Newsletter: June 26, 2011

Table of Contents

  • Message from the President
  • Support Group Meetings
  • Social Skills Summer Camps
  • Occupational Therapy Camps
  • Dr. Russell Barkley in Edmonton, November 7
  • A.P.P.S.: Anxiety – Planned, Positive Strategies
  • Fall Sibshops: Workshops for siblings of children with special needs
  • Fine Motor Summer Camp
  • Astronaut Training Camp
  • Mindful Movement Camps

Message from the President

Warm greetings to you all! As we disperse for the summer CHADD Edmonton wishes you sunny days, beautiful weather and if you can’t have that, may you be blessed with a good umbrella or raincoat!

July Adult Support Group Meeting

This month is your turn to speak. Our round table session is Wednesday, July 6th from 7-9 PM and is meant for adults with ADHD to come together and share their thoughts, feelings, difficulties and solutions. Cathie Crooks will be facilitating this month.

Location: Misericordia Hospital, Rm B-016, 16940 – 87 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta. (Take stairs beside elevators to basement, turn right through doors, follow hallway to the right and around the corner.)
Agenda: Round table session – this is your time to vent, support and share solutions. Come expecting to support and be supported. Garden Café available around the corner.
RSVP: Respond to adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca, using subject heading “CHADD Edmonton”. Please indicate number of people attending. Thank you.

August in July Parent Support Group Meeting

Normally we meet on the first Wednesday evening of the month. However, due to holiday plans our August meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 27th same time as usual. It will be a regular round table session – a time for you to speak. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. A poster is attached.

Social Skills Summer Camps

Message from Corinne Eckert, R. Psychologist, about her social skills camps. Please contact Corinne Eckert Child & Adolescent Psychology, Edmonton, (780) 454-4634 or ceckert@telus.net for further information and registration. More information about the camps are found later in this post.

Just a quick message to let you know there are 1 or 2 spots available in the 9 to 11 year-old group for the last week of July, but more spaces in the teen groups. This is the first time we have run a high school program, due to parent requests, so we hope it will be a go!

There have also been some requests for the younger ones, particularly 8-year-olds. So what I am telling people is that if they would like to just fax a registration form to me, or email me one, I will start a file and if enough younger kids are interested, we will run something for them. Fax number is (780) 454-4638.

Occupational Therapy Camps – Printing, Writing or Sensory Integration

For students who struggle with the printing, writing process or with sensory processing these summer camps are a fun way to develop and hone fine motor skills. We just received word that there are still some spaces left.

Quirky Boys Summer Camp

Calling all Quirky Boys – come hang out, make new friends and try new things! This five day camp offers skill building and friendship development; participants will have a blast learning social skills with classes like Sports 101, video games, gymnastics, self-defence, a pizza party and many more exciting activities! This integrated group offers it all!

Who: For boys ages 12 – 15
Cost: $375
Dates: July 18 – 22, 2011
July 25 – 29, 2011
Aug 8 – 12, 2011
Time: 9:00 am – 12pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Dynamyx Gymnastics #104, 25 Chisholm Ave. St. Albert, AB
Information: Contact Joni Bokenfohr 780-893-5985 or Sheila Chisholm 780-886-9303 or e-mail contactus@infiniteresources.ca
Register: Download a registration form at http://www.infiniteresources.ca

Quirky Girls Summer Camp

Calling all Quirky Girls; come hang out, make new friends and try new things! This five day camp is for girls who just wanna have fun; participants will have a blast learning social skills with classes like proper facial care, make-up and hair, scrap-booking, jewellery making, cheerleading/gymnastics, self-defence, a pizza party and many more exciting activities! This integrated group offers it all!

Who: For girls ages 12 – 15
Cost: $375
Dates: July 18 – 22, 2011
July 25 – 29, 2011
Aug 8 – 12, 2011
Time: 9:00 am – 12pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Dynamyx Gymnastics #104, 25 Chisholm Ave. St. Albert, AB
Information: Contact Joni Bokenfohr 780-893-5985 or Sheila Chisholm 780-886-9303 or e-mail contactus@infiniteresources.ca
Register: Download a registration form at http://www.infiniteresources.ca

“Peer Interactions” Summer Camp 2011

In a supported environment campers will develop relationship skills, self-esteem, self-regulation and social cues. Incorporates gymnastics, gross motor activities, crafts, music, snacks and peers. Our camp includes supports from the following disciplines: Music, OT, SLP, educator and behavioural consultant. Student activities are based on the groups age and ability. Staff will support students to manage their behaviour, interact with peers, complete gross & fine motor tasks, as well as self-regulate with sensory breaks and communicating needs.

Who: One group for 4 – 7 year olds, and another group for 8 – 11 year olds
Cost: $375
Dates: July 18 – 22, 2011
July 25 – 29, 2011
Aug 8 – 12, 2011
Time: 9:00 am – 12pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Dynamyx Gymnastics #104, 25 Chisholm Ave. St. Albert, AB
Information: Contact Joni Bokenfohr 780-893-5985 or Sheila Chisholm 780-886-9303 or e-mail contactus@infiniteresources.ca
Register: Download a registration form at http://www.infiniteresources.ca

Dr. Russell Barkley in Edmonton – November 7

The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta is pleased to bring Dr. Barkley to Alberta on Monday, November 7, 2011. He is an internationally renowned expert on ADHD. Dr. Barkley will conduct a 6 hour seminar on ADHD in Edmonton at the Horowitz Theatre on the University of Alberta Campus. The seminar will be live streamed for participants logging in from Mountain and Pacific Time Zones. Get together with others to access the live stream and share the cost. More information can be obtained from LDAA – check the attached poster.

Anxiety: Planned, Positive Strategies

Leanne Weidmann is a Life Coach who is offering a program for adults focusing on using successful strategies to manage anxiety, bring about change and increase quality of life for adults with social learning challenges. Individuals may have been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, ADHD or Pragmatic Language Disorder, etc. Please see later in this post for further information.

Fall Sibshops

Join us! These workshops will provide opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special health, mental health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context. See further in the post for additional information.

6 – 8 year olds
Saturday, Sept 24 1:00pm – 3:30 pm, Fort Edmonton Park
#417787 $26.75

9 – 12 year olds
Saturday, Nov 19 10:00am – 2:00 pm, Muttart Conservatory
#417788 $32.10 9626 – 96 A St

13 – 15 year olds
Saturday, Oct 22 10:00am – 2:00 pm, Edmonton Valley Zoo
#417789 $32.10

Learning Disabilities Conference

LDAA Conference 2011 “Transcending Barriers: Levelling the Playing Field for All”

Mark your calendars! The LDAA 2011 Conference will be held in Red Deer on November 24 & 25 2011. You will find more information below. Registration information will be available soon.

Rachel Rogers, Chapter Coordinator
CHADD Edmonton Chapter
Email: adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca
Parent or Adult support group meetings held 1st Wed of each month, at 7:00 PM, Rm. #B-016(Basement), at Misericordia Hospital. Please email us to confirm your attendance.
Members and non-members welcome.

Dr. Russell Barkley in Edmonton – November 7

The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta is pleased to bring Dr. Barkley to Alberta on Monday, November 7, 2011. He is an internationally renowned expert on ADHD. Dr. Barkley will conduct a 6-hour seminar on ADHD in Edmonton at the Horowitz Theatre on the University of Alberta Campus. The seminar will be live streamed for participants logging in from Mountain and Pacific Time Zones. Get together with others to access the live stream and share the cost. More information can be obtained from LDAA.

Registration: $110 for in‐person or online attendance. Registration available at http://www.LDAlberta.ca.

Who Should Attend? Teachers, Physicians, Psychologists, Disability Service Providers, Mental Health Workers, Parents, People Living with ADHD.

This session is an ideal professional development opportunity for schools. Register to attend online, and gather a group together and participate from your staff room.

(780) 462‐9497 / info@LDAlberta.ca / www.LDAlberta.ca

Training in Core Social Skills / Summer Interactive Skills Sessions

Target Group: Children and teens who may have difficulty interacting successfully with others due to social skills deficits. Students may have Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Mild Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety, or simply some difficulty understanding how to approach and engage in social interaction successfully.

Purpose: Children can have difficulty interacting with others because they do not understand “how to enter the game”, whether “the game” is a real game or simply a group activity or conversation with peers. Many children feel they do not know how to engage with others, or do not understand how to participate successfully in activities with peers. They may feel overwhelmed with group interaction experiences, become anxious and avoid the experience entirely.

Our goal is to help children and teens enhance their ability to understand group interaction, and build skills in interacting with others in a successful and comfortable way.

Description: This is a week-long therapeutic and psychoeducational group consisting of 5 sessions (Mon-Fri). Each session is 2 hours. We will be inviting students to help develop and participate in fun and interesting activities in which they will engage with others. During each session, the facilitators will be assessing the needs of the child while he or she participates in activities or discussions, and providing coaching to be as successful as possible. We may invite them to be involved in such activities as wide games, conversations, scavenger hunts, card/board games, or group building, construction and art projects. We will invite suggestions from the students before and during the first class. There will be a brief parent group debriefing session immediately following the last session, where we will provide an overview of what kinds of skills and concepts were covered and recommendations for continued progress.

Emphasis will be on the following:

• Creating opportunities for participants to engage in social interaction.
• Providing “on the spot” coaching to participants to help them overcome barriers they experience in relation to social interaction.
• Providing a safe and caring environment for students to develop skills in connecting with others in a successful way.
• Teaching conversational skills, cooperation and problem solving skills, inviting, questioning and initiating skills in a fun and interactive way.

Date: July 25-29, 2011
Time: 9-11 yrs.: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
12-14 yrs: 11:30-1:30 p.m.
15-17 yrs.: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Christ Church Hall (12116-102 Ave, Edmonton)
Cost: $250 (costs for psychological services are often reimbursed by extended health insurance)

Facilitators:

Corinne Eckert is a child and adolescent psychologist who works with children and families in private practice, as well as providing behaviour consultation and assessment to schools. She has worked in schools as a teacher and school counsellor, as well as in children’s mental health as a therapist. She has facilitated many children’s groups, as well as parent sessions and teacher/educational assistant training in child mental health and strategies/skill building.

Sue Barrie has a nursing background and has worked in special education for 23 years. She has training in child development issues such as behaviour management, self-esteem building and anger management. Sue has worked as a Lifeskills facilitator in St. Albert schools, helping students from grades 1-9 learn skills to interact successfully with others.

Monica Das is a provisional psychologist who works with children and families in schools as well as a children’s special needs society, where she provides behaviour consultation and assessment services. She has been facilitating interdisciplinary children’s programs for the past 10 years and has specialized in an integrated approach to working with children of all ages and needs.

Registration: Email ceckert@telus.net or call (780) 454-4634 to discuss whether this group would be appropriate for your child or request a registration form. A registration form will then be emailed to you. Registrations will be accepted until July 15, 2011.

A.P.P.S.: Anxiety – Planned, Positive Strategies

I am very excited to offer a 6 group session / 8 individual session program focusing on using successful strategies to manage anxiety, bring about change and increase quality of life for adults with social learning challenges. Potential areas that will be explored are: recognizing signs of anxiety, relaxation strategies, emotional regulation, and problem solving and frustration management. These skills will be taught in group situations that mimic everyday settings using various proven techniques. The importance of skill mastery through supportive practice in a safe environment is of the upmost importance.

This program has been designed for adults who face difficulties in these areas and may have been diagnosed with a disability such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, Pragmatic Language Disorders, and ADHD etc. It will be expected that the participants’ intellectual abilities and language skills are generally average and the participants are not eligible for PDD (Persons with Developmental Disability) funding. An expectation is that participants will have an ability to cope with being in a new group of people without support.

Each group session will run for 1.5 hours and will run once a week for 4 weeks and then once every 2 weeks after. There will also be 1 individual coaching session in person or via phone per week as well as an expectation that the participants will work on daily skill development practice. This will help to consolidate the learning and promote mastery of the skills taught.

The cost of the program will be $400 which includes the 6 group sessions, 8 individual sessions and written program material. Payment plans may be considered. I will be running a few informal get-togethers over the summer and will start the first session in August. Meeting dates, times and location will be determined as soon as possible.

Anyone wishing more information should contact Leanne Weidman by e-mail at weidmanl@hotmail.com, or by phone at 780-719-4620. Each applicant will be contacted to discuss the program further, identify needs and goals, and determine whether the group is likely to meet those needs.

My Biography

I have worked extensively in the field of disabilities for 20 years. My areas of expertise include working with individuals with Brain Injury, Learning Disorders, ADHD and Autism. I have had extensive experience working with individuals with anxiety and anxiety disorders. In all of these areas, my focus has been on teaching/re-teaching skills that enhance the lives of the individuals I have worked with. As the owner of Helping Hands Lifestyle Management, my role is to provide coaching and facilitating so that clients develop their own skills in order to make lasting change in their lives. Using proven coaching techniques, I support and encourage my clients while they move along the journey to greater self discovery and wellness. I am also the mother of 3 children, 1 who has Asperger’s. My resume can be provided upon request in order to highlight my experience and education.

Fall Sibshops / Workshops for siblings of children with special needs!

Join us! These workshops will provide opportunities for brothers and sisters of children with special health, mental health and developmental needs to obtain peer support and education within a recreational context.

Sibshops are lively, pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing and for many somewhere in between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another, if they are given the chance.

The Sibshop model intersperses Information and discussion activities with new games (designed to be unique, off beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), cooking activities, art and recreational activities and special guests.

Sibshops seek to provide siblings with opportunities for peer support. Because Sibshops are designed (primarily) for school aged children, peer support is provided within a lively, recreational context that emphasizes a kids’-eye-view.

Sibshops are not therapy, group or otherwise, although their effect may be therapeutic for some children. Sibshops acknowledge that most brothers and sisters of people with special needs, like their parents, are doing well, despite the challenges of an illness or disability.

For more info, contact Debi Currie at 780-496-7318 or debi.currie@edmonton.ca.

To Register call 311 or http://www.edmonton.ca/ereg. Registration begins July 15, 201

Astronaut Training Camp

Sensory Integration Foundations for Learning & Co-ordination

For “Cadets” between 4- 12 years old
July 18-22 or August 15-19, 2011
9 to 11:30 am Tuition: $300
Training Officers: Bonnie Halstead Robson, PT & Brenda Jones, OT

To book your “flight”, Contact:

Children Achieving More
#18, 3908 – 97 Street, Edmonton, AB T6E 6N2
Phone: (780) 463-7065 Fax: (780) 463-7067
bonnie@childrenachievingmore.com

Growing Changes: Occupational Services for Children

Fine Motor Summer Camp, July 18-22, 2011

A fun and interactive camp for children ages 3-5 and 6-8 who find printing, using scissors or other fine motor activities challenging. The camp will be run by two experienced pediatric occupational therapists Judith Pinto Coy and Rebecca Summach. A multi-sensory approach will be used along with co-operative games and crafts to practice the skills needed for hand functioning. This camp is designed for children who may be experiencing mild to moderate delays in fine motor development or who would benefit from extra practice.

Ready Writers: (ages 3-5): Students will work on grasp development, stroke development and formation of letters, coloring, scissor skills, fine motor control, eye-hand coordination and strength. This includes a 1/2 hour post fine motor screening for parents.

Printing Basics: (ages 6-8): Emphasizes grasp development, formation of letters, legibility, review of lower and upper case, copying, using school tools (scissors, glue) in hand manipulation skills, eye hand coordination and strength. This includes a 1/2 hour post fine motor screening for parents.

Both Camps will use a multi-sensory approach combining fine and gross motor movement to enhance learning. Warm up will include sensory play at park across from community hall (weather dependent).

Time: Ready Writers: 10:00 am -11:30 am daily
Printing Basics: 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm daily
Cost: $275.00 for non-members of Highland Community
$250.00 for members
Where: Highlands Community Centre: 6112 – 113 Avenue Edmonton, AB
Contact: Rebecca Summach at 780.965.4310 or email growingchanges@gmail.com to register.

SPO.T. in the park (Occupational Therapy)

July 25-29th
Monday to Friday
9:45-11:00 a.m.
~3-5 years old
$275
Kingswood Park, St. Albert

This group provides children with varied sensory and motor activities in a playful and therapeutic atmosphere to enhance motor development and sensory exploration. Children will participate in a variety of fine and gross motor games. Aspects from the Handwriting Without Tears preschool program will be used. Note: A Speech & Language Pathologist will be in group on the Monday to provide guidance for language and will be available for consult with staff if needed. Language activities previously set-up by her will be incorporated throughout the week.

Printing in the Park

July 25-29th
Monday to Friday
11:30-12:30 p.m.
~ 5-8 years old
$250
Kingswood Park, St. Albert

Children in this group will work on pencil grasp, in hand manipulation skills, letter formation (primarily lowercase), kinesthetic printing, shoulder stability and more! A different group of letters will be targeted each day. Group will start out with full body warm-ups and move into small group rotation through assorted activities. Each child will start a Handwriting Without Tears workbook in the group and then take it home at the end of groups to complete at home.

Introduction to The Alert Program: “How Does Your Engine Run?”®

July 25-28th
Plus a post-group follow up phone consult.
6:30-7:30 p.m.
~6-9 years old
$250
McQueen Hall, Edmonton

Children will learn concepts from The Alert Program® and participate in activities to learn about what makes their engines run in high, low and just right. (www.alertprogram.com) Parents will review daily work at home between sessions. Children will complete an engine tool list on their final day to go away with strategies that they can start to use at home.

Registration forms available at ww.mindfulmovementinc.com. Please contact Rachel Devereux @ 780-916-5459 or rachel@mindfulmovementinc.com.

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