Newsletter: May 17, 2012

AAGE – ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton

It’s been four years since our fledgling support group began with less than 10 addresses in our distribution list and very little exposure. We’ve grown considerably since then (600 addresses) and we’ve lost track of where people have heard about us. Nevertheless, the openness and honesty at our meetings remain the same. Different faces, different situations—same caring hearts.

Volunteers Wanted

Non-profit organizations are run by volunteers. If you have a few spare hours in a week or month to volunteer your time and talents, please let us know. Email us!

Parent Support Group Meeting: *Thursday, June 7th*

Please take note that our meeting date has changed from the usual Wednesday to Thursday, June 7th. We made the decision last month to focus on the topic of medication. If you have some time, do some research and bring any articles that you feel may be useful to the group. Same time, same place. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Adult Support Group Meeting: Thursday, June 14th

Our first monthly round table session was very well attended and participation was wonderful. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet others who are learning to manage their ADHD symptoms. We laugh, we cry, we share deeply. Come join us!

Summer Interactive Social Skill Program

This is a fun week with lots of coaching in interactive activities! A great way for kids who have participated in our courses to keep practising, and also for those who haven’t taken any of our programs to get a fun introduction. We use the same language and philosophy as in our school year programs, but it is much less curriculum focused and just lots of practice in fun ways (2 hours per day for 5 days).

Remember that these programs are therapeutic (as well as fun) and are developed, supervised, and facilitated by psychologists so will be considered for reimbursement through extended health insurance. This poster provides more information. Contact Corinne Eckert, R. Psychologist at ceckert@telus.net.

Tourette Syndrome of Canada (Edmonton Chapter)

Summer Adventure Camp: July 21-27

If you have any questions about the camp, please contact TSEdChapter@tagline.cc.

This TS camp has been offered for several years and the directors can respond to your specific concerns.

Free Reading Assessment and Intervention for Children (K-3)

LDEdmonton is having a Professional Development Course for teachers and educational assistants. It offers a “hands-on” component where participants work individually with a student performing informal reading assessments and providing intervention. If you are interested in having your child participate please contact Dina Hendzel at 780-466-1011 or at programs@LDEdmonton.ca.

Beyond Words Social Skills Camp for Adolescents (grades 6-12)

This camp is structured for adolescents who are struggling at keeping friends and interacting with their peers. It offers direct social skills promoting and teaching confidence in conversations, friendships, phone skills and how to read nonverbal cues. It also includes outings during which kids practice the skills learned.

Sibshops

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. To register for the final Sibshop this spring call 311 or www.edmonton.ca/ereg.

13 – 15 year olds Saturday, June 23 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Terwillegar Recreation Centre 2051 Leger Road Cost: $32.10

Post-Secondary Students with ADHD

Post-secondary students registered at the U of A who have previously been diagnosed with ADHD can contact Specialized Support and Disability Services (www.ualberta.ca/ssds or 780-492-3381) to make an appointment with an advisor. Then disability-related reasonable supports and accommodations can be determined on the basis of the assessment report. This may include access to a strategist/coach, time or format accommodations for exams, reduced distractions, adaptive technologies or alternate formats to optimize strengths.

Research Studies Need Participants

If you are interested in participating in ADHD-related research check out the following:

A. Children with ADHD sometimes have trouble falling asleep at night. As a parent, well aware of your child’s sleep habits, researchers at the University of Alberta are inviting you to participate in a brief survey so that we can get your perspectives on treating your child’s sleep problems. For more information about the survey, please contact the study research coordinator, Salima Punja at salimapunja@med.ualberta.ca or 780-342-8272.

B. “I am conducting a study to explore the youth sport experiences of individuals with ADHD. I want to find out your memories and experiences of participating in sport when you were a child or adolescent, what you liked and disliked about your sport experiences, and how your ADHD symptoms affected your sport experiences. The results of this study will be used to support my (master’s) thesis”. The information you provide may be useful for helping coaches and sport administrators alike to provide better sport opportunities for individuals with ADHD. ” If you are interested in participating, please contact Homan Lee at homan@ualberta.ca.

And Don’t Forget

Check out our website for archived e-newsletters, meeting schedules, links to other ADHD websites and resources: adhdassociationofgreateredmonton.wordpress.com.

Rachel Rogers, President

ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton Email: adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca Website: adhdassociationofgreateredmonton.wordpress.com

Parent support group meetings held 1st Wed of each month, 7-9 PM, Rm. B-016, Misericordia Hospital, Edmonton. Adult support group meetings held 2nd Thursday of each month, 7-9 PM, 10425 Princess Elizabeth Ave. (Labour Center), Edmonton.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

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