Supporting Your Child in School – Workshop on March 1st

Hello All,


Saturday March 1 is right around the corner, and that’s the morning of our workshop for parents called SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD IN SCHOOL. We have some really good informed people leading each session, and for those of you who need a bit more information to help you decide which session to sign up for, I am including a short description of what each of the four separate sessions will be covering.


Hope to see you there!


Free Special Education Workshop for Parents

offered by TDSB School Trustee, Ward 15

Cathy Dandy

Saturday March 1 2014

9 am – 12:30 pm

Wilkinson Jr PS

53 Donlands Ave (Danforth and Donlands, just north of Donlands subway)

To register, send an email to Tell us which session you would like to attend and if you require child care, and also if you would like an interpreter.


1.  9:15 – 10:30 am –   Students That Struggle: First Steps to Helping

Will be led by experienced elementary school vice-principals Yasmin Buhariwalla and Leonor Lopes, as well as myself. 

We will talk about how to identify learning problems and what to do next; you will find out what resources are available through the TDSB for additional support; what it means for your child to have an IEP (individual education plan); how the system works and what steps you go through in order to get more help.

2.  9:15 – 10:30 am –  Learning Disabilities: Understanding Your Child’s Needs

Will be led by Kate Cressman from Integra, an organization that specializes in the needs of children and youth with learning disabilities. 

Kate will give participants insight into what it’s like to have a learning disability, as well as knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs, and a practical understanding of how it can affect everyday life and mental health. Her presentation will offer some strategies and ideas for how to help support your child’s development.

3.  10:45 – 12:00 –  Autism: What are System Supports?

This session will be led by Nicole Staples Dorey, an ASD Consultant from Surrey Place Centre, an organization that is committed to supporting the social inclusion of people with autism spectrum disorders. 

Nicole’s presentation will focus on what is in Surrey Place’s publication “The Community Resource Directory”. Together you will learn about the variety of services that are available to children and adolescents with autism and their families. 

Services Listed in the Community Resource Directory include: 

Specialized Comprehensive Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) such as–  diagnostic, medical and professional services, treatment services (including counselling, residential and day treatment), family support (parent relief, respite and child care services), financial services, recreation services, and summer programs.

4.  10:45 – 12:00 –  What is Mental Health and When Should You Worry?

If you are the parent of pre-adolescent or teenage kids this one may be of special interest to you:

This session will be led by Steven Singerman, a TDSB social worker-

Being a parent/caregiver is the most important and challenging job there is. The parent-child relationship is one of the most crucial ingredients in raising emotionally/mentally healthy children and adolescents. However, it isn’t the only key ingredient. In this information-packed workshop, you will learn the following:

1) What is Child/Adolescent & Family Mental Health & Well-Being? 

2) What’s the Difference Between Mental Health, Mental Distress and Mental Illness?

3) Is My Child’s Behaviour “Normal”, “Giving Attitude”, “a Phase”, or Something More Serious?

4) “Do’s & Don’t’s”: Tips  for Parents to Support Positive Mental Health & Well-Being in their Children.

5) Most Common Mental Health Illnesses in Childhood & Adolescence.

6) Possible Signs of Mental Illness.

7) Who to Call, Where to Go for Help?




Cathy Dandy
Trustee, Ward 15 Toronto-Danforth
Toronto District School Board