Sunday April 22, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Ruby Foo's Hotel 
7655 Decarie Blvd
Montreal, QC H4P 2H2
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Contact Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities for more informaton at:

514- 482-7196


8:00 am: Registration & Exhibition Room Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast

Grab a quick continental breakfast & take advantage of our exhibitors who are ready to provide you with information and guidance.

*Individual select 1 topic in each time slot.
*Parent Couples select 2 either similar or different topics in each time slot.

No refunds after March 20th

9:00 am - 10:25 am 

Session 1) Singapore A - The Bully Dynamic: Keeping Our Children Safe.

Speaker: Eva de Gosztonyi, M.A. is a psychologist who has worked for over 40 years in schools across Canada. She is the Coordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management, a support to the ten English School Boards of Quebec, helping them to provide effective interventions for students with significant behavioural challenges. Eva bases her interventions on the newest brain research and the most effective practices congruent with the attachment-based developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Eva is faculty member of the Neufeld Institute and an authorized presenter of the Neufeld paradigm.

Seminar Topic: Why do bullies pick on our children? What can we do to help our own child? The answer is not what you expect. This presentation will briefly expose the bully dynamic to reveal its deep instinctive roots in the concepts of attachment and vulnerability. This explanation will help us to understand why some of our common interventions do not seem to be able to stop this problem behaviour. Interventions will be suggested to help protect children from this hurtful dynamic.


Session 2) Hong Kong A  - Demystifying the Adolescent Journey.

Speaker: Catherine Korah is a Montreal-based parent consultant, with more than fifteen years of experience working with youth. She is a licensed OPQ Psychotherapist with a special interest in child development and attachment. She has worked with youth in the education field, as well as through child protective services and child psychiatry. Since 2007, Catherine has been practicing family therapy as well as parent coaching. As a certified Course Facilitator and training as a Parent Consultant for the Neufeld Institute, she accompanies parents, professionals, and organizations to provide insight into understanding the children and adolescents in their care from the inside out.

Seminar Topic: Adolescence literally means ‘growing into maturity’. An adolescent is neither child nor adult and therein lies much of the difficulty, the turbulence and the confusion. Our challenge as adults is to help our teens cross the bridge from childhood to adulthood, to encourage them to embrace their developmental destiny and to ultimately shoehorn them into adult society. Meanwhile, we have the day-to-day challenge of parenting and teaching them, of guiding and directing them, of shielding them from stress. The key to making sense of the adolescent is to understand the developmental dynamics at play as well as the attachment needs of the adolescent. This presentation is based on Dr. Neufeld’s attachment-based developmental paradigm and it applies to any adult involved with adolescents.

 (Coffee Break) 10:25 am- 10:40 am 

10:40 am - 12:05 pm

Session 3) Singapore A - Reducing Anxiety and Anger In Children & Adolescents with ADHD, LD & Mild ASD: The Heart-Brain Connection.

Speaker: Linda Aber is a certified Nurtured Heart®, Theraplay®, HeartMath® Anxiety & Anger Reduction Practitioner, Attachment Parent Coach, Family Life Educator and proud adoptive parent. For over 20 years she has provided parent coaching, parent educational workshops, social skills & social thinking groups for The Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities to families living with ADHD, LD, Mild Autism Spectrum,  Defiant, mood, adoption and attachment disorders. Linda presents to educators in various Montreal schools as well as (QPAT) the Quebec Teachers Conference. Empowerment of parents and educators is Linda's passion. She inspires to bring out the best in adults, so they can bring out the best in their children and students.

Seminar Topic: When children and teens become anxious, reactive or argumentative, the #1 mistake parents make is to use demand & command communication scripts.This reactive approach triggers both youth & adults adding fuel to the fire. In this lecture Linda will introduce strategies to take the difficult parenting moments, when you are simply trying to survive, and turn them into opportunities for your children to thrive. She will share the “heart-brain connection” that will empower parents with effective insights plus tools to help end the anxiety, yelling and power struggles.

Session 4) Hong Kong A - Resolving Mealtime Battles: Feeding Strategies for Children & Adolescents with ADHD, Mild ASD & Sensory Issues.

Speakers: Naureen Hanauni is a Montreal-based Registered Dietitian and family nutrionist. As a mom of two very energetic children, she understands the challenges of feeding children and has been helping families overcome their nutritional challenges for over a decade. She believes that developing a healthy relationship with food and body is as important as the food choices we make. Her approach to nutrition is mindful, intuitive and her interventions are rooted in an evidence-based approach. She has been featured on Breakfast Television, CBC radio and Huffington Post Canada.

Seminar Topic: Nutrition therapy can be a powerful tool in improving overall health and brain function of children with special needs. This workshop will focus on topics such as picky eating, feeding disorders and nutritional supplements. Practical solutions for low appetite, food rigidity and sensory challenges related to feeding will be explored. 

(Lunch on your own)  12:05 pm - 1:30 pm

Take the opportunity to visit the Exhibition Room where our exhibitors who will offer resources & guidance.

 1:30 pm - 2:55 pm

Session 5) Singapore A - What Parents Need to Know about ADHD Medication Management.

Speaker: Dr. Lily Hechtman is a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at McGill University and director of ADHD research in the division of child psychiatry. She is a child psychiatrist and an internationally recognized researcher in ADHD. Dr. Hechtman’s research has focused on long-term (15 year) prospective studies of children with ADHD followed into adolescence and adulthood. She conducted the first controlled multimodal treatment study on children with ADHD, which set the stage for the multi-site multimodal treatment study (the MTA study). Dr. Hechtman heads one of the sites for the MTA. Recently, she has focused on the diagnosis and treatment of adults with ADHD. Dr. Hechtman has also developed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions for adults and adolescents with ADHD. The Adolescent CBT study is funded by the Canadian Institution of Health Research and is currently recruiting participants.

Dr. Hechtman was honoured by the U.S. Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) for “outstanding professional achievement in medicine, education, and research on attention disorders.” In 2005, she also received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry award for ADHD research and the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry advocacy award. In summary, Dr. Hechtman combines a rigorous research background with extensive clinical expertise and experience.


Seminar Topic: In this presentation, internationally recognized ADHD researcher and child psychiatrist Dr. Lily Hechtman will introduce what medications can do and what they cannot do. She will describe the different medications for ADHD that are available and the advantages and limitations of each. Finally she will discuss medication side effects (short and long term) and how they are handled.


Session 6) Hong Kong A - But the Dog Ate My Homework: Strategies for School Success.


Speaker: Robin Bernstein is the founder of Brightside Learning, an academic support center that helps students with ADHD and executive functioning difficulties. She has over 10 years of experience teaching and coaching students with varying needs and is passionate about helping students reach their full potential.

Seminar Topic:  If you’ve ever said, “My child is smart but…” then this presentation is for you! Focusing on strategies to help students with organization, time management and study skills, you will walk out of this presentation equipped with new tools to start implementing right away! Other areas such as how to get students academically motivated, create healthy routines, and develop a sense of accountability and follow through will also be discussed.  

(Coffee Break) 2:55 pm - 3:10 pm

3:10 pm - 4:30 pm

Session 7) Singapore A -   Personal Stories: Living With ADHD/LD: The MCLD Ambassadors.

Speaker: The MCLD Ambassadors are a group of people with learning disabilities and /or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, who travel to different schools and other venues, presenting their own unique perspectives about what it is like to have LD and/or ADHD. They share their unique stories of how they managed to succeed despite the obstacles they faced. Their personal stories inspire, educate and touch the hearts of others.

Seminar Topic: The MCLD Ambassadors will share their own personal experiences about what it is like to have a learning disability or ADHD. They will relay poignant stories of the trials and tribulations encountered along the path, in school and employment circumstances as well as with their personal relationships, leading to where they are today. Audience members are invited to ask questions and share comments throughout the presentation helping to build a connection between the audience and speakers.

Joey Elias, Montreal comedian will close the conference with his unique brand of inspiration & humour.

A great start to this year's conference!

  Grab a quick continental breakfast & take advantage of our exhibitors who are ready to provide you with information and guidance.

  • Babar Books
  • Blocks Therapy Center
  • Camp Kennebec
  • Centennial Academy
  • Cindy Coady: A Parent's Perspective
  • Co-op Collective Vision
  • Creative Expression
  • Disability Financial Assistance Corporation
  • Geordie Productions
  • Hudson Literacy Clinic
  • Inspirations
  • Kells Academy
  • Master Brain Enterprises Inc.
  • Microcomputer Science Centre
  • Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities
  • Neurosolution Neuropsychology Clinic
  • Plant Love Grow
  • Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom Art Hive
  • Top Tutorat
  • Vanguard School


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