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Metro for 267 Bedford Hwy., 2803 Robie St., 217 Wyse Rd., 975 Cole Harbour Rd., 42 YEARS Halifax Halifax Dartmouth Cole Harbour 443-3150 454-8309 469-6250 404-3133 www.scotiatire.com 4 www.parentchildguide.ca October/November 2012 Scary Noises at Night DRAWING YOUR FEARS AWAY By Beth Newell M.Ed., CCC, RCT, Expressive Arts Therapist ized they were noises made by H ave you ever tried to explain your child’s different things in her house. I fears away only to find suggested she draw these things they are even more afraid? that were making the scary Words do not get into the imag- noises. ination of a child the same way As Sarah was drawing the a picture can. Especially a pic- source of the sound she was ture they draw themselves. becoming less scared with each Several years ago a little stroke. Once she could see girl named Sarah, (not her real where the sound was coming name), age 7, came for therapy from, her fears diminished. because she was so afraid to go Drawing the familiar items in to bed at night. All the noises her house and the noises they she heard conjured up scary made had a greater impact on visions of monsters and robbers her than talking about them. and creepy things that made The drawing made it plainly Beth Newell is with Jacqueline Milner-Clerk and Associates, which is a prac- her shake and cry. As Sarah obvious she had nothing to fear. tice that employs male and female psychologists/therapists who provide psy- began to describe the various Sarah had faced and conquered chological services to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. She sounds that scared her, she real- her own monsters. can be contacted at 461-8133. October/November 2012 www.parentchildguide.ca 5 CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT: By Dr. Virginia L. Walford. – Registered Psychologist, Roth Associates in Psychology pain without IT managing you! • use medication appropriately tively. Consult a psychologist Psychologists and other pro- Chronic Pain Management can • increase quality of life who is qualified in Chronic Pain fessionals offer assistance to help you learn how to: Chronic Pain Management Management to talk about your children, adolescents, adults, couples and fami- ©iStockphoto.com • reduce pain with proven is not magic. It is a cognitive- situation and find out if this mind-body techniques behavioral approach that can approach would benefit you. lies. Daytime, evening • decrease discomfort, depres- help you develop a new philos- Roth Associates in and week-end appoint- ophy that could help you to Psychology Inc. is a full- ments are available, sion and anxiety service counselling firm please contact • be more active manage your pain more effec- whose Registered (902) 454-6166. “Learning to live with chronic pain is a challenge and requires a change in philosophy and way of life. “ iving with chronic pain is Chronic pain does not have to L difficult and stressful. Chronic pain is often an invisible condition. Many peo- take over our lives and be the focus of our life. We need to accept and recognize who we ple who suffer with chronic are within the context of living pain do not show it. They func- with chronic pain. If you have tion at a high level; they look chronic pain do not let your good, exhibit no pain behaviors condition define who you are! and don’t talk about their pain CHRONIC PAIN to other people. MANAGEMENT There are also people who a cognitive-behavioral have serious injuries with approach intense pain. Their chronic Let me clarify. Chronic pain has significant impact on Pain Management is a cogni- their lives. They are unable to tive-behavioral approach to work, daily chores are difficult managing chronic pain. It is a to do and their pain levels are change in philosophy and a high and consistent. change in thinking patterns. It Stressful is a shift from acute care treat- People who live with ment to chronic care treatment. chronic pain usually suffer The goal of acute intervention from depression and anxiety. is cure. The goal of chronic Their quality of life is threat- pain management is manage- ened and reduced. It is very ment of symptoms, physical stressful living with a condition and psychological. Again, here that has to be managed rather is the delicate balance one than cured. Our society needs to keep when living with applauds people who produce. chronic pain. Chronic pain conditions that Acceptance of your condi- result in an inability to work or tion should not be understood function in other areas of life as giving up. It is looking at often stigmatize people. your situation realistically. Learning to live with Perhaps one day a cure for your chronic pain is a challenge and condition or injury will be requires a change in philosophy found and that would be won- and way of life. Managing derful. However, right now you rather than curing means we let are dealing with a condition EVEN IF YOU go of our quick fix philosophy that is chronic and you can and our goal of getting better. cope with that reality without That does not mean that we do giving up hope! nothing to help ourselves and Yes, there is a delicate bal- DON’T BUY FROM US. just give up and live with it. ance between managing chronic 203-255 Lacewood 203 - 255Lacewood Dr. Dr. ROTH ASSOCIATES Halifax, NS, 4G2 Halifax B3MB3M 4G2 454-6166 (902) 454-6166 IN PSYCHOLOGY www.rothassociates.ca www.rothassociates.ca firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com oregans.com 6 www.parentchildguide.ca October/November 2012 We Should Be Modeling The Behavior We Expect From Our Kids By Angela E. Rudderham ell there have been most powerful teaching tool an know this is good advice but we W “bad”. I am not advocating that aren’t listening) and then sur- need to have the last word and poems, quotes and adult has with a child is to lead often lose sight of this rule and kids today should not be prised their kids become teens this is the behavior of the adults studies on this topic by example. I believe we all then blame the kids for being responsible for their actions but who think parties are only fun in the situation. When we our- but we still seem to forget the who is holding us adults if they are “hammered”. If you selves see students or cowork- accountable for ours? Do we are going to lie to a waitress and ers being bullied or treated really want to send the message tell them your child is under without respect do we report it? to WINDOWS WORLD to our children, “if you are big twelve to get a discount what do Why do we think the kids will? A rt C o mpet it io n the enough you can do what you you think you are teaching Heck we even tell the kids if want”? them? Our children don’t bulling happens outside our I believe a lot of the become carbon copies of us nor “hours” we are going to ignore behaviours we see in our stu- are parents to blame for all bad it. Isn’t that the definition of a dents and children are our own behavior, but, the evidence is bystander? Don’t we tell chil- behaviours mirrored back to us. out there that it is more impor- dren if you’re not part of the The weirdest thing I remember tant to demonstrate the kind of solution you are part of the as a kid is playing at my behavior you are asking for problem? friend’s house when she decid- rather than just hypocritically I believe our children and ed to hit her sister to solve a demanding it. students will learn the skills we problem. Her mother came in Our schools and teachers are trying to teach them faster if and said; “In this house we do need reminders of this topic as we can pay more attention to not hit!” as she said this she well. I am regularly in schools the messages we are sending Kids Helping Kids spanked my friend to teach her throughout the Maritimes and through our own behavior. If A NATIONAL INITIATIVE WITH A GLOBAL REACH a lesson. I eventually drifted must say all the bullies are not we can’t hold ourselves Woodbridge Art School and Canadian Friends of Herzog Hospital are developing awareness from that friend as she seemed just on the playgrounds. Like accountable where will they through an art competition. Children are asked to create artwork reflecting one of the to solve all of her problems by parents, teachers work hard for learn to? following: “A MEMORABLE MOMENT”, “A BEAUTIFUL PLACE”, or “A DAZZLING hitting and was very unpre- their students but now and then Angela Rudderham is DREAM”. The ongoing competition will close November 30, 2012. Winning pieces will dictable. Gee, I wonder where we could all use a reminder to the Director of Turning Tides be displayed in the 25 rooms of the newly constructed Children’s Respiratory Unit in the Community Outreach. We hospital. There will be 25 grand prizes and many honours awarded. The competition is open to this pattern developed? I’ve exercise common sense. If you offer programs that provide children between the ages of 5 to 19. For a complete list of entry rules visit either website: known parents who smoke and want a student to speak and act academic, social, behavioural www.woodbridgeartschool.com www.herzoghospital.ca then are shocked their kids get respectfully then speak and act and organizational skills stu- caught smoking or brag about respectfully. I’ve seen fingers dents need to succeed. 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Follow the key to Nova Scotia’s museums museum.gov.ns.ca October/November 2012 www.parentchildguide.ca 7 ASK AWAY - Questions & Answers with Dr. Nina Woulff The Perils of Perfectionism and self-deprecation when they don’t think they can do Question: Can perfec- are less than 100% successful at them perfectly. tionists be helped to anything and everything they become more relaxed do. They rarely take pride in Question: How would and reasonable? their accomplishments are I recognize perfection- Answer: intensely focused on their per- ism in myself? Psychotherapy can help sub- ceived errors. Answer: stantially with perfectionism. Perfectionist parents can also Therapy helps identify and Question: Are you be intensely competitive, fre- understand the underlying saying that perfection- quently comparing themselves beliefs that perpetuate and ists are too hard on with other parents. They may motivate perfectionism and can For over 25 years, psychologist themselves? be very demanding of them- help perfectionists develop Nina Woulff provided answers Answer: selves as well as of other peo- more a realistic and appropriate to questions posed by CBC Definitely, they push them- ple. Some perfectionist parents outlook. radio listeners on the popular selves to the point of possible spend huge amounts of time Dr. Nina Woulff has a Maritime Noon live phone-in. injury. Perfectionist athletes and energy reading parenting private practice in Halifax In a series of columns for tend to over-train, thereby put- books trying to find the parent- where she and her associ- Parent-Child Guide she will ting their bodies at great risk ing formula that will transform ates provides psychothera- share some of the most fre- for injury. Their intense self- them into perfect parents. py for children, teens, quently asked questions she criticism puts them at high risk Perfectionist parents who adults, parents and cou- has encountered. for the development of anxiety demand perfection of their chil- ples. For more informa- In this issue she will deal with and depressive disorders. dren and spouses can provoke a tion, phone 492-1271 or questions about perfectionism. great deal of resentment and check her website at: Question: How would negativity in others. www.DrNina.ca Question: I really don’t I recognize perfection- understand what is so ism in my child? bad about being a perfectionist. Isn’t it good to give your best Answer: Perfectionist children often find it hard to relax, can be ATLANTIC FUNERAL HOMES effort and go the extra intensely competitive and 771 Main St., Dartmouth mile? find it difficult to ask for 462-1434 Answer: help. 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Burnside: Sackville: www.bridgeway-academy.com ©2012 Wendy’s International, Inc. 8 www.parentchildguide.ca October/November 2012 When Once Isn’t Enough H E L P W I T H O C D by Dr. Daniel Chorney, Registered Psychologist Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder “ can be one of the most distressing, misunderstood, and problematic childhood mental health concerns.” can be the spread of misinfor- thoughts that can sometimes be makes no sense at all. Common that help children gradually friends, and family members mation. very painful or upsetting to compulsions seen in children face their fears and break the who are often forced to work On screen, individuals have (e.g., thoughts that are include specific touching or cycle of obsessions and compul- around the numerous rituals with OCD can be portrayed as graphic, violent, or bizarre). arranging of items, asking the sions. that continue to grow and “quirky” or simply “irritated” These thoughts persist until the same question repeatedly, It is important to note, become more severe and time- when things don’t go to their “compulsive behaviour” or ritu- excessive counting of objects, or however, that these treatments consuming over time when left liking. Sometimes they are al occurs – a behavior the child prolonged hand washing or should only be used under the untreated. shown as eccentric or even does in order to banish the cleaning. guidance of a professional. The While it’s normal to have comical. While it makes for thought temporarily. This cycle Other children show the approach may sound simple at worried and anxious thoughts, entertaining television, in reali- repeats itself continuously, with urge to confess (divulging infor- first, but it requires a careful children and adults with OCD Almost everyone has ty OCD can be one of the most a constant build-up of anxiety mation almost uncontrollably), and balanced approach to make can’t stop their upsetting heard of obsessive-compulsive distressing, misunderstood, and and frustration followed by the hoarding (collecting otherwise sure that progress is gradual, thoughts without performing disorder, or “OCD,” given how problematic childhood mental release felt immediately after a useless objects), or checking safe, and always forward mov- some behaviour to make the often it is featured in television health concerns. To complicate compulsive behavior occurs. behaviors (e.g., repeatedly ing. While the work involved thoughts go away. Everyone and movies. Despite the benefit matters further, OCD often Again, and again, and again. questioning whether doors are in overcoming OCD can be goes through a day when they of increasing public awareness affects more than just one indi- Sometimes this chain of locked, stoves are shut off, or challenging to everyone can’t shake a song or picture of OCD, the negative side effect vidual. It can cause problems events seems somewhat logical, someone is safe). It’s not involved, the reward for suc- out of their mind but children for the person affected, their while in other situations, OCD uncommon to hear a child say cessful treatment completion is with OCD “obsess” over these something has to be or feel “just often well worth the effort! right” before they can stop Dr. Daniel Chorney is a doing whatever it is they are registered Psychologist with a ALWAYS SO GOOD FOR SO LITTLE® doing. Once OCD is properly private practice in Halifax that provides counselling for chil- assessed and diagnosed, finding dren, teens, adults, and fami- the right treatment provider lies. Both male and female psy- and approach can feel like a chologists are available, along daunting task. There are effec- with daytime and evening tive treatments for OCD that appointments. are supported by research evi- For more information, dence (such as exposure and please call (902) 444-1160 or visit response prevention, or “ERP”) www.chorneyandassociates.com Dr. Daniel Chorney & Associates Psychological Services Daniel Chorney, Ph.D. Registered Psychologist 5991 Spring Garden Rd Halifax, Nova Scotia Suite 1160 (P) 902.444.1160 (E) email@example.com CHOOSE YOUR ENTRÉE 1 ALL ENTRÉES COME WITH YOUR CHOICE OF SIDE, DRINK AND DESSERT. 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Alderney Landing the Master Magician” is a play also featured events during the presents the Bluenose Ghosts based on the fascinating life of Festival. Festival 2012, a celebration of this great artist. The ever popu- Each Saturday in October, the book and characters from lar “Fear the Darkness Haunted the Alderney Landing Famer’s Bluenose Ghosts, written by House” will be in full swing. Market celebrates the pumpkin Helen Creighton in 1957. As Not for the faint at heart this with the “Pumpkin, Food and part of this popular Festival, annual Haunted House is sure Folklore Festival”. Try pumpkin Halifax Theatre for Young to scare even the tough guys! muffins, cheesecake, spiced cof- People presents “The Monster (Parental discretion is advised) fee, ice cream and pie while Under the Bed” a sweet story Daily “Youth Horror enjoying the tunes of live local about a boy named Ben and his Movie Trailer” screenings, musicians every Saturday from encounters with the monsters “Fear the Darkness Portraits” 10am to 12:30 pm. COMPETITIVE SWIMMING SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING All of our events are offered to elementary, junior and senior high schools and daycare groups. Please check with your child’s school if you wish this programming to be included with your child’s cur- riculum. Please note: We will be offering G-rated Hunted House Tours on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27! SPRING DIVING WATER POLO Visit www.bluenoseghostsfestival.com We Offer a Variety of for further information or call Linda at 461-8401. Lifesaving Society Courses 1970 Gottingen Street, Halifax • Info or to Register 490-7219 10 www.parentchildguide.ca October/November 2012 MUSEUM OF Illegal Killer Trade NATURAL HISTORY September 15, 2012 - January 13, 2013 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, 424-7353 This Fall Museum of After they have chosen their guide them when shopping. The Museum is pleased to nature.museum.gov.ns.ca Natural History visitors will destination at the travel agency, They will then enter a be home to the first Science on embark on exotic travel and they will have to go through the bazaar where animals are at the a Sphere in Canada and will have the chance to live a very airport's customs where they basis of many products: orna- offer a live show every half particular shopping experience. will receive information to ments, clothing, fashion acces- hour featuring the best of what sories, remedies, pets, food... It this digital projection unit can will be tempting. Visitors will do. See live weather, air traffic, be confronted and will need to facebook connections, and so make choices. Before leaving much more as the Museum of the exhibition, they will have to Natural History shows you the go through customs again. world in a whole new light. Beware: a luggage detector sen- The Museum will also sitive to endangered species host artist projects and other awaits them! Illegal Killer special events. Trade, from the Sherbrooke For more information please Museum of Nature and call 424-7353 or visit Sciences will open to the public nature.museum.gov.ns.ca on September 15, 2012. Exploring the history of mankind allows us to see how we have evolved as a species and archaeology is one tool that helps unlock the secrets of the past. The Archaeology Gallery at the museum, allows visitors to experience the rich cultural history of Nova Scotia by examining early artifacts of the Mi'kmaq and Acadians as well as the history of Halifax and how people lived. Join Us For The 19th Annual Here you'll find examples of early tools, nails, arrowheads and NEW ROSS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL pottery. This permanent gallery gives people the opportunity to December 8 & 9 learn more about Nova Scotia's past. Deer and Moose - one of the permanent displays at the Museum of Natural History SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 - JANUARY 13, 2013 1747 Summer Street, Halifax, NS Tel: (902) 424-7353 nature.museum.gov.ns.ca October/November 2012 www.parentchildguide.ca 11 EDUCATION Helping Students Rediscover Motivation by Lorelei Burgess, Oxford Learning Centre motivated the child is to learn. recognize as important, but is a great example of how, with develop better thinking and That’s because motivation is children need to understand the a little motivation, any goal can learning skills will get better key to improving grades. importance of these things in be achieved. grades. It’s no surprise that Without motivation, students ways that makes sense to them. Children can be taught to with better grades comes the have no personal drive to Children need to under- read. They can be taught how motivation to get even better improve or make an effort when stand the reason why an activi- to count. They can be taught grades. It’s a great thing to be it comes to school. ty is important to them and the how to create the most compli- able to watch students become Parents can become very reason must be in the context of cated sentence structures and excited about learning once frustrated by what they may see their lives. Each child is unique the tricks to solve the toughest again. and the motivating reasons will algebra equations. But without Oxford Learning offers as apathy in their child. What programs for children from 3 ©iStockphoto.com is sometimes difficult to under- be as individual as each child. motivation, they are just being years old through university. stand is that motivation is an All children are capable of taught. They are not learning We teach students the skills inner drive, so yelling about the possessing great amounts of nor are they thinking actively they need to be successful in importance of school is an inef- motivation. Give any 12 year about learning. school and in life. Oxford old a new video game and he Without motivation, Learning has locations in fective way to help children Halifax, Hammonds Plains develop interest or an inner has the drive to get to level 5 school performance might be and Bedford. For more infor- desire to learn. without much prompting or good, but it is rarely good mation about our programs t’s easy enough to recognize coaching. In fact, in life one of enough. Without motivation, I happy student. While telling a child that and services or to learn how a student who isn’t motivat- Not surprisingly, school strong reading, writing, and the greatest learned feats is the students have no inner desire to to motivate your child to suc- do it for themselves. ceed in school, contact us at ed in school. They forget dissatisfaction usually goes math skills are important to be acquisition of language. Babies 423-4484 or 405-4166 or by about homework and assign- hand-in-hand with poor grades. successful in life, it rarely begin to learn language because Students of all ages need to e-mail at ments, don’t perform well on When we’re asked by par- means much of anything to the they are driven to understand learn to tap into what excites firstname.lastname@example.org tests, and frequently complain ents to help their child get bet- average ten year old. Yes, and make sense of their world. them about learning, whether it or about disliking school. 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Differentiated instruction Both students and teacher respects student’s learning pro- understand and carry out their files, readiness, and interests as roles in the classroom. they develop and move along Students may be working the learning continuum. independently, in small groups Behind the scenes: In a (that change over activity), at differentiated classroom teach- learning centers, with activities ers engage their students in that are problem-based, and/or activities to determine their with activities that are project- learning styles, identify multi- based. ple intelligence, interests, and Birch Hills Academy is a prior learning. Simultaneously private, day school that pro- they are teaching the students vides today’s children with the the routines and rituals of the educational foundation they classroom and school, while require to prepare them for with the students developing their place in an ever changing the rules under which the class- world. room will function. The environment and cur- Anchor activities are riculum is based on the funda- taught and practiced for compe- mental philosophy that students tency which when used in the move fluidly along a learning classroom will allow the continuum. This movement is teacher to work with individual most effective when students or small groups of students. actively and meaningfully Assessment tools are used prior engage in their learning. 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Contrary to popular belief, inconti- for women after childbirth. embarrassing problem that is rarely Treatment for bladder problems You may also find physiotherapists, nence is not a natural part of Incontinence is a medical condi- talked about or acknowledged but and/or pelvic pain often involves like myself, who have developed a aging for women or men and it is not tion that should be treated with women, men, and children do not manual (hands-on) therapies to specialized exercise program to assist a natural consequence of having chil- the same concern and respect as need to be held hostage by the condi- realign the pelvis, back, and/or hips, with prolapse issues. The program dren. It is also not linked to prolapse any other medical problem. tion. Education and proper treat- to release of restrictions in the pelvis also addresses pelvic floor weakness but prolapse can also be a concern Urinary incontinence is a socially ment including exercise are the keys. and low back, and exercises, which and can assist with urinary inconti- You may have seen lots of commer- include more than the traditional nence. cials on television making it seem Keigel, to strengthen the weak pelvic For information on how you can get that wearing leak protection or spe- floor muscles, lower abdominals, and assistance for this problem, call A cial underwear is a social norm for low back. Machines such as biofeed- Body in Balance Therapy Centre. We our aging population. This is not back may be used by some physio- have 2 physiotherapists, Janice true. therapists to help clients regain their Webber and Allison Reid, who can The pelvic floor is a muscle and just pelvic floor muscle function. assess your problem and start you on like any other muscle it needs to be You can now find specialized exercise your recovery. Both our physiothera- exercised and the pelvis is a set of program like Pfilates which uses pists are certified Pfilates Instructors. bones and joints which have liga- Pilates exercises, and Yoga move- Call 469-3214 or e-mail Holistic and Traditional Physiotherapy ments and muscles that attach to ments that have been specifically email@example.com Craniosacral Therapy • Massage Therapy them. They need to move properly in Counselling • Nutritional Counselling order for the muscles, which attach Tai Chi 4 Health • Back Care Program to them, to tighten and relax proper- ly. The pelvic floor attaches to the Head Lice Prevention tips Least Effort Gymball bottom of the pelvis. Everyone who by Lice Squad Canada has a properly functioning pelvis is easier. This will also stop others in 33 Ochterloney St., Suite 210, Dartmouth able to contract their pelvic floor. The treatment for bladder, bowel, I f you want to avoid getting head lice there are some easy things that you can do. The following steps will the family from getting lice. Build a regular head check into your family’s prolapse, or pelvic pain issues can be weekly hygiene practice. Check-A- help. assessed and treated by physiothera- Head and avoid the spread. Step 1. Educate your chil- pists who treat women’s health and Step 4. Report a head lice dren. Have a talk about head lice men’s health issue. infestation ASAP. Tell your with your kids. Let them know the things that they can do to avoid get- school, camp, day care or other fam- KIDS HELPING KIDS ting head lice. Children are most sus- ilies that you have been in contact ceptible to getting lice and usually with so that they too can check and National Art Competition bring them home from school, camp or day care. Use tools such as an educational coloring book or web site to show pictures and share informa- treat if necessary. If you don’t speak up lice may spread and continue to go around and eventually you may get it back too. with a Global Reach By Lois Kalchman “Hopefully, it will set them up for a life- tion. Lice Squad Canada can provide you with both. Step 2. Avoid head to head or hair to item contact. Step 5. No Nit Policy. Ask your school if they do regular head lice screening or education. Checking children after any school break upon return from summer hol- Keeping the hair up and away from time of participating not only in programs iday, winter break and March break Nine-year-old Reilly Therrien is one of related to their own community but to other people’s heads is the best thing 8000 children from across Canada par- look beyond into the Global Community.” that you can do to avoid getting head is essential to stopping and lowering ticipating in ‘Windows to the World’ a ‘The posters will be sent across Cana- lice. Sharing hats, combs, towels, lice cases in most schools. Camps National Art Competition with a Global da for awareness to show how kids can and other hair items is not advised. and day care centers can also benefit Reach that will help to brighten the rooms make a difference.’ Keep in mind that you may also get from this as well and can modify of children on respirators in the non-de- Submissions will be accepted until head lice from car seats, bus, plane their screening times to suit. Does nominational Herzog Hospital in Jerusa- November 30, 2012 and an independent lem, Israel. panel of judges will select 25 winners in and train head rest. Never try on the organization allow children with The competition which asks children various categories to be announced in hats in department stores and don’t lice to attend? What is their protocol ages 5 to 19 to draw a ‘memorable mo- March 2013. share head gear for sporting events. or reporting like? Another helpful ment’, a ‘beautiful place’ or a ‘dazzling thing to do is hold a head lice educa- If you must share then use a hair net dream’ is now open with 25 winners to Anyone can enter. No one is ex- or do a visual inspection first. tion day. If your school, camp or be announced in March 2013. cluded. The rules and regulations are Two of the lucky winners will receive posted on these two websites www.Wood- Wiping, vacuuming and blowing the organization does not do these things one year tuition to the Woodbridge Art bridgeartschool.com, and www. Herzog- item off before use is also a good suggest that they consider it as this School and Gallery. Other prizes include hospital.ca measure to take. There are some pre- will help avoid and decrease lice sport memorabilia from the Toronto infestations in the general popula- Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs, Ganz vention products available that will leave a scent on the hair but these are tion. (toys), Cineplex passes. Wonderland pass- es, hockey equipment from Winnwell, Catherine Sgro, the 2004 Woman of the Year not necessarily recover,” Sgro explains of her in- Sponsors not 100% effective. They do help but For more information check out BrandBuilders The Facts of Lice located on the and many, many more. for the City of Vaughan volvement. “Our goal is must not be completely relied on. Reilly of Welland, Ontario is still debat- is the Woodbridge Art to make children aware Lonsdale Gallery resource page at www.licesquad.com Step 3. Take a peak once a ing which of the three prerequisites her school founder and the and enhance the sur- art will reﬂect. partner of the initiative. roundings with colour- Prize List week. Catching a head lice infesta- You may reach Lice Squad Canada at 888 LICE SQUAD (542-3778) or visit “I am doing this to make the children “We get involved in ful art work in their hos- Woodbridge Art School and Gallery tion early is key. It helps to avoid a in the hospital feel like we are all here for philanthropic events like pital rooms. “ Barrington Brolly sever infestation, the spread to others www.licesquad.com for your free them,” said the Alexander Kuska Catho- this to teach our children This summer approxi- Bijoux Village Jewellry and makes getting rid of lice much head lice help kit. lic School grade four pupil. “Pink, purple about a bigger world mately 40 camps from 9 Brampton Flight School and blue are my favourite colours.” where things aren’t al- provinces and the Yu- Canada’s Wonderland “If I decide to draw a memorable mo- ways pretty,” Sgro told kon Territory have had Cineplex ment , it will have to be when I went to City Parent Magazine. “I campers drawing their Ganz see Mary Poppins in the theatre, and if believe through drawing Reilly Therrien submissions as well as it is a beautiful place then it would have and expressing their feel- individuals like Reilly. Just Hockey to be my grandma’s house on Trout Lake ings that kids are all artists and they can Both private and public schools have Laser Quest near Bancroft (Ontario).” help illustrate good things in our world for shown enthusiasm for the contest and are Ontario Science Centre And, her dazzling dream is to be in a good people especially other children.” expected to run the program when stu- Playdium commercial on television or in a show. Sgro also believes this initiative will dents return for the school year. The Toronto Raptors teach children like Reilly good things par- Lorne Saltzman, Executive Director The Toronto Maple Leafs ticularly when they realize that the win- of Canadian Friends of Herzog Hospital Reptilia ‘The posters will be ning pictures will be hung in the 25 rooms speaks of their aim for the initiative. Royal Lighting in the new children’s wing currently un- ”This is strictly an awareness campaign sent across Canada for der construction in Jerusalem. to encourage kids to participate in an Spin Master Starbucks awareness to show how “This is an international initiative about initiative focused on giving back to the The Bay Kids helping Kids who are in the hospi- world and showing them that they really kids can make a difference.’ tal with a condition from which they may can make a difference. Tumblebooks Winnwell Hockey 16 www.parentchildguide.ca October/November 2012 book now for our To Book or for more Parent Child Holiday/Winter Printing on December 14th Infor mation, Guide Edition Advertising Deadline please call Robert November 30 209-4461 The Monster Under the Bed Halifax Theatre for Young flying sequences and monster People, HRM's only full- chases, and is also an explo- time professional theatre for ration of the monsters that all ages, is producing 'The live inside all of us, and a cel- Monster Under the Bed', by ebration of imagination and Kevin Dyer, at Alderney its ability to help us face our Landing, October 19 - 28, in fears. conjunction with the Tickets: www.ticketpro.ca or Bluenose Ghosts Festival. 1-888-311-9090. 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As is most correcting blurred vision, such information can be obtained by During Your Family’s Busy Routines Optometrist often the case, an early diagno- as single vision glasses for dis- an Optometrist regarding the By Jennifer Russell, BScHP, Health provides a sis often means vision can be tance activities like driving, sin- binocular vision and refractive full ocular Promotion Specialist, Child Safety Link preserved for the future with gle vision reading glasses, com- status of an infant’s eye. At age h e a l t h the right management, appro- puter glasses, bifocals, and con- 3 the next eye exam is recom- The leaves are changing color and the crisp autumn air is assessment priate treatment, and appropri- tact lenses. mended; then again, before starting to settle in – our fall season routines are well underway! as well as a Other visual tests that may school begins (at age 5-6). With your children settling back into school and your partici- ate monitoring by an refractive assessment of the eye pation in various community activities on the rise, families are Optometrist. be completed either during a Children are recommend- (also known as a “glasses pre- often very busy during this time of year. Child Safety Link would The refractive assessment routine exam or at another time ed to have their vision checked like to share some tips with you on how to stay safe during some of scription”). During the ocular of the eye is the part of the eye include binocular vision tests, yearly until age 18, especially if your busy Fall routines: health assessment, the various examination where the during which the muscles and any visual problems are present School layers of the eye are assessed for Optometrist assesses the eye- nerves of the eye are assessed; or diagnosed. Between the ages When you add up the weight of books, school supplies, gym any signs of ocular problems. glass prescription, often with color vision tests, which can of 19-60, full eye exams by an clothes, lunch bag, sneakers, various pieces of art, birthday invita- Any problems related to the the help of the patient. Most determine if any color deficien- Optometrist are recommended tions, and random show-and-tell items…you can end up with one eyes or ocular symptoms are people will book an eye exam if cies exist; and visual field tests, every two years, while those 61 hefty backpack! Although children have more youthful and limber often discussed and evaluated they notice big changes in their which test peripheral vision. In years of age and over are recom- bodies, they can still be susceptible to injuries from carrying too during an eye exam. vision, however, even small some cases, the eye needs to be mended to be seen yearly. much weight. When packing your child’s book bag, make sure it The ocular health assess- changes in an eyeglass prescrip- dilated to allow for a better These are full exam guide- weighs no more than 10% of their body weight. Heavy items like ment section of the full exam is tion can lead to eye strain, view of the peripheral parts of lines only and the frequency of textbooks should be packed close to your child’s body, and chil- very important as many ocular headaches or visual blur at var- the back of the eye. visits may be modified by an dren should wear both shoulder straps of the book bag, to carry the diseases can be asymptomatic, ious distances which leads to If dilation is advised, the Optometrist if eye diseases or weight evenly. meaning that they do not have difficulty performing routine Optometrist will instill drops other risk factors for eye prob- Commutes symptoms that can be felt by an tasks. that will make the pupil larger. lems are present. What great news that the speed limits in school zones in Nova individual. One example of an Optometrists can help to Depending on the findings of Of the five senses, vision Scotia have been reduced this year! But, there are still many pedes- eye disease that is often asymp- put vision back into focus with the eye examination and your is often the sense that people trian safety tips to keep in mind. Teach children who are walking tomatic is glaucoma, where the a prescription for glasses, help- symptoms, your Optometrist cannot imagine living without. to school to look left, right, then left again before crossing the pressures inside the eyeball ing the spectacle wearer experi- will determine which tests need Caring for your eyes involves street. Children under age 9 should not walk to school without the itself can reach levels that can ence more visual clarity and to be performed. routine eye assessments with an help of an older child or an adult. Consider organizing a “walking cause damage to occur to the Believe it or not, it is rec- Optometrist to help preserve school bus” in your neighborhood, where a group of children walk comfort with various activities inner structures of the eye, ommended that a person's first with adults along a pre-determined route. Children over age 9 like driving, reading, and using and maintain healthy, comfort- leading to irreversible vision should walk facing traffic, in groups if possible, and use sidewalks computers. When it comes to eye exam be completed at 6 able vision and prevent avoid- or stay far to the shoulder of the road when walking to school. loss. If the eye is not routinely choosing your glasses, your months of age. This exam able vision loss. Optometrists Children who ride bikes to school should always wear a properly assessed for eye diseases, poten- Optometrist can help by dis- do much more than prescribing fitting helmet. glasses and contact lenses to Halloween Safety focus the outside world, they Many families will be taking their children trick or treating focus on the world inside your this Halloween. Make sure children have eaten before they go trick- eyes! or-treating. If they are hungry, they will be tempted to snack on See your Optometrist, you candy before you have checked it. It is important to check treats and your eyes are worth it! when you get home for open wrappers or anything strange, and For further information or throw away homemade treats from anyone you don’t know. When to have an eye examination, in doubt, throw it out! Choose bright colored costumes made of you can see Dr. Stephanie flame-resistant material, decorate costumes with reflective tape and have children carry a flashlight. 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Think outside the box, weeks in September building a bul- just on the deliciousness of pump- googly eyes can be used to make a think pumpkin!!! ©iStockphoto.com letin board of inspirations, gather- kins, muffins, pie, soup, etc... creepy spider. Painting on a pump- Please drop in to Maritime ing fresh new ideas for my fall & although not all pumpkins are tasty kin is another way to keep it simple Hobbies & Crafts to see our craft winter projects. Attaching post and have much better uses for dec- yet very chic, pumpkins with corner, 1521 Grafton Street, cards, photographs, sketches and orating. smooth skins are best for painting Halifax, 423-8870 other things I collected over the Pumpkin decorating does not or decoupage. Paint your pumpkin summer months. 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