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MARY KLOVANCE

Consulting & Public Speaking

She/Her

MA, BEd, BA

Registered Clinical Counsellor

ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP)

ADHD-Certified Educator (ADHD-CE)

Board member of the Institute of Neurodiversity Canada

Mary is the owner and clinical director of The Neurodiversity Family Centre and has lived experience as a person with ADHD, is the daughter of an Autistic parent and is a parent to a neurodiverse child. 

 

Mary holds the belief that what some may perceive as "challenging behavior" is actually just coping strategies for those doing the best they can with limited capacity and/or ability (Capacity + Ability = Capability). Drawing on her experience and education, she employs the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model (CPS Model) to engage with clients, aiming to uncover unmet needs, lagging skills, and unsolved problems. Mary's primary objective is to understand and validate each client's experiences, learn what their personal goals are and guide them in identifying strategies and solutions which utilize their unique strengths and abilities. Her approach is not only client-centered but also seeks to address the underlying issues contributing to perceived challenges, such as those brought on by societal expectations and demands. 

Mary has worked for over 12 years as a school counsellor and for over five years with youth-at-risk for Victoria's Youth Empowerment Society at the teen drop in centre, youth Detox and youth shelter. Recently Mary was asked to join the Institute of Neurodiversity as a board member to represent Education for the new Canadian chapter and is on the Greater Victoria School District Accessibility Advisory Group. She is also a local public speaker on the topic of parenting neurodivergent youth and was featured in "Calming the ADHD Family: ADHD brain hacks for a calm, confident, connected family", Matters of the Mind Public Presentation on Parenting Youth with ADHD for the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a guest on Therapy Talks Podcast.

 

Mary's goal is to educate youth and the adults who care for them about Neurodiversity Affirming practices and sharing her lived experience as a Neurodivergent person. She uses a strength-based approach in her practice to highlight the gifts of every individual while helping them achieve their definition of success. 

CONSULTING

Consulting

$175 (Including GST)

Mary can provide consulting services on the following topics:

  • Working with youth who struggle with addiction issues

  • Working with youth who struggle with aspects of their ADHD

  • Neurodiversity Affirming Care

  • Supporting Educators who work with neurodivergent students

  • Supporting Counsellors who work with neurodivergent persons

PUBLIC SPEAKING

public speaking

Price based on project scope

Mary enjoys speaking publicly on topics that focus on education, ADHD, Neurodiversity affirming care, addictions and challenging behaviours.

SPECIALIZED WORKSHOPS

SPECIALIZED WORKSHOPS

Prices based on project scope

Mary can both create and facilitate specialized workshops on the following topics:​

  • ADHD

  • Neurodiversity Affirming Care

  • Neurodiversity

  • Teaching Neurodiverse Youth

  • Parenting youth with addiction issues and/or ADHD

  • Supporting ND youth within a care setting (ECE, Group Home, Social work, etc.)

  • Parenting youth with challenging behaviours

  • Please contact for additional ideas

Upcoming Specialized Projects

  • BC Foster Parents Full-Day Training
    BC Foster Parents Full-Day Training
    Thu, Feb 22
    Parksville
    Feb 22, 2024, 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Parksville, 1155 Resort Dr, Parksville, BC V9P 2E3, Canada
    Feb 22, 2024, 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Parksville, 1155 Resort Dr, Parksville, BC V9P 2E3, Canada
    Working in collaboration with BC Foster Parents to create a full day workshop for parents
  • Co-Writing a portion of a Textbook for Canadian School Counsellors
    Co-Writing a portion of a Textbook for Canadian School Counsellors
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Time is TBD
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    Co-creating a chapter on Advocacy from the Lens of a School Counsellor in an upcoming textbook for Canadian School Counsellors titled: Navigating the Complexities of School Counselling in Canadian Contexts.
Previous Projects

PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Online Public Speaking Event

Financial Disclosure: Pro Bono Work

Interview discussing how parents can support their child with ADHD.

Online Public Presentation

Financial Disclosure: Honorarium 

An online workshop created for the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a guest focusing on parenting youth with ADHD.

Podcast Interview

Financial Disclosure: Pro Bono Work

In this episode:

  • Why the relationship with your child is the most important part of the whole process of labeling and diagnosing a neurodivergence.

  • Understanding the “Oppositional defiant disorder” (need for control and autonomy)

  • Mary’s favorite modalities to help understand and soothe what’s going on with your child

  • Advice on where you can find the best research tools for better understanding neurodivergence in children and adults

  • How our dopamine levels have a big impact on the way we see the world

UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA LAW DEPARTMENT EVENT

Public Speaking Event for Staff & Students

Financial Disclosure: Paid Project, Reduced Rate

Overview of Neurodiversity and Neurodiversity Affirming Education. Providing information about different types of Neurodiversities, how to differentiate teaching to support each type and open discussion about student's experiences.

BECOMING A SUPER CO-REGULATOR & CREATING NEURODIVERSITY AFFIRMING SUPPORT PLANS

Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Workshop

Financial Disclosure: Paid Project

Outline:
1. Introduction to myself and course
2. Introduction to neurodiversity & Neurodiversity Affirming Care
3. Becoming Super Co-Regulators: Information on how to co-regulate (works with ALL children!) in order to encourage self-regulation
4. Small Group Activity: Provide an outline of a potential Student Support Plan, Provide an example of a child currently in the program (Case Study), using what we've learned above and the support plan create a support plan for that child.
5. Group share: Groups share the plans and each add notes/ideas/etc.
6. Review as an entire group and come up with a specific support plan for each child
7. Co-Create an outline for a Student Support plan for the centre to be used for all incoming youth in the future

The Gift of Neurodiversity: For parents of newly Diagnosed children and teens

Created for The Foundry & Family Smart Caregiver Sessions

Financial Disclosure: Pro Bono Work

Topic: The gift of Neurodiversity: A strengths-based, neurodiversity affirming introduction for parents of newly diagnosed children & youth 

This Neurodiversity Affirming Workshop is a unique and invaluable resource for parents of children and youth who have recently received a neurodivergence diagnosis. This workshop is designed to empower parents with knowledge, understanding, and practical tools to embrace neurodiversity and create a supportive and nurturing environment for their children.

Key Workshop Details:

(1) Neurodiversity Affirming

(2) Strengths-Based Parenting

(3) Parental Self-Care

(4) Managing Expectations

(5) Parenting Tips and Strategies 

Full-Day Staff Training on Neurodiversity Affirming Care & Supporting Teens with Drug use Challenges

Created for Victoria Youth Empowerment Society

Financial Disclosure: Paid Project

Topic: A Trauma-Informed, Strengths-Based approach to working with Neurodivergent teens who are experiencing challenges with drug use

This workshop, rooted in a neurodiversity-affirming framework, explores the unique strengths and attributes of adolescents who are neurodivergent, encompassing individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and those identified as gifted.

The primary objective of the workshop is to equip neurotypical caregivers with practices centered around acceptance, emphasizing the adaptation of environments, removal of demands and the provision of autonomy for neurodivergent adolescents in care. 

The strategies highlighted are designed to effectively identify and meet the needs of each individual youth, fostering an environment where they feel heard, accepted, and cared for because of, not despite, their uniqueness. 

CTV YOUR MORNING

Interview

Interview on Toronto's CTV Your Morning show about Neurodiversity in the Education system.

Anonymous
"GREAT workshop. Easy to follow, and super do-able ways to grow a confident, self-assured kid."

Crystal, BC

"[She] had such a good vibe and it was really easy to be real as a participant! [Her] approach to sharing and discussing our kiddos with ADHD was very encouraging and empathetic!"
Anonymous
"Mary was fantastic to listen to, very entertaining!"
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