The learning Journey

We know that when you first wonder or discover that your child may have something different about their learning it can bring on a wide range of emotions.  Wonder, worry and even fear sometimes kicks in and we often start searching for information.  Your journey begins here... you are overwhelmed by the amount of information and the opinions of others and possible don't know what information to rely on.  While we can't promise to take all those emotions away, we hope to simplify things for parents by giving them a starting point to gather information.

For those already well into their journey questions arise and more information seeking is usually required.  Our goals for you are the same.  We want to take some of the mystery out of it for you.  There are many ways to learn with The P.A.L.S. Network!  Whether you prefer face to face learning, or learning at your own pace in the comfort of your own home, we have information for you.  

How Do we support learning?

On the website you will find links to a variety of websites and publications that we have reviewed and recommend. Since no two students are alike, we aim to cover a wide range of topics.  With the revamp of our website this past summer, we have reformatted that way that information is presented (hopefully for the better).  We will continue to add the most useful resources as we continue to update the resource pages. Please browse the resources and feel free to let us know if we have missed anything valuable.  We know there is much, much more information out there.

The P.A.L.S. Network also hosts a variety of presenters each school year.  These presentations cover relevant topics that would be interesting to both parents and professionals working with children with unique learning differences.  Past presentations have included:

  • Dr. Pam Struiksma - Child and Youth Psychological Services - Anxiety and Your Child
  • Steve Staois and Danielle Buist - HWDSB  Psychological Services - Navigating the Sysytem
  • Penny Greenberg and Catherine Adams - Dyslexia Resource Centre - Dyslexia
  • Dr. Lisa Archibald - Professor, University of Western - Memory and Language Learning
  • Sherri Crechiola - On Your Mark Get Set Grow - Empower Yourself
  • Dan Cassin - LEARNstyle - Google - You've Got Questions.  We've Got Answers.
  • Peter Greenberg - Independent Consultant - Advocacy
  • Audio Books and More - C.N.I.B
  • Sarah Kupferschmidt - Special Appucations - Using Technology to Teach Your Child with Special Needs
  • Casey Foote - Assistive Technology
  • iPads for Early Reading – Melanie Burnip, Speech Pathologist

Any parent, caregiver or professional are welcome to attend our events. You don't have to be local to Hamilton to attend either.  All our welcome! If the topic is of interest to you, we want to see you there! The P.A.L.S. Network has been running the past 5 years on a shoestring budget (basically donations from our Advisory Committee members).  As we grow, we know that we need a bit of revenue to help us help you!  We aim to keep our presentation costs low in order to keep them accessible to as many as possible.  Please visit the P.A.L.S. event page for more information on upcoming presentations.

Parents as Partners

Parents as Partners is an initiative of the HWDSB Special Education Advisory Committee.  Committee members, including P.A.L.S. participate in this initiative by helping to plan and organize relevant presentations for families of students within HWDSB.  The P.A.L.S. Network encourages you to attend these events to learn more about the education system, connect with board staff you may not regularly meet, ask questions and gain information. All of these events will be posted on the Community Events Page.

Community Events

In addition to our own presentations, we also promote other relevant community events from various groups such as the Learning Disabilities Association of Halton who also serves Hamilton families.  You can also find those events listed under community events. We don't always know about all of the events, so if you know of an event that you think we should be promoting, please let us know.


See the P.A.L.S. events page for video interviews with experts in the field of special education.