• Child Oriented Mental Health Intervention Centre (COMIC)
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    Child Oriented Mental Health Intervention Centre (COMIC)

    One in ten children will suffer from mental health problems that impact on their lives, but effective interventions in childhood can help prevent them becoming another of the one in four adults who endure poor mental health. Ensuring that our therapies are fun, friendly and work at the kids’ levels is central to what we do and COMIC is one of our major research themes. In LEGO®-based therapy, children on the autism spectrum play with LEGO® to help build social skills and reduce social anxiety. It’s fun and promotes collaborative problem solving. Social Stories™ involve writing a child into a story about themselves which describes a social skill or a…

  • Interventions that influence active transportation to and from school among school-aged children
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    Interventions that influence active transportation to and from school among school-aged children

    Hi, my name is Laura Stasiuk. I’m a Public Health Nutritionist here at Peel Public Health and i would like to tell you about a rapid review we completed in 2013. Physical activity continues to be a problem for children and youth in Peel. However regular participation in active transportation to and from school among children and youth can have an impact on their overall physical activity levels and ultimately their overall health. The question we answered in this rapid review was what interventions influence active transportation to and from school among school-aged children. We found many different interventions, we synthesized the results in order to identify very clearly the…

  • Fetal Cardiac Intervention – Lorenzo’s Story
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    Fetal Cardiac Intervention – Lorenzo’s Story

    We had our 20 week ultrasound. All of the blood wasn’t flowing the correct way out of the heart. We had to have some discussions that no parent wants to have. Should we not do the procedure? Should we let him be born? They said your son qualifies for this intervention. Though some people are saying it’s dangerous. They are really difficult conversations to have. Ultimately, we did the procedure, because we want to meet our son. No, I didn’t think I would be able to get to hold him. It’s just amazing.

  • Intervention Early as Possible  How I Cope
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    Intervention Early as Possible How I Cope

    We know that we did the right thing by getting that early intervention at the earliest possible time. And with us, that was the 16 to 18 month mark with our daughter and 4 years old and up for our two other ones. So just taking our time with that and really breaking it down, because if I thought about the big picture, I couldn’t handle it all at the same time. And now, even at the age they are, if I get overwhelmed, I go back to let’s talk about today. What therapy do we have today? What doctor’s appointment do we have? I can handle this. I’m not…

  • Bullying Road Sign #3 – Critical Interventions for 5-8 Years Old
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    Bullying Road Sign #3 – Critical Interventions for 5-8 Years Old

    How to Make a Bully from Scratch Interventions for Road Sign Three (3) – Difficulty with Relationships Now we’re going to talk about interventions for Road Sign Number Three (3) Difficulty with Friendships. As children move into the elementary ages and we’re talking now six to eight years of age, five to eight years of age, as they move into the elementary years they move further into the world friendships. A red flag at this age is children who do not and cannot maintain and sustain friendships. That is not a phase, it is a red flag and we need to see these signs and act accordingly. Now as I…

  • 3 Ways to Stop Racism: Diversity Exposure, Bias Intervention, Cross-Race Friendships | Lori Markson
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    3 Ways to Stop Racism: Diversity Exposure, Bias Intervention, Cross-Race Friendships | Lori Markson

    As I mentioned, I’m at Washington University which is in St. Louis. It’s actually quite a beautiful city. I moved there from Oakland, California—that was the place I had lived before that. And moving there—having only lived on both sides of the country and never in the middle, and I guess moving in particular to this city—really opened my eyes to some of the systemic racism that was apparent in the city. It’s a great place and it also has a big divide. In fact, locally—and I’m not sure if this goes on outside the city as well—it’s often referred to as the divided city, and there’s even a line…

  • Autism Services: Hands’ Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI)
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    Autism Services: Hands’ Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI)

    Every skill they have touched on in IBI he has just excelled in. There’s no other program like it that can really turn it around like that, and be that one-on-one, intensive, and really get to know your child and really be like ok this is where he needs to focus on. Working with the Hands Autism Team, they always kept in contact, overall it was just such a great environment. I know sometimes as parents we’re always wondering are we doing the right thing? Is it the right program? Are we pushing them too much? But out of everything, especially up North, this is the best program. You will…

  • Bullying Road Sign #4 – Critical Interventions for 8-12 Years Old
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    Bullying Road Sign #4 – Critical Interventions for 8-12 Years Old

    How to Make a Bully from Scratch Interventions for Road Sign Four (4) – Social Exclusion and “I Don’t Care” Language, 8-12 year-olds Here are some interventions for road sign number 4 “I Don’t Care.” Now when you hear a child chronically saying, “I don’t care” that is a red flag. All kids are going to say, “whatever, I don’t care.” We’re talking about kids ages 8 to 12 years old, so you going to get that every now and then. I’m talking about the chronically “I don’t care” that no matter what you think you’re going to offer them, what kind of punishment or consequence they say, “I don’t…

  • Addiction Interventions | What Happens to the Kids?
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    Addiction Interventions | What Happens to the Kids?

    The hardest part when you’re talking to a family about an alcoholic is when they have children. When I hear children are involved, I’m almost not even doing it for the alcoholic. I’m doing it for their kids because I know what those kids are going through. If you don’t wanna help the alcoholic, then don’t, but at least get the kids outta that environment. The longer those kids are in that environment, the more guilt they have, the more shame they’ll get, the more voids they’ll have in their life. You’re just setting up an environment for potentially them being alcoholics themselves later. At bare minimum, they’re gonna end…