Our talks

Discover our latest tool for schools 

Evidence based. Practical. Relevant. 

We offer unique virtual talks, speaking series, and workshops to educate parents, students, and teachers in our communities. All talks are led by child psychiatrist Dr. Smita Naidoo and facilitated by Paperclouds co-founder Andrea J. Bell. Book for your school now. 

 

Parent Sessions: Kindergarten
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Routine & Regulation

Sleep, nutrition & play — the triad of success

Discover the power of building routines around sleep, nutrition, and play. We will also address how to manage your child’s screen time in Kindergarten.

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Got Sleep?

Linking sleep health with mental health

Get practical tools and resources to help you manage your child’s anxiety. We will also cover 

straightforward sleep strategies for the whole family. COVID-relevant data/material is discussed, including managing increased screen time during the pandemic. 

Fatherhood

Transitions for Tentative Kids

When avoidance gets in the way

Learn practical ways to help your child cope during academic transitions and the relationship between coping skills and sleep health. We will cover  "decompensation" (the inability to function in the face of stressors) and how to avoid this with your child. 

Thriving in Kindergarten

Parent Sessions: Any Age Group (K-12)  

Foundations for Life

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Cyber Dependency & the Developing Brain

Addiction or cultural norm?

In this series, we will address the developing brain (including during puberty) and its impact on sleep and behavioural regulation. We also deliver practical tips and strategies to help with cyber dependency.

High School Lecture

Got Sleep?

Linking sleep health with mental health

Get practical tools and resources to help you manage your child’s anxiety. We will also discuss straightforward sleep strategies for the whole family. COVID-relevant data/material is discussed, including managing increased screen time during the pandemic. 

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Transitions for Tentative Kids/Youth

When avoidance gets in the way

Learn practical strategies to help your child cope during academic transitions and the relationship between coping skills and sleep health. This talk can also be adapted to discuss youth transitioning back to in-person schooling (e.g., pandemic-related changes, school truancy, etc.). 

Teacher and Administrator Sessions
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Cyber Dependency During a Pandemic 

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the mental health of children and youth. In this talk, we discuss the impact of technology (e.g., Zoom calls, screen time, video games, etc.) on the developing brain.

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Anxiety, ADHD & Behavioural Dysregulation During a Pandemic 

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the mental health of children and youth. In this talk, we discuss the impact of anxiety, focus issues (ADHD), and poor sleep in youth during a pandemic.

Rest Well, THRIVE at Work

Sophisticated solutions in the modern workplace for you to THRIVE

Thriving in the workplace requires more sophisticated ways to succeed. In this session, we introduce our THRIVE principle, which is based on 6 life domains: Technology, Home, Relationships, Interests, Values, and your Environment.

Pro-D Workshops and Talks

Student Sessions: Grades 7-12  

ZzzPower for life

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Sleep for Teens -  Screens, Sleep & Mental Well-Being 

What's the connection?

In this session, we address teens in your school directly, giving them refreshingly practical sleep hacks, plus tools and resources to help them manage their anxiety and hormones. We also discuss COVID-relevant data/material, including managing increased screen time during the pandemic and understanding how that screen time affects sleep and overall health. 

MD, MPH, FRCPC

Meet Dr. Naidoo

Dr. Smita Naidoo is a clinical faculty member at the University of British Columbia, a Doctor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Metro Vancouver (at Foundry Ridge Meadows and Three-Story Clinic) and co-founder of Paperclouds. 

 

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Co-founded by Dr. Naidoo and Andrea J. Bell, Paperclouds is Canada’s first evidence-based school curriculum dedicated to sleep literacy. This has been a coveted entry point to promote  emotional, physical, and mental well-being in children. Dr. Naidoo and Andrea Bell also co-authored The Quest for Rest: Polly & Pickles, which can be ordered on Amazon and through this website.

Dr. Naidoo is renowned  as an advocate for championing accessible children’s health literacy in an honest and straightforward way. Her special interests include anxiety in adolescents and cyber dependency in the developing brain. 

 

Her dedication to the next generation of physicians has earned her a Post-Graduate Program Teaching Award at UBC. 

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Paperclouds is dedicated to offering expert advice, recommending solutions, and providing fun, practical guides on healthy sleep for happier families.