Mental Health & Well-Being

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LDMH: A Handbook on Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

The Integra Program by the Child Development Institute is the only accredited children’s mental health agency in Canada to specialize in providing mental health services exclusively to children, youth and families with learning disabilities.  LDMH: A Handbook on Learning Disabilities and Mental Health is a resource developed by Integra Program staff as part of their [...]

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Webinar Recording: Recognizing and Supporting Anxiety in Students with LDs

This webinar will provide educators with an understanding of the relationship between anxiety and LDs. Practical strategies for supporting the student with anxiety and LDs in primary, elementary, and secondary school settings will be shared.

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Has there been any research exploring the effects of Mindfulness on adolescents with LDs?

Approaches drawing on mindfulness have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Research in school settings, specifically relating to students with LDs, is still only in the beginning stages, but the results available to date are promising.

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The Elephant in the Classroom

by Elisa Blasi, Learning Disabilities Association of York Region Ambassador Elisa's Story Have you ever heard the term “the elephant in the room”? It is often used when there is an obvious issue or problem that everyone can see, yet, in order to avoid an uncomfortable situation, is sidestepped. For most of my life, I [...]

By |January 27th, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Well-Being, Self-Advocacy|Tags: , |0 Comments
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An Introduction to Self-Regulation

by Michael Fairbrother and Dr. Jessica Whitley What Is Self-regulation? Self-regulated learning is a process that assists students in managing their thoughts, behaviours, and emotions in order to successfully navigate their learning experiences (Zumbrunn, Tadlock, & Roberts, 2011). According to Canadian researcher, Shanker (2012), “self-regulation refers to a child’s ability to deal with stressors effectively and efficiently and then return to a baseline [...]

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How can educators help students be empathetic towards students with learning disabilities?

Help students be empathetic towards students with learning disabilities Meta-description: Start by modelling empathy and understanding. Students want to succeed and if they aren’t doing well it is often because something is getting in the way.

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How can mindfulness help students deal with feelings of anxiety?

In high school, we are seeing more and more students voice concerns about anxiety around oral presentations. They often choose to take a zero on the assignment rather than do the presentation.  How can mindfulness strategies help our students who are experiencing these anxieties around presentations? LDs and Anxiety To begin, it is useful to [...]

  • Elli Weisbaum, BFA, MES is a Toronto-based mindfulness practitioner and teacher

WEBINAR RECORDING: Introduction to Mindfulness for Educators, Classrooms and School Communities

This webinar explored the emerging field of mindfulness in education, providing participants with a foundational understanding of what mindfulness is and why it has become an increasingly accepted and popular resource for teachers and students, in Ontario and around the world, to increase well-being and self-regulation, and combat issues such as burn-out, anxiety, and stress.

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Strategies to Support Students with Learning Disabilities who Experience Anxiety

In this summary, anxiety refers to fears that are out of proportion to the danger and that adversely affects a student’s ability to function in daily life (Turgeon and Brousseau, 2000). According to the research, many students with LDs show signs of short- and long-term stress that can lead to anxiety and affect them throughout their lives (Painchaud, 2014, p. 4). This summary offers educators an overview of these signs, as well as strategies for supporting students with LDs who experience anxiety at school.

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How can educators support student mental health and well-being for long-term success?

Students with learning disabilities are at increased risk for mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, low self-esteem and disruptive behaviours. According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario, 1 in 5 of children and youth under the age of 19 in Ontario has a mental health problem. This means that almost 20% of students in a typical classroom may be dealing with a mental health problem - making it difficult for them to learn, or regulate their behaviour appropriately. These statistics have significant implications for educators who are in need of information, resources and strategies to support the mental health and well-being of students with LDs.