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Child Development Advisor (CDA)

Child Development Advisor (CDA)


WELCOME! Langdon School has two Child Development Advisors (CDA). Margaret Schrauwen supports students in grades Kindergarten to grade 6 and Nikki Smart supports in grades 7-9. The CDA offers a planned and balanced approach to student development. Planned activities focus on developing social and emotional skills in students, with the goal of enhancing both social interactions and academic performances.

The CDA consults with staff, students, parents, and when necessary, with outside agencies. This ensures that the needs of all learners are being met. The program is designed to provide proactive and preventative programs as well as intervention with issues which have already been identified. The CDA works with students individually, in groups, in class presentations, and with the whole school on various initiatives.


The Child Development Advisor promotes and advocates for the development of the whole child.


The Child Development Advisor is a collaborative resource to children, staff, parents, and community to support and enhance the healthy development of social, emotional, behavioural, and mental health competencies.
The CDA consults with staff, students, parents and when necessary, with outside agencies. This ensures that the needs of all learners are being met.

Services and Topics

The C.D.A position has an emphasis on the social/emotional wellness of students from grades Kindergarten to grade nine and offers a variety of small group sessions, in-class workshops, individual coaching, post-discipline action plans, and crisis relief.

Areas of support:

•    Anger management
•    Bully proofing
•    Classroom survival skills
•    Conflict resolution and anger management
•    Coping with changes in the family
•    Dealing with loss and grief
•    Family support and referrals
•    Increasing self-esteem
•    Leadership
•    Peer issues and choices
•    Anxiety and depression
•    Preventative programming for kids at risk
•    Relationship building
•    Resiliency/character building
•    Social skills

Referral Process and Accessing the CDA:

Students can be referred to the C.D.A in 4 ways:
•    Self Referral
•    Parent Referral
•    Teacher Referral
•    Administator/CDA referral


Download CDA Brochure brochure

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CDA Brochure.pdf — PDF document, 787 kB (806571 bytes)

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Mental Health

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Backpack Program

Costco Wholesale, along with some of its suppliers, has graciously donated backpacks filled with school supplies for children and youth. Each backpack is filled with various school supplies. If you feel that your child would benefit from having a backpack filled with supplies, please feel free to contact me or have your child come to the office and ask for Ms. Schrauwen. 403.936.4579 ext. 154 or
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Staff and students have been working on learning the MindUPTM Curriculum here at Langdon School. Students seem to enjoy learning about their brain and learning concepts and strategies to promote healthy social-emotional development.

Welcome to MindUP™

Helping Children Thrive in Learning and in Life.

“MindUP™ is a Social and Emotional Learning curriculum and framework for teachers that helps students flourish and become more resilient. MindUP™ is grounded in Neuroscience, activated by Mindful Awareness, inspired by Positive Psychology and a catalyst for Social and Emotional Learning. These four pillars inform a curriculum and framework of 15 lessons that, when combined with key principles and practices, helps develop self-regulation and focus in your students, along with an improved ability for them to work well with others.” The program focuses on developing the whole child and creating a positive influence    in the classroom and school culture, as well as improving the quality of life in general.


Why MindUP?

There are increasing levels of stress, anxiety disorder and ADHD in schools, as well as the rising incidence of school violence bullying and an increase in the number of child/teen suicides. MindUP can be implemented in the classroom, whole school or at the district level, in a variety of ways. We will explore this in the training.


MindUP provides a powerful program for students, the Hawn foundation reports that the benefits extend to teacher and even to family life.  67% of teachers who use MindUP have reported a decrease in their stress and improved teacher satisfaction. 72% of parents have reported that MindUP has contributed to greater family harmony and improved relationships at home.


MindUP is highly flexible and can be adapted to serve private and religious schools, including        schools that serve children with special needs.


MindUP is a scientifically oriented and evidence based program. MindUP is a CASEL approved SEL program and provides a powerful alignment with adopted curriculum. Additionally, MindUP provides teachers with content guides including suggestions for subject content in science, health, Language arts and math.


MindUP produces measurable results:

  • 90% of children improve their ability to get along with other children.
  • 82% of children become more optimistic.
  • 75% of children have better impulse control and less reactivity.
  • 75% of children improved their planning and organizational skills.
  • Absenteeism is down as are visits to the principals office and incidents of bullying.


About MindUP

MindUP for schools

MindUP for families

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