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Ordinary Magic – A Huge Success

Ordinary Magic – A Huge Success

Evelyn Wootherspoon and Fif Fernandes presented at the first annual Speech & Language Works Inc. professional conference held in Medicine Hat on March 16th, 2012.

Ordinary Magic was well attended, with approximately 70 participants, including Early Childhood Educators, SLPs, OTs, OTAs, SLPAs, Youth Workers, Psychologists, Social Workers, Teachers, PTs and PTAs, Parents As Teachers Program and Immigration Services.  Participants attended from Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and surrounding areas.

Fif Fernandes discussed the power of story, laughter, breathing and magic.  She shared tools to create harmony and community with infants, children, and adults from all ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds.  Evelyn Wootherspoon presented information about how young children engage in relationships from birth and use these relationships to regulate their emotions, behaviour and attention.  She discussed brain development, stress responses and important social skills children need to learn.  Strategies to use in everyday settings were discussed to help participants support children of all ages to develop healthy relationships and promote resilience.  The information provided by both presenters was very relevant and easily implemented.  Feedback from all participants was very positive and we look forward to next year!!

Vern Hyde also joined us to share some of his magic and wisdom.  Thank-you Vern!!  Good Luck on your bike ride across Canada!  Check out:  www.chainreactionride.com

Thank-you to ACSLPA and all our sponsors for their generous sponsorship!