Carousel Evening - Personalized Learning: Empowering Parents, Children and Youth

  • St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School

  • 675 O'Brien St., North Bay
  • Wednesday, May 17 2017
    • 5:00 p.m. Registration
    • 5:45 p.m. Keynote
    • 7:00 p.m. Refreshments
    • 7:30 p.m. Workshops

Personalized Learning: Empowering Parents, Children and Youth

Keynote SpeakerBarb Swartz-Biscaro

Barb Swartz-Biscaro is an associate with Helen Sanderson Associates in Canada. She has worked in the social service field for more than 15 years. She is passionate about person-centred practices in all areas of life. She has experience in developmental disabilities, acquired brain injury, mental health and the education sector. Barb enjoys life with her husband, 3 kids, 4 step children and 2 grandchildren as well as her dog and chickens.

About the Special Education Advisory Committee

Established in 1982, SEAC acts as an advisory body with respect to the development and delivery of special education programs and services. Over the years, Carousel Evening has become our main event for providing significant and timely information to our special education community. Join us as we celebrate the theme “Personalized Learning: Empowering Parents, Children and Youth”.

About Parent Involvement Committee

The PIC supports, encourages and enhances parent involvement at the Board level to improve student achievement and well-being. Over the past few years, the PIC has been actively involved in organizing and facilitating an annual parent symposium and a CSAC learning event. Areas of focus for these learning opportunities have included cyber safety, bullying, parental engagement, school climate and our Catholic faith. The PIC continues to meet regularly and to actively plan opportunities to build parent engagement in our schools.


Autism 101: The Basics of Treatments for Autism

With: Dr. Mary Grise (North Bay Regional Health Centre)

In this session, Dr. Grise will review the basics of the available evidence based treatments for autism including Intensive Behavioural Intervention, Applied Behaviour Analysis and medication.

Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Building Resilience

With: Patricia Tessier (NPSCDSB) & Melanie Tremblay (NPSCDSB)

This workshop will give an overview of signs and symptoms of anxiety in children and youth as well as strategies for coping and building resilience.

Coding to Learn at NPSC: What’s All the Hype About?

With: Bryan McCutcheon (NPSCDSB) & Nicolas Horth (NPSCDSB)

During this session we will be discussing the skills students develop when learning to program. As a group we will use technology to move an object through physical space and we will explore programs that students of all ages have created in our classes, clubs and competitions. More information at:

LD Means Learns Differently

With: Angie DeMarco (LDA Sudbury)

This experiential workshop will provide opportunities for attendees to participate in visual, auditory and kinetic challenges that are intended to provide a clearer understanding of the processing differences experienced by a person with a learning disability. In addition, the presentation will reference the key components of a “learning profile” and outline how, with this awareness, a student’s learning differences can be addressed with success.

One Page Profiles

With: Barb Swartz-Biscaro (Helen Sanderson Associates)

One Page Profiles are one approach to help provide individualized support in education. They are useful in the classroom but also in teams, families, faculty and senior administration. Participants in this session will learn about the main components of the One Page Profile and the significance of each section. They will also learn how to build a profile of best practices that will ensure proper use and success of One Page Profiles. 

Profile of an LD Learner: Accommodations and Resources

With: Stefanie Reading (LDAO North Bay and Area)

This workshop provides an overview and understanding of students with a learning disability in the classroom. It will focus on the different types of learners and how to incorporate a variety of teaching styles in the classroom. After understanding the learner, the workshop will provide mathematical resources and accommodations for the students and teachers to incorporate into the classroom. Making math interactive, hands-on and fun!

Screen Time: How Much is Too Much?

With: Lynn Barnhardt (NPSCDSB), Alyson Bobby (One Kids Place) & Samantha-Jane Odorizzi (NPSCDSB)

This workshop will touch on the newest recommendations of screen time exposure from birth and the impact on language development, sleep patterns, attention, and learning skills in children.

Supporting Your Child in French as a Second Language

With: Tricia Renaud (NPSCDSB)

NPSC, with the support Ontario Ministry of Education and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, has developed a document entitled: A Parent Guide to Supporting Students with Special Education Needs in French as a Second Language. This document is the result of a research project with Nipissing University Professor Callie Mady. Join us to explore the benefits of keeping your child enrolled in the French program, and how to support them along their journey as second language learners.

Thinking Outside of the Boxes (of Which There are Many)

With: Dr. Jeff Phillips (Lifeworks Holistic Health Centre) & Mike Walker (Nipissing University)

Dr. Phillips and Mike Walker will share with you ways to take charge of your own health and the health of your loved ones. They will share personal health stories as well as the stories of many clients over the years. They will also discuss research and literature addressing issues, ranging from Anxiety, Autism, Autoimmune Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Learning Disability, Pain, Ties and Trauma. Take charge of your own health, starting today.

Tools for Life

With: Lori Schlueting (NPSCDSB)

Parents will learn skills to help their child understand how to be calm, listen to others, be alert to body cues, communicate respectfully and improve social skills through using the Tools for Life Home START program. Each parent will receive a kit (valued at $100). Participants will be arming yourself with tools that will strengthen resilience, build confidence, and build strong relationships.