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MARY KLOVANCE

Consulting & Public Speaking

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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 specializes in parenting support and supporting teens with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and challenges with substance use.

 

Mary has lived experience as a person with ADHD, is the daughter of an Autistic parent and is a parent herself. 

 

Mary believes challenging behaviours are the symptom of the problem and works with her clients to identify unmet needs, lagging skills and unsolved problems and uses the Collaborative Problem Solving  approach (CPS Model) to reduce or eliminate them.  
Mary has worked for over 11 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. She also recently joined the newest Canadian chapter of the Institute of Neurodiversity as a board member. 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

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$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

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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

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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

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PREVIOUS PROJECTS

Online Public Speaking Event

Interview discussing how parents can support their child with ADHD.

Online Public Presentation

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

Podcast Interview

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

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.

Sonderly - Geneva Centre for Autism Online Course

The neurodiversity movement is successfully shifting perceptions of deficit-based stereotypes, but what exactly does neurodiversity mean? Presenter Mary Klovance discusses Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Giftedness and details the ways these differences overlap and intersect in children, youth and adults.   

Explore this important topic to find out more about neurodiverse individuals and ways to support inclusion and acceptance. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the term neurodiversity 

  • Describe qualities of neurodiversity 

  • Identify different types of neurodiversity 

  • Explain methods to support neurodiversity in various environments 

We interact with neurodiverse individuals in all aspects of our lives – at school, at home, and in the workplace. This presentation will help you better understand what it means to be neuro-affirming and how to apply this important concept in all your interactions.  

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

Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Workshop

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

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!"

CTV YOUR MORNING

Interview

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

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