Survey Says…

Survey Reveals Significant Emotional and Social Gains for Students with Learning Disabilities Parents, teachers and therapists will tell you that students with Learning Disabilities also struggle with organization, emotional regulation, attention and focus. In fact, students themselves will tell you that they struggle with these skills in addition to anxiety, low self-esteem and motivation. NILD […]

Modelling Reading

SHARING the LOVE of READING! Modelling behaviour, such as reading, is important in the world of humans as well as in nature. Recently, on a beautiful fall hike through the forest, I saw a young deer with his ears alert, listening for danger. He was foraging around choosing the best leaves, as taught by his […]

Modelling A Positive Outlook

As I was walking along our local beach last week to enjoy the last throes of summer, it felt like the seagulls had reclaimed the territory after all the summer tourists left. Wandering through the sand, I noticed one seagull limping, trying desperately to catch up with the other ones in the group. Suddenly the […]

Bring Back Silence, Wonder, and Solitude

Have you ever wondered what life is like for your child? What do they hear and do every day? How is life different from when you were growing up? Our children have everything at their fingertips. They don’t need to wonder if there are poisonous snakes in Canada, they can just “Google” it and find […]

How a Conference Can Inspire Your Curiosity

Have you ever come home from a conference and been so inspired you can’t wait to get back into the classroom, your special education room, or your therapy station? A Professional Conference is great for stimulating your thinking, inspiring your curiosity, and creating dialogue with other educators and therapists. Recently I attended the National Institute […]

Exercise is Good for the Brain!

Just as our bodies benefit from movement and exercise, so do our brains! Exercise is not only beneficial for our bodies to be fit and our hearts to be healthy, but for our brains to function more efficiently as well. Exercise has significant effects on the brain in helping it be ready to think and […]

5 Reasons to Attend NILD Canada’s Annual Conference

In this day of podcasts, webinars, and social media, why would an educator take the time to attend an educators’ conference? Furthermore, why would educators or parents choose NILD Canada’s Annual Conference? 5 Reasons to Attend the Conference Connect personally with our guest speakers: Dr. Christina Belcher and Shari Pyle. This is your chance to ask […]

Interview with Two Education Experts – NILD Conference Guest Speakers

We are delighted to have Dr. Christina Belcher and Shari Pyle speaking at our upcoming conference: Engaging the Mind for Cognitive Change, April 21, 22, 2017 at Tyndale University College, Toronto, ON. Both of these guest speakers draw on a wealth of experience in the field of education and are excited to share their knowledge […]

Flying Around with Words

Painters work with colour and form – Musicians work with sounds, rhythms – Poets work with words. Words are hard to pin down – they slither away from you, yet they are the best way we have of convening ideas, thoughts and emotions. (Bill Moore – Words that Taste Good) Teachers, educational therapists, and anyone […]

Helping our Children to be Grateful

Many things are vying for our child’s attention and loyalty. Social media, electronic devices, extra-curricular activities and worldly pressures can drain our children’s time and distract them.  Helping our children be grateful will help them be grounded. The benefits of gratitude go far beyond the “thank you” we offer. Demonstrating appreciation for and to our […]