Workshops


Tune In – Peace Out

Mindfulness Strategies to Turn Chaos Into Calm, A Workshop for Teachers and Educators

In this introductory workshop, you will learn: 

  • What is mindfulness?
  • Why and how mindfulness works (brain-based perspective)
  • Recent research on the impact of mindfulness on students
  • Practical, research-based mindfulness skills you can implement right away to reduce your own stress, increase student resiliency, attention, impulse control and emotional regulation. 

This workshop includes a workbook for teachers to support the exploration of their personal mindfulness practice as well as mindful teaching practices.

Date: Tuesday February 21, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Venue: The Red Oak Centre
Fee: $25
Facilitator: Ashleigh Frankel, Applied Mindfulness Specialist
To register: Call us at 647 748 4441 or email us

 

Navigating the School System

What My Child Needs and How to Get It, A Workshop for Parents

In this workshop, parents will learn the process of advocating for their child’s needs and accessing services at school.

Some questions that will be answered during this workshop include:

  • What are my child's rights as a student?
  • What kinds of assessments do children who are struggling need?
  • Once an assessment has occurred, what kind of services are available?
  • If my child does not have an assessment, how can the school help?

Date: Tuesday February 28, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Venue: The Red Oak Centre
Fee: $25  
Facilitator: Jessica Schnoll
To register: Call us at 647 748 4441 or email us

 

Learning Disabilities 101

Developing a Better Understanding of Learning Disabilities, A PRIMER FOR PARENTS

Attendees of Learning Disabilities 101 will develop an understanding of what a Learning Disability is, how it is diagnosed, and the current thinking in the field. Attendees will develop a better understanding of the processing deficits associated with learning disabilities, and the impact these can have on students academically, socially, and with regards to their emotional well-being.

Date: Thursday March 30, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Venue: The Red Oak Centre
Fee: $25
Facilitator: Jessica Schnoll
To register: Call us at 647 748 4441 or email us

 

Executive Function Skills 101

A Primer for Parents

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.

Date: Thursday March 30, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Venue: Synergy Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, 235 Wallace Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 1V5
Fee: $10  
Facilitator: Andrea Poile
To register: Call us at 647 748 4441 or email us

 

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Workshop

A FULL-DAY WORKSHOP FOR OT AND OTA/PTA PROFESSIONALS  

A full day workshop for OTs, OTA/PTA students and new graduate OTs interested in gaining experience in providing pediatric therapy for children with sensory processing, self-regulation and/or social emotional difficulties.

Treatment approaches for your toolbox, including sensory integration, zones of regulation, social thinking, alert program, strategies for school and home.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To gain an understanding of sensory integration theory and how it relates to school functioning and emotional regulation
  • To gain an understanding of cognitive strategies used by OTs for emotional regulation
  • 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
  • To observe one-on-one OT treatment with client(s), followed by discussion.

Date: Saturday April 1, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: The Red Oak Centre
Fee: $125  
Facilitators: Joan Vertes, Brittany So, Ilana Atlas OT Reg. (Ont.) 
To register: Call us at 647 748 4441 or email us

 

Surviving To Thriving

An Introduction to Mindfulness for Parents

Discover how mindfulness can help you navigate the joys and challenges of parenting while creating a calm, connected home.  

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • What is mindfulness?  And what is all the buzz about?
  • The impact of mindfulness on the brain to help us feel happier and healthier
  • How mindfulness strengthens our relationship with our children
  • Five simple, research-based mindfulness practices you can implement immediately to reduce stress, improve communication, and shift your family from surviving to thriving.

Date: Thursday April 6, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Venue: The Red Oak Centre
Fee: $25
Facilitator: Ashleigh Frankel, Applied Mindfulness Specialist
To register: Call us at 647 748 4441 or email us

 

An Introduction to Sensory Integration

A PRIMER FOR PARENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

Support your child’s learning and behaviour using knowledge of sensory integration and self-regulation.

Sensations are organized in the brain through interactions in the environment, resulting in adaptive or useful motor and behavioural responses (e.g. touch sense to feel and control a pencil). This is usually an automatic process but not always. Occupational Therapy helps to develop sensorimotor functions, which act as a foundation for learning.

Does your child?

  • Tire easily and slouch over his desk?
  • Seem fidgety or restless when at the table or desk?
  • Overreact to sensations such as noise, touch, smells?
  • Seem clumsy or awkward?
  • Avoid handwriting tasks?
  • Have difficulty learning new tasks?
  • Have difficulty with transitions between activities?
  • Have difficulty following verbal directions?
  • Become easily distracted in class?
  • Become overwhelmed in the playground?
  • Experience low self-esteem?
  • Become easily frustrated?

This workshop will help parents and professionals:

  • Understand the role of Sensory Integration in learning and behaviour
  • Increase awareness of self-regulation and emotional control
  • Learn strategies to promote success in developing sensorimotor skills, learning, self-regulation and emotional control

Date: Thursday April 27, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Venue: The Red Oak Centre
Fee: $25  
Facilitator: Joan Vertes
To register: Call us at 647 748 4441 or email us