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Mary Ellen Conference Audience

2015 Social Emotional Enhancement and Development (S.E.E.D.) Conference


In April 2015, parents, caregivers, educators, health care professionals, CYSN social workers gathered in Vancouver for the 2nd S.E.E.D. Conference for Children and Youth with Special Needs. Individuals represented communities from across the province of BC.


99% of participants reported that they learned new information that they would be able to use and 97% indicated that they had a better understanding of Social Emotional Development and Learning. 97% indicated that they were satisfied with the conference and 98% indicated that the information was presented in a way that was easy to understand.


Much of the feedback was along the lines of the following:


“How important for all to work together to support the children/youth to be the best they can through Social Emotional Learning. Team effort!”


“EDI - it will be great to get the Aboriginal EDI data in our community. Compliment list at Circle time - great way to start the day on a positive note”


“The reason why we used social thinking language. I appreciated the confirmation the SEL is happening all the time and have a renewed energy to continue practicing patience with my students as we go through the process of SEL together.”


“Children with special needs and their behaviours are an opportunity of hope, understanding, and learning. Look through a positive sense and the rights of the child.”


“Fantastic presenters. I am feeling so inspired and excited! Thank you for all the great information and tools”


“I have lots of good ideas for SEL program for Pre-K program for children with special needs”



April 20 & 21, 2015
Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel,
Vancouver, British Columbia
Speaker Presentations:
Dr. Rebecca Cortes

Dr. Martin Guhn & Jennifer Fox
Molly Stewart Lawlor

Ali Thomas & Andria Anderson