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Tue, Jan 30


Online Professional Development

Tools vs. Toys

Join us ONLINE Tuesday, January 30th, 2023 - 1:30-3:00 pm. Presenter: Catherine Korah and Zarina Fernandes. Event is FREE. The session will be recorded and available on the CEBM website.

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Tools vs. Toys
Tools vs. Toys

Time & Location

Jan 30, 2024, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Online Professional Development


About the Event

Tools vs. Toys

Date: TUESDAY, January 30th, 2023

Time: 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Format: ONLINE - this presentation will use ZOOM, an interface that requires no special applications.

Fees: FREE


After fidget spinners came on the scene, teachers began banning self-regulation tools from the classroom, as students were misusing them and those fidgets were more disruptive than helpful. It is true that some fidgets given their level of distractibility are really just toys, but we cannot overlook the overall use of these effective tools in the classroom. Fidgets, and other supportive tools, can help students improve their focus and decrease their anxiety during learning. During this session we will talk about the science behind the use of these tools and we will explore what works and what doesn’t to better grasp the difference between toys and tools. When understanding the benefits and challenges that arise from the use of classroom fidgets, flexible seating, games and other support tools, it will help us in knowing which tools to offer when to our students. We will also look at best practices and how to set parameters around the use of these tools in order to increase their proper usage.

PRESENTED BY:  Catherine Korah and Zarina Fernandes

For ALL school staff



Catherine Korah, MEd, OPQ, Coordinator of CEBM, has over 15 years of professional experience in a number of elementary and secondary educational settings with students who struggle with behaviours challenges. She has been actively involved in providing professional development, consultation, and liaising with various health and social service agencies. Catherine is very adept at finding developmentally friendly and trauma-informed solutions for students at all levels. Catherine is trained to provide professional development in the Neufeld developmental paradigm.

Zarina Fernandes: With a background in special care counselling as well as in inclusive education, has over 10 years of experience working as a Special Education Technician in schools to support students with behavioural challenges. She has also been collaborating with CEBM to implement and fine-tune the use of a Nurturing Support Centre. Thanks to her keen vision and immense creativity, she has contributed in designing resources for the centre. Zarina will be consulting with school teams to assist them in setting up their NSC.

For information: Catherine Korah, CEBM Coordinator, 

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