Newsletter: December 20, 2012

AAGE – ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton

We are a registered non-profit society whose objective is to improve the lives of those living with ADHD through education, support, resources and advocacy.

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, January 16 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital

Wednesday,  January 16th (7-9 pm); @ U of A Hospital (Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre), Classroom A (see attached directions).

Please note there will be NO meeting on January 2nd as it is still Christmas break.

We will instead be joining the adult group for a guest speaker, Dr. Greg Schoepp, Registered Psychologist, who will be speaking to us about anxiety, a condition which often accompanies ADHD. A poster is attached with further details. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

At our last meeting the hot topic was dealing effectively with educators who do not acknowledge or are unwilling to accommodate the challenges that ADHD present. See below for a timely upcoming session with Kathryn Burke in February!

Adult Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, January 16 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital

Please note venue: University Hospital (Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre) Classroom A (see attached map, including directions).

Dr. Greg Schoepp, Registered Psychologist, will be our guest speaker on the topic of anxiety. See the attached poster for details. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

The “Totally ADD and Mastering It” DVD was shown at our last two meetings. It offers practical strategies in a fun format. If you are interested in purchasing it for yourself go to the newly renovated TotallyADD website: http://totallyadd.com.

NEW GROUP!

Starting on February 20th we will be offering a support group for spouses or partners of individuals with ADHD. It is well-known that living with ADHD is difficult but living with someone who has ADHD can be even more challenging and less understood! The spouse/partner often serves as the executive function for not only the children but also the other “kid” in the house. Dorothy Comfort, one of our executive members, has lived for many years with her “special” ADHD spouse and knows all about this life. She will be facilitating this group in another space in the hospital while the adult support group meets upstairs. More details in the next e-newsletter.

Logo Design

We are excited about the imminent introduction of AAGE’s first logo which is in its final stages of development. Our hope is that it will officially be presented some time in January. This logo will be used in our outreach information.

Coming Up: Put these on your agenda!

February 6th – Kathryn Burke, Executive Director of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, will be speaking to parents about effective strategies to prevent conflict and build effective working relationships while advocating for your child in the education system.

April 3rd – Dr. Paul Soper, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, will be presenting the Collaborative Problem Solving model developed by Dr. Ross Greene, an effective method to proactively and collaboratively resolve challenging behaviors. The majority of Dr. Soper’s practice is with children and youth with ADHD.

Social Skills Programs – Please contact 780-466-1011 or info@LDEdmonton.ca.

The Life Project

The Learning Disabilities Association of Edmonton is running a 9-week program called The Life Project. This program is designed to help youth ages 13-17 overcome barriers to success.

Date: Thursday evenings starting January 17th – March 21st, 2013

(no program on February 14th)

Time: 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm (doors open at 3:45 p.m.)

Cost: $550.00 (subsidies may be available.)

Social Skills Program

A collaborative program between LDEdmonton and Corinne Eckert Child & Adolescent Psychology offers a 10-week social skills program for children 8-12 years old. In this program, children learn how to make and keep friends.

Date: Saturdays, February 2, 2013 to April 20, 2013 (there will be no classes Feb 16, March 23 & 30).

Time:  9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Location: LD Edmonton Office, Room #24 Fulton Place School, 10310-56 Street

Cost: $525.00 (This program may be covered by your medical benefits. Please contact your medical benefits provider for more information.) Subsidies may also be available.

To Medicate or Not

Medicating is arguably the most controversial topic surrounding ADHD. Often information about ADHD medications is insufficient or erroneous and doctors may not feel competent to prescribe and follow-up. It is very important to educate yourself about ADHD medications before you consider a trial either for yourself or your child.

One of the best websites to check out is www.caddra.ca of the Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance. It is a “national Canadian alliance of professionals working in the area of ADHD who are dedicated to world class research, education, training and advocacy in the area of ADHD.” Attached is the most recent update of the Medication Chart from this website and a related article by an ADHD specialist.

Education

Attached is another review by Dr. Rabiner of research examining whether ADHD medication reduces criminal behavior. This may be a little alarming to some of you but it is known that adults who are undiagnosed and untreated are at greater risk of becoming involved in criminal activity. Early diagnosis and treatment serve a preventative role.

AAGE Executive News

If anyone has suggestions as to agencies or locations where an information flyer about our support groups with AAGE could be displayed, please email it to adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.

We would also like the names of general practitioners, psychologists, and psychiatrists that are able to treat ADHD children and adults whom you have found helpful to you. Email them to us at adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

(Check out the ADHD Christmas tree, below.)

Christmas tree clutter

Rachel Rogers, President

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

Parent support group meetings held 1st Wednesday of each month, 7-9 PM, Rm. B-016, Misericordia Hospital.
Adult support group meetings held 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7-9 PM, U of A Hospital.
Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

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