


Kid Weather: Teaches children real time weather conditions, forecasts, science and fun facts about the weather, plus it is interactive making it fun for the kids.


Pocket Physics:  Excellent app to help high school students in the following physics topics: linear motion, force, gravity, waves, elasticity and magnetic fields, among others.

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