Mental Health & Well-Being

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Webinar Recording: Adolescent Stress, Coping Strategies and Learning Disabilities

This interactive webinar assisted participants in understanding the relationship between stress and coping strategies in adolescents with learning disabilities (LDs). In order to become familiar with these concepts, a framework on stress and coping strategies was first be presented. Then, the presenter discussed how the framework applies to stress and coping strategies for adolescents with LDs. The webinar concluded with an activity using case studies to help educators identify practical and effective interventions for students with LDs who are experiencing stress and who require functional coping strategies.

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VIDEO: A Mindfulness Practice to Support the Well-Being of Students with LDs – Feed All Four

This video provides an overview of the Feed All Four framework, developed by Trillium Lakelands District School Board. The Feed All Four framework is based on improving the social and emotional development and self-regulation of students through mindfulness and positive self-perception. This framework is beneficial to students with learning disabilities because it provides them the necessary tools to deal with conflict and anxiety, helps them focus on the task at hand, and encourages them to advocate for themselves. It also encourages them to look at the positive aspects of themselves as opposed to the negative aspects. These strategies are necessary for some students with LDs, but can be good for all.

VIDEO: Mindfulness Teaching Practices: Implementing the Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts Program in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (Part II)

This two-part video introduces an innovative, evidence-based mindfulness training program as a means of addressing self-regulation challenges in students with learning disabilities (LDs). Part I presents the Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA) program, an evidence-based intervention to support the mental health and well-being of students with LDs. Part II illustrates how educators in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) are implementing this best practice into the school system.  The Integra MMA program has been integrated into the Learning Strategies course within the secondary school system, with plans for expansion to the elementary level.

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VIDEO: Supporting the Mental Health and Well-Being of Students with LDs through Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (Part I)

This two-part video introduces an innovative, evidence-based mindfulness training program as a means of addressing self-regulation challenges in students with learning disabilities (LDs). Part I presents the Integra Mindfulness Martial Arts (MMA) program, an evidence-based intervention to support the mental health and well-being of students with LDs. Part II illustrates how educators in the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) are implementing this best practice into the school system.  The Integra MMA program has been integrated into the Learning Strategies course within the secondary school system, with plans for expansion to the elementary level.

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How Assistive Technology Affects Self-Esteem

This TalkLD’s podcast features a one-on-one interview with Chad Downes, Assistive Technology Advisor at Amethyst Demonstration School, one of the provincial schools for students with severe learning disabilities (LDs), in London, Ontario. In this podcast, Chad discusses how students at Amethyst School use various types of assistive technology (AT) to become successful learners, which in turn has a positive impact on their self-esteem.

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Social and Emotional Development of Students with LDs

In this TalkLD podcast, we discuss social and emotional development. This podcast features a one-on-one interview with Dr. Judith Wiener, Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Dr. Wiener shares her knowledge and perspective on the impact that educators and learning environments can have on the social and emotional development of students with learning disabilities (LDs) and their success in the classroom.

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Supporting the Social and Emotional Development of Students with Learning Disabilities

Click here to view the transcription of this webinar. Webinar Description: Many students with learning disabilities also struggle in their social-emotional development. How can educators and professionals support the development and social-emotional skills of children with learning disabilities? This webinar provided an overview of the complex interactions between learning disabilities and the development of social-emotional challenges in [...]

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Learning Disabilities and Mental Health

Prepared by Cindy Perras, M.Ed., OCT Educational Consultant, LDAO In general, the literature that discusses both mental health and learning disabilities (LDs) finds that those with LDs are at increased risk for mental health problems. According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario, 1 in 5 of children and youth under the age of 19 in Ontario has [...]

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VIDEO: Lessons Learned: Personal Stories of Learning Disabilities, Resilience and Mental Health

The Integra Program, a program of the Child Development Institute, is a children’s mental health agency in Toronto, providing mental health services to children and youth with learning disabilities (LDs) and mental health issues. The Integra Program, jointly with the TCDSB Psychology Department, produced a 25-minute video, “Lessons Learned: Personal Stories of Learning Disabilities, Resilience and Mental Health”. The Student Support Leadership Initiative (Toronto Region) provided funding for this joint project.

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The Child Development Institute and the Integra Program

Overview In 2014, the Child Development Institute (CDI) and the Integra Foundation amalgamated, bringing together two like-minded children’s mental health agencies in Toronto. As a result, the CDI is now the only accredited children’s mental health agency providing evidence-informed, therapeutic programs and services to children, youth and their families who are dealing with mental health [...]