Early Years F-Words Webinar Series
CanChild has partnered with Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP) to create a series of six webinars on each of the 'F-words'. This first webinar is an introduction to the series, which introduces people to the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health - usually called 'the ICF' - and some "F-words" ideas that bring the ICF to life for kids with disabilities and their families. Six videos will follow, to illustrate how and why each 'F-word' (Function, Family, Fun, Friendships, Fitness and Future) is so important to kids with impairments, their families, and people who work with them to promote their development.
Introducing the F-words Framework
by Peter Rosenbaum, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University
This webinar is about the first ‘F-word’ in Childhood Disability, Function. In this webinar, you will learn about the importance of function in child development for children ages 0-6. You will be presented with introductory ideas about what we mean by function, perceptions of ‘normal’ functioning, and real-life examples that showcase the importance of function for everyday health and development. By the end of this webinar, we hope you will have a better understanding of everyday functioning and that the important thing is what the child is doing… not how they do it!
This webinar presents information about the second ‘F-word’ in Childhood Disability, Family. In this webinar, you will learn how family is the essential ‘environment’ in a child’s lifeand the impact family has on child development. This is a particularly special webinar as it is presented by a parent partner of CanChild who shares her personal family experience and stories about her son who has Cerebral Palsy. Through her stories, you will learn about the importance of family-centred service and family engagement. By the end of this webinar, we hope you will have a better understanding of the significant rolefamily has on a child’s development and their overall wellbeing.
This webinar presents information about the third ‘F-word’ in Childhood Disability, Fitness. In this webinar, you will learn about the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle and the impact this has on child development. You will be presented with information about what fitness looks like for children ages 0-6, ideas to promote fitness activities and how activities can be adapted to support children of all abilities. We hope that after completing this webinar you will have a better understanding of the importance of staying fit and healthy, andare motivated to encourage and promote fitness among children ages 0-6!
This webinar presents information about the fourth ‘F-word’ in Childhood Disability, Fun. In this webinar, you will learn about the positive impact that playing and having fun has on a child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. You will be introduced to the concept of fun and how families, health providers and educators play a critical role in encouraging and engaging in fun activities with children. By the end of this webinar, we hope that you have a better understanding of the importance of fun in all aspects of a child’s life; after all, isn’t having fun what childhood is all about?
This webinar presents information about the fifth ‘F-word’ in Childhood Disability, Friends. In this webinar, you will learn about the importance of encouraging and fostering friendships for children and the impact friendship has on a child’s social, cognitive and emotional development. You will learn how parents/caregivers, service providers and educators can encourage friendships between children and how to promote friendships for children with disabilities. By the end of this webinar, we hope that you have a better understanding of the importance of friendships in child development, and the role of friendships in supporting an overall happier and healthier childhood.
This webinar is about the sixth ‘F-word’ in Childhood Disability, Future. In this webinar, you will be exposed to ideas that will encourage you to consistently think about a child’s future and how the future is an essential component of child development. You will be presented information about how both service providers and parents/caregivers can support a child’s goals, dreams and future. You will learn about taking a strengths-based approach to goal setting and how to plan for a child’s future. By the end of this webinar, we hope you have a better understanding of how to support children and their families in recognizing their current capacity, and achieving future goals and aspirations.
Clinical Application of the 'F-Words' in Childhood Disability
An integrated team of researchers at CanChild created this webinar to support the use of 'F-words' by service providers around the world with families of children and youth with developmental disabilities and chronic health conditions.
The F-words in Childhood Disability: A Call for ACTION
Hosted by the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC), the webinar was presented by CanChild's Peter Rosenbaum, Jan Willem Gorter, and Andrea Cross, alongside Maria Susini, a Physiotherapist at Grandview Children's Centre and Julie Brocklehurst, a parent researcher, a writer, advocate, and mother to a little boy with cerebral palsy. (Presented February 2016; time: 1.5 hours)
CP FACTS 2015: "The ‘F-words’ in Childhood Disability: I swear this is how we should think!”
Hosted by the Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy, Dr. Rosenbaum outlines the six ‘F-words’ that focus on key areas of childhood disability – Function, Family, Fitness, Fun, Friends, and Future.
CRE-CP Education Podcasts
Hosted by the Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy, Dr. Rosenbaum discusses the use of 'F-Words' in setting goals for children with neurodisability and their families.