The Kids Are All Right?

Explore how children and teens are coping post-pandemic, from the challenges faced by gaps in academic and social skills to the real anxieties faced by children as they navigate the post-pandemic world. How do we as parents, and within the community help?

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Colin King is a Psychologist and the Director of the Mary J. Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic (CYDC) at Western University, an interdisciplinary training clinic for graduate students in School and Clinical Psychology and Social Work programs across Western University. His research is focused on collaborative, applied interventions to support children and youth with learning and mental health challenges.
Colin has trained and worked in a variety of community, hospital, and mental health settings with children and youth experiencing learning, behavioural, and social-emotional difficulties. Prior to arriving at Western, he worked in private practice and as a Psychologist and Coordinator of Psychological Services in the Thames Valley District School Board.
Tiffany Wood-Lycett, BSW, MSW; RSW has been a School Social Worker since 2004. Currently, she is working within the Safe Schools and Well-Being Portfolio at the Thames Valley District School Board.
Paula Jesty has been developing community-oriented projects in the London area for over 20 years. After developing and producing morning shows in Halifax and London for CTV and CHUM television, Paula started her own production and partnership development company. In 2016 Paula developed M.I.understanding, a communication tool designed to decrease stigmas and increase awareness around children’s mental health. Working with a team of puppeteers with backgrounds on Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and the Muppets and experts from LHSC and the Thames Valley District School Board, M.I. understanding developed free resources for families, schools and community groups to help start early conversations. During the pandemic, M.I.understanding and The Mary J Wright Child and Youth Development Clinic at Western University created M.I.friends; an online resource for families to start a conversation, come up with strategies and build a plan to support their child’s worries and big feelings. This resource, that comes with a plush version of Poppy ( the rabbit that stars in the program) is a free tool for families thanks to community partners and sponsors.
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