On the Edge

On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. The following are our upcoming presentations:

Let's Talk It Out

Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Strathcona Branch 

When faced with a problem to solve, most people will use some self-directed language to talk themselves through the issue. Research has shown that children also do the same. Across development, children use language in service of a set of skills, called executive functioning skills, that play an important role in directing thoughts and action towards accomplishing a goal or solving a problem. Executive functioning skills are also important for academic achievement, social competence, friendships, and positive outcomes into adulthood.

Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an estimated 1 in 66 Canadian children. Children with autism have many strengths and talents. However, autism also creates challenges in the development of communication and language, as well as executive functioning skills. An understanding of how these challenges arise across development can help professionals better support the developmental challenges of children with autism. In her talk, Chantal will examine current research on the link between language and executive functioning in children with autism and explore what this could mean for the development of bilingual children with autism.

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Parenting in the Digital Age: The Impact of Technology on Our Kids

Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Riverbend Branch 

At this event, Dr. Jason Daniels will discuss how digital media is part of everyday life for kids these days. They use it at home and school, with many children preferring to spend their free time ‘plugged in’. But how much is too much when it comes to kids and technology? Learn more about the positive and negative impacts digital media can have on childhood development and practical solutions for managing how your kids use technology.

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Not Your Grandparent's Weather!

Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Whitemud Crossing Branch

Deluges, ice rains, winter heat waves, mega droughts—if you think we’ve been cursed and clobbered a lot harder and a lot more often recently, you are not imagining it. It used to be that our weather was “normal” and dependable. Now, more and more Canadians are asking: What’s happening to our weather? If our weather is becoming weirder and wilder, are people responsible or is it nature doing this to us? Or both? What has become clear is that the Earth is warming and the number of weather-related disasters appears on the rise. We can no longer assume that yesterday’s weather will apply tomorrow.

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