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Workshops and Training

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We offer interactive workshops and training for parents and caregivers, educators and other professionals who interact with children and youth with learning disabilities and mental health (LDMH).

There are two types of training available:

1. Professional development, workshops and training

Best suited for educators and students, children's mental health agencies, child protection groups, medical professionals, early childhood educators, those working in youth justice and parent groups, our professional development training sessions are tailored to meet the unique learning goals of each specific group.

Contact Carrie Clayton, Facilitator of Community Education and Engagement, at 416-603-1827 ext. 5233 or cclayton@childdevelop.ca for fees and availability.

2. Community workshops

These evening sessions are offered throughout the year to parents/guardians, educators and other professionals. The workshops are open to all members of the public for a cost of $15 each. Advance registration is required.

To view the latest workshop schedule, click here. To register for a workshop, click here.

Below is a list of some of the commonly requested workshops, which can be tailored for a professional development session, and are also offered through our community workshops. To learn more about the workshops, please contact us at 416-603-1827 ext. 5221 or integra@childdevelop.ca.

Commonly requested workshops

Walk a Mile in My Shoes
This is an experiential workshop that is designed to give participants an understanding of what it may feel like to have a learning disability by engaging in a series of activities. Through these exercises, participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of learning disabilities and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school.

Understanding the Relationship between Learning Disabilities and Mental Health (LDMH)
We specialize in understanding the complex relationship between learning disabilities and mental health (LDMH). This workshop looks at how anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges are complicated by LDs. It incorporates current thinking in the field of learning disabilities and evidence-informed, best practices in related mental health fields to better understand how learning disabilities can complicate mental health in children and adolescents. Special considerations and approaches to working with children and youth with LDMH are discussed.

Executive Functioning and LDs/Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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 learning disabilities and ADHD may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support children with executive function difficulties will be introduced.

Understanding social competence in children and adolescents with learning disabilities and ADHD
In this workshop, we will discuss why children and adolescents with learning disabilities and ADHD are at risk of experiencing social challenges with their peers. Participants will explore the developmental skills necessary for these children and adolescents to be socially competent and successful. Strategies on how to understand and support social competence will be offered.

Other topics include:

  • Understanding anxiety and LDs
  • Promoting self-esteem in children/youth with LDs/ADHD
  • Managing times of change and transition
  • Supporting self-advocacy in children and youth with LDs
  • Unraveling the mystery: Practical tips for understanding psychology assessment reports
  • Adapting therapy for children and adolescents with learning disabilities and mental health
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and LDs
  • Supporting self-reliance in youth with ADHD/LDs
  • Bullying and LDs: Promoting resilience
  • Navigating social media and digital technology in children/youth with LDs/ADHD
  • Building your team: Accessing school supports