F-lux: Help Melatonin Maintain Levels at Night

The blue light that is emitted by computer screens makes it hard to keep our melatonin levels high at night. f.lux is designed to help with this by automating screen brightness as the sun goes up and down. It is free for Windows and can be downloaded here.

In Settings you can choose a brightness for the day and the night, and enter your latitude. In Edmonton, this is 53.5472° N, 113.5006° W. You can find this by googling the latitude of your nearest large town or city.

f.lux features an override button, if you are working on something that is colour sensitive.

While it’s not difficult to change screen brightness, f-lux means you never have to think about it again. (http://f-lux.en.softonic.com/)

ADD and Mastering It documentary / Airing September 26, 2012

The ADD and Mastering It documentary is being broadcast on KSPS on Wednesday Sept 26th at 9 PM.  A CHADD member from Calgary recommends it!
“From the team of comedians behind the ground breaking documentary ADD & Loving It!?! comes a new, entertaining and empowering film. Patrick McKenna and Rick Green make it clear that there is much that can be done to not just manage this disorder, but turn it to your advantage. The program goes through 36 practical tips for managing one’s ADD or ADHD.”

Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Chapter Updates

Some important updates from TSFC-Edmonton Chapter include the following (and can be found on the website):

The Stony Plain/Spruce Grove Support group begins this Thursday (September 20). There will be a presentation: Introduction to TS Plus, which will be a fairly in-depth explanation of what TS and the co-existing disorders of OCD and ADHD are…along with some strategies and handouts. There will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation. Coffee and drinks will be provided. Please see our website for more details and directions.

Child/Youth Bursaries registration forms are still available from the Edmonton Chapter for the National Conference in Halifax.

The National office has started offering an online course for School Advocacy. Please see their website for more information.

Friday night Teen Program information is available on our website.

We want to offer you the support you need and help you locate as many resources as possible. Please send us an e-mail if you have any suggestions or ideas! As always… feel free to contact us for more information.

News from Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta – Edmonton Chapter

The LDAA Edmonton Chapter has a lot of news to report. The entire email can be read here. Highlights include:

Information Session: “All You Wanted to Know About Medications”

Join us for an informative presentation with a panel of professionals. If your child is on ADHD medication or you are considering having your child placed on them and have questions, this session is definitely one you will want to attend. Panelists will be discussing facts and personal experiences around these medications.

Date: September 19, 2012
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Fulton Place School, Room 24, 10310-56 Street (enter through West doors by playground)
Cost: Free for members; $10.00 for non-members; $2.00 per child for babysitting for the evening
Contact: Please RSVP to info@LDEdmonton.ca; or 780-466-1011.

And also:

Regular Parent Support Group, facilitator Dr. Tanya Spencer.

Regular Adult Support Group.

Child Social Skills Program.

Social Skills Recreation Program.