Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas What is Music Therapy? According to the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT) “Music Therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited Music Therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural and emotional […]

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas The RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan) is a savings plan that benefits people with disabilities in saving for their future financial needs. The RDSP combines individual or family contributions with  government grants. The RDSP can grow into a significant asset for the person with a disability. Anyone […]

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas How To Achieve Holiday Happiness This winter, be proactive in setting up your family for a successful holiday. Plan, plan, plan- Figure out places to go and activities to do throughout the winter break. Avoid disrupting sleep and meal times. Set up a schedule building flexibility into […]

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas Universal Design Universal design is a concept that can support the abilities of many people regardless of ability level of age.  The goal of universal design is to simplify life for everyone. Most Canadians live in residential housing that has not been designed according to universal design […]

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas September can be a difficult time of the year for some children as they transition from being active and playing outside all summer, to sitting in school at a desk all day. Children are sedentary as much as 80%-90% of their school day, which can greatly impact […]

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas Transitioning back to school in September can be difficult for both parents and children. Parents can help their child with the adjustment and manage the transition by maintaining a positive relationship, having realistic expectations, planning ahead, and keeping a positive attitude. August Mark important dates on your […]

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas A Sense of Self By Professor Matt Sanders Children who have healthy self-esteem are likely to be happy, co-operative, successful at school and make friends easily. They are fun people to be around because they are eager to learn and succeed, and because they cope with stress […]

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas No more mealtime madness! By Professor Matt Sanders The idea of a family meal is often something parents dread. Kids get fidgety, throw food, fight with their siblings or won’t eat what’s in front of them. But some of the best ways parents can help avoid stressful […]

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

  Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas Mental illness does not discriminate between age, culture, education, or income level.  Twenty percent of Canadians will experience a mental illness during their life time (Health Canada, 2001) and three percent (3%) will live with a serious mental illness (Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental […]

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas

Ask the Disability Services Expert – Brandon Thomas Common Bedtime Problems Children need a good night’s sleep so that they have enough energy for the next day’s activities. What are common bedtime problems? Dawdling Protesting Getting out of bed Refusing to sleep in their own bed How do I prevent problems at bedtime? Make sure […]