Education Options for Your Child

Choosing the right school and program is an important first step in ensuring that your child gets the most out of their educational experience. Come and hear from experts in the field of education. Through this panel you will learn about the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB):

  • Alternative Schools
  • Elementary Schools
  • French Immersion Programs

Guest Speakers: Beth Mills, TDSB Principal at Lord Landsdowne Jr & Sr. Public School and da Vinci Alternative Public School and Miriam Zachariah who is the Principal from Alpha Alternative Junior School.

Important dates to keep in mind:

  • November 30, 2017 is the deadline to apply for Early French Immersion (Senior Kindergarten Entry)
  • January-February 2018 is the application period for most alternative elementary schools
  • Open Houses take place between October 2017 and February 2018.

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.

Equipment & Gadgets you will really need & networking

A bi-monthly drop-in for U of T expecting and postnatal parents to:

  • Gain insight into various aspects of pregnancy including nutrition, emotional and physical changes, labour and delivery, and post-partum issues such as feeding your baby and adjusting to new life.
  • Find support and access resources.
  • Meet guest speakers, exchange ideas and experiences with other women regarding various aspects of pregnancy and life with baby.

Expectant parents who are U of T students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners/spouses both are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.
This program is a collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office and the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

Exploring the impact of a learning disability on your child’s success in University — A Panel Discussion

Does your child have a learning disability or an autism spectrum disorder?

The Family Care Office and Accessibility Services will be hosting a panel and get together for students’, staff or faculty children (Grade 7 or higher) (if your child cannot attend, please feel free to still register)who have a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder to meet with current U of T students with a learning disability/ASD. If your child cannot attend, please feel free to still register.

This will be an opportunity for your child to hear from current U of T students who can explain the impact of having an autism spectrum disorder or a learning disability on studying and succeeding at university. These students will discuss their transition to university, personal experiences and their coping strategies. There will also be an opportunity to ask these students questions and mix informally.

Exploring Gender Neutral Parenting

Boys should play with trucks and Girls should play with Barbie? Societal expectations about gender often influence how we socialize and raise our children. In this workshop, parents will explore and discuss together the topic of gender neutral parenting. The following questions will be addressed: What is gender neutral parenting? How do parents model gender expectations? What impact does this have? Should boys and girls be parented differently? Is gender neutral parenting even possible? Join us to discuss some of these important questions!

Facilitator: Dr. Pat Durish, Women and Gender Studies

Expectant & New Moms’ Group

Are you pregnant or have recently given birth? Do you feel like there are many things you would like to learn about your body, your baby, and what comes next? Learn more about pregnancy and life with a new baby with guest speakers, other moms-to-be and new moms. Ask questions, relax and chat about what is important for you now.

Come to:

  • Gain insight into various aspects of pregnancy including nutrition, emotional and physical changes, labour and delivery, and post-partum issues such as feeding your baby and taking care of yourself.
  • Find support and access resources.
  • Meet guest speakers, exchange ideas and experiences with other women regarding various aspects of pregnancy and life with baby.

Pregnant & postnatal students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their babies are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required. Expectant and New Moms’ Group is a collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office and the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

Fall 2011

Topic Facilitator
Pregnancy Changes & Concerns Maria Jardim, Information and Outreach Coordinator for the Family Care Office
Pregnancy & Relationships: Keeping Them Healthy
Stages of Labours: Birthing Hopes & Fears
Feeding Your Baby
Sharing Experiences & Stories on Pregnancy, Birthing, Babies and the Changes in Your Life (non-facilitated session)

Winter 2012

Topic Facilitator
Caring for Yourself and Your Baby (Networking for last half hour) Debra Williams-Conliffe, PHN
Strollers, Slings, Breast Pumps, and other gadgets
Oral and Dental Health of Infants and Young Children (Networking for last half hour) Dr. Gajanan (Kiran) Kulkarni BDS, LL B, M Sc, D Ped Dent, Ph D, FRCD(C)
Infant Massage Petrina Fava, RN, CIMT
Growth & Development (Networking for last half hour) Debra Williams-Conliffe, PHN
Adjustments to New Life (Networking for last half hour) Debra Williams-Conliffe, PHN

Fall 2012 Topics

Pregnancy Changes & Concerns
Relationships – Keeping Them Healthy
Stages of Labour – Birthing Hopes & Fears
Sharing experiences & stories on pregnancy, birthing, babies and the changes in your life
Bringing Baby Home

Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Topics

Topic Facilitator
Equipment & Gadgets You Will Really Need
Pregnancy Changes & Concerns Jody MacDonald, RN EdD, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
The Birthing Experience
Feeding Your Baby
Caring for Yourself & Your Baby
Adjusting Your Family Life

Emotional Aspects of Separation and Divorce

If you’ve experienced a separation or divorce and are looking to understand and explore the emotional aspects of this difficult life transition, come join us for a lunch hour workshop on Friday October the 8th from 12:00 — 1:30pm.

In this workshop, you will learn and share tips for dealing with stress and the strong emotions associated with the separation/divorce process. We will also look at ways in which you can take a more active role in letting go of the relationship and begin to define your future.

Facilitator: Teresa Neves (M.S.W., R.S.W.) is a clinical social worker who provides child and adult counselling services in the public and private sector. In addition to her counselling experience with individuals and families who’ve experienced separation or divorce, Teresa has facilitated adult separation/divorce education and support groups.

Eliminating Power Struggles

Many families struggle for years with ongoing battles with their children. Join Karen Skinulis of the Parenting Education Centre of Ontario and learn how these power struggles can damage family relationships and what we can do to stop them. This workshop will focus on the problems of trying to use external control with children and alternatives to this discouraging and ineffective approach.

Elder Care Information Day

Dealing with caregiver stress?
Lynne Gallagher, MSW, from Family Service Toronto will be available from 12noon-2pm in the Family Care Office and will be able to provide information and guidance if you are dealing with caregiver stress. She will also be able to provide an overview of the Seniors and Caregivers Support Services offered by FST.


Seniors and Safety in the Home

Occupational therapists from VHA Rehab Solutions, a community based organization providing rehabilitation services to adults in their home, will provide an introduction to:

  • signs a caregiver should be looking for to determine a senior’s safety
  • assessing the need for assistive devices, home renovations, and the services of a professional
  • resources that are available to help a senior in their home

The facilitators of this session will be available after their session until 2pm in the Family Care Office and will have assistive devices for display.

Facilitators: Morgan Gadsby MSc OT Reg. (Ont.) and Andrea Cook OT Reg (Ont) are the Clinical Leads for Physical Medicine in the Toronto Central area, for which they orient new hires, act as mentors, and provide team support. They are also both active supporters of the student program and have taken on numerous University of Toronto OT students.

Please register early, space is limited! All students, staff, faculty and post-doctoral fellows are welcome.


Exploring Senior Housing Options

This information session is for family caregivers who are coming to the difficult realization that their elderly loved one may no longer be able to live in their current home and may have to relocate to a care facility. Join, Esther Goldstein, social worker and author of Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living, as she reviews the different choices in senior housing and their key features.

The facilitator of this session will be available in the Family Care Office from 12 noon to 1pm and then after her session until 2pm. She will provide free copies of her book.

Facilitator: Esther Goldstein is a social worker and author of Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living™. She worked as a hospital social worker in the GTA for 12 years primarily with the geriatric population and now currently works full-time on her publication.

Please register early, space is limited! All students, staff, faculty and post-doctoral fellows are welcome.


Coping with a loved one who may have Alzheimer’s Disease?

Appointments will be scheduled between 9am-4pm

A highly trained counsellor from the Alzheimer Society of Toronto will be available for a free 45 minute confidential appointment on November 19th. She will be able to discuss with you any questions or personal concerns you may have about dementia, such as getting a diagnosis, immediate and future care, family matters, ethical issues, stress and coping techniques.

Elder Care Fair

The Family Care Office will be hosting an Elder Care Fair for all students, staff and faculty. You will be able to obtain information on services and resources, related to elder care, by visiting the display tables of the following organizations:

*45 minute confidential counselling appointments
In addition to the displays, a counsellor from the Alzheimer Society will be on-site to provide 45 minute confidential counselling appointments from 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This counsellor will be able to discuss with you any questions or personal concerns you may have about dementia, such as getting a diagnosis, immediate and future care, family matters, ethical issues, stress and coping techniques. Pre-registration is required for an appointment, please call 416-978-0951.

Elder Care Appointments

Are you caring for an aging relative and need some help?

A highly trained counsellor from Family Services Employee Assistance Programs will be available for a free 30 minute confidential appointment. She will be able to discuss with you any general elder care questions or personal concerns you may have on topics such as dealing with caregiver stress, understanding home care supports, how to decide on care facility options and more.