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Special Needs Symposium

for Parents and Caregivers

Participation is limited, register today!

November 29 to December 1, 2022  -  Gatineau, Qc

With the vision of becoming “Stronger Together” ᒫᒨ ᒪᔥᑰᑳᐴᐦᑖᐤ, the Symposium aims to provide a forum for parents and caregivers to connect with one another through a series of workshops, presentations, and opportunities for dialogue. The themes will include parental/caregiver empowerment, practical tools, resources, and more.

We look forward to meeting the parents and caregivers of special needs children and adults, and discovering new paths to move forward in partnership.

Stay tuned for more information on the CSB radio shows, social media and upcoming CSB Community Tours.

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Workshops and Activities

Registration for workshops will be on site at the event
Becoming a Behavioural Detective; understanding what behaviours are trying to tell us
Have you ever wondered why someone behaves the way they do? Have you ever been curious about what those behaviours are trying to communicate? Applied Behaviour Analysis provides a framework for understanding what those behaviours are trying to tell us and a starting point for what to do next. Come learn how this kind of approach can be added to your toolbox.
What is Jordan's Principle and How to Apply?
This workshop will cover the steps required to apply to Jordan’s Principle. How to apply and what is needed to complete your application.
The What, Where, Why and How of Calm Down Kits
A calm down kit is a kit full of visuals and sensory tools to help children and adults cope with their emotions in a positive and safe manner. Come and receive yours, and learn how to use it.
Using Your Voice to Advocate for Your Child's Needs
Sharing our journey through different systems that have confused, scared or shamed them—followed by tips and strategies that can help your voice to be heard.
Feeling too much or too little, What is Sensory Awareness?
Our senses help us connect with ourselves and the world, and feeling too much or too little can change this connection. Come learn about the different senses and how they can shape behaviour, and how to help with sensory issues.
Avoiding Stormy Behaviors at Home: The Importance of Routines and Transitions
Paddling in a storm takes a lot of effort. Routines are the key to preventing meltdowns and stormy behaviours. Learn how to use various tools and visual aids to create daily routines and smooth transitions.
Are You Struggling with Your Child's Use of Digital Devices?
Digital devices are often used as a learning support. However, misuse of digital devices can impact a child's social, emotional, and behavioural development. During this session, you will learn practical tips on managing your child's digital devices and social media use.

A Picture Says a 1000 Words; Come Learn About Visual Supports
Visual supports are simple tools that can make a big difference when working with people with communication difficulties. Learn what visual supports are, why they are important, who they are for, and how to use them efficiently.
The Road to School Success; Educational Pathways for All
School success can be measured in different ways. This workshop will explore the different educational paths to allow for all students to be given the opportunity to have a successful and productive school experience.
Nipissing and ASQ Screeners; Let's Start a Conversation
Come learn about screening tools used at daycare to start a conversation about early intervention.
Putting Visuals To Work for You; Learn to Use a Visual Schedule
In this interactive workshop, you will learn and practice how to create and use visual schedules. Visual schedules can help people "see" what you mean, prepare for transitions and build autonomy. They can also work with many different ages and abilities.
Let's play with words! Learning About Language Development Strategies
Discover how simple strategies can greatly impact children's language development. The CBHSSJB Speech-Language Therapists will share simple tips using books, games and everyday routines to stimulate language development in children with speech and language impairments.
What About Me? A mindful approach to difficult parenting moments
A workshop will help you find time just for you. We'll explore how a regular mindfulness practice can help you through your most challenging parenting moments.
Out on the Land with the Family
During part 1 of this workshop, the Land-Based team members will draw on their past experiences to discuss possible adaptations for students with special needs when going on Land-Based outings. Part 2 will be a discussion to hear your experience as a caregiver when bringing your child onto the land.


Registration is open now and will continue until all places are filled, October 31st at the latest.

Click here to register online

If you need assistance with the online registration, contact your local school.

Who can participate?

  • Registration is open to the parents and caregivers of special needs children and adults, on a first come, first served basis.
  • Each family may have two participants.

What’s included for participants?

  • Participants travel (either in private vehicles or group travel by bus or charter plane) and meals on travel days.
  • Participants’ breakfast and lunch for each of the three days of the conference, one banquet and per diem for two suppers.
  • Four nights lodging (One hotel room per family) (Arrival: Monday, November 28, Departure: Friday, December 2nd)
  • Workshop materials and handouts.
  • Giveaways, door prizes and more!

Important note

Childcare and respite care are not available on-site at the Symposium.
Funding for childcare or respite care is available.

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Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.