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Kids Can Fly Brantford

Kids Can Fly promotes early childhood development in Brantford/Brant

Infant Mental Health Promotion is pleased to announce a partnership with beginning in September 2012.

Helping parents help their kids succeed in school and lifeThis initiative is intended to educate Ontario parents on the importance of healthy brain development in the early years of a child’s life, from 0 to 4 and to share information on a range of infant mental health and parenting topics. 

Goals are to:

  • raise awareness through information and outreach to parents
  • share knowledge and resources between and Infant Mental Health Promotion
  • increase parent engagement on both sites

The website hosts a wide range of resources for parents including:

    • Videos – interviews and lectures with top experts in the fields of child development, brain development and mental health.
    • Articles and blogs – on a range of topics and parenting concerns about a child’s physical and mental health: special needs, child development, brain development, social skills and issues, learning and parent involvement.

Media outreach on as well as through social media, Facebook and Twitter, to engage parents including distribution of IMHP’s weekly tips for parents

Each week will share tips for parents authored by IMHP on a range of topics to promote positive mental health.

 Infant Mental Health Promotion will be providing:

  • Content for parents on infant mental health topics, such as: transitions to childcare, brain development research, the impact of the environment and relationships on a young child’s mental health, and more…
  • Guest blogs by IMHP’s director, Chaya Kulkarni, as well as periodic interviews with Cheryl Jackson
  • Weekly brain tips for parents which will be posted on TVOParents’ social media channels.
  • In-depth milestones, the healthy social and emotional development of your child from 0 to 4, created by the Hospital for Sick Children
  • Media access to Infant Mental Health Rounds lecture series and IMHP events.

IMHP is looking forward to this unique opportunity to share knowledge with a wider community and parents through .  For more information and some highlighted TVO Parents resources visit the IMHP “Special Projects” page on this partnership.


Brain Power Conference

Members from Kids Can Fly attended the Brain Power Conference held in Toronto May 3 and 4 at the Royal Conservatory of Music.  The conference featured workshops, keynote presentations and demonstrations from teachers and neuroscientists.

The conference was presented by The Brain Power Initiative, a network of parents, scientists and educators exploring how their knowledge of the brain will inform education and childhood development.  Research presented showed that science is transforming childhood development.  The field of neuroscience is showing that it is now possible to train a child’s brain and help to prepare them for lifelong learning. 

 Dr. Sylvain Moreno of Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute in Toronto kicked off the conference.  Moreno is a leading Canadian Scientist working in neuro-education, and has researched that training children in one area can affect unrelated higher order processes like language, memory and intelligence.  He talked about strengthening the brain’s “executive function” this is the part of the brain which helps us manage cognitive processes such as working memory, attention, verbal reasoning and multi-tasking. 

Moreno began his presentation by having the audience stand up.  He played “The Eye of the Tiger” and told everyone to sing and dance to it.  The crowd wasn’t sure what to think of this neuroscientist displaying his Rocky moves on stage, but Moreno was making a point that musical training works. When children sing it has a positive affect on the brain because it’s more than just listening.  Learning an instrument also has a direct impact on memory, attention and intelligence.

During Moreno’s research he used a fun computer based music program featuring cartoons and games. After only 20 days of classroom instruction pre-schoolers were able to boost their verbal IQ scores some five times more than kids who received a program not based on musical concepts.

I have attached the following article for more information on “Training the Brain”. It’s fascinating the new research we are hearing about and there are a lot of useful tips in this following article.