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
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