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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.

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. 
Autism Ontario is happy to announce that the 2019 March Break Reimbursement Fund is now open for application.  Applications received between December 17, 2018, and January 25, 2019 will be accepted. At that time, a random draw from all complete applications will be held to determine eligibility. Application open only to children up to 18th birthday.  Please see for more information.

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

NILD Canada: Rx 4 Math
Offered online and onsite - must attend all three sessions
Online Wednesdays Feb 13 and 20 from 5-9pm
Onsite Saturday, February 23 from 8:30-5pm, Waterloo, ON
This is a lecture and laboratory workshop designed to train teachers to provide mathematical intervention in a group setting. Rx 4 Math is specifically intended for students in grades K-5 who would benefit from early intervention or whose basic math skills are below expected standards as determined by a local educational agency.

Safe4Life - Self Defense Class Dates in Calgary, AB
SafeAdults & Teens
February 24, 2019 from

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:

Vital Links, Finding Safety and Stability: A Trauma Informed Sensory Motor Approach

Live Webinar with Sheila M. Frick

March 1, 2019

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.

LDAH Solutions for Learning Conference Breakthrough to Excellence

Thursday, March 21, 2019 @ Burlington

NILD Canada

Search and Teach Workshop

March 28 & 29, 2019 @ Redeemer College University

Recent and current research indicates the value of a "preventative" approach to deal with potential learning problems in the future.

NILD Canada's Annual Spring Conference

Resilience in Education: Building Confidence & Competence

March 29-30, 2019 at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, ON

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

April 15-16, 2019 @ Oakville, ON

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

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

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

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

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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