welcome to our resource page
This is our resource page from Shift Your Thinking LD Summit Nov 2016! The links will take you to some of our past speakers and review books, websites, apps mentioned in the workshops.. and podcasts that we love.
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Our Real People Resources
susan schenk: technology & tools for kids
whole child focus: learning + emotional + physical needs
Susan is an Occupational Therapist that works with parents to review the strategies that will support their child's needs with learning as one of the main focuses --using technology and other tools to allow your child to gain skills and confidence in their learning ability. Parent Strategy Sessions allow her to work through the concerns and develop and support a plan to move parents and their child forward. Grab a 15 minute time to chat with Susan about your child and your concerns.
Susan Schenk: invincible mama program
Whole child focus: Learning + emotional + physical needs
Invincible Mama Program is a roadmap to supporting your child's learning journey. It's about helping you and your child understand HOW they learn and WHAT they need. When you do this, you are empowering them to learn their way and giving them a voice to say what they need. After 20 years in the school setting and 15 years supporting her own children and their needs at school and home, she completed the Invincible Mama Program which allows you to plan and figure out your next steps to help your child.
Matthew turton: Breakthrough learning
whole child focus: learning needs
Matthew offers supports for children with various learning needs. Review his site for more details (LD, Dyslexia, ADHD)
Dan Rooney: Adlerian Therapist
whole child: emotional Health
Dan's specialty is angry and/or anxious boys between 6-15. He has helped many families over the last 25 years but his true gift is the way he can connect with the children. He is one of our speakers for the November 2016 Summit. You can here his thoughts on anxiety and how to approach it from the heart.
whole child: learning needs
LearnStyle offers cloud based training from Google and Microsoft 365 to meet the needs of teachers, students and schools.
Marlene Stern: Psychologist
whole child focus: learning assessment
There are many reasons I love Marlene but one reason is she does the assessments. I really feel she knows my child by the end of the assessment. She is extremely professional, responsive. Her office is downtown @ Yonge and Eglington.
Rosanne field:Clinical psychologist
whole child focus: learning assessments
Rosanne is located in Goderich, Ontario. She offers psych-educational assessments. She also has an 'insiders view' of learning differences and brings this to her assessments.
ANDREA ROSSI: HOlistic nutritionist
WHOLE CHILD FOCUS: PHYSICAL + EMOTIONAL HEALTH
HOLISTIC NUTRITIONIST AND BIOENERGETICS
Andrea has worked with our family. We have all participated in her cleanse when my son had to for health reasons. She is extremely knowledgeable about gut health. I think there is a strong co-relation to gut health and mental well being.
WHOLE CHILD FOCUS: EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Meditation and Mindfulness classes at home for your family. Marni was one of my Christmas presents to my family. We had 5 sessions and had a little homework to focus on each week. The music and instruments also really helped with my children. Marni really takes the time to get to know your family and customize the class to your family needs.
WHOLE CHILD FOCUS: EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Serving families for over 20 years focusing on mindfulness and meditation for parents, children and teachers, mental health promotion, parent wellness and raising resilient kids. She is working on an online school that we are super excited to learn more about.
Whole Child Focus: Learning and Organizational Needs
Jane Kristoffy is an educational consultant for the GTA. She worked many years as a middle school teacher and guidance counsellor in both the public and private schools, I counselled hundreds of students through the high school transition process. This experience, combined with my intricate knowledge about GTA schools in all systems, gives me the insight and understanding to recommend best fit schools and programs to unique individuals.
Whole Child Focus: Emotional Health
Lauren Millman is a Toronto Marriage and Mental Health Counsellor and Parenting Expert, in private practice since 2004, helping Individuals, Couples, and Families improve their lives, and live in harmony and happiness. An International Best Selling Author, and recently featured in The Toronto Star, Lauren writes for several online E-magazines including Brazenwoman, SiruisXM, PinkandBlue, and the Canadian Association for Marketing (and Business) Professionals.
Whole Child Focus: Learning and Emotional Health
They work with families in need of individualized support for your child or teen. They will work to build a holistic plan to support your child or teen at school and/or at home. Room for Learning strive to foster child and family wellness through education based accommodations, intervention strategies and individualized resources. Room For Learning has workshops for kids and parents.
Oaklearners's mission is to inspire creativity, foster technique and encourage confidence. They aim to nurture growth by developing individuality and promoting community. Oak Learners offers an alternative learning atmosphere after school, working with your child’s unique learning style to inspire their strengths and interests. They offer a wide range of programming designed with creative and inquisitive learners in mind, supporting growth “wholistically” (taking into consideration the whole body, person, or unit, the mind, body and spirit, emphasizing the importance of the whole as well as the interdependence of its parts). Oaklearners is located in the west-end of Toronto.
our favourite books
google read & write chrome
Set up a Google account so you can use Google Docs - use this link to watch the video on how to do this HERE. Then add on the free extension of Read & Write to support your child's reading and writing skills. There is the full version of Read & Write which Richard talks about during his workshop. However, you can start with the free version to allow your child to work on speech to text and then listening to their ideas to edit their work. There is a process to this...so take baby steps to move your child forward using these tools. Susan Schenk comments :)
I referred to the Teach Me app in my workshop (The Roadmap to Progress) as an app series that will help to work on printing, math and sight words. Select the level you want. I linked you to grade one but look for the level that fits your child. Focus on one skills at a time when using this app -- not all skills -- as this is possible too much for your child...and you may see frustration instead of progress when you focus on too many skills. If you need more support, reach out to me...see above link :) Susan
This is an awesome app to learn how to form letters correctly. If offers 3 levels of support to help your child make progress. You can focus on big letters first (as they are easier to form) and then move to small letters. You can also select between two fonts (I personally like the Handwriting with Tears font - as it's easier to identify the letters -- less letter confusion) Google Play App Susan
This app is great for kids that need to see the pattern so they can work on their times tables in a new way. It's a great way to start to work on this skill -- and remember select only one or two areas to focus on! Teach me also has a similar set up but select what your child sees to like the best (this is important too!) Susan
This is an app developed by LearnStyle to help you identify your child's learning style -- I haven't personally used this but I love the idea. Check it out.
I got this.
A family based task management service for increasing productivity and self-esteem in those with ADHD. I Got This App.
Great way for kids to get their thoughts down visually. Check it here.
Notes App on your iphone
Great way for kids to use notes app and voice to text option (see technology is not cheating video with Susan Schenk)
our favourite podcasts
Elisheva Schwartz focuses on research and the brain when it comes to Dyslexia and Learning Differences
Debbie and Asher have an amazing podcast with experts all over the world supporting families with differently wired kids.
Dr Hallowell covers many topics as it's related to ADHD. He has ADHD and is a Doctor that focuses on this topic to support families, adults and kids.
This podcast interviews people with dyslexia and the issues that they face and the success that they can achieve.
Dr Scott Barry Kaufman dives into psychology and brings it to life in his podcast.
Great Podcast on the super power abilities of ADHD interviewing CEOS and kids.
Psychologist, Speaker and Coach. Great podcast on anxiety and parenting.
Our Favourite Blogs
...of course you have to read our blog!!!
Well...it's hard to leave this out! This is the blog for my book Beyond Ok from Invisible to Invincible. The shift we need to see when it comes to learning differently -- it's a way of thinking that needs to exist.
This company was created by a boy Mylo. They have tools to help kids write. It has a fresh perpective.
Rick Greene also has a really funny blog on ADHD.
This is an amazing blog for kids, parents and teachers written by a teenager
Beautifully written blog post on family and home. Beth coaches mom's to find their superpower.
Executive Functioning Coach for Kids, Speaker, Writer
our favourite social media
You can go to Shift Your Thinking twitter and see who we are following so you can track with the leading edge thinkers.
talks about Connected Parenting amazing advice on how to connect with your kids.
A ton of information and resources on dyslexia.
our favorite websites by diagnosis
Understood. This is an awesome resource for learning and attention issues. They have a great parent toolkit. I really like the articles and find the site very helpful.
Healthy Minds Canada - resource for teachers and families mental health and addiction.
Eye to Eye - We love this organization. They set up college kids who have LDs to mentor high school kids with LDs. They are almost in every state. We would love to have some sort of program like this in the near future.
TILT PARENTING BY DEBBIE REBER - Debbie started Tilt Parenting around the same time Sperry and I started to create the Shift Your Thinking LD Summit. It was great to connect with Debbie to confirm we were on the same path and that we could be there to support each others quest. Debbie also has an podcast!
Anxiety in Teens. Helping youth with mental health issues & their families get information, inspiration and community through online presence and offline events featuring education, refuge and connection.
Brave Over Perfect. Dr. Christine Carter phd and Susie Rinehardt coaching and parent advice.
- Center for ADD Awareness Canada, CADDAC Full of resources, content, latest research on ADHD. There is some great resources for parents on this site.
- Dr. Kenny Handelman - Canadian Psychiatrist and author. I love his book.
- Dr. Ed Hallowell - psychiatrist, he has written some great books on ADHD.
- Totally ADD - Rick Greene - This is one of our favorite sites on ADD. It is funny and very educational. There is some great resources on sleep.
Technology & Tools for kids Susan Schenk - Helps you support your child to learn at the level they can understand (Dyslexia, LD, ADHD).
Decoding Dyslexia Ontario - This is a very active community. Annette runs this organization and is extremely knowledgeable about dyslexia.
Elisheva Schwartz - http://www.elishevaschwartz.com/ She has some great free resources for 22 Assistive Technology Tools for Student. She also has a great favorites page.
Decoding Dyslexia - http://www.decodingdyslexia.net/
International Dyslexia Association - http://www.idaontario.com/
Dyslexia Training Institute - - They also list some good documentaries to watch on dyslexia and LDs.
Our favourite movies
Great Movie on ADD.
I love this movie. An amazing true story.
This documentary is by Sarah Entine. She films about her dyslexia and how it affected all 3 generations.
There is a great article on Understood.org about 9 films that cover dyslexia with descriptions. I have not seen any of these films but I have put them on our list to watch.
- The Big Picture - Rethinking Dyslexia
- Journey Into Dyslexia
- Like Stars on Earth
- Dislecksia: The Movie
- Inside Dyslexia
- The Secret
- Embracing Dyslexia
- Being You
PBS documentary on learning differences and disabilities.
Documentary on the Power of Intuition.