Imagine Child Life

Imagine Child Life Certified Child Life Specialist providing therapeutic and developmental support services for infants, children, and youth.

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09/30/2021
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Orange Shirt Day and what is now called 'The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is coming up on September 30. Here is a free resource for educators and parents of children learning and participating in Orange Shirt Day. A coloring page can be a simple tool to engage children and gives them an...

“Our aim is to understand each child’s strengths and challenges so that we can better support and nurture the unique abi...
09/28/2021
Intervention in Infants Showing Early Signs of Autism Reduces Symptom Severity, Odds of Diagnosis by Age 3

“Our aim is to understand each child’s strengths and challenges so that we can better support and nurture the unique abilities they bring to this world.”

Receipt of a pre-emptive intervention for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from age 9 months among a sample of infants showing early signs of ASD led to reduced ASD symptom severity across early childhood and reduced the odds of an ASD diagnosis at age 3 years, according to a study published in JAMA P...

09/24/2021

This playlist is now live on our YouTube channel, find it here: https://bit.ly/3EJGdNP

🧡 #truthandreconciliation #cbckids #mollyofdenali #everychildmatters

Photos from What's Your Grief's post
09/22/2021

Photos from What's Your Grief's post

Great #ChildLife activity!
09/21/2021

Great #ChildLife activity!

Five Tips for Living With a Grief Monster What's Your Grief
09/20/2021

Five Tips for Living With a Grief Monster What's Your Grief

Timeline Photos
09/20/2021

Timeline Photos

Do you want a tour of our site to see what it has to offer the youth you serve? Do you want to learn how to make referrals? Do you already refer, but want to learn about our islands?

Join us on any of these dates! E-mail [email protected] or send us a DM for log in info!

09/18/2021

"Autistic kids are often told that we need help with our social skills. When I am hanging out with people who understand me, my social skills are actually quite awesome!" This quote, which we share often, came from one of our Autistic mentees (age 13) in response to the question, "What is something you wish everyone would understand?"

For a deeper dive, please see:
▪️ From our I CAN Team, "Why Autistic-Led Mentoring Matters" (tinyurl.com/yxwga67h)
▪️ From The Autistic OT, a fabulous video about the basis of Autistic friendships (tinyurl.com/y36tcoqy)
▪️ From Speaking of Autism - Quincy Hansen, "Different Social Skills, Not Lack Thereof" (tinyurl.com/y66g7orf)
▪️ From Scott Barry Kaufman in Scientific American, "Autistic People Make Great Social Partners if You Actually Give Them a Chance"(tinyurl.com/y4k8qcnj)

Timeline Photos
09/17/2021

Timeline Photos

Fun Fact Friday! Contrary to a common misconception, learning two languages at the same time does not cause language delay in young children!
#friday #funfactfriday

Read about the Card System for getting vaccinations!
09/17/2021
CARD System

Read about the Card System for getting vaccinations!

The CARD system provides strategies that can be used to help cope before and during vaccination. The system consists of resources such as videos and handouts that will help to prepare you and your child for a vaccination.

Great workshop offered with amazing Child Life Specialist Jocelyn Leworthy.
09/10/2021

Great workshop offered with amazing Child Life Specialist Jocelyn Leworthy.

Worry Creatures Workshop

Children & families, join Jocelyn Leworthy to normalize, express, and validate worries that people can experience, and practice coping strategies, including decorating your very own worry creature.

Register by September 24th! 🗓️
www.albinism.org/workshops

09/09/2021

#GildasGoesGold for Childhood Cancer Awareness month! Our #ChildLife Specialist, Jocelyn and her side kick JJ are rocking their gold for all of the incredible children and teens they work with! Did you know that Gildas Club Simcoe Muskoka offers an array of psychosocial supports for children, youth and families impacted by paediatric cancer? We offer FREE child life, play based supports, support groups, educational workshops, social activities and so much more! All of which strive to provide diagnosis education, , preparation for cancer related experiences, coping support opportunities for self expression, connection to others etc. We currently offer a comprehensive schedule of virtual activities with some opportunities for in person as well. Email [email protected] for more info! 💛🎗 #cancersupporrcommunity #gildasclub #childhoodcancerawareness #pediatriconcology #childlife #Barrie #SimcoeCounty #Orillia #Innisfil #Newmarket #Bradford #Collingwood #wasagabeach

Photos from Early Intervention DT's post
09/07/2021

Photos from Early Intervention DT's post

Updating Outdated Practices in Early Childhood Education
08/11/2021
Updating Outdated Practices in Early Childhood Education

Updating Outdated Practices in Early Childhood Education

By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. The 21st century began on January 1st, 2001. Today’s children deserve learning experiences grounded in practices that are in keeping with a new era of play and learnin…

AAP sharpens focus on mental health
08/10/2021
AAP sharpens focus on mental health

AAP sharpens focus on mental health

Prior to the start of the pandemic in early 2020, AAP leaders from across the organization identified mental health as a priority, recognizing escalating rates of concerns and increasing difficulties accessing care. The experiences of youths, families and pediatricians over the past year and a half....

Great video about returning to school and getting ready-introduced to crowds following isolation and virtual learning.#C...
08/09/2021
More People Around | Sesame Street in Communities

Great video about returning to school and getting ready-introduced to crowds following isolation and virtual learning.
#ChildLife #ReturnToSchool #Parenting #Children

Suddenly there are going to be many more people around--and that can be both exciting and challenging. With a little thought and some advance planning, there are ways to make the transition smoother.

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08/08/2021

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Children are not ours to "control." They have a thriving spirit that needs to learn and grow through their mistakes. Our job is to watch over them, love them for who they* truly are, and guide them as they navigate their life. Their path is their own, and it is our greatest privilege to be a witness in their personal evolution.

Love these!
08/08/2021

Love these!

https://bit.ly/StrengthStones Free Download! Let me know if you'd like the link and I'll message it to your FB inbox. Strength Stones are a fun & empowering gift to share with your young ones. Assembly required (Instructions in the PDF) 💜
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WAYS TO USE: 1). Place in basket and invite students/clients to pick out a stone which either reflects one of their strengths, or is a reminder of their goal, want, or need. 2). Invite students/clients to randomly pick one out, and ask them to share about a time in their life when they displayed that strength. 3). Use as a worry stone/fidget. 4). Parents can add them to their kid's lunchboxes!

Great video for kids on emotional regulation!
08/08/2021
Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?

Great video for kids on emotional regulation!

Simple, easy-to-understand whiteboard animation to help early Elementary-aged children gain an understanding of the way their brains work to recognize and ma...

How to Know if Your Child Is Being Bullied
08/06/2021
How to Know if Your Child Is Being Bullied

How to Know if Your Child Is Being Bullied

We want to support kids who are being bullied, but we don't want to intervene every time a child has a bad experience. When does teasing become torment?

Great tips from Child Life Disaster Relief on explaining #WildFires to children.
08/05/2021

Great tips from Child Life Disaster Relief on explaining #WildFires to children.

It can be difficult finding the right words to describe a disaster. In our disaster resources, we provide simple explanations in honest, developmentally appropriate language to help parents and caregivers explain disasters to children.⁠⁠
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So, what is a wildfire?⁠⁠
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Fire can be helpful and is used to toast marshmallows or keep us warm at a campsite. But Fire can also be dangerous when it becomes out of control. Fires are made from fuel, oxygen and a heat source. When it is hot and there has been little rain; trees, branches and leaves will dry out. If a heat source such as a spark from a campfire or a lightning bolt connects with fuel such as the dry trees, it will ignite a fire and spread quickly. Flames are the part of the fire we can see, but people need to also protect themselves from the smoke and heat from the fire.⁠⁠
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For more resources on wildfires or developmentally appropriate explanations of other disasters, check out the link in our bio to our disaster resources.⁠⁠
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#cldr #childlifedisasterrelief #childlife #disasterrelief #disasterresources #resourcesforkids #disaster #wildfire

07/14/2021

We are launching a fundraiser to create direct therapy hours for children who otherwise may not be able to access the full clinical support they need.

We take great care to help our students explore their creative and sensory talents by integrating their learning programs with our many toys and learning materials. Thanks to our supplier, Flaghouse, we are excited to be able to bring our families and their friends the opportunity to purchase therapy supporting learning materials at competitive prices.

We are asking our community to consider purchasing these items for their families or for donation to an organization supporting children.

Please visit our Fundraiser at www.mplc.ca/shop

Thank you to Flaghouse for supporting our community!

Photos from Serenity Guinea Pig Rescue's post
07/12/2021

Photos from Serenity Guinea Pig Rescue's post

Repost from UPOPOLIS ✔️only check your email one time during the day✔️wake up and don’t check your phone until you are o...
07/12/2021

Repost from UPOPOLIS
✔️only check your email one time during the day
✔️wake up and don’t check your phone until you are out of bed
✔️unfollow accounts if they don’t make you happy
✔️move your social apps off your Home Screen
✔️turn off push notifications and badge
✔️read a book before bed instead of checking your phone
✔️set time limits for your app usage
✔️put your phone away when with a friend/family member
✔️walk around when you feel like going on your phone

Repost from UPOPOLIS
✔️only check your email one time during the day
✔️wake up and don’t check your phone until you are out of bed
✔️unfollow accounts if they don’t make you happy
✔️move your social apps off your Home Screen
✔️turn off push notifications and badge
✔️read a book before bed instead of checking your phone
✔️set time limits for your app usage
✔️put your phone away when with a friend/family member
✔️walk around when you feel like going on your phone

06/29/2021

Have you ever wondered why cold water seems to make you feel better? When I was a kid in primary school, I remember that whenever a child approached a teacher feeling unwell or upset, the teacher would say "Do you want to go and splash your face with cold water?" I used to think "How is that going to help? Surely the teacher is just trying to get rid of this kid..."⠀

Well, research actually shows that cold-water face immersion produces physiological changes that help us to relax. It does this by switching off the sympathetic nervous system (responsible for the fight or flight response) and stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system (the part which controls bodily functions). It instantaneously brings down your heart rate to make you feel more calm.⠀

The specific part of the parasympathetic nervous system that's stimulated is the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is a branching nerve that connects most of the major organs between the brain and colon. It has been described as a mediator between thinking and feeling, so it is frequently referred to when discussing relaxation techniques, in particular, for anxiety.⠀

Next time you (or your child) are feeling anxious or stressed, try a splash of cold water on your face, a cool shower or bath, or a dip in the ocean. For kids at school, I recommend splashing their face, a cold drink, sucking on ice, or placing an icepack/cold flannel on the back of their neck.⠀



#polyvagaltheory #vagusnerve #porges #nervoussystem #anxiety #stress #relaxation #neuroscience #evidencebasedpractice #occupationaltherapy #perthot #coldwaterfaceimmersion #divingreflex #cranialnerves

Some great fundraising ideas from Child Life Disaster Relief
06/28/2021

Some great fundraising ideas from Child Life Disaster Relief

The Interplay Podcast Episode #10 Part 1
06/27/2021
The Interplay Podcast Episode #10 Part 1

The Interplay Podcast Episode #10 Part 1

Welcome to The Interplay Podcast. THIS is what you've been waiting for!! Dating 101 with one of the best couples! Nico and Cat talk about their journey into ...

Looks like a lot of fun! Epilepsy Toronto is running a virtual program this summer for youth living with epilepsy.
06/25/2021

Looks like a lot of fun! Epilepsy Toronto is running a virtual program this summer for youth living with epilepsy.

Don't miss this epic lineup!

Join Epilepsy Toronto this summer for 4 nights of teen programming via Zoom.

Open to high school-aged youth living with epilepsy, it's the perfect way to connect and make friends over some fun and exciting events.

Reserve your spot today! Email Katie at: [email protected]

Local rabbi creates Braille Torah for the visually impaired
06/17/2021
Local rabbi creates Braille Torah for the visually impaired

Local rabbi creates Braille Torah for the visually impaired

Rabbi Lenny Sarko of Congregation Emanu-El Israel in Greensburg lost some of his vision for a time due to diabetes. That motivated him to create a Braille Sefer Torah.

Earlier this month I created a homemade book for washi tape play, for the children I support who have an aversion to ban...
06/16/2021

Earlier this month I created a homemade book for washi tape play, for the children I support who have an aversion to bandages and medical tape. For some, this aversion stems from their sensory profile, while for others, from medical trauma.
After drawing simple pictures made mostly of straight lines I then laminated each page.
The purpose of the book is for kids to play with washi tape, decorating the pictures. Washi tape isn’t as sticky as bandages and medical tape, nor does it tend to look medicalized. Children can then get used to the look and feel of the washi tape during play. Then, once comfortable, they can then “move up” to creating works of art with bandages.
Further sensory experience can also be added by allowing children to wipe the tape residue off the laminated pictures with alcohol wipes or cotton balls dipped in water or rubbing alcohol.

Thank you to the kiddos who shared their completed projects with me to share on social media!

#ChildLife #ChildLifeSpecialist #MedicalPlay #TherapeuticPlay #TherapeuticArt #Trauma #SensoryProcessing #SensoryPlay #WashiTape #WashiTapeArt

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