Parent Workshops

Foothills Academy Society Parent Workshops (Open to the public)

All of our Parent Workshops are held at Foothills Academy from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $10 and is payable online or at the door. Everyone (Foothills Academy school parents and the general community) is welcome to come. To ensure that we have enough space for everyone, we request that you pre-register through the online registration form link after each workshop description.

Spring 2017  Parent Workshops 

Tuesday, May 16th

Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a formal mental health condition that has a prevalence rate of 5-6%.  Yet, because of lack of knowledge and awareness of DCD, this condition is frequently overlooked or misdiagnosed by doctors, psychologists and other mental health professionals. Learn why it is important to know about this diagnosis and how to look for the ‘signs’ of this condition when working with school-aged children.

Presenter: Dr. Paulene Kamps
Dr. Kamps is a registered psychologist, certified teacher, kinesiologist and author who considers herself an educator about and advocate for people who are dealing with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).  She loves to present, write and talk about DCD. Dr. Kamps has worked as a special education classroom teacher for students who have learning problems, emotional/behavioural difficulties, and specific syndromes and conditions. She has also been employed with numerous private agencies and in three of Alberta’s large public school districts. In addition, Dr. Kamps has a part-time private practice in Calgary, Alberta.

Click here to register for the About Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) Workshop

Tuesday, June 6th – NEW DATE!

Due to popular demand, we are offering this workshop for a second time this year. Executive Functions (EF) are the cognitive management system of the brain. We all have strengths and weaknesses in our executive functions, however, individuals with ADHD and LD may experience much more difficulty in development and use of these functions than others of the same age and developmental level. These impairments are usually due to difficulties in the chemistry of the brain’s management system. This can result in behaviours that are often labelled as “attention seeking”, “defiant”, “showing off”, “unmotivated” or “lazy”, “emotional overreactions”, and “inflexible”, just to name a few.
Parenting a child with executive functioning issues can have its challenges, both in the home and at school. Learn what executive functions (EF) are; how and when they develop; how deficits in EF can impact your child and family dynamics; and how you can support your child with EF Deficits. This session will also increase parents’ knowledge on how EF deficits impact how their child learns and what they can do to help their child at school.
Presenter: Tanya Keto, BEd, MEd and Provisional Psychologist

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