Tamara Taggart: Changing the Conversation
Tamara Taggart, veteran broadcaster, award-winning anchor of CTV News at Six and mother of 3 children, one of whom has Down syndrome, aims to change the way society perceives people with special needs. She draws upon two conversations that changed her life – one as a new mother regarding her son’s diagnosis, and the other regarding her own recent health scare with cancer. Through her experience, passion and a deep understanding of people as a supporter of several organizations that assist individuals with challenges, Tamara will help deepen our understanding of advocacy and the impact of our attitudes and communication styles as vehicles in supporting those with unique needs.
Sharon Selby, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and certified Adlerian Parenting Facilitator, has been successfully helping parents, teachers and students understand and develop strategies for managing anxiety for over sixteen years. Through case presentations, experiential exercises and visual images, she will demonstrate the many ways that anxiety presents itself, the 7 common mistakes people make when a child is anxious and how to create an optimal emotional environment to support children in being more functional and productive in all situations.