Child Health Symposium 2024

For youth, families, clinicians (e.g., behavioural therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, recreational therapists, social workers, nurses, physicians, etc), service leaders, researchers, educators, and students.

What to Expect

The Power of Client and Family Engagement

Research and Best Practices in Child and Youth Health and Well-Being.

Hosted jointly by TVCC and Western University's Faculty of Health Sciences


The Child Health Symposium is a collaborative presentation of Western University's Faculty of Health Sciences and TVCC. It provides an opportunity for families, clinicians, service leaders, researchers, educators, and students from all disciplines to:

  • Share their knowledge, ideas, and best practices for service delivery
  • Present current research interests, questions, and findings
  • Learn more about current research on child and youth health and well-being
  • Network and build relationships and collaborations with others (e.g., youth, families, students, service providers, educators, researchers) in the area of child  health and well-being.

Highlights of the 2024 CHS Program 

This event includes:

Panel Discussion: The Family Voice: Families Share their Stories About What Supports their Wellness

Break-out Oral Presentation Sessions: We have 24 presentations to provide a snapshot of some of the research and work
that is being done in child and youth health and well‐being:
A. Enhancing Resilience
B. Parent and Caregiver Perspectives
C. Creating Safe and Inclusive Environments
D. Hear Me Out: Youth, Transitions, and Independence
E. Prioritizing Mental Health and Well‐Being
F. Improving Service Delivery
G. Move your Body: Physical Activity and Movement
H. Focus on Autism

Keynote Presentation: "In Tune and on the Same Page": The Power of Engagement in Rehabilitation Therapy

Dr Gillian King, PhD
Distinguished Senior Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute, 
Canada Research Chair in Optimal Care for Children with Disabilities (Tier 1)

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Gillian King is a Distinguished Senior Scientist (Bloorview Research Institute), Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (University of Toronto), and Canada Research Chair in Optimal Care for Children with Disabilities (Tier 1). She holds adjunct appointments in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Arthur Labatt School of Nursing (both at Western University) and in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University.

Gillian has held over 100 peer-reviewed grants, authored over 245 peer-reviewed articles, and has developed and published 22 measures for use in pediatric rehabilitation.

Her work focuses on psychosocial aspects of care, including client engagement, family-centred care, client and family resiliency, transition programming, and service delivery. Her current research focuses on client, parent, and therapist engagement in service delivery, the development of an up-to-date measure of family-centred care, the mental health and the participation of children and youth with disabilities, solution-focused coaching, and the role of resiliency in rehabilitation service delivery.

Learn more about Dr Gillian King

Joint Child Health Poster Presentation Session

In-Person Event: May 28, 2024 (evening) 

Once again this year we are collaborating with many different disciplines and programs to highlight some of the research and work that is being done in child health and well-being. 

Join us in-person for the Joint Child Health Poster Presentation Session being held at Goodwill Industries (255 Horton St E, London, Ontario, N6B 1L1) on Tuesday May 28, 2024 starting at 5:00 p.m. The evening also includes a keynote speaker, refreshments, and networking. 

This poster session is co-presented by the: Department of Paediatrics; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Children's Health Foundation; Children's Health Research Institute; Children's Hospital London Health Sciences Centre; and Western University's: Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Developmental Biology, Developmental Disabilities Program, Paediatric Surgery, Schulich Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences; and TVCC. 

Attendees can preview posters on the Whova conference app beginning Tuesday May 21, 2024.

To learn more about the Child Health Symposium and the Joint Child Health Poster Presentation Session see our 2024 CHS website.


Child Health Symposium

Date/Time: Tuesday May 28, 2024 , 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. EST 

Location:  Sumner Auditorium, Victoria Hospital, B Zone, LHSC, 800 Commissioners Rd. E, London and TVCC 

Cost: $40 for in-person (includes continental breakfast and lunch) 

Register: online at 

Parking: Parking lot P8 (garage) – off Baseline Road, Dagnone Drive, west of Zone B. LHSC rate of $4/hr, $2 / half hr and $12 daily max. Alternate and accessible parking and bus route information at 

Joint Child Health Poster Presentation Session

Date/Time: Tuesday May 28, 2024, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Location:  Goodwill Industries, 255 Horton St E, London, Ontario, N6B 1L1
Cost: Free
Register: online at WHOVA 
Parking: Free

For More Information

If you are unable to register online, please contact Carrie at register [at] (register[at]tvcc[dot]on[dot]ca) or 519-953-5445.