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Integra Workshop Series – Fall 2015

The Child Development Institute’s Integra Program is proud to present the following spring workshops primarily designed for parents/ caregivers of children with LDs.

The Child Development Institute’s Integra Program is proud to present the following fall workshops primarily designed for parents/ caregivers of children with LDs.

Walk a Mile in my Shoes (Thursday September 17)
This experiential workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the challenges of having LDs through engaging in a series of activities. Participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school.

Accessing School Supports (Thursday October 1)
This workshop will explore strategies for building a team of support within the school system. We will explore both formal and informal ways of communicating with the school and focus on understanding the process of getting help in the classroom or school system. Attention will also be paid to relationship development and team building.

All About Moods: Understanding Anxiety, Depression, and LDs (Thursday October 8)
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety and depression, when to be concerned, approaches to treatment, and the connection between LDs and moods.

Bullying and LDs: Building Your Tool Box to Support Youth with LDs (Thursday November 5)
In partnership with COPA (Centre Ontarien de Prevention des Agressions), this workshop examines the specific factors that put children and youth with LDs at greater risk of being bullied and bullying others, and how adults can help support them. A large portion of the workshop will incorporate experiential exercises, role-plays, and practical tips from COPA’s “Tools Not Rules” workshop to support children and youth with challenges related to bullying.

Introduction to Executive Functioning (Thursday November 19)
This workshop provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning (higher order thinking skills including organization and problem-solving) and difficulties children with LDs/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support children and youth with executive functioning challenges will be introduced.

To register or see more details on the Integra Workshop Series, click here

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Integra Workshop Series – Spring 2015

The Child Development Institute’s Integra Program is proud to present the following spring workshops primarily designed for parents/ caregivers of children with LDs.

Walk a Mile in my Shoes: Language-Based LDs (Thurs. April 16)

This experiential workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of what it may feel like to have LDs through engaging in a series of activities. Participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of language-based LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school.

Walk a Mile in my Shoes: Visual-Based LDs (Wed. April 29)
This workshop will use a similar format to the above session with a focus on visual-based LDs.

Introduction to Executive Functioning (Wed. May 6)
This presentation provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning (higher order thinking skills including organization and problem-solving) and difficulties children with LDs may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support kids with executive function difficulties will be introduced.

Understanding Anxiety and Learning Disabilities (Wed. May 27)
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety, when to be concerned, approaches to treatment, and the relationship between anxiety and LDs.

Managing Change and Times of Transition with Children/Youth with LDs (Wed. June 3)
This workshop looks at possible stressors related to change and transitions for kids with LDs, including changes in classrooms, teachers or schools. We will explore strategies to help ease tensions and to prepare individuals and systems to respond and to accommodate to change.

To register or see more details on the Integra Workshop Series, click here: http://www.childdevelop.ca/programs/integra-program/about-workshops

 

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Integra Foundation – Spring 2014 Workshops

We are excited to partner with the Integra Foundation to post their Spring Workshop schedule.  The Integra Foundation is dedicated to helping children and adolescents who experience social, emotional and behavioural problems related to their learning disabilities.

We would encourage parents / caregivers of LD children along with teachers, counsellors and community members to attend any of the following workshops at the North Toronto Community Centre from 7:00 to 8:30PM.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes - Thursday April 24, 2014
This is an experiential workshop that is designed to give participants an understanding of what it
may feel like to have a Learning Disability (LD) through engaging in a series of activities.
Through these exercises, participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of
LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at
home and at school.

Understanding Anxiety & Learning Disabilities - Thursday May 1, 2014
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety, when to be
concerned, approaches to treatment, and the relationship between anxiety and Learning
Disabilities (LDs).

An Introduction to Executive Functioning & Learning Disabilities – Thursday May 8, 2014
This presentation provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning
(higher order thinking skills including organization and problem solving) and difficulties children with
learning disabilities may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support kids with
executive function difficulties will be introduced.

Tips for Supporting Kids with Executive Functioning & LDs: Advanced  - Thursday May 22, 2014
This presentation will build on the information covered in the Introduction to Executive Functioning
& Learning Disabilities workshop by exploring tips to help support kids with executive functioning
difficulties at home or school. It is strongly recommended that participants have attended the
Introduction to Executive Functioning & Learning Disabilities workshop prior to attending this one.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes for Siblings (for children & youth ages 10 – 18 years) - Thursday June 5, 2014
This is an adaptation of Walk a Mile in My Shoes, the experiential workshop on LDs designed to
increase knowledge and understanding about how it may feel to have LDs. This version is
designed for siblings of children with LDs, or other children and youth who could benefit from
understanding more about LDs. Participants should come with an adult (there is no charge for the
accompanying adult).

Managing Change & Times of Transition with Children/Youth with LD - Thursday, June 12, 2014
This workshop looks at possible stressors related to change and transitions for kids with LDs. As
the school year comes to a close and plans for summer and upcoming changes in classrooms,
teachers or schools in the fall are made, we will explore different strategies to help ease tensions
and prepare individuals and systems to respond and to accommodate to change for successful
outcomes.

To register for any of these sessions, please call Integra at 416-486-8055 or click here to register online

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Integra Foundation – Winter Workshop Schedule

We are excited to partner with the Integra Foundation to post their Winter Workshop schedule.  The Integra Foundation is dedicated to helping children and adolescents who experience social, emotional and behavioural problems related to their learning disabilities.

We would encourage parents / caregivers of LD children along with teachers, counsellors and community members to attend any of the following workshops at the North Toronto Community Centre from 7:00 to 8:30PM.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Language-based LDs - Thursday, January 30, 2014
This experiential workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of what it may feel like
to have a Learning Disability (LD) through engaging in a series of activities. Through these
exercises, participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs with a focus on
Language-based LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and
everyday life at home and at school.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Visual-based LDs and NLD - Thursday, February 6, 2014
This experiential workshop will use a similar format to the above presentation and aims to give
participants an understanding of what it may feel like to have a visual-based LD or on Verbal
Learning Disability (NLD) through engaging in a series of activities. Through these exercises,
participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs and a practical
understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school.

All About Moods: Anxiety, Depression & Learning Disabilities - Thursday, February 13, 2014
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety and depression,
approaches to treatment, and the relationship between mood disorders and Learning Disabilities.

Executive Functioning & Learning Disabilities - Thursday, February 27, 2014
This presentation provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning
(higher order thinking skills including organization and problem solving) and difficulties children with
learning disabilities may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support kids with
executive function difficulties will be discussed.

ADHD & LDs in Teens: Supporting Self-Reliance - Thursday, March 20, 2014
This workshop will look at how ADHD may affect teens at school and at home and look at
a specific approach that will show parents and teachers how to support a teen to learn to
gradually become more independent.

Understanding Social Success in Children with LDs/ADHD - Thursday, March 27, 2014
In this workshop, participants will explore the developmental skills necessary for children
under 12 with ADHD and LDs to be socially successful and competent. Strategies on
how to understand and support your child’s needs will be offered.

To register for any of these sessions, please call Integra at 416-486-8055 or click here to register online

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Preparing for University and College

Preparing for University and College

From the moment he received his first Lego set as a toddler, Adrian wanted to design and build things. Although he excelled at math and art in school, his reading and writing skills lagged significantly behind those of his classmates. In Grade 3, his teacher recommended a Psychoeducational Assessment to understand just what was causing his learning struggle. Adrian was diagnosed with a learning disability, which enabled his teacher to prepare an Individual Educational Plan (IEP). The IEP described the accommodations needed to allow him to access the curriculum equally with his peers. With these supports, Adrian blossomed throughout his elementary and high school years. Now in Grade 12, Adrian and his parents are exploring university and college programs, wondering whether students with specific learning needs can also be accommodated at the post-secondary level. The answer is “Yes.”

Dr. Bill Ford, an educational psychologist who works with students with a broad range of learning differences, compares the need for accommodation to his need for ‘glasses.’ He says: “If you test my driving using a multiple choice test, but don’t let me wear my glasses to read it, I’d fail! That is, you’d be testing my vision and not my driving knowledge.” This analogy also applies to learning in school. Students with learning disabilities need ‘glasses’ to compensate for the different ways in which they process information. In Adrian’s case, his visual and verbal abilities were remarkable, but he was hampered by a weak working memory and a small motor weakness.

The definition of learning disability states that the student must be of average or above average intelligence. The student may need extra time to complete assignments, technological equipment, or different teaching strategies, such as alternative test-taking, note-taking, mentorship, and other supports, all designed to help the student succeed. As these students graduate from high school, they face new challenges when it comes to post-secondary education. They still need their ‘glasses,’ but they must now also advocate for themselves by informing the administration and their professors what they need to reach their goals.

How does a student access post-secondary accommodations? The first step is to ensure that the student has had a recent Diagnostic Psychoeducational Assessment conducted by a registered psychologist. Most post-secondary institutions require that the student be assessed within three years before entrance. If the student has been previously assessed, an updated assessment is needed because developmental changes can affect a student’s learning and academic abilities over time.

When making application for post-secondary studies, it is critical that the student contact and register with the university or college’s Disability/Accessibility Services as soon as possible, to ensure that services are in place when they start. Dr. Ford also recommends career planning in Grade 10 or 11 to help guide the student’s post-secondary planning.

As for Adrian, he has already identified three universities and contacted their Accessibility Services. Moreover, he and his parents were delighted to learn that after graduation, professional associations also provide eligible candidates with accommodations for their licencing examinations. Moreover, qualifying examinations for graduate programs (e.g., LSAT, SAT, etc.) also provide specific accommodations based on the diagnostic assessment. Adrian is now ready for his post-secondary adventure!!

Dr. Bill Ford is an educational psychologist and the Director of Educational Connections. For over 35 years, Dr. Ford has specialized in the assessment of learning, recommended intervention strategies, and assisted families in their school search. Dr. Ford also works closely with students to prepare them for their post-secondary and vocational transition.

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