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Spring into Literacy Conference

Spring into Literacy

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Durham Region's
Spring into Literacy Conference

5th annual conference for professionals and parents supporting early literacy development of children from birth to six years

Intended audience

  • Early childhood educators, teachers, librarians, speech-language clinicians, child care providers, students, and parents
  • Certificate of Attendance will be provided

Date

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Location

Durham District School Board offices
400 Taunton Road East, Whitby, Ontario

Registration Fee

$50: Professional
$25: Parent or Student

Registration deadline

Thursday, March 14, 2016

Registration and full payment must be received by Saturday, April 9, 2016

Early Bird Special for ECEs only: The first 20 ECEs working in a licensed child care setting who register online will receive free registration paid for by Durham Region Children’s Services Capacity Building Funding. 

This Conference sells out every year! Register early to avoid disappointment.

Two options for registration

Register online now and pay by American Express, Visa or Mastercard.

Or, if you prefer to pay by cheque or cash, download a brochure and mail in your completed registration form

Spring into Literacy brochure


Schedule

8:00am:   Registration and refreshments
8:45am:   Welcome and Keynote
10:30am: Break & Displays*
11:00am: Breakout Session No. 1
12:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm:   Breakout Session No. 2

*Vendors and displays are available for viewing at all breaks. Some vendors may be cash-only.


Keynote Speaker: Narmilee Dhayanandhan

The Story of Self-Regulation

Narmilee Dhayanandhan, SLPSelf-Regulation is a story about developing human capacity and re-thinking how we understand and educate our students in today’s world. Join Narmilee to learn about the relationship between self-regulation and learning. Narmilee will help us understand the process of developing self-regulation, and illustrate how to empower children to 

understand their bodies, regulate their emotions, focus their attention, expand their language, create new ideas, build friendships, and model pro-social behavior. All these lay the foundation for success in school and beyond!

Narmilee Dhayanandhan, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), specializes in early learning, self-regulation, and language development. Narmilee provides workshops to varied audiences on learning language through play, and teaching self-regulation and mindfulness to young students.

Narmilee is trained extensively in DIR ® / Floortime, Hanen, Sensory Integration, Infant Mental Health, Self-Regulation, Mindfulness, and the treatment of children with autism. Narmilee has also served on national and regional quality assurance initiatives in her profession, and has been involved in research directed by Dr. Stuart Shanker.


Breakout Sessions

While registering for this conference, each participant will choose two breakout sessions in order of preference:

1. “I see… I hear… I feel… I move…” - Developing Self-Regulation in Young Children Through Movement, Language, and Mindfulness
Narmilee Dhayanandhan, Speech-Language Pathologist,
Katie Plaunt, Speech-Language Pathologist

Children’s ability to self-regulate has been linked to success with reading, language, and math. In this workshop you will learn to understand self-regulation as a process, identify challenges in self-regulation, and develop your tool kit of movement-based, language-enriched, and mindfulness activities to help a child self-regulate.

2. Art Meets Literacy
Joan Gajadharsingh, Early Literacy Specialist
Sacha Farrell, Early Childhood Educator

There is an artist inside all of us. In this interactive session, discover the artist in you while exploring the developmental stages of art in preschool children and how we, as educators, can promote this. Review books that support the art and literacy connection and how to incorporate them into the classroom. Explore methods of bringing everyday natural elements into art activities. Participants will also have an opportunity to create their own masterpiece on canvas.

3. Young English Language Learners: Embracing Diversity
Theresa Young, Speech-Language Pathologist

Accumulating research shows that bilingualism is an asset in learning and life. As parents and educators we can partner to develop both home and school languages to yield these benefits for young children. Highlights include ways to welcome multiple languages into our classrooms and links to multilingual resources for home and school.

4. Songs for Learning – How Songs Can Enhance Literacy
Erin Clark, Music Therapist

This interactive breakout session will explore some of the science behind the interaction between music and the brain. We will examine how and why music engages the literacy areas of the brain. We will also jump into some activities that touch on the various elements of literacy through song. Participants will walk away with a booklet of resources.

5. OUR “SENSE”-ATIONAL KIDS!
Janice Bosak, Occupational Therapist
Melissa Lamasan, Occupational Therapist

Do you know a child that has difficulty sitting still, covers their ears when they hear a particular sound, and/or often has something in their mouth (e.g. thumb)? If you have answered yes to any of the above, come to this workshop to better understand a child’s behaviour from a sensory perspective. Caregivers will take home practical sensory strategies to use in the home and classroom setting to optimize a child’s ability to learn.


About our Speakers

Keynote Speaker and Breakout Session Speaker

Narmilee Dhayanandhan, SLP

Narmilee Dhayanandhan, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), specializes in early learning, self-regulation, and language development. Narmilee provides workshops to varied audiences on learning language through play, and teaching self-regulation and mindfulness to young students.

Narmilee is trained extensively in DIR ® / Floortime, Hanen, Sensory Integration, Infant Mental Health, Self-Regulation, Mindfulness, and the treatment of children with autism. Narmilee has also served on national and regional quality assurance initiatives in her profession, and has been involved in research directed by Dr. Stuart Shanker.

 

Breakout Session Speakers

Janice Bosak, OTJanice Bosak graduated from the Occupational Therapy program at McMaster University in 1997. For the past 18 years, she has been working at Infant and Child Development, consulting to families with children from birth to 5 years. Janice has a wide range of experience working with children who were born prematurely and/or who have conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and other genetic syndromes etc. Janice enjoys helping caregivers understand their child from a sensory perspective and sharing practical strategies that can be incorporated into daily routines.

 

Erin Clark, Music TherapistErin Clark is a Music Therapist living and working in Durham Region. In her 13 years as an accredited Music Therapist, Erin has worked with children with special needs, adults with developmental delays, adults with acquired brain injuries, seniors in long term care and individuals in inpatient mental health. Erin has worked in school, clinical and home scenarios and has two of her own children that have taught her a lot about how children think and learn. In her spare time, Erin writes songs, performs in the community and is a member of a professional acapella group in Toronto.

 

Joan Gajadharsingh, Early Literacy SpecialistJoan Gajadharsingh has worked as an Early Literacy Specialist with Durham’s Ontario Early Years since the program’s inception in 2002. With a background in early childhood education and on-going early literacy trainings, Joan’s thirty plus year career has ranged from front-line to management positions within child care centres and home child care programs in Nova Scotia, Alberta and Ontario. Joan is an active participant in local committees related to literacy and early years  - Durham’s  WTK Steering Committee, Provincial WTK Committee, Literacy Network of Durham Region and the Spring into Literacy Conference. As the mother of two adult children, Joan is on a constant search for preschool children to share that next amazing story book with her.

 

Sacha FarrellSacha Farrell has worked in the field of Early Literacy and Adult Education with the Ontario Early Years for over ten years. With a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a diverse range of professional trainings, she is interested in incorporating a more mindful and artistic approach to her programs. She is also a writer, artist, yoga teacher and mother to three sons. Currently working on a novel, Sacha is a member of several writing groups in Durham Region.

 

Melissa Lamasan, OTMelissa Lamasan has been working in the field of paediatrics for almost ten years. She has worked with children with various disabilities ranging from dual-diagnosis and physical delays in different community settings including day programs and in home treatment. At Grandview Melissa has worked in the Durham ABA-based Autism Services program as well as preschool and school-age programs. It is a pleasure for her to present this topic as Sensory integration / Sensory processing is one of her favorite approaches used to help support children with special needs.

 

Katie Plaunt, SLPKatie Plaunt M.Sc.(A), reg. CASLPO  is a Speech-Language Pathologist with the Durham Catholic District School Board.  Immersing herself into the “play-based” Full-Day Kindergarten early learning environment has been a passionate endeavor over the past several years.

 

 

 

Theresa Young, SLPTheresa Young began her career as a speech-language pathologist on the Pacific island of Saipan, in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. During this four year tropical adventure, she worked with multilingual students and families in home, school, and medical settings. She coordinated a team of speech-language pathologists who designed assessment, intervention and classroom based instructional practices for Pacific Islanders. Upon returning to Canada, Theresa shares what she has learned through professional development and publications pertaining to multicultural, multilingual topics in education. She worked for 13 years in schools throughout Durham District School Board. Theresa had the opportunity to bring theory into practice in her co-instructional role in a highly diverse Kindergarten Early Language Intervention classroom in the Toronto District School Board. Theresa has also taught English to both children and adult second language learners in Canada and internationally.  Now that she has relocated to her small hometown in cottage country, Theresa works in health, early years and school settings. She collaborates with educators and families to implement early language programming and school age intervention for children in First Nations communities. 


Questions?

Contact:

springintoliteracy@grandviewkids.ca

905-728-1673 x 2289
toll free 1-800-304-6180 x 2289
 

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