Newsletter: March 18, 2012

Hello everyone:

A warm hello to everyone in the greater Edmonton area!

For those of you who made it to the CHADD Calgary ADHD resource conference, it was excellent. Dr. Sam Goldstein and the duo from TotallyADD.com, Rick Green and Dr. Umesh Jain, offered a jam-packed day of information, strategies, inspiration, and laughter.

April 4 Parent Support Group Meeting

The focus is on children/youth with ADHD and sleep issues. Dr. Manisha Witmans, pediatric pulmonologist at the Stollery Children’s Hospital will be presenting on the following:

  • busting common sleep myths – the science behind the sleep;
  • introduction to common sleep problems encountered in school aged children and teens;
  • sleep disorders specific to children and teens with ADHD;
  • impact of various medications on sleep; and
  • what parents can do and when to consider seeking medical help.

Come prepared with your questions for Dr. Witmans. Attached is the poster. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton Website

Our webmaster, Cathie, has been working hard to make our website more accessible and informative. The site provides information about our organization including our monthly schedule of meetings, archived e-newsletters with information about other community resources and links to sources of assistance and information. Check it out at:adhdassociationofgreateredmonton.wordpress.com.

Research Study

Katie Winters from the University of Calgary needs survey participants for a research study. Please help out; she needs more participants and time is running short. And, you will be entered into a draw for various gift certificates (iTunes, Earl’s, Lake Louise!).

Katie is examining factors that influence the parent-child relationship in children diagnosed with ADHD or a Learning Disorder. The goal of the study is to better understand how these factors interact so that better support can be offered to children and their families.

They are looking for parents or caregivers who have a child between the ages of 8 and 16. You and your child would each complete a brief online questionnaire (about 20 minutes). Participation is completely anonymous and confidential.

To participate, go to the appropriate link:
Parent: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/familyresearchstudyP
Child: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/familyresearchstudyC

Mental Health Services

The following information is provided for those who may require the services of organizations that serve those with mental health challenges.

Family Support Program

Canadian Mental Health Association – Edmonton Region (http://www.cmha-edmonton.ab.ca)

For parents, siblings, other relatives and friends of individuals who are living with a mental illness.

The Family Support Program delivers:

1) The Drop in Family Peer Support Group is a facilitated support group for parents, siblings, other relatives and friends of individuals who are living with a mental illness.

The Drop in Family Peer Support Group meets every Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

8th Floor, 10045 – 111 St. ( Harley Court Building )

2) An education Group that meets for 2 hours once a week for 8 consecutive weeks. This group is for individuals who are supporting someone with a mental illness who want to learn more about mental illness, how to support someone with a mental illness, how to take care of themselves and learn coping and problem – solving techniques. Individuals who complete this program will leave with skills and tools to help them in their daily lives. It will also present an opportunity for individuals to participate in the Drop in Family Peer Support Group as peervolunteers.(Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm 8th Floor 10045 111 Street Harley Court Building)

This program will run throughout the year. Dates TBA.

This program will require a registration and a $20.00 fee for the manual.

CASA

Children and Adolescent Services Association (CASA) – from their website (http://www.casaservices.org/programs-services).

The School Age Services program provides voluntary, non-residential mental health services for children (age 5 to 18 years) and their families, who are experiencing emotional, psychological and/or behavioral problems. The program is designed to promote mental well-being by providing an integrated bio-psycho-social approach to assessment, treatment, and referral services. Services are provided by multidisciplinary teams of therapists. Disciplines represented include social work, psychology, nursing, occupational therapy, and psychiatry. Together they employ an eclectic blend of therapeutic models to facilitate the healing and growth of patients. Individual, family and group therapy are offered in a variety of formats.

Referral and Intake Process

Referrals to CASA’s mental health services are centrally co-ordinated along with Alberta Health Services within the region. Children 4.5 years of age or older are referred to Regional Children’s Mental Health Intake (780-342-2701). Infants and children under 4.5 years of age are referred directly to CASA (780-438-0011).

Education/Coaching

Coaching for a multitude of life difficulties has become a huge industry in the US. As well, ADHD coaching has exploded and is increasingly accessed as a complementary ‘treatment’ to medication. Here in Canada the movement is growing but coaching does not have the same profile…yet. You can download a review of research about the effect of ADHD coaching on post-secondary students here.

Other reviews about ADHD research can be found onhttp://www.helpforadd.com/2011.

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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