Child Health Symposium

Unmasking Potential: Lessons Learned and Moving Beyond COVID-19

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

Child Health SymposiumThe Child Health Symposium is a collaborative presentation of Western University's Faculty of Health Sciences and TVCC (formerly Thames Valley Children's Centre). It provides an opportunity for families, 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 the child health research happening in our community
  • Network and build relationships and collaborations with others (e.g., youth, families, students, service providers, educators, researchers) in our community in the area of child health and well-being

Event Details

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Hybrid Event: In-Person at Western University, and Online Virtual Event

Keynote address, clinical and research presentations, panel of speakers

Fees: The Child Health Symposium is FREE. Limited spaces are available. Please register by May 13

Call for Abstracts (Oral and Poster Presentations)

Call for Abstracts Due by March 18, 2022 (by 11:59 p.m. EST; see below for submission form)

Potential presenters are invited to submit an abstract of a description of their brief presentation via the electronic form posted below by March 18, 2022. Proposals should reflect one (or more) of the purposes of the symposium (i.e., present current research findings and best practices in child or youth health and well-being) and/or address the theme of the Child Health Symposium.

As a hybrid event is planned, in-person and virtual presentations will be accepted. Please note that the event will be switched to full online should that be required/advised at that time.

Brief Oral Presentations (May 26: at Western University and virtual): Length of presentations should be 12 minutes (short presentations allow symposium attendees to be exposed to a variety of research studies and best practices).

Lightning Round Oral Presentations (May 26: at Western University and virtual): The length of these brief presentations are limited to five minutes. This presentation style is ideal for prospective studies and in-progress studies (where results are not yet available).

Poster Presentations (May 25): Posters will be posted online prior to the event for attendees to review posters. The Joint Child Health Wine and Cheese Poster session will be held in-person during the evening of Wednesday, May 25 at the Factory (London, Ontario).
Poster presentations should use the accessible poster design format:

NOTE: All presentation abstracts will be included in materials for the symposium. Presentation and poster handouts will be made available for attendees to download.

Target Audience

The target audience for the Child Health Symposium includes: youth, families, researchers, educators, clinicians (e.g., behaviour therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, recreational therapists, social workers, nurses, physicians, etc.), service leaders, and undergraduate and graduate students.

Instructions for Preparing Submission

Using the online form located in the tab below, please prepare your submission in the following format:

  • Text should be single-spaced
  • Complete the Contact Information for the Contact Person
    • This will be the only person contacted about the proposal, and will be responsible for communicating with other presenters and co-authors involved in the proposal)
  • List the names of all the presenting author(s) and other contributing authors and full name of each author’s affiliation/organization
    • Include broad organization name only, specific department/program name is not needed
    • Use an asterisk (*) to indicate presenting authors
    • For example: Jane Doe*, Western University; John Smith*, TVCC; Alison Betty, London Health Sciences Centre
  • Choose the type of presentation format (oral, lightning round oral or poster)
    • Also indicate whether an alternative format would be acceptable
  • Use up to five keywords that best describe your presentation (be specific)
    • For example: intervention and clinical practice, brain injury, measure development, youth, quality of life, play and participation, program evaluation
  • Use a descriptive title
    • Titles will be used in the registration process for session selection
  • Please do not exceed the 250-word limit for your abstract
    • The abstract should clearly describe the purpose of the presentation
    • Reports of research studies (completed or underway) may want to include details of the population studied; study purposes, objectives or hypothesis, method, results and conclusions of the study, implications for practice, and acknowledgement of source(s) of funding
    • It is not necessary to use subheadings to define each section
    • Ensure that the abstract is accessible to all audiences (e.g., expand acronyms, limit use of jargon or specialty/technical language
  • Submissions from students, researchers and clinicians are encouraged and might focus on clinical observations, questions, case reports, or best practices in service delivery
  • Ensure submitted information is complete, clearly communicated and spelled correctly
    • Presentation title, abstract, authors’ names, and affiliations will appear in materials for the symposium
  • All proposals submitted will be acknowledged upon receipt

Proposal Selection Committee

The CHS Selection Committee will review all proposals submitted by the due date (March 18, 2022) by looking at the submission title and 250-word abstract. Preference will be given to those submissions that are clearly communicated and address one of the purposes of the CHS. Proposals will be selected to ensure a varied program. Note that some submitters may be offered an alternative presentation format (dependent on the total number of submissions received). The Selection Committee’s decisions will be final and there will be no appeal process. Selected presenters will be notified in early April and provided with specific details for formatting the presentations and posters.

Abstract Proposal Submission (accepted beginning January 10, 2022)

Abstract proposals are due by March 18, 2022.

To submit a proposal, complete the Abstract Proposal Submission Form.


The deadline to register is May 13.

  • Link to register will be posted when it is available.

Joint Child Health Poster Session

Join us for the Joint Child Health Poster Session during the evening on May 25, 2022.

We are collaborating with many different disciplines and programs to highlight some of the research and work that is being done in child and youth health and well-being in our community.

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

Make it a 2-Day Event:

  • Child Health Research Day; May 25, 2022
  • The Child Health Symposium: May 26, 2022
  • Registration details will be posted

About the Keynote Speaker

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore, PhD, CTRS

Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
Health Promotion, Kinesiology, and Recreation and Leisure Studies

Dr. Sarah Moore is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Health, and a Healthy Populations Institute Scholar at Dalhousie University. Her research expertise is in the childhood growth and development, movement and play behaviours, and adapted physical activity for children and youth with disabilities. Dr. Moore is interested in assessing the benefits of and barriers to play and physical activity. She has a particular interest in tracking healthy behaviours from childhood through adulthood and believes that several adult conditions have pediatric antecedents. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and serves on the Board of Directors for the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM). Dr. Moore’s overall research aims to improve children’s health and quality of life through play and physical activity.

Panel of Speakers

Our panelists will share their reflections on what families and clinicians learned, and are learning, from the COVID-19 pandemic. More details about the panelists will be posted.

Conference Proceedings

  • 9:00 a.m. – Official Start and Welcome
  • 9:20 a.m. – Panel Presentations: Families and Clinicians Reflect on Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • 10:20 a.m. – Break
  • 10:40 a.m. – Session 1: Presentation Clusters (breakout sessions)
  • 11:50 p.m. – Lunch
  • 12:20 p.m. – Networking Opportunities and Activities
  • 1:00 p.m. – Session 2: Presentation Clusters (breakout sessions)
  • 2:10 p.m. – Break and Networking Opportunities
  • 2:30 p.m. – Keynote Speaker
    • Sarah Moore, PhD
  • 3:30 p.m. – Last Session, Final Thoughts for the Day
  • 3:45 p.m. – END

Additional Information

For more information about this event, contact:

Faculty of Health Sciences

Roberta Bgeginski
Research Officer
519-661-2111 ext. 84736

Thames Valley Children's Centre

Carrie Connell (event inquiries)
Education and Program Coordinator 
519-685-8700 x53367