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Providing Sensory Relief to Kids

When a child experiences trauma, it’s never a one-time event, but something that is relived over and over again.  When children need to recount their trauma for investigators or during a criminal court proceeding, the weight of the memory can be paralyzing.

Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre’s team provides support services for young people who need to recount past traumatic events.  Over years of working with youth through this process, they’ve found positive ways to counteract the paralyzing weight of a bad memory.  Sensory items like weighted blankets, bean bags and grip strengtheners, can offer the relief needed to make it through questioning. The pressure from such tools has been proven to help ground youth when painfully overstimulated.

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The Gift of Imagination

We share the imaginary world of Sesame Street, talking trains and superhero pups with kids before they have a good grasp of the real world. We do this because books cultivate imagination and help expand our view of the world. All kids should get the chance to fly with a pixie or cast spells with a young wizard.

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Keeping Mom and Baby Connected

Amy is a new mom to a six-month-old baby. Life can be hard as a new mom, but it’s even harder if you’re 17 years old, living in shared housing and raising a child alone while trying to finish high school. Amy is working hard to become the kind of mom she wants to be, and with the help of the team at the Parkdale Parents Primary Prevention Program, she’s on the right path.

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The Cold Is Coming

When it’s 20 degrees below zero and skins cells are exposed, that skin and the rest of my body feels damn cold. I’m likely not alone in feeling this, which makes me think a lot about homeless people in our community as I dust off my winter best.
The temperature is due to drop into the low single digits within the next few weeks. Making it just the right time for Troop to help out the members of Sistering, a multi-service charity, supporting socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed.

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We Can All Sleep Well

Find out how this retired Toronto school principal has improved the sleep of over a hundred local kids. This week, Troopers helped add one more kid to the list!

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Diapers Are A Crappy Expense

Back in September we met Melat. She arrived in Canada from Ethiopia seeking asylum. She was alone and 8 months pregnant. Fast forward three months and Melat and her baby girl are healthy and thriving. Now she has the expense of diapers to worry about.

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