Dates of Barbara Laird's Workshop Presentations 

2005

December 14, 2005
Sprott Shaw College, Vancouver,  Class of Teaching Assistants, ECE workers.
DOWN SYNDROME : A MINI LOOK

November 23rd, 2005
Awareness talk on Down Syndrome with grade 6 classes at McBride Elementary in Vancouver

October 26, 2005
Down By the Bay Parent Support Group
" Discussion on Parenting - PART TWO"
7:30 at Semiamhoo House in White Rock, B. C.
for information contact Carol and Doug Henriksen
at 604 536 5057  or downbythebay@yahoo.com <mailto:downbythebay@yahoo.com>

October 23, 2005
A dialogue and discussion with BEST BUDDIES, University of British Columbia

October 21, 2005
Professional Development all day in Port Alberni, B.C.
Topics: Changing, Chunking and Down Syndrome Happy Talk
Contact Natalie Thomas at nthomas@sd70.bc.ca   250 735 0935

October 04 - October 18, 2005     Mini-Series on Down Syndrome    Burnaby, BC
Mini-Series on Down Syndrome
The series takes a closer look at students with Down syndrome and the issues that impact upon the classroom. The series discusses the health issues that may affect a student with Down syndrome; the cognitive, physical strengths and weaknesses, communication, behaviour, social and sexuality issues, and learning strengths and weaknesses.

Introduction to Health Issues - October 4th, 2005
Communication and its Impact - October 11th, 2005
Curriculum Topics and Inclusionary Practices and Strategies - October 18th, 2005 Dates: Tuesdays
Time: 4:30 - 7:00 pm.
Cost for the series: $65.00
Target Group: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Administrators and Parents Please contact the DSRF for further information or to register for the series

Down Syndrome Research Foundation
1409 Sperling Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5B 4J8M
Phone: 604-444-DSRF (3773)
Fax:604-431-9248
Email: info@dsrf.org

September 28, 2005
Down By the Bay Parent Support Group
" Discussion on Parenting"
7:30 at Semiamhoo House in White Rock, B. C.
for information contact Carol and Doug Henriksen
at 604 536 5057  or downbythebay@yahoo.com

September  23, 2005
Understanding Down Syndrome - A Mini Look
Abbotsford Christian, Abbotsford, B.C.

August, 2005
Consultations with PACE re Understanding Down Syndrome and Behaviours

July 18, 2005
Understanding Down Syndrome and Behaviours
Staff of Lord Nelson Daycare, Vancouver

July 13, 2005
Understanding Down Syndrome
Kinesiology Class at the University of British Columbia

July 4, 2005
Thinking about Down Syndrome
Workshop for summer staff, volunteers and parents at the Down Syndrome
Research Foundation
email Sheryl at sheryl@dsrf.org

May 26, 2005 
How do Parents of Children with Disabilities Experience the Transition from Preschool to School?
A panel of parents and advocates at the all day workshop Assessing "School Readiness":
What does it mean to Children, Parents and Educators?

Neville Scarfe Building, UBC, Vancouver.
For information contact Mari Pighini at mpighini@interchange.ubc.ca or
check the website at http://www.earlylearning.ubc.ca/index.html

May 20, 2005
Teaching Students with Down Syndrome and other Diverse Learners
An all day workshop for the Chilliwack School Board.
Contact Sheila Norquist or Heidi Schmidt in Student Services for further information

April 19, 2005
North Shore Association for the Mentally Handicapped - Staff Training
and Professional Day.
Reflections Part 2 - a day to think about Down Syndrome
                                                  about Behaviour
                                                  about Communication
                                                  about Inclusion
Contact Carrie Paus at carriep@nsamh.org

March 31, 2005
Part of a panel discussion, representing Steps- Forward Post Secondary
Education Society on
The Role and Development of Community Capacity.

March 18th, 2005 - Crosscurrents Conference at the Bayshore in Vancouver
   "I Want to Have a Friend. I Want to be a Friend."
March 10, 2005
I Want to Have a Friend, I Want to be a Friend
Sooke School Board, Sooke B.C.
For information contact Sandy McLeod at slmcleod@sd62.bc.ca


February 25, 26 - 2005  Educational Assistant Conference, Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton

Teaching Students with Down Syndrome and other Diverse Learners
Understanding Down Syndrome and its Impact on the Student in the Classroom
Before Behaviour Begins
For information contact :  Carolynn Chartrand at 780 497 4699
or   chartrandc@macewan.ca   

February 18, 2005 - Understanding and Supporting Students with Down Syndrome
                              Coquitlam School Board at Charles Best School, 8:30 am to 11:30 am
                              For information contact Marg McLellan at  margmc@direct.ca

A workshop for teachers and teaching assistants that will provide  information and  suggestions on how to successfully support and teach a  student with Down Syndrome. This workshop identifies the students’ strengths and discusses “best practice,” while at the same time increasing your understanding of the challenges students face cognitively and physically  and will include information on the medical and genetic factors that impact  upon the learning of a student with Down Syndrome. The workshop includes practical handouts and an extensive resource list that is also useful in supporting a variety of students with exceptional needs.

February 17, 2005 Richmond School District Convention 2005

CHANGING , CHUNKING AND DOWN SYNDROME

In this workshop we will take a closer look at the Curriculum areas and what the research says. Strategies around "changing" the curriculum and " chunking" of the IEP's to ensure success and attainability will also be discussed. Much of the information will be useful for all students and their diverse learning needs.

Contact Deb Collins at dcollins@richmond.sd38.bc.ca for more information

February 9, 2005
Thinking About Supporting Students with Down Syndrome
Sprott Shaw College, Burnaby
Community Careworkers Class

January 31, 2005
Awareness workshop in a grade 6 class at Mount Pleasant Elementary School, Vancouver


January 22, 2005 - DSRF Parent Support Group

"A PARENT'S JOURNEY." PROFILING THE LIFE OF A CHILD WITH DOWN SYNDROME

An interactive discussion.
12:30 to 2:30 at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation
1409 Sperling St, Burnaby        
For more infomation contact Anne Eichmann at 604 444 3773 or Abbe Gates   at 604 267 1035


January 18, 25 and February 1 , 2005  * Teaching Students with Down Syndrome : A Mini Series

A series that takes a closer look at students with Down syndrome and the Issues that impact upon the classroom.

This series of seminars will provide discussions on the health issues that may affect a student with Down Syndrome - the cognitive, physical strengths and weaknesses, communication, behaviour, social and sexuality issues, curricular and learning strengths and weaknesses.

Cost: $60 for the 3 part mini series
Speaker:   Barbara Laird
Target Group: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Administrators and Parents
Location:   Down Syndrome Research Foundation   Time - 4:30 to 6:30
Registration:   DSRF, 1409 Sperling Avenue Burnaby, BC  V5B 4J8
Phone: 604-444-3773 / Fax: 604-431-9248 Email: info@dsrf.org

December 9, 2004 - Awareness talk with a grade 4 class at General Gordon School, Vancouver

December 6, 2004 -   with Erin Duckworth, speaking to a class in the Education faculty at UBC about Inclusion in high school and Steps Forward Inclusive Post Secondary Education Society.

December 3, 2004


Professional development for Richmond School Board Staff.
Contact Jo-Anne Schaap and Wendy Lim at the District office for information.
Steveston High School
This workshop takes a more detailed look at the health issues that a student with Down Syndrome can have and how they can impact upon the student in a classroom.

November 19. 2004 


Surrey School Board: 12:30 to 2pm 
Contact: Helen Kelsey Etmanski for details 604 596 9325 or  HKE2001@hotmail.com

October 27, 2004 -  Down By the Bay Parent Support Group
Transition into Elementary School
                             7:30 at Semiamhoo House in White Rock
                             for information contact Carol and Doug Hendrickson 604 536 5057

October 24, 2004 - A Dialogue with Best Buddies, University of British Columbia

October 22, 2004 -  Teaching Students with Down Syndrome and other Diverse Learners.
                               CUPE Victoria Professional  Development Day
                               contact - Cupe Staff Development at cupestaffd@sd61.bc.ca

October 1 -  Delta School Board -  All Day


September 14, 21, 28, 2004   Tuesday. 4:30-6:30 


A series that takes a closer look at students with Down syndrome and the Issues that impact upon the classroom.

This series of seminars will provide discussions on the health issues that may affect a student with Down Syndrome - the cognitive, physical strengths and weaknesses, communication, behaviour, social and sexuality issues, curricular and learning strengths and weaknesses.

Cost: $60 for the 3 part mini series
Speaker:   Barbara Laird
Target Group: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Administrators and Parents
Location:   Down Syndrome Research Foundation
Registration:   DSRF, 1409 Sperling Avenue Burnaby, BC  V5B 4J8
Phone: 604-444-3773 / Fax: 604-431-9248 Email: info@dsrf.org

July 12, 2004

July 5, 2004 

June 3, 2004. Thursday, 4:00 - 7:00 pm 


This seminar will address some of the learning and health needs that affect a student with Down Syndrome and impacts upon their classroom success. The seminar will help professionals and parents to think about some of the issues to help ensure that the transition in September will be successful for everyone.

Location:  Down Syndrome Research Foundation
Registration:   DSRF, 1409 Sperling Avenue Burnaby, BC  V5B 4J8
Phone: 604-444-3773 / Fax: 604-431-9248 Email: info@dsrf.org

Cost $25

May 28, 2004 Abbotsford Christian School


May 4, 2004 North Shore Association for the Mentally Handicapped -
Staff Training and Professional Development Day
                         - Health Issues for individuals with Down Syndrome
                         - Inclusion and how to increase participation through understanding the barriers
                         - Behaviour and what an individual is communicating through their behaviour

April 28, 2004 Abbotsford Christian School


April 23, 2004  Friday, 8:30 to 11:00 am
Garibaldi Elementary School  - 1025 Slocan Street, Vancouver
Target Audience: Classroom Teachers, SEAs, Resource Team Members


Students with Down Syndrome enter school, eager to participate and communicate.  Yet, there often is limited success.  In this workshop we will talk about why students with Down Syndrome have such difficulty with  communication. Discussion will  include strategies to use resources such as signing and Boardmaker Picture Symbols that will help us all  to facilitate their communication and their participation in the school and community.
Contact Meghan McCarthy at  mmccarthy.vsb.bc.ca

March 10, 2004
Burnaby College, Burnaby.
Early Childhood Educators


March 4, 5, 2004
Teaching Assistant conference,
"Getting Connected"' Grande Prairie, Alberta
For information and registration contact:
Jenn Babich at jbabich@gppsd.ab.ca or call 780 539 0333

February 25, 2004 
Queen Elizabeth School, Vancouver

February 20 & 21, 2004
TEACHERS ASSISTANT CONFERENCE,
GRANT MacEWAN COLLEGE, EDMONTON
For information contact : Jan Sundmark at sundmarkj@macewan.ca

February 14, 2004, 10:30 to noon
Ups and Downs, Parent Support Group, North Vancouver
For information and location contact Lisa at brucelisachapman@aol.com

January 30, 2004
Pacific Christian School in Victoria, B.C.
Open to parents, teachers, teaching assistants.
For information and registration contact James Sijpheer at james@pacificchristian.ca

January 29, 2004  Trudeau Elementary School in Vancouver

January 24, 2004 , 12:30 to 3:30
Rising Up 4 Down, Parent Support Group
Down Syndrome Research Foundation,
1409 Sperling Street, Burnaby

January 22, 2004 
Queen Elizabeth Elementary School in Vancouver

MINI SERIES ON DOWN SYNDROME

Tuesday January 6,2004, 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Tuesday January 13, 2004, 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Tuesday January 20, 2004, 4:30 to 6:30 pm
Down Syndrome: A series that takes a closer look at students with Down syndrome
and the Issues that impact upon the classroom.
This series of seminars will provide discussions on the health issues that may affect a student with DS - the cognitive, physical strengths and weaknesses, communication, behaviour, social and sexuality issues, curricular and learning strengths and weaknesses.
Cost:$50.00
Speaker:  Barbara Laird
Target Group: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Administrators and Parents
Location:  Down Syndrome Research Foundation
Registration:   DSRF, 1409 Sperling Avenue Burnaby, BC  V5B 4J8
Phone: 604-444-3773 / Fax: 604-431-9248 Email: info@dsrf.org

November 26,2003
Awareness talk to class,
False Creek Elementary, Vancouver,

November 12,2003
Awareness talk to class,
General Gordon elementary school, Vancouver

FALL MINI SERIES ON DOWN SYNDROME

Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2003, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, Nov  5th, 2003, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, Nov 12th, 2003, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Down Syndrome: A series that takes a closer look at students with Down syndrome
and the Issues that impact upon the classroom.
This series of seminars will provide discussions on the health issues that may affect a student with DS - the cognitive, physical strengths and weaknesses, communication, behaviour, social and sexuality issues, curricular and learning strengths and weaknesses.
Cost:$50.00
Speaker:  Barbara Laird
Target Group: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Administrators and Parents
Location:  Down Syndrome Research Foundation
Registration:   DSRF, 1409 Sperling Avenue Burnaby, BC  V5B 4J8
Phone: 604-444-3773 / Fax: 604-431-9248 Email: info@dsrf.org

October 29, 2003  
Vancouver School Board ,
District  Parent Advisory Council and PAC executive members.

October 24,2003
Teaching Assistant Conference in Kelowna 
Contact Cathy Fedorchuk at radaf@shaw.ca for more information.

October 18, 2003
Early Childhood Educators Conference at Kwantlen College in Surrey.
Contact Gayle McAllister at
gayle.mcallister@sfscl.carenetbc.com for more information.

FALL MINI SERIES ON DOWN SYNDROME

Tuesday, Sep  30th, 2003, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct   7th, 2003, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct  14th, 2003, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Down Syndrome: A series that takes a closer look at students with Down syndrome
and the Issues that impact upon the classroom.
This series of seminars will provide discussions on the health issues that may affect a student with DS - the cognitive, physical strengths and weaknesses, communication, behaviour, social and sexuality issues, curricular and learning strengths and weaknesses.
Cost:$50.00
Speaker:  Barbara Laird
Target Group: Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Administrators and Parents
Location:  Down Syndrome Research Foundation
Registration:   DSRF, 1409 Sperling Avenue Burnaby, BC  V5B 4J8
Phone: 604-444-3773 / Fax: 604-431-9248 Email: info@dsrf.org

October 2, 2003
Talking with Grade 12 students, in a Child Development class,
at Eric Hamber high school about 

June 3rd, 2003
Are you anticipating teaching/supporting a student with Down Syndrome next September?
In order to make a successful beginning in September, attend this seminar and learn the importance of knowing in advance the kinds of learning and health needs that students with Down syndrome may be dealing with that often affects their schooling.
Time:4:00 - 7:00pm
Cost:$20.00  Light Refreshments will be Served
Target Group: Schools  Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Parents
Location:  Down Syndrome Research Foundation
Registration:   DSRF, 1409 Sperling Avenue Burnaby, BC  V5B 4J8
Phone: 604-444-3773 / Fax: 604-431-9248 Email: info@dsrf.org

August 23, 2003
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY, TEACHERS ASSISTANT CONFERENCE

July 2003
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education 

July, 2003
Down Syndrome Research Foundation
For staff and volunteers working in the Language Programs and the Summer school.
June, 2003
Vancouver Parks Board
Daycamp staff and Volunteers
Down Syndrome- A look

May 16 & 17, 2003
CANADIAN DOWN SYNDROME CONFERENCE, BURNABY, B.C

May 2 & 3,  2003
FAMILY FOCUS CONFERENCE, VICTORIA, B. C.

March 3, 2003
SURREY SCHOOL BOARD – Integration Support Teachers

March 2003
Crosscurrents at the Bayshore, Vancouver 

February, 2003
SURREY SCHOOL BOARD – CREEKSIDE ELEMENTARY

February, 2003
TEACHERS ASSISTANT CONFERENCE ,GRANT MCEWAN COLLEGE,  EDMONTON

January, 2003
BURNABY COLLEGE – Early Childhood Educators

January . 2003
VANCOUVER SCHOOL BOARD

January, 2003
PACIFIC CHRISTIAN SCHOOL , VICTORIA, B. C.
Professional Development for Educators and Parents Supporting Students with Diverse Needs