Webinars and Podcasts
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.
Part 1: F-Words in Parenting
This episode is part of My Complex Parenting Podcast by Rachel Martens
"Everybody likes an opportunity to feel a little validated in their parenting skills! Parents of kids with health conditions often feel like there's little by way of a manual to judge what they're doing. In this episode, we talk about what the World Health Organization talks about when it comes to health and functioning with a health condition. You may be surprised at how much of this you're already doing!"
Part 2: F-Words in a Pandemic
This episode is part of My Complex Parenting Podcast by Rachel Martens
"In part 2, I talk to my friend Brenda Agnew about how the f words have become a part of her parenting experience. It's an honest conversation about what it means to see research put into practice which isn't always easy to translate. We talk about what the F words have meant in feeling less critical about our own efforts as parents and what it means to consider the F words in a global pandemic!"
The F-Words in Child Development during COVID 19
As we cope with the impacts of COVID 19, Dr. Rosenbaum reminds us of the importance of family and our physical environmental – our home – and its impact on health and development.
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.
Focusing on Fitness: Participation in Parasports
This was a webinar presented by Christina Swett and Julia Hanes to discuss the role of parasports in the lives of children and adults with disabilities, and to show people how to get involved.
(Time: 48 minutes 01 seconds)
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.