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A Theory of Human Motivation - Maslow's Pyramid of Needs


Irlen Syndrome

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Sharp Book Series

Addiction to sugar - what does it do to your brain?

Disabilities, Support

Learning Disabilities

ADHD and Giftedness

Disaster Resources

Online Safety


Alcohol and Drug Prevention





Sexual Health

Anxiety and Stress

Eating Disorders

Williams Syndrome


Gaming Disorder

Working Memory

Conflict Resolution



Psychological Services, Alberta

Is There Something Really Wrong?

Need to go public? Go public and tell your story...
General Articles
Live simulation to analyze medical reports  
Articles/Videos by Foothills Academy Society  
Click here for a list of presentations that are happening across Calgary and open to the public.
Child Who is Consistently Tired Despite Adequate Sleep Should Be Evaluated by Physician
Distress Centre Calgary, Facebook page.


Sexual Health

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How the body works for kids:

Sexual health for teens:


For Teens: How to Make Healthy Decisions About Sex

From the Boston Children’s Hospital: Making Healthy Sexual Decisions



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What is Bullying


Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention

Kids Help Phone, 1-800-668-6868

Additional Tips and Tricks:
Business leaders are very much equipped to deal with bullying because the problem has been studied and documented for so long.
There are many books written for business environments that are applicable to the classroom. You will find interesting scenarios and practical advice, read these books with a parent and try to figure out what's applicable to you.

Powerful Phrases for Dealing
With Difficult People
How to stop a bully  
Cyberbullying Understanding harassment, mean behavior, trolling, etc.


Conflict Resolution

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- Strawman Tactics

- Ad Hominem Attack

- Black and White Fallacy

- Authority Fallacy

- No True Scotsman Fallacy

Check out this book:
Confident Conversation
by Bechtle, Mike
  Communication is an art, and anyone--whether shy or outgoing--can improve his or her conversational skills. Dr. Mike Bechtle offers a straightforward guide to making good conversation that works for any personality type.



Alcohol and Drug Prevention

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Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Include (read more about OTC and Opioids):

  • muscle and bone pain
  • sleep problems
  • diarrhea and vomiting
  • cold flashes with goose bumps
  • uncontrollable leg movements
  • severe cravings

National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

Codeine Addiction and Abuse

Cough Medicine Abuse by Teens, Effects of Abuse

Concerns of Mixing Alcohol with Other Drugs



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Pandem-Sim™ is an intense and immersive learning experience that engages your students in a live simulation to analyze medical reports from around the world.

Students quickly diagnose and treat an array of infectious diseases, study the data trends, and issue recommendations for prevention and control through public health alerts. With the help of computers, the Internet, and a video conference or webcam connection, students interact with a "Chief Epidemiologist" at the Challenger Learning Center® in Wheeling, WV.

Together, teams of students use their critical thinking skills and scientific knowledge to resolve disease outbreaks and try to prevent epidemics. During their mission, students become part of an emergency epidemiology team assembled to help resolve worldwide outbreaks. Stationed in a simulated Pandem Disease Center (PDC), students receive alerts from health officials in the field and must respond quickly to help prevent further disease cases.

Find out more...


Learning Disabilities

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Working Memory (WM) is an issue with many learning disabilities.

Click here for Working Memory (WM) Training

Auditory Recall Comes in Last:


Dr. Liss Archibald, Western University describes WM Interventions and how to change WM capacity: intensive work every day for 40 minutes a day, for a duration of at least 5 weeks to see a change. Watch the interview:    
  - Can Computer Programming Boost Your Brain Power?.
- How Coding Develops Focus and Organization
- Can Coding Improve Your Child's Writing Skills?

The Cognitive Benefits of Learning Computer Programming: A Meta-Analysis of Transfer Effects
Excerpt, Conclusions: "Positive transfer to situations that required creative thinking, mathematical skills, and metacognition, followed by spatial skills and reasoning existed..."

Solutions for Ages 8 - 13
MIT Scratch is a free visual tool that introduces children to coding concepts to program video games. Learn how to code with your child and gradually replace passive screen time gradually with active learning.


Math anxiety "eats up" your Working Memory

Make It Stick offers techniques for becoming more productive learners, and cautions against study habits and practice routines that turn out to be counterproductive


Dyscalculia (Math Dyslexia)

What are the signs of Dyscalculia?   Grades PK-2
A Hands On Approach
Conceptual Learning
Types of Memory Procedural Memory and Declarative Memory  
Treating Dyscalculia

Up to 7% of elementary school students have dyscalculia. Research suggests it's as common as dyslexia -- a reading disorder -- but not as well understood. In fact, kids and parents sometimes call it “math dyslexia,” but this can be confusing because dyscalculia is a completely different condition. Your school or doctor may call it a “mathematics learning disability” or a “math disorder.”

Read more:
Make sure it's not just bordom!        



Understanding Dyslexia

How dyslexia evaluations  look like  (20 min video)

Dyslexia, Psychology Today


Practical Advice for Dealing with Dyslexia

Change the font if you are reading digital material, whenever you can.

If the font cannot be changed then use software that reads the text along with you.

Ask your teacher to record an audio of exam questions and provide the recording to you during exams.

"Natural Reader" software can create the audio file directly from the text, to make it easy on the teacher preparing these materials, and there is a free version for non-commercial use.



How a font can help people with dyslexia to read

The font is explained here:

see  also OpenDyslexic Font for Chrome
Software for Reading Emails and Articles (Free version available for personal use).
Teachers can use this software to prepare audio files for tests to help the dyslexic child.
Natural Reader Software
see also Procedural Memory
Dyslexia: Teaching Approaches
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity - Yale School of Medicine

Math and Dyslexia: Dyslexic Advantage Talks to Stanford and Georgetown Experts Tanya Evans and Michael Ullman (read more...)   "Because there is a high overlap between dyscalculia (math disability) and dyslexia, a better understanding of science of dyscalculia may inform useful strategies for teaching."

Dyscalculia may coexist with dyslexia.



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Did you know? Giftedness is consider a learning disability. Alberta code for this is Code 80.

Is My Child Gifted?

My little poppies: Parenting Gifted? Homeschooling.

Effects of Early Acceleration of Students in Mathematics on Mathematics Coursework (International Statistical Institute)

Tips for Parents: Academic Acceleration for Students in 8th Grade and Younger

Gifted Challenges

The Unhappy Intellectually Gifted Child


Assessments - Psychological Services, Alberta

Personality-Shaping Through Positive Disintegration, by Kazimierz Dabrowski
Watch the 1970 Dabrowski UAlberta Interviews on YouTube
(6 videos)


ADHD and Giftedness

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Before Referring a Gifted Child for ADD/ADHD Evaluation

Exceptional and Special Needs

What Really Works for Gifted, Twice Exceptional Kids with ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, or Learning Disabilities





Irlen Syndrome (Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome)

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Know the signs of Irlen Syndrome



Interview with Helen Irlen discovered Irlen Syndrome over 20 years ago (1h:10min):




Gaming Disorder

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WHO Q&A About Gaming Disorders


Center on Media and Child Health

Center on Media and Child Health

How do I know if my tween has “gaming disorder”?

South Korea rehab camp for Internet-addicted teenagers

Ask the doctor a media related question



How the Internet, Dopamine and your Brain are Working Together to Screw Your Potential (by Anthony W. Richardson)

Click here for similar articles.

The brainwaves of gamers

Neural Basis of Video Gaming: A Systematic Review

Risk-taking outside of the video game environment following game play



Korea’s Internet Addicts

The Neuroscience of Internet Addiction 



Eating Disorders

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Calgary Eating Disorder Program



Immediate effects on learning and a common misdiagnosis

"The “inability to focus and concentrate,” which is almost universally reported by our young patients and their observant parents, is a direct result of their eating disorders -- not a separate condition, such as attention deficit disorder. Mistaking the poor concentration of semi-starvation for ADD or ADHD frequently leads to the prescription of stimulant medications which, unfortunately, can cause counter-productive appetite suppression. This highlights the critical importance of accurate diagnosis, which is greatly (though imperfectly) supported by the new DSM-5, and the critical importance of prompt, even aggressive, re-feeding."


How Malnourishment Affects the Brain: Research on Anorexia and Neurobiology

For example, excessive weight loss can cause shrinkage of the brain’s gray matter.

Also, people underweight due to this eating disorder scored higher for depression, anxiety, and obsessiveness than those with anorexia who had restored weight. All of these symptoms, including loss of brain mass, improved with weight restoration.



Anorexia & Loss of Cognitive Ability



Anxiety and Stress

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Library books that may help dealing with people who cause you anxiety:

Powerful Phrases for Dealing
With Difficult People

My Age of Anxiety
Check out these digital books from the Calgary Public Library. The app to use is OverDrive.
Here is a short intro to how to use OverDrive:


Five strategies for overcoming test anxiety.


Sometimes anxiety and stress is due to trauma, and can be very difficult to deal with.

Here is one approach: Choose the story you want to tell, change the past...




How Stress Affects your Brain - Epigenetic Changes


University of Calgary:

What’s the difference between shyness and social anxiety? UCalgary experts on the inexact science of recognizing anxiety disorders in schools




Strategies For Parenting Kids Who Have Anxiety Strategies For Parenting Kids Who Have Anxiety



A Theory of Human Motivation - Maslow's Pyramid of Needs

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Maslow studied the healthiest 1% of the college student population.
The largest, most fundamental needs at the bottom and the need for self-actualization and self-transcendence at the top.

Maslow's theory suggests that the most basic level of needs must be met before the individual will strongly desire (or focus motivation upon) the secondary or higher level needs. Maslow also coined the term "metamotivation" to describe the motivation of people who go beyond the scope of the basic needs and strive for constant betterment.



Disaster Resources

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AHS Website Disaster Resources – Mental Health Resources

Helping Your Child or Teen Prepare Emotionally For Disasters or Emergencies

Responding to a Disaster or Emergency

Recovery after a Disaster or Emergency

Calgary: Getting prepared for emergencies (72-hour kit, Emergency action plan, Alerts and Notifications).



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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

What is Glycemic Index (GI) - eating foods with a low GI, will help you manage your diabetes.


Sugar Addiction

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Slideshow: The Truth About Sugar Addiction


How to end your sugar addiction.


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Helping your Angry Teen,
by Abblett, Mitch
Check it out from the Calgary public library.
Davidson Institute: Tips for Parents: Anger Management for Your Gifted Child

Russell Kolts; Anger, Compassion, and What It Means To Be Strong:


Anger—How We Transfer Feelings of Guilt, Hurt, and Fear


Online Safety

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Common Sense Education
Family tips on cyberbullying, parent concerts and understanding online harassment.
    A list of TV Shows (K - 2) That Inspires Empathy
Safe Online Behavior
4 Ways to Help Teens Avoid Digital Harassment

Childnet International, a non-profit organization working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

see also Playlist on YouTube:

Internet Safety Laws, Online Protection Tools, Parental Supervision of Online Activities
Being Smart with Your Smartphone
(designed for teachers)
NetSmartz offers free, multimedia Internet safety presentations tailored for specific audiences — parents and communities, tweens, teens, and younger children.
The Dangers of Online Gaming   - How can I keep my child safe whilst they chat in games? What tools are available to help?
- How do I know which games are appropriate or suitable for my child?
- Do games have parental controls?
- How can I report inappropriate behavior by other users?
- How long should I let my child play games for?



see also the general Bullying category.


Williams Syndrome (the opposite of Autism)

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This Rare Medical Condition Makes You Love Everyone



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How to beat OCD without drugs
Strategies for Treatment-Resistant OCD




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