March 23 & 24, 2018 – There is Always a Reason for the Behavior: Is it Sensory or is it Behavior?

PUYALLUP, WA Clinicians consulting with teachers and families are increasingly challenged by students with complex behavioral issues. As a result, therapists desire discriminating skills and tools to identify the basis of these complexities. Is the behavior a result of neuropsychological limitations in sensory processing or a manifestation of social and emotional experiences? Traditionally, models of […]

March 9 – 11, 2018 – Putting the Pieces Together Across the Lifespan – Blending Approaches to the Treatment of Neurological Disability

EDMONTON, AB This dynamic three-day workshop will emphasize clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills helpful in the treatment of functional movement and sensory processing problems across the lifespan. This hands-on learning opportunity is designed for professionals who support children and adults with a wide variety of neurological disabilities. A holistic, blended approach will weave together concepts […]

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March 8, 2018 – The Trauma Informed Professional: A Professional Development Workshop

EDMONTON, AB The understanding of TRAUMA is frequently misinterpreted, misunderstood and minimized – leaving people responding repeatedly from wounded places, without awareness.” Who should attend? Health care professionals and those working in the fields of social work, child protection, child care and education. What will you gain? Identify trauma red flags Appreciation for the deep impact […]

Becoming a Detective

The tricky part about “reading” your patient’s nervous system and their sensory needs is that this process keeps you on your toes! The difficulty with sensory diets or “programs’ is that they don’t always allow you to “read” the nervous system of the child in the moment. Questions like “what is the child’s current state?” […]

What is Addiction?

When differentiating between “physical” addiction and “psychological” addiction in newborns of addicted mom’s, it is a slippery slope of distinction. It is known that physical addiction comes about through an array of neuroadaptive changes and the laying down and strengthening of new memory connections in various circuits in the brain. We do not yet know […]

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

A large number of drugs pass from the mothers’ blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Drugs of abuse have a low molecular weight and lipid solubility making it easier to cross the placenta. When drugs or other substances of abuse are taken by the mother equilibrium is established between the materanal and fetal […]

February 24, 2018 – Trauma Informed Practice

SALMON ARM, BC Trauma is a universal experience yet generally speaking, it is an uncommon component of people’s daily conversation. Thankfully, and appropriately, trauma informed practice is becoming an increasingly common topic of conversation in the social services sector of BC. This is essential if we want our clients to be receiving the most effective […]

February 22, 2018 – Keynote Address & Sensory Processing and Regulation Pre-Requisites to Learning Session – Crosscurrents Conference

RICHMOND, BC Crosscurrents Conference KEYNOTE: Trauma Informed Practice: Relationships Matter Understanding how trauma impacts lives is crucial to supporting many of our students to be their best. This keynote will illuminate the significance that trauma has on the brain, on relationships, and on the way learning happens. As educators we know it’s not accurate to […]

February 16, 2018 – Keynote Address and Regulation Through Relationship: Nature’s Antidote to Challenging Behaviour – AISCA Conference

CALGARY, AB The Association of Independent Schools & Colleges in Alberta Teachers’ Convention: “Better, Together!”  is being held and Kim will take part in two ways: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The Threads of Trauma: Trauma Informed Education  Trauma informed education is appropriately becoming an increasingly common topic of conversation in Canadian schools. Circumstances such as domestic violence, abuse, […]