Updates at the Child & Youth Development Clinic
The CYDC is now beginning to offer telepsychology services, such as telephone appointments or video conferencing, for current clients and families. Our graduate student clinician team is reaching out to families who have recently received services. Current or past clients of the CYDC who feel they would benefit from consultation or support over the next few weeks, are encouraged to contact Dr. Colin King or Leesa Couper. Given the unique circumstances, ongoing support may not be a possibility for all clients or all graduate student clinicians.
Over the upcoming months, the CYDC hopes to begin offering clinical supports to new CYDC clients and families who might benefit from telepsychology support during this stressful time. As the coronavirus situation continues to unfold, the clinic is also giving consideration to other forms of support, such as webinars or online groups that may be a suitable form of support for the CYDC and families.
Listed below are a number of urgent supports in the community, should these resources be of interest.
- Kids Help Phone (< 16 years) 1-800-668-6868
- Crisis and Intake Team – Support Services 24/7 (12 – 18 years) 519-433-0334
- CMHA - Support Line (16 years +) 519-601-8055
- Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Centre (16 years +) 519-433-2023
- Big White Wall - Peer to Peer Support Community (16 years +)
EXCEL (15-18 Yr. Olds): Executive Skills Program for Learning & Life
Be more PRODUCTIVE and SUCCESSFUL in school
If your child has weak executive skills, they may be easily overwhelmed with tasks that have multiple components; be in Inflexible in their thinking; be disorganized, have problems planning and prioritizing; lack initiative or be impulsive; or put too little or too much effort into their work.
Learning to Connect in collaboration with the Child and Youth Development clinic is offering EXCEL- a 5-week program to improve executive skills (e.g., organization, focus, and self-regulation). Both strategy instruction AND supported strategy practice using the student's own schoolwork is provided by two speech-language pathologists with the support of psychology and speech-language pathology graduate students. At the end of the program, students will have: a better understanding of their strengths/weaknesses, a toolkit of executive strategies, and individualized plans to improve challenging activities. This program is appropriate for 15-18 year olds. Students may have a diagnosis such as learning disability, attention disorder, or brain injury/concussion.
Every Tuesday from February 11th to March 10th
7:00 - 8:30 pm
1163 Richmond Street
$295. Funding may be available through benefits (a receipt for speech-language pathology services is provided), auto insurance/WSIB, or OSAP disability grants.
For more information and to register email Learning to Connect Info or contact Nicole Ferreira at 519-615-9532 or Elizabeth Skirving at 519-282-9695.