Welcome Back

Welcome to a new school year!  It's so nice to see many familiar faces and welcome to all new new students and families. My name is Karen Gay and I am the Inclusive Education Facilitator at Ecole Parc. My role includes counselling, child advocacy, school-based consultation, coordination of services and educational programming.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about your child's programming or well-being via phone (780)998-3741 or email:  karen.gay@eips.ca  

My hours for Ecole Parc during the 2017-2018 school year are:

Mondays:  9:30am-2:00pm

Wednesdays:  9:30am-3:10pm

Executive Functioning

 Three areas of Executive Functioning:

1.  Working Memory

2.  Cognitive Flexibility (Flexible Thinking)

3.  Inhibitory Control (Includes self-control)

Why are executive function skills important?

They impact:  learning; behavior and emotions; social situations and relationships

Signs of executive functioning difficulties:  Depending on which skills your child struggles with most, and the task attempted, you may see different signs such as:

- Finds it hard to figure out how to get started on a task

- Can focus on small details or the overall picture, but not both at the same time

- Has trouble figuring out how much time a task requires

- Does things either quickly and messily or slowly and completely

- Find it hard to incorporate feedback into work or activity

- Sticks with a plan, even with it's clear the plan isn't working

- Has trouble paying attention/ is easily distracted

- Loses a train of thought when interrupted

- Needs to be told the directions many times

- Has trouble making decisions

- Has a tough time switching gears from one activity to another

- Doesn't always have the words to explain something in detail

- Needs help processing when something feels/sounds/looks like

- Isn't able to think about or do more than one thing at a time

- Remembers information better using cues, abbreviations or acronyms

Source:  National Center for Learning and Development

Executive Functioning Activities by developmental level (Birth to Teen): 

https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/executive-functioning-issues/3-areas-of-executive-function

Supporting Parents

Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society 

To register for the following sessions (except Parenting Together session), please call 780-998-5595 ext 221 for more information.

Kids Have Stress Too

This workshop is designed to help parents and caregivers better understand childhood stress and how to provide children with tools to deal with stress more effectively.

Triple P:  Positive Parenting Programs:  Triple P Seminar Series

Two hour workshops with practical parenting ideas - topics include:

The Power of Positive Parenting

Raising Confident and Competent Children

Raising Resilient Children

Triple P Discussion Group

Discussion groups are 2 hour sessions that offer practical advice to parents dealing with specific behaviours.  Sessions available include:

Dealing with Disobedience

Bedtime Routines

Managing Fighting and Aggression

Triple P Grourp

This group is 8 weeks long, 5 in-class and 3 telephone sessions.  Parents are asked to set specific goals for their family and learn practical tools to reach those goals.

Handle With Care

Interactive program that helps parents and caregivers support the mental health of young children from 0-6 years

Topics include:  Building Trust/Attachment, Promotion and enhancing self-esteem, Expression emotions, Relationships with others.

Parenting Together

A group for parents who want to improve their relationship with each other and with their children.  Free supper!

Wednesdays 4:30pm-7:30pm, 9901-90 Street

For the Parenting Together sessions, please call Ashley to register:  780-998-5595 ext 232

 

Community Connections

Psychologist Association Referral Line 1-888-424-0297

Alberta Health Services Children Youth & Families Addiction and Mental Health Community Services Intake Services 780-342-2701

Intake Services provide a single point of access to children's mental health services and support for children and youth ages 5-17 years of age and their families residing within Edmonton and area who require mental health assessment and treatment.  A telephone screening interview is conducted by a mental health therapist.  Based on the information received and the availability of other community resources a decision will be made regarding the appropriate service.

Alberta Health Services Adult Intake 780-342-2388

Local Support:

Primary Care Network 780-997-0046  www.albertaheartlandpcn.com

Offers free services in Fort Saskatchewan; no referral required

Fort Saskatchewan Mental Health Clinic 780-342-2388

Boys & Girls Club 780-992-0103  www.fortsask.bgccan.com

City of Fort Saskatchewan Family and Community Support Services  780-992-6767

Subsidized Counselling 780-992-6267

Family School Liaison Program 780-992-6267

Youth and Family Services 780-992-6265

Families First Society 780-998-5595 ext. 221  www.familiesfirstsociety.ca

Programs for parents and their young children to play and learn together; programs for parents and caregivers; family support for those impacted by family violence, baby loss or a shoulder to lean on

Crisis Support:

Support Network 211

Health Link 811

Victim's Services 780-992-6126

Child Protection Emergencies 1-800-387-5437

Family Violence Crisis Line 780-464-7233

Toll Free 1-877-252-7233

Human Services Child and Family Services Division 780-998-6762

Other Emergency Contacts:

Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-387-KIDS (5437)

Children's Mental Health Crisis Line 780-427-4491

Emergency Shelter, Food, Transportation 1-866-644-5137

Adult Mental Health Community Urgent Services and Stabilization Team 780-342-7777