Newsletter: April 2012

Hello everyone:

“ADD is not an excuse, it’s an explanation. We have been doing our best in very challenging circumstances.”

Kate Kelly and Peggy Ramundo in You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?!

On that note, may I take a moment to affirm each adult who has struggled with ADHD for years without knowing what they were dealing with, feeling misunderstood and somewhat apart from the norm. This doesn’t have to be the case and for those who discover they have ADHD and are treated appropriately, there is hope and optimism for the future.

NEW! Adult Support Group Monthly Meetings*

Yes, you read that right! Beginning Thursday, May 10th we are offering a monthly round table session for adults who have ADHD. If you suspect you have ADHD but have not been diagnosed, we welcome you as well. These meetings will be co-facilitated by Linda Tilley, Registered Psychologist and Paddi Sprecher, Wellness Coach. We are very appreciative of their willingness to step forward and volunteer their time. Thanks to Linda who has also found a spacious room in the basement of the Labour Centre that includes free parking! The central location near Kingsway Garden Mall and NAIT means travel time will be reduced for many people. Please see the attached poster for details. RSVP as usual to our email. Please refer to our website for the monthly schedule.

NEW! Parent Support Group Monthly Meetings*

Not to be outdone by the adult group, monthly parent meetings will also be offered as well. Hurray! We will continue to meet at the Misericordia Hospital on the first Wednesday evening of each month. The remainder of our meetings through August will be round table sessions providing you plenty of opportunity to share deeply from your experiences and to support each other in the ADHD journey. RSVP if you plan to attend. Please refer to the Events page, on the sidebar, for the monthly schedule.

*Please note that we welcome anyone affected by ADHD to attend any of our meetings.

Sibshops

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. You can access full information here: Sibshops.

Core Social Skills Training

Corinne Eckert, Registered Psychologist, still has room for 12-14 year-olds in the Level 3 Edmonton group. Additionally, summer interactive skills groups will be held. These are “week-long therapeutic and psychoeducational groups 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.” You can access information and registration forms here: Information for Skills SessionRegistration FormSocial Skills Session and Registration Form Level 2-3.

Learn Alberta – ADHD in the Classroom

One of our Professional Advisory Board members, Dr. Paul Soper, brought this to our attention. Alberta Education has provided a wonderful section on ADHD for educators on their Learn Alberta website. It includes a brief summary of what ADHD is and the implications for students with regard to planning and awareness, instruction and social and emotional well-being. Educators are urged to consider whether they are equipped to deal with these implications. Other resources are also listed. If you are a parent of a school-aged child with ADHD and you feel that advocacy is a challenge, this is a great site to which to direct your child’s teacher.

Check out: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/inmdict/html/adhd.html

Education – Is ADHD diagnosed?

So often the media portrays ADHD as vastly overdiagnosed and the use of medications a disservice. Is this true? Dr. David Rabiner reviews a study that appears to support this controversial viewpoint. However, he notes: “the findings reported here do not negate the fact that many children who would qualify for an ADHD diagnosis, and could certainly benefit from treatment and school-based services, are never identified or treated. Thus, results from this study not withstanding, the underdiagnosis of ADHD remains a serious problem and it is important not to lose sight of that.” Thearticle can be downloaded here and you can go to attentionresearchupdate@helpforadd.com for other studies about ADHD.

Sleep and ADHD – Dr. Manisha Witmans

Dr. Witmans has graciously offered the slides from her informative presentation earlier this month, Sleep Matters. We have put them on our website so anyone can access them.

Volunteer Opportunities

As with any volunteer-run non-profit society, we are always on the lookout for individuals who want to get involved. Check the following list of possibilities and email us if you’re interested in getting involved:

  • we are looking for a more central location for our parent support group meetings that have no costs attached and would be close to transit lines; if you like doing this kind of research or have great contacts, let us know
  • reading books about ADHD or related topics and writing book reviews for our website
  • researching resources or organizations that are a logical link to the ADHD community; the information would be inserted into our website
  • assisting with meeting set up and take down – usually about 15 minutes before the meeting and 10 minutes after
  • individuals interested in sitting on the executive board and helping to guide the society
  • individuals experienced in grant writing for fund-raising purposes

Be sure to check around our website for further information about the support group, links to sites of interest to those with ADHD and for archived e-newsletters.

Rachel Rogers, President

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

Parent and Adult support group meetings held each month. See “Events” page for more information.

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