Elaine Uskoski is a speaker and author of the book, Seeing Through the Cracks (currently available online, only at Wattpad.com). She is also the mother of two adult sons, and resides in Guelph, ON. Through the sharing of her story and personal experience with her youngest son, Elaine now speaks out about video gaming addiction and why some are vulnerable to taking this fun and stress-relieving activity to a life-altering addictive stage. She champions for her own children with strength and compassion and carries that learning to other parents and their children, to make the world a safer and better place
As a speaker, Elaine Uskoski’s ‘tell-it-like-it-is attitude’ is a refreshing approach to addiction. Her talk is called “One More Level: Video Gaming Addiction” and has been created for 3 different audiences; being parents, students, and teachers/therapists.
The talk begins with the exploration of the lies that Elaine told herself and the lies her son told her, as he tried to hide the addiction, and she remained naive and in denial.
Continuing by sharing the crisis, as it unfolded, how she snapped out of her protected bubble, and took charge as a parent to get her son the help he needed.
Elaine talks about the statistics of video gaming and the 15 signs to look for if one suspects they have a video gaming addict in the family.
Elaine shares the ups and downs of dealing with this addiction in her family, and discuss what we can be doing as parents to be much more involved in both prevention and in dealing with the addict. The talk ends with an update on her son’s progress today.
Author, Speaker, Holistic Practitioner
As a leader, Elaine is a certified Iridologist, Thought Field Therapy practitioner and nutritional expert. Elaine has an extensive background in social services and over 15 years of clinical experience.
As an author, Elaine’s book spent several weeks on the Wattpad ‘hotlist’ for non-fiction authors. She won a Wattys Award for Originality in 2017 for her book Seeing Through the Cracks; the highest online award. With over 100,000 reads in just over a year, this is a valuable resource with insights for parents to learn how to navigate staying connected to their children, even as adults.
Recent and Upcoming Speaking Engagements
- Guest speaker at Mindfest, U of T annual mental health summit – October 2017
- Round Table Discussion at Pope Francis School, Toronto – November 2017
- Board member – Balanced Technology Management Committee, Guelph – current
- Panelist- Mayfield Secondary School, February 2018
- Speaker – Humberview Secondary School, April 2018
- Panelist Speaker – Balanced Technology Management – Power Off & Play Launch – June 16th, 2018
- Panelist – CAMH The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health -Problem Gambling & Addictive Behaviour Provincial Forum, Ottawa, June 18, 2018
- CAMH-Parents Concerned About Excessive Video Gaming & Tech Mis-Use Among Youth (15-25) June 2018
- Macville Public School
- CBC Radio June 27, 2018
- A Night of Inspiration – Homewood Health Center August 28, 2018
- Association of Iroquois & Allied Indians (AIAI) Wellness Conference – Niagara Falls – September 26/18
- Peel Healthy Lifestyles Show, Brampton – September 15, 2018
I really enjoyed the Video Gaming Presentation. It was informative, educational but most all of honest. It opened my eyes to the danger of gaming and to recognize the signs before it’s too late. Thank you Elaine for sharing your story and educating parents.Cinzia Consorti
I’m very glad I attended Elaine’s visit to Humberview. Her talk was informative, and I really appreciated her sharing her own account of the challenges she faced with her son’s video gaming addiction. This allowed the audience to relate, and help recognize some of the red flags of potential problems arising or existing. She also shared resources that can help families get the help they need.Christine Calzato
Elaine’s heartfelt and compassionate way of sharing her story, while speaking opens a door that shines light on video gaming addiction. She is able to not only help other parents but invites a non-judgmental discussion with youths who may be struggling with this addiction.Christine Veres
In the fall of 2017 I met Elaine after attending her presentation at Mindfest at U of T. Her story provided new insight to the growing challenge of raising our children to become resilient and balanced adults. In this new post i-phone age, we are all finding our way to maintain meaningful connections and a healthy technological diet.
Elaine’s personal story as a parent navigating these challenging waters when faced with a situation of imbalance in her family was informative and realistic and hopeful.
Her story reminded me to not be scared to see through the cracks either as a parent or as a professional when a loved one is struggling to restore healthy relationships.
Elaine subsequently met with a small group of parents facing the challenges of an unhealthy overuse of technology and thanks to her non-judgemental manner and her compassion, these parents are now more confident in their innate ability to support the healthy development of their children and their families in this technological age.
Most importantly, Elaine models for ALL parents the value of voicing our joys and our struggles in order to gather knowledge and strength from each other in these challenging modern times.Giselle Signoroni, MSW, RSW