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 […]

Unobtrusive Mourning Doves and Making a Change

We have a community of unobtrusive and content mourning doves in our backyard. They are generally quiet other than their low coos, very plain looking next to the vibrant male cardinal, and generally very unobtrusive. I’ve never thought about them too much, other than musing about their peaceful demeanour.  A classroom is much like a […]

Celebrate the Simple Things

Do you celebrate the simple things with your children? A mother’s heart is a tender thing.  It is difficult to watch our children struggle or face challenges with learning or with their behaviour.  We may see their frustration as they try to complete homework, or make friends, or even just be happy. It can be […]

Christmas is coming!

Have you looked at your calendars lately? Christmas is coming! I absolutely love the Christmas holidays, just ask anyone in my family! I love the spirit, the decorations, the smells, time with family, and the time to focus on the most meaningful things. Our family has many traditions that I just love and we have […]

On the Value of Tenacity

Have you ever noticed that children who have learning challenges tend to grow up to be very tenacious adults? They often have to work extra hard to be noticed in the classroom, they sometimes have social challenges that need extra guidance to work through, and they know that if they give up they will face […]