Newsletter: January 17, 2012

Our new identity!

We have become AAGE — the ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton, a non-profit society. This is an exciting time for our organization and we hope to be able to offer more and better to the ADHD community in the coming years. You will see some changes but we remain committed to improving the lives of those in Greater Edmonton affected by ADHD through education, support, resources and advocacy. Please note that we now have a new email address: adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca. However, we will receive your communication regardless of which email address you send it to.

On our website you can find our newsletter plus previous e-newsletters. The website also includes our monthly schedule, links to local organizations and other information.

If you share the same commitment and passion and would like to volunteer in any way, we welcome whatever talents you bring to the table. Let us know.

February Support Group Meeting: February 1, 2012

Our special guests this month are Dave McNaughton and Sandra Mazur from Alberta Employment and Immigration. Dave is the Income Support Specialist and will speak to financial and health benefits as well as training opportunities for low-income Albertans. Sandra is the Disability Program Specialist and can present information on Careers for Persons with Disabilities and information related to Employment Training and Employment Placement Services. This would include information about the various supports that can be made available to help Albertan’s with special needs succeed in the Work Force. Parent and adults are welcome. (February 1 Support Group Meeting)

AAGE Monthly Schedule

Attached is the monthly schedule to August, 2012 of our meetings. Please note that the guest for May has been switched to April. Dr. Manisha Witmans, Pediatric Pulmonologist, will be presenting on sleep issues with children and adolescents. More information will follow as April approaches.

12th Biennial CHADD ADHD Conference: Saturday, March 3rd in Calgary

Be sure to free up your time for Saturday, March 3 and join us at the University of Calgary’s MacEwan Ballroom as Dr. Sam Goldstein, Dr. Umesh Jain, and Mr. Rick Green take us on an exciting journey to a new understanding of this neurological condition that affects so many of us. You will never think of ADHD the same way again! Register online at ChaddCanada.com/conference. Take advantage of the early bird special and if you use the code: tnx104 you’ll receive an additional $10 off! (CHADD conference poster)

Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada: January 21

A special full day seminar entitled Understanding Tourette Syndrome Plus featuring Dr. B. Duncan McKinlay. Tickets are now available at www.tourettesyndrome.eventbrite.com for $40 each. You can learn more about Dr. McKinlay at: www.lifesatwitch.com or www.cpri.ca/content/page.asps?section=26. (Please see attached poster.)

 Challenge by Choice: Social Skills for older adolescents and adults

This program is a community based multi-agency initiative with three major stakeholders: Alberta Health Services—Addiction and Mental Health, YMCA of Edmonton and Canadian Mental Health Association—Edmonton Region. Individuals aged 16-30 applying for the program must be referred by a worker and complete an intake process. It is held in the afternoons at the Bill Rees YMCA (10211-105 St.). Outcomes expected: improved mental health, transferable skill development, reduced substance abuse, increased social, peer and sibling connection, increased community integration and reduced stigmatization and isolation. For further information contact: The Challenge by Choice Youth Coordinator at 780-414-6300. Website address: www.cmha.ca.

Core Social Skills Training: Level 2

The Level 2 programs will be starting in February and Level 3 in April. One of the St. Albert groups for Level 2 is already full, but there is still some space in the other one and also in the Edmonton groups. Parents are encouraged to register and pay as soon as possible as spots fill up quickly. See attachments for information and registration forms.

*Please remember that costs for psychological services may be reimbursed through extended health insurance plans, and can be claimed as a child health tax credit on income tax. (2012 Core Social Skills programs and Registration form for Levels 2-3, 2012.)

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

(This program for adults is starting in January so call soon!)

Leanne Wiedman, life coach/facilitator, will be offering a 6 group session plus 8 individual session programfocusing on using successful strategies to manage anxiety, bring about change and increase quality of life for adults. Potential areas that will be explored in the group sessions are: recognizing signs of anxiety, relaxation strategies, emotional regulation, mindfulness and cognition awareness and frustration management. 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, ADHD or other learning challenges. Attached is further information. (6 session APPS anxiety poster Mar 2011-1)

Education: Daily Distress of Moms of Children with ADHD

This review by Dr. Rabiner of a study done to monitor mothers’ distress when faced with challenging behaviour by their children with ADHD makes a lot of sense. It also highlights the need to help mothers deal with their emotions and reactions in the moment. (See attachment.)

Rachel Rogers, President

ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton
Email: adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca

Parent and Adult support group meetings held 1st Wed of each month, 7-9 PM, Rm. B-016, Misericordia Hospital. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

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