Dec
5
3:30 PM15:30

Supporting a Child with Anxiety

7:00-9:00pm

Parents of children who struggle with anxiety often feel overwhelmed by their children's emotions, and are unsure how to help. This workshop will teach parents about the development of anxiety in children. Parents will learn appropriate strategies to support their kids, as well as practical tools to help children build skills to overcome their fears.

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Nov
21
to Nov 28

Emotion Regulation in Teens

7:30pm-9:00pm

This workshop is designed for parents of teens with intense emotions who struggle to keep their anger, anxiety or sadness under control, and often engage in maladaptive behaviour. Parents will learn about the teenage brain and the development of emotion regulation. Practical skills will be taught to help parents understand, connect, and communicate more effectively with their teen.

$50/2 sessions

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Nov
17
3:30 PM15:30

Essay Writing

2:00pm-5:00pm

Red Oak’s Essay Writing intensive will help high school and university students identify and develop an understanding of the formal essay writing processes and their structures. Topics will include, research processes, proper use of citations, formal essay structures, thesis development, and, revising written work. This intensive will prepare participants for success in essay writing both at a high school and university level by focussing on collecting of information for essay writing, and, the proper academic structure and citation styles for academic works.

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Nov
17
3:30 PM15:30

Assistive Technology

9:00am-12:00pm

Red Oak’s Assistive Technology intensives will engage participants in the fundamentals related to utilizing technology to support the learning process. Participants will learn how to use important computer programs for academic success and organization. This intensive will help build capacity related to using computers to support the writing process, literacy development, and organization. Participants will be given the tools necessary to utilize Read and Write Gold, Ultra Key, and G Suite independently upon completion of our program.

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Oct
19
to Dec 7

Printing Group

4:30- 5:30 pm

6-8 year olds

The Red Oak Printing Group helps children improve printing skills including letter formation, size, alignment, and spacing.

Does your child have:

Messy printing?
Poor organization of written work on the page?
Difficulty with pencil group?
Hand fatigue or pain with printing?
Trouble completing written tasks?
Frustration or avoidance of written tasks?
Children will gain improved postural control, fine motor dexterity and strength, visual motor skills and pencil grasp in this 8 week group.

$800/8 sessions

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Oct
18
to Dec 6

Pre-Printing Group

12:00 - 1:00pm

4-5 year olds

Children in our Pre-printing Group learn essential printing skills while engaging in enjoyable multi-sensory activities. Children develop foundational skills for printing—including fine motor dexterity, visual motor skills and letter recognition—by forming letters in sand, covering walls with shaving cream, and playing games.

Our occupational therapists develop pre-schoolers’ printing skills before they even pick up a pencil!

$800/8 sessions

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Oct
17
to Oct 24

Parent Workshop: Emotion Regulation in Children

7:30pm-9:00pm

Are you the caregiver of a child who struggles to regulate their emotions and is often misunderstood as a result? This workshop is designed for parents of school-aged children with difficulty tolerating and expressing their feelings, leading to outbursts or other displays of intense emotion. Caregivers will learn about emotion dysregulation in children and the role of environmental and biological contributions. Practical strategies to support children in understanding and managing their feelings towards enhancing positive emotions and behaviours and mitigating unhelpful emotions and behaviours, will be shared and discussed.

$50/2 sessions

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Oct
16
to Dec 4

Conversation Group

6:00pm-7:00pm

Core is foundational leadership program for teen girls based upon the latest research in mindfulness, emotional intelligence and positive psychology. This program will build upon participants’ strengths to develop their self- awareness, empathy and compassion, mindful communication, leadership and resilience.

Upon completion of the program, participants will earn a certificate in Core Leadership.

$720/8 sessions

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Oct
14
to Dec 2

Social Communication and Self Regulation Group 9-10

12:00-1:00pm

Social and self-regulation skills are essential for social, emotional and academic success. While some children come by these skills naturally, others benefit from explicit instruction. In our fun and interactive social and self-regulation groups, kids work together to enhance these skills. Sessions include active movement, arts and crafts, games, and role play. In this program, kids will learn to explore cognitive and sensory strategies and to develop tools to manage their self-regulation and social abilities in different situations. This group has been developed based on the Social Thinking curriculum and Zones of Regulation program.

$800/8 sessions

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Oct
14
to Dec 2

Social Communication and Self Regulation Group 7-8

10:30-11:30am

Social and self-regulation skills are essential for social, emotional and academic success. While some children come by these skills naturally, others benefit from explicit instruction. In our fun and interactive social and self-regulation groups, kids work together to enhance these skills. Sessions include active movement, arts and crafts, games, and role play. In this program, kids will learn to explore cognitive and sensory strategies and to develop tools to manage their self-regulation and social abilities in different situations. This group has been developed based on the Social Thinking curriculum and Zones of Regulation program.

$800/8 sessions

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Oct
14
to Dec 2

Social Communication and Self Regulation Group 5-6

9:00-10:00am

Social and self-regulation skills are essential for social, emotional and academic success. While some children come by these skills naturally, others benefit from explicit instruction. In our fun and interactive social and self-regulation groups, kids work together to enhance these skills. Sessions include active movement, arts and crafts, games, and role play. In this program, kids will learn to explore cognitive and sensory strategies and to develop tools to manage their self-regulation and social abilities in different situations. This group has been developed based on the Social Thinking curriculum and Zones of Regulation program.

$800/8 sessions

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Oct
6
3:30 PM15:30

Keyboarding

2:00pm-5:00pm

Red Oak’s Keyboarding intensives are a great opportunity for participants to develop comfortability using computers for academic purposes. Participants will learn about keyboarding posture, hand position, and building speed and accuracy using techniques developed to meet each participant's individual level and needs. Ultra Key will be used to help support this process (Login information will be provided for home use of Ultra Key upon completion of the intensive).

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Aug
14
3:30 PM15:30

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Workshop

9:30am-4:00pm

Full-Day, Pediatric Occupational Therapy Workshop
For OT, OT/PTA Professionals and OT, OTA/PTA Students

Gain clinical experience providing therapy for children with sensory processing, self-regulation and/or social emotional difficulties. Multiple treatment approaches and strategies will be explored including: sensory integration, Zones of Regulation, Social Thinking and the Alert Program. Attendees will be provided with a certificate of workshop completion.

Workshop objectives:
• To gain an understanding of sensory integration theory and how it relates to occupational performance
• To gain an understanding of cognitive strategies used by OTs for self-regulation and emotional control
• To learn how to administer and interpret clinical observations of neuromuscular integration
• To develop hands-on experience using a variety of tools, including suspended equipment, therapy balls, fine motor tools, scooter boards, self-regulation programs for treatment, etc.

Workshop includes:
• Observation of, and discussion following, one-on-one OT treatment with clients
• Case study work, and interactive exercises.
• The latest research and evidence will be discussed. Intervention strategies will be reviewed and provided for therapy, school and home environments.

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Aug
14
3:30 PM15:30

Executive Functioning 101: A Primer for Parents and Professionals

Through demonstration and hands-on activities, participants will learn cutting-edge, practical strategies to better support their children’s executive functioning at home and at school.

Topics covered in this workshop will include:

An overview of the executive function skills and why they matter
How executive function skills typically develop across childhood and adolescence
Spotting executive dysfunction “red flags”—and when it’s just growing up
Executive functioning and special needs (e.g. ADHD, LDs, anxiety, etc.)
Discussing your child’s executive functioning with teachers and professionals
Practical strategies for home and school that parents can implement tomorrow
Participants will also leave with a comprehensive list of resources so they can continue investigating beyond the workshop.

Who should come: Parents, Teachers and Practitioners new to executive functioning and interested in learning more.

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Aug
14
3:30 PM15:30

Feeling Safe Enough to Change: How to Raise a Resilient Teen

Mondays 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Growth mindset, grit, and resilience are some of the most popular -- and puzzling -- concepts in education and developmental science today. Yet too often popular conceptions of these traits overemphasize outcome over process. While there are countless resources and programs telling us the benefits of having a growth mindset or being gritty, what's less clear is exactly how to develop these traits in meaningful, sustainable ways.

Drawing on her research studies on growth mindset and resilience at Harvard University, Andrea Poile, will break down the common misconceptions surrounding growth mindset, grit, and resilience. Participants will leave with practical strategies to develop resilience in their adolescent children, as well as themselves.

Key topics covered in this workshop will include:
• A crash course in the developmental science of resilience -- and why traits like growth mindset and grit are more complex than they may seem
• Understanding executive functioning's important role in the "emotional ecology" of resilience
• Why psychological safety and supportive relationships are the "active ingredients" for resilience and growth mindsets
• Practical strategies parents and educators can implement right away to cultivate resilience in youth

Workshop Structure:
Session 1 - The New Science of Resilience: Why Growth Mindset and Grit Aren't Enough
Session 2 - Resilience Through Relationship: Social Support and Feeling Safe Enough to Change
Session 3 - It's Not Just You: Resilient Parenting in an Age of Anxiety
Session 4 - Building a Resilient School Culture (featuring a guest appearance by Samatha Sugar, B.A., BPS)

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Aug
14
3:30 PM15:30

Kindergarten Ready

Red Oak’s Kindergarten Readiness Camps are designed to help prepare young students for success in Kindergarten. Our camps are play based and created with the intention of alleviating some of the separation anxiety many of our youngest students go through when entering full day kindergarten. As well, our camps will help to prepare students for Kindergarten by fostering and developing strategies for early literacy and numeracy development, and healthy social communication. This is a fun and hands on way to help kids familiarize themselves with the demands of Kindergarten, both academically and emotionally.

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Aug
14
3:30 PM15:30

Grade 1 Ready

9:00am-3:00pm

The transition from kindergarten to Grade 1 is a big one! Red Oak’s Grade 1 Readiness Camp helps prepare children for Grade 1 through an integrated approach to comprehensive literacy and numeracy development and Executive Functioning capacity building. Participants will also be prepared for elementary grade scheduling, routines, and transitions. This will be a hands on and exciting half day camp designed specifically to develop capacity for independent success in the early primary grades through an interactive, play based program.

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Aug
14
3:30 PM15:30

Middle School Ready

9:00am-3:00pm

Red Oak’s Middle School readiness camp will be an exciting opportunity for students to prepare for the transition to rotary classes and more intensive curriculum. This camp will help foster the skills necessary for independent academic and social success for intermediate students. Participants will have opportunities to work through strategies and develop tools related to school readiness, organization and scheduling, literacy and numeracy development, and social communication

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Aug
14
3:30 PM15:30

Owning Your First Year: College & University

10:00am - 1:00pm

Even the most high-achieving students can face unexpected challenges during their first year at university. Often these difficulties aren't due to a lack of academic skill, but rather the enormous increase in independence required of university students. The transition from high school to higher education can pose an even greater challenge for students with executive function challenges or other learning differences. In this multi-day "crash course" participants will: 1. Develop greater self-awareness of their unique strengths and limitations as learners, and create an academic plan that fits their needs

2. Identify the specific supports and accommodations available at school, and how to access them

3. Practice valuable self-advocacy skills — how to email professors, schedule advising appointments, seek extra help, and more.

4. Learn some key organizational habits and study skills required for success in and out of the classroom

5. Explore issues like substance use, sex, consent, body image, relationships, roommate drama, and more... all in a fun, trusting (and most importantly, parent-free!) setting.

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Aug
14
3:30 PM15:30

Owning Your First Year: College & University

Red Oak’s University Readiness intensive is designed to help prepare graduating high school students for the transition, both emotionally and academically, to postsecondary school. Topics addressed will include, the use of assistive technology to support the research and organizational processes, essay writing, independent living strategies, building new and strong social connections with peers, and managing stress and anxiety at the university level.

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Aug
14
3:30 PM15:30

Core Leadership Certificate Program for Teen Girls

7:00pm-8:30pm

Core is foundational leadership program for teen girls based upon the latest research in mindfulness, emotional intelligence and positive psychology. This program will build upon participants’ strengths to develop their self- awareness, empathy and compassion, mindful communication, leadership and resilience.

Upon completion of the program, participants will earn a certificate in Core Leadership.

$450/8 sessions

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Aug
14
3:30 PM15:30

MBSR-T: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

7:00pm-8:30pm

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T)? MBSR-T is an eight-week program designed to teach teens practical skills to reduce stress and enhance their quality of life. MBSR-T was adapted for adolescents by Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT, from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s highly-successful adult MBSR program (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction). MBSR-T is designed for teens experiencing stress in the context of a medical illness, mental health difficulties and/or environmental challenges.

What are the Benefits of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for Teens Program?
As we become more skilled at being in the present moment, non-judgmentally, we learn powerful new ways of relating to & being with stressful situations. With practice, we can learn how to respond to these challenges in new ways helping us to engage with our daily lives more meaningfully and successfully.

$450/8 sessions

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