Groups & Workshops

  1. Sleep from A to Zzz: Strategies for managing challenges with children’s sleep

Date: Thursday October 12, 2023; 6pm to 7:30pm 

Presenters: Dr. Ena Vukatana, R.Psych. & Nicole Mackenzie, Ph.D. Candidate 

Good sleep is essential for children’s health and development; however, many children experience challenges with sleep, including trouble falling and/or staying asleep, and sleepiness during the day. When it comes to coping with these challenges, many caregivers may feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to support their child. This virtual workshop is for caregivers of children and youth looking for science-based solutions to manage the sleep difficulties. The session will provide an introduction to sleep in childhood, with a focus on highlighting strategies your family can use to manage sleep challenges across childhood and early adolescence. The workshop is most appropriate for children ages 12 and under. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about their specific concerns, answered by our team.

  1. No Needless Needle Pain: Strategies for Managing Children’s Needle Pain, Fear, and Fainting

Date: Wednesday October 25, 2023; 6pm to 7:30pm
Presenter: Dr. Kaytlin Constantin, Psychologist (Candidate Register)

Needles in childhood are part of typical development and may be used for preventive, diagnostic, treatment, and monitoring purposes. However, 2 out of 3 children have some fear of needles, which can make needle procedures upsetting for children and their caregivers. Fortunately, there are tools that can help! Caregivers of children with needle fear are invited to join us for a 90-minute virtual workshop to learn more about needle fear and science-backed strategies to help with needle procedures, including ways to manage needle-related fear, pain, and fainting. The workshop is most appropriate for caregivers of children 7 and older. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about their specific concerns.

  1. Understanding and Managing Tics: Strategies to Support Children and Adolescents 

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2023; 6pm to 7:30pm

Presenter: Agnes Flanagan

This introductory workshop is for parents or caregivers of children/adolescents with tics. Many youth experience motor and/or verbal tics (e.g., body movements, repeating words or sounds) that may be of concern to parents, teachers, and the youth themselves and can potentially affect social, emotional, and academic functioning. The good news is, there are evidence-based interventions and strategies to help! The workshop will provide an overview of tics and dispel common myths. Participants will also learn about what assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for tics may look like. A number of resources will be shared and there will be ample opportunities to ask questions.

  1. Where Know-HoMeets How-To: Supporting Youth with Executive Functioning Challenges

Date: Wednesday November 22, 2023; 6pm to 7:30pm
Presenters: Dr. Julie Wershler, R.Psych. & Nicole Mackenzie, Ph.D. Candidate

Executive functions are at the core of many everyday activities and include skills such as planning, organization, remembering directions or instructions, maintaining attention, and managing impulses; however, many youth struggle to engage in tasks that require these skills. These challenges may look like difficulty remembering to complete chores, challenges completing large projects, and difficulty sustaining their attention on a task. Fortunately, there are many science-based strategies to support youth who struggle with executive functioning to help improve their functioning at home and school. This session will provide an overview of executive functioning in youth, with a focus on providing strategies your family can use to support executive functioning challenges across childhood and adolescence. Attendees will have the opportunities to ask questions, answered by our team.

Cost: $100/session (receipt for insurance coverage will be provided to all participants)

Modality: Virtual session on Teams – links will be sent closer to the date once RSVP has been received

If you have questions or are interested in attending, please reach out to  booking@mydevelopingmind.ca.