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At Toys, Tools and Treasures, we want to help connect you to the kind of information that can help you achieve your goals and improve your quality of life...both personal and professional. We are happy to post information and resources that we think may be of value to you.

Are you aware of any upcoming courses, conferences or workshops that might be of interest to parents, teachers or therapist? Would you like to share information about community programs or services that you found helpful? Please send us an email with information about the educational event and we will include it on our website. Please include links, brochures and/or registration forms when possible.

Please see below for articles that might interest you.

In a bad mood? Exercise can help.
(The Hamilton Spectator, Saturday, February 16, 2019

5 Ways to teach your kids empathy, according to a neuroscientist

These parenting moves make the difference for kids screen time
(The Toronto Star, Thursday, January 10, 2019)

No, teenagers are not lazy for sleeping in
(The Toronto Star, Friday, December 28, 2018)

Shampoo, toothpaste, soap may be linked to early puberty, study finds
(The Toronto Star, Friday, December 28, 2018)

12 tips to make sure family dinners happen
(The Hamilton Spectator, Tuesday, December 11, 2018)

Old school toys vs. high-tech gifts: here's some advice
(The Hamilton Spectator, Tuesday, December 11, 2018)


LDAH Assistive Technology Program - Assistive Technology for older students in 2019!  Starting in February 2019, the key focus of this program will be "Writing for Success" and due to the demand for this program, it has been adapted to include a course for Grades 4 to 6 and the new addition of a course for older students in Grades 6 to 9. 

Community Living Toronto, in partnership with other Developmental Service agencies and Moovit, one of the world’s leading mobile app developers, have launched a new travel training app called Discover My Route. The app is designed specifically to help people with an intellectual or developmental disability to use transit with more confidence and independence.

Free drop-in play group for children with Cerebral Palsy (Age 0-3)
See link for flyer on program details.

Did you know about McMaster Children’s Hospital’s free 8-session workshops for moms and dads of children under 6 years? This program runs several times each year in the Hamilton area. Workshops offered include:
 o  Right From the Start for moms and dads of infants under 24 months
 o  COPEing with Toddler Behaviour for moms and dads of toddlers 12-36 months old
 o  Circle of Security Parent Group for moms and dads of children 1-6 years (Circle of Security video:
 Visit more information or to register using link to the Workshop Registration Form or contact Julie Ellis at or 905-521-2100 ext. 77406.
Offered by Learning Disabilities Association of Halton throughout the year.
Presented by the Integra Program through the Child Development Institute. 
All Workshops are FREE to parents and are made possible by an Ontario Ministry of Education Parents Reaching Out Grant. Refreshments will be offered. Register at

A Creative Day Program for Intellectually Disabled Adults
Camelot Centre, 4223 Spruce Avenue, Burlington
Contact: Bonnie Sylvia, 905-632-2396 or
Available to adults with an intellectual disability with a moderate to high level of independence (over the age of 20)

Jack Hirose & Associates
Since 1998, Jack Hirose and Associates has provided quality training to more than 55,000 mental health professionals in Canada and the United States.  Our mission is to offer effective and stimulating training opportunities that respond to the ever changing needs of counsellors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, medical doctors, teachers, mental health professionals and more.
See their website for a full list of workshops, conferences and webinars.
HeartSpace Physical Therapy for Children
HeartSpace PT for Children is proud to be a member of Kids Therapy Circle, along with OT4Kids and Speech In Motion.  For a full list of Online Courses, please go to
For a list of all Upcoming Courses, please go to

Learning Disabilities Association of Halton
Transition Skills Program

The program focuses on the basics of learning and learning disabilities, an exploration of study skills and tips for success.  Designed specifically for students in grades 6 to 12 as they begin preparing and adapting to the choices and challenges of high school – building self-awareness, how to express ideas and follow directions, and become a self-advocate in the learning process. See link for more details:

Dynamic Core for Kids Part One:Treating Core Stability in Children with Challenges

September 21-22, 2019 @ APTA Montana/Wyoming

October 18-19, 2019 @ Fraser Valley Child Development Centre

Therapists document challenges with core stability in the majority of children who are experiencing motor challenges, regardless of diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), hypotonia, etc. Join us for an exciting 2-day course that integrates current theory and practice in pediatric treatment with a systems approach that is anchored in a neuromuscular model of core recruitment, using breathing as an access point for all children. Practical application of the information will primarily address children over 2 years of age.  See for more information.

NILD Canada: Free Information Webinar

Find out how you can train as an NILD Educational Therapist and make a difference in the life of a child.

Monday, May 13, 2019 at 8:00pm 

Email to reserve a spot and to receive the OmniJoin link.

Vital Links

Core Connections Webinar, May 1, 2019

Core Connections: Exploring the Core's Developmental Roots

Online Webinar, April 27-28, 2019

Therapeutic Listening: Listening with the whole body 

Treatment and Management of Personality Disorders: The Challenge of the Hidden Agenda

April 15-16, 2019 @ Oakville, ON

HDSB, A Comprehensive Educational Approach for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Related Developmental Disabilities with Barry Prizant

April 17-18, 2019 @ Burlington Convention Centre


Children's Treatment Network - Special Needs Information Fair

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1-4pm at Magna Centre, Mulock Dr., Newmarket

The purpose of the fair is to provide valuable community information to families of children with special needs ages 0-21.

'Feeding Therapy: It's not just about swallowing' with Case studies and Problem Solving

April 25-26, 2019 @ Fergus, ON presented by Kids Can Shine.  Registration deadline is February 1, 2019.  For more information, see

OSOT Professional Development  with Debra Kennedy

Collaboration and Coaching: Tools for School-Based Occupational Therapists

April 30, 2019 @ Holiday Inn Oakville Centre 8am-4:30pm

The Toronto Educator's Conference

**For Calgary and Saskatoon Educator's Conference, please see website**

Brain-Based Learning, Behavioural Challenges & Student Mental Health

April 30-May 2, 2019 @ Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre (9:00am - 4:00pm).

For more information, see

Butterfly Paediatric Therapy, Feeding Workshop

May 2, 2019 from 7-9pm

To register, please call 905-206-0300 or email

2019 CAPT AGM and Conference

Treating Anxiety Using Play Therapy, Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness for Children and Families

May 3-5, 2019 @ Niagara Falls, ON

Seeing the Big Picture: Impacts of Trauma and Stages of Development

Monday, May 6, 2019 8:30-5:00pm @ Bingemans Conference Centre

The Waterloo-Wellington Canadian Mental Health Association, KidsAbility and the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council is very proud to host internationally-renowned speaker and expert Kim Barthel!


What to do after the Meltdown: Practical Strategies for Prevention, Intervention and Instruction

May 6, 2019 @ Ottawa, ON

INSAR (International Society for Autism Research) 2019 Annual Meeting

May 1-4, 2019 @ Montreal.  For more information, see

High Functioning Autism: Proven and Practical Interventions for Challenging Behaviours in Children and Adolescents

May 6-7, 2019 @ Oakville, ON

What is it about me you don't like: Practical Classroom Management Strategies to Minimize Challenging Behaviours

May 7, 2019 @ Ottawa, ON

'Is it Sensory or is it Behaviour? Assessment & Intervention Tools for OT, PT, & SLP's'

May 15-16, 2019 @ Fergus, ON presented by Kids Can Shine.  For more information, see

NILD Canada: Rx for Reading

May 23-June 1, Waterloo, ON

Check out for more information

Together for Adoption & Fostering Canada 2019 Conference

May 24-25, 2019 @ Northside Baptist Church, Waterloo, ON

2-Day Intensive: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

May 27-28, 2019 @ Oakville, ON

Introduction to Neuro-Developmental Treatment

May 30-June 1, 2019 @ Child Development Centre of Prince George and District

This 3-day course utilizes a hands-on problem solving model. Typical motor development is presented within a systems perspective with the focus of study highlighting how musculoskeletal alignment contributes to the development of upper extremity function, oral motor function, phonation and functional mobility. The systems framework also assists when examining atypical development of children with motor challenges and how these challenges impact alignment, self-regulation and motor control.  For more information, see

Butterfly Paediatric Therapy

Butterfly Print Magic

Wednesdays 9:00-10:15 or 10:45-12:00; July 3-August 28, 2018

A magical themed printing group designed for children aged 4-9 years who are demonstrating difficulty with printing skills

NILD Canada: NILD Educational Therapy Level I, II, III Courses

June 24-July 26, 2019 at Redeemer University, Ancaster, ON

Check out link

NILD Canada: Rx for Writing

August 21-24, 2019 at Waterloo, ON

Check out link

NILD Canada: Rx for Math

September 26-October 5, 2019 at Waterloo, ON

Check out link

Dynamic Core for Kids Part One: Treating Core Stability in Children with Challenges


October 18-19, 2019 @ Fraser Valley Child Development Centre, Abbotsford, BC

This 2-day course integrates current theory and practice in pediatric treatment with a systems approach that is anchored in a neuromuscular model of core recruitment, using breathing as an access point for all children. Practical application of the information will primarily address children over 2 years of age.


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