OUR SPEAKERS

Our speakers have real life experiences with learning differences, they are supporting parents with their approaches and know what it's like to be a parent faced with everyday life events and challenges. 

 
 
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Elisheva Schwartz

Podcast Host | Dyslexia Researcher | Founder of The Elisheva Schwartz Dyslexia Consultancy

HOW YOUR STRUGGLING & DISORGANIZED CHILD MIGHT BE A SECRET PERFECTIONIST

When most people think of a perfectionistic child they think , high achieving. “Type A”, organized and well groomed. Often terms like “she’s such a perfectionist” are thrown around as a casual compliments, and yet the psychological research on perfectionism paints a vividly different picture.

Perfectionists can be disheveled, absent minded, disorganized, and struggling to stay afloat. Perfectionism is never helpful, and is often at the root of students disengagement, low motivation, risk aversion and fear of showing up.

In this talk we’ll discuss how you can help your children break through their perfectionistic impulses, to learn how to show up, take risks, be seen , stay motivated and engaged and become resilient in the face of disappointment.


 
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Sonia Mastrangelo

Self Reg Consultant | Associate Professor at Lakehead University |  Associate editor of International Journal of Holistic Early Learning and Development 

SELF REGULATION: A POWERFUL FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO YOUR CHILD'S STRESS, ENERGY + TENSION. 


Today’s children and parents are dealing with higher levels of stress than in past generations. This talk introduces you to self-regulation, a powerful method for understanding and responding to your child’s (and your own) stress, energy and tension. Sonia will cover

The impact of excessive stress on children and adults

The importance of relationships for good parenting

The difference between stress behaviour and misbehaviour

How parents can use self-regulation strategies to understand and respond to children’s stress

How self-regulation can strengthen our relationships with our children.


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Lynne newman

Occupational Therapist | Simplicity Family Life Mentor | Healer

SIMPLIFY YOUR APPROACH TO SUPPORT YOU AND YOUR CHILD AT HOME

When your child has a learning difference there are challenges you will face that others may not understand or realize, so how can you deal with the challenges at home in a way that fits YOU and YOUR child. How do routines and schedules offer you a way to move through the challenges. Lynne Newman will be speaking about simplifying your approach to support your child.


 
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 Susan Schenk

Author of Beyond OK from Invisible to Invincible | Learning Difference Advocate | Co- founder of Shift Your Thinking + Occupational Therapist

HOMEWORK BATTLES: HOW YOU CAN MOVE FROM TEARS TO STRATEGIES

Homework seems like a dirty word. Yuck.

As parents, we tend to picture the battle that starts up the minute homework is pulled out. We feel the pressure to get it done. To ensure our child is doing the work. To push them to meet the expectations that are put in front of them. Over the years, through my Mom experiences and my training as an OT, I slowly figured out that homework has another purpose. And when you tap into this new purpose, it will change how you approach and view homework. You and your child will start to move away from the tears and into strategies that not only help your child at home but in school too.