About

Joanne Smyth Teacher OCT

  • BAA – Early Childhood Education (Toronto Metropolitan University-formerly Ryerson Polytechnical Institute)
  • Diploma in Child Study (Two year Graduate Diploma from the University of Toronto -The Institute of Child Study)
  • Licensed Brain Gym® Instructor and Consultant
  • Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training Consultant
  • Registered Circle of Security®Parenting™ Facilitator

I am certified elementary teacher (OCT) with additional special education and primary education qualifications along with years of experience supporting children with learning differences. I have a degree in early childhood education. Previously a teacher with the Toronto District School Board, I have been successfully running my program since 2008 and have years of experience facilitating early literacy music programs for families and their young children at the Guelph Community Health Centre, Ontario Early Years Centre and Kidsability Centre for Child Development. My program offerings continue to develop and change, as I learn and further my professional development.

Specialized Teacher Training

In addition to my early childhood education and teaching degrees, my ongoing training in reading intervention programs includes courses in the implementation of Orton Gillingham , RAVE-O (Retrieval, Automaticity, Vocabulary, Engagement-Orthography) and Reading Tricks reading programs.  All three programs are researched-based and very effective. My program reflects the recommendations from the Right To Read Inquiry https://right2readinitiative.com/ I continue to learn new evidence-based strategies and approaches as research evolves.

Parent Education Training

  • RIE®️ (Resources for Infant Educarers) 60 hour Foundations: Theory and Observation™ course
  • Registered Circle of Security® Parenting ™  program facilitator
  • Dr. Mona Delahooke’s Beyond Behaviours course
  • Module One Baby Bare: a Bottom Up Approach to Growing Strong Brains and Bodies
  • Amazing Babies Pre-Locomotion Program
  • As a lifelong learner I am also in the process of completing Stuart Shanker’s Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development certificate program through the Mehrit Centre. This will be completed in May 2024.
  • To allow me to better facilitate sessions with familes, using a strength-based approach, I will be completing Level One of the Core Fundamentals certification through Function First Coaching in the spring of 2024.

https://rie.org/upcoming-foundations-courses/ https://www.circleofsecurityinternational.com/ https://www.functionfirstcoaching.com/event/dica-1-2024-03/ https://self-reg.ca/

Developmental Movement Educator Training

As a Developmental Movement Educator, I am a licensed BrainGym® Consultant/Instructor and a Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training Consultant. I continue to take specialized training in the area of reflex integration and developmental movement to add to my toolbox. https://brmtcanada.com/ https://braingymcanada.ca/

Some of the specialized movement-based courses I have training in are; Brain Gym® for Special Education Providers, Introductory to HANDLE (Holistic and Neurological Development Learning Efficiency), Bal-A-Vis-X® (Balance, Auditory, Vision eXercises) Levels 1, 2 and Adapted for special needs learners,  MNRI®Dynamic and Postural  Reflex Pattern Integration, Rhythmic Movement Training®, Movement Exploration, Neurodevelopment Movement Program, Babybare and The Amazing Babies Academy.

I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with Harald Blomberg, Carla Hannaford, Candi Cosgrove, Carol Ann Erickson, Cecilia Koester and many other wonderful teachers. For more information on these programs please refer to my Developmental Movement page. https://movingforward1.ca/services/movement-based-learning/

Past Workshops

Relationship-based Parenting series- a funded four-week parenting program funded by the Guelph Family Health Team and the Guelph CHC

Relationship-based Parenting series- run for parents at Mitchell Woods Public School

Brain Moves: Brain Gym® in the Classroom- a workshop for teachers (2021) @ GCVI and College Heights Secondary School.

Brain Moves: Brain Gym® for Parents (May and June 2021)

Guelph Parkinson’s Support Group : Introduction to Brain Gym® including a follow up workshop for members (October 2014 and May 2015) 

Upper Grand District School Board Parent Advisement Committee: Introduction to Brain Gym® (Feb. 2015)

Upper Grand District School Board :Brain Gym® and the Physical Skills of Learning (April, 21015)

John Galt Public School, Guelph: Introduction to Brain Gym® (June 2015)

Guelph Homeschool Group: Introduction to Brain Gym® and the Physical Skills of Learning (June 2015)

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