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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 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 therapists? 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.


A software company called BeMe is working on a new app that takes a holistic view of things like sleep, nutrition, environment, and other factors to deliver rich, individual insights that help connect the dots between your child and the unknown.They are offering a free year of service for parents of Autistic children in exchange for completing a 10-minute survey. There is also an opportunity to join their Parent Advisory Group for those who are interested in providing more in-depth feedback to help shape the future of the product.


The Hamilton Spectator "You're not a teacher but here are some tips on learning at home" by Jason Allen, Thurs, May 7, 2020
Time Timer Free Download  - Find it on the App Store or Google Play - For a limited time
Learning without Tears Writing Prompts Free Download Click here
Learning without Tears "Handwriting Lesson - Teaching Proper Crayon Grip"  Click here
NILD Canada - National Institute for Learning Development

Professional Development Upcoming Webinars

Such as:


Scholar's Choice Free Webinars



Sensational Brain: Creators of BrainWorks Products

Ethical Foundations Webinar Package


Talk Tools

The Power of Communication - Virtual Conference, May 18-20, 2023

VIRTUAL WORKSHOP | Feeding Therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach  May 5-6 2023 (9:00AM - 4:00PM Eastern US/UTC-4)


Therapro Webinars  - Free Webinars

Lunch & Learn: Teaching Kids a Daily Habit - Toothbrushing! On-Demand 

Is it Behavior or Sensory? Part 1, On-Demand Webinar 

Is it Behavior or Sensory? Part 2 June 13, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST

School Trauma-Informed Therapy Strategies March 21, 2023 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST

Are Sensory Sensitivities Interfering with Learning? Strategies for Evaluation and Treatment On-Demand Webinar 


Jack Hirose & Associates Courses

DBT Skills to Treat Clients, Maximize Therapeutic Gains and Reduce Therapist Burnout, On-Demand Webinar

Trauma Competency Training, On-Demand Webinar

Managing Sleep Problems In People with Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, or Pain, On-Demand Webinar

Advanced Self-Regulation: Practical Strategies and Interventions for Children and Adolescents, On-Demand Webinar

The Canadian Trauma and Mental Health Summit: Advanced Interventions and Strategies for Front line Professionals, May 24-26, 2023, Calgary, AB, Canada

The Anxiety Compass: The Ultimate Process to Helping Children and Teens Tame Anxiety Gremlins On-Demand Webinar 

Advanced Self-Regulation: Practical Strategies and Interventions for Children and Adolescents On-Demand Webinar


Vital Links

Exploring Therapeutic Listening in Practice: A Mentorship Series, February 1 -  March 1, 2023

Astronaut Training – A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol, May 21-22, 2023

Therapeutic Listening: Listening with the Whole Body, March 12 - March 13, and April 23 - April 24

Building Blocks for Sensory Integration – Live Webinar; March 31 & April 1, 2023


Raising Your Strong-Willed Child - A Free Interview Series Hosted by Sonali Vongchursiri
Register here
A Primer for OT's New to Working in School Settings
Free Weekly Webinars by Scholar's Choice - Register here
Concussion Training Course for Parents/Caregivers (E-Learning)
More info here
Free Workshop - Calm the Chaos
Stop your child's unwanted behaviour before it even starts
Register here
Understanding the Relationship Between Sensory Integration and the Suck-Swallow-Breathe Synchrony Webinar, Watch it here


Camelot Centre - A Creative Day Program for Intellectually Disabled Adults
Community Living Toronto has 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.
Jack Hirose & Associates - Offers workshops, conferences and webinars
Learning Disabilities Association of Halton offers workshops throughout the year
Maker Kids  Empowering the makers of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world
McMaster Children’s Hospital’s offers free workshops for families.  See their catalogue for details.
Scholar's Choice Free Weekly Webinars Click here


Please see below for articles that might interest you.
Can time outdoors ease anxiety?The Toronto Star, August 2, 2022
How to keep sleep shedules on track, The Toronto Star, July 13, 2022
The Hamilton Spectator, Monday, April 6, 2020
Brain Injury Canada "30 ways to entertain yourself during social distancing"
Click here
Maker Kids "Things to do at home with your kids" Click here
Brain Injury Canada "Weekly Challenges During Physical Distancing" Click here
Brain Injury Canada "A Guide for Mental Health During COVID-19" Click here
NILD Canada "Help! School is out!  Now What?!?" Click here
NILD Canada
Integrative Listening Systems
Maker Kids CEO
Maker Kids
(The Hamilton Spectator, Thursday, January 16, 2020)
Lori Borgman, Tribune News Service
Heartspace Physical Therapy for Children
Check out Shelley Mannell's blog here
(The Toronto Star, Tuesday, October 29, 2019)
Jennifer Breheny Wallace, The Washington Post
(CBC news)
(The Hamilton Spectator, Monday, September, 9, 2019)
Sherry Barrett
(The Hamilton Spectator, Monday, September 9, 2019)
Mayo Clinic News Network
(The Hamilton Spectator, Tuesday, August 20, 2019)
Adrienne Wichard-Edds, The Washington Post
Spring Sensory Issues: Why your child may be worse in the spring
Preschool screen time linked to behaviour problems: study
(The Canadian Press, April 17, 2019)
How to help your kids form healthy relationships
(The Toronto Star, April 17, 2019)
The power of listening to a boy
(The Washington Post, April 11, 2019)
Fecal transplant helps improve behaviour in kids with autism
(The Hamilton Spectator, Thursday, April 25, 2019)
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)