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Friday, February 28 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Where is the Off Button?

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Where is the off button? Why are some students always daydreaming? Unable to follow the steps in a fire drill after multiple attempts? Appear to overreact to the simplest request? Do these behaviours indicate a diagnosable disorder or is there a simpler explanation? When the body's stress response won't turn off, this can cause brain malfunction, negative classroom behaviours and directly impacts a child's capacity to learn. Information presented will discuss the impact toxic stress can have on specific areas of the brain and how impaired brain function can resemble common learning, behavioural or emotional concerns; as seen in a classroom. Why it is critical to understand the implications of toxic stress will be stressed. Looking at learning and behavioural difficulties through a lens of ‘toxic stress’, teachers may choose to modify approaches to learning and behavioural concerns.

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Christy Filgate

Coordinator for Special Education
I love working with children and I have a passion to increase awareness of issues impacting children's ability to learn and be successful. In 2017, I completed my Masters degree in Educational Research to improve my understanding of how to support teachers and students. I was very... Read More →