What can you Learn at Our Family Conference?

Saturday October 17th, 2020 is the date of our 6th Annual Family Conference. We will once again be providing this conference free to attendees due to the generous support of SickKids Foundation and Shearers Foods.

Our family conference focuses on the well-being of students and their families, and brings valuable information from education professionals. This years break-out sessions include:

The Science of Reading Rocks (an LDA Reading Tutoring Program)
Addressing Reading Difficulties at School
Mental Health & LD
Productivity & Time Management Strategies
EdTech for Parents Bootcamp
Wellness & LD – Sleep, Diet & Exercise with LD & ADHD
How to Support Kids at Home – Focus on Number Sense
IEPs: Effective Accommodations & Effective Use of Strengths & Needs
Executive Function – Air Traffic Control

We know you will enjoy the keynote presentation by Canadian Parenting Author Ann Douglas. She will be presenting “Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parents”.

For Information on This Year’s Conference Visit:

https://ldawc.ca/annual-family-conference.html

Summer Schedules? – But Summer is for Fun!

This week we are sharing a Vlog (video blog) about summer schedules, presented by Shari Stock, the Academic Director of Camp Kodiak.   Schedules are something that most our of kids thrive on and count on.  Summer camps and schools rely on schedules, as do most workplaces. Schedules have been thrown off (or thrown out) due to all the changes that have occurred during the COVID-19 Pandemic. You may also have noticed that your kids become wild, whiny, or bored during the summer months if they are not kept busy.  

https://www.campkodiak.com/vlog-schedules/

Scheduling is an executive function skill that many youth with learning disabilities and ADHD struggle with.   Sitting down with your youth and creating a schedule models this skill with them and gives them some input into their days. They are less likely to complain about being bored if they know what is coming next, or if they can check the schedule. Following schedules helps kids learn the importance of schedules and helps them develop this very important life-skill. While summer may seem a time to throw out the schedule, it can actually be helpful and youth are very capable of understanding the need to be flexible at times.   Learning flexibility is also an executive skill that is important throughout life. 

Have you tried a summer schedule? Or have you been struggling without a schedule?   Please tell us about your experiences and suggestions in the Responses/Comments box at the very bottom of our Blog Page. 

Camp Kodiak is a specialized Ontario Camp that provides an integrated summer program for children and teens with and without Learning Disabilities, ADHD and high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. The camp has been running for nearly 3 decades.   Shari, who holds a Masters of Education, works for the Peel District School Board as a special education teacher.   She has some great tips about the importance of summer schedules.  

Meet our Fall Conference Keynote Speaker: Ann Douglas

The 6th Annual LDAWC Family Conference date is Saturday October 17, 2020 (cost is FREE). While we are still unsure whether our conference will be virtual or in-person, we have our Keynote and breakout session speakers booked. We would like to introduce you to Ann Douglas, who will be our keynote speaker presenting:

Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: A Stress and Anxiety Toolkit for Parents. https://ldawc.ca/annual-family-conference.html

For two decades Ann Douglas has been writing bestselling parenting books and Canadians can rely on Ann to give them reassuring, proven, and never-bossy advice. Her books include: “The Mother of All Books Series” (Pregnancy, Baby, and Toddler); “Happy Parents, Happy Kids”; and her most recent book, “Parenting Through the Storm”. Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting and mental health. She is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio, a popular speaker, and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country.

Parents and professionals alike can find practical, realistic advice and reassurance in Ann’s books and in resources such as videos, blogs, and newsletters, on her website: http://www.anndouglas.net

LD & Social Skills

Many kids with learning disabilities also struggle with social issues.   It seems unfair that kids who struggle academically also have difficulties with this aspect of their life.  LDAO has outlined some helpful strategies for improving social competency.   As with any other skill, practice can make a difference and make every interaction a little bit more successful. 

We would love to hear from you if you have tried one of these strategies and found success!

Summer Reading Plans

As we have come to the end of the traditional school year, which has been anything but traditional this year, I have started to think about how to continue the learning into the summer.   I have a reluctant reader so it is not easy to get her to pick up a book over the summer – creativity is required.   I came across this interesting idea of reading bingo.  This visual provides choice in what type of reading happens but also helps to set up a goal to work towards. 

https://www.understood.org/en/readingbingo

Another reading tip that I would like to share with you: following along in a book while listening to the audio-book also promotes reading skills, and may maintain the reader’s interest because they can sustain the reading for a longer period of time. Many audio-books and e-books are available on-line through your library. Contact your local library branch for assistance.

Let us know if you decide to add these summer reading tips to your summer tool belt and if it was motivating to your child.