Webinars

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 

Function

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 whatthe child is doing… not how they do it! 


Family

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. 


Fitness 

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!


Fun

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? 


Friends 

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.


Future 

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. 


More Webinars/Podcasts

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)

The full webinar is available on CAPHC's Knowledge Exchange Network here!

Podcast - An update on the F-words and Knowledge Translation 

Hosted by the Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia, Dr. Rosenbaum provides on update on the knowledge translation journey of the F-words. (Presented April 2016; time: 16 minutes)

The podcast is available here!