Local child psychologist, Dr. Ayala Gorodzinsky, will present on sleep in childhood. There are various factors which can influence children’s sleep, including screen use, activity level during the day, worries, pain, and emotions. Dr. Gorodzinsky will discuss how these factors can be recognized and managed. She will also provide general information about recommended hours of sleep across childhood. Dr. Gorodzinsky will also discuss general ideas on how to improve sleep in children who are not experiencing any particular concerns and are still having difficulty with sleep. This presentation is geared towards an audience of parents and caregivers. Childhood includes many stages of development, and the content of the presentation will include information relevant for children 4 to 18 years of age. The presentation will be followed by some time for Q&A with the audience.
All of us have experienced the impact of COVID19 in some shape or form. Dr. Kiran Pure and Ms. Kathleen Smith will discuss the psychological impact COVID19 has had on children, youth, and families. It is evident that the pandemic experience has been difficult and could lead to trauma-related mental health diagnoses and long term emotional, behavioural and psychological issues. Dr. Pure and Ms. Smith will highlight steps that can be taken to build adaptability and resilience in uncertain times and how to move forward to address some of these issues in our children, youth, and families.
Back to school is a stressful time for both parents and children. This year COVID has made it even more so. The Nova Scotia government has provided its Back to School Plan to support students. However, Psychologists are hearing from parents with concerns about increased stress and anxiety as their children prepare for school. The following link provides some resources for families. https://psychologyfoundation.org/Content/COVID-19.aspx
For more help with mental health issues, School Psychologists work as part of the school team to provide support within the school environment and Private Practice Psychologists are available through our Find a Psychologist referral.
The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) has recently completed a survey of Nova Scotia Psychologists working in the public sector. We would like to share the final report APNS Nova Scotia Public Sector Survey 2018 with you as we believe it contains important information about the state of psychological services in the public sector in Nova Scotia.