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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.

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)


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


Dynamic Core for Kids Goes to School

March 8, 2019 @ Marion Education Centre

There are many issues that underlie a child’s readiness to learn. Teaching staff face many challenges in the classroom (and parents at home) with posture, attention, difficulty sitting still, impulse control, clumsiness and more. Physical Therapists Shelley Mannell and Julie Wiebe present down-to-earth, practical explanations and tools for teachers and staff to help children optimize their physical, emotional and sensory foundation to support their learning.  See for more information.

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

March 9, 2019 @ Marion Education Centre

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.

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

April 15-16, 2019 @ Oakville, ON

'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

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

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

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


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