Newsletter, January 21, 2013

AAGE – ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton

We are a registered non-profit society whose objective is to offer information and support to those living with ADHD in the Greater Edmonton Area through awareness, education and resources.

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, February 6 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital

This is a round table session where we bring our issues and solutions to the table. We will also be asking you for topics that you would like discussed at future meetings.

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).

This is a round table session where we bring our issues and solutions to the table. We will also be asking you for topics that you would like discussed at future meetings. At this time a Partner Support Group will move to another location for their round table discussion of issues that they face living with Adult ADHD partners. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Update: At the Parent Support Group meeting about 25 participants enjoyed Kathryn Burke’s presentation about negotiation skills in the context of advocating for your child in the school system.

The Adult Support Group, with 23 participants, began with a brief Annual General Meeting before their round table discussions. The Partner Support Group met for the first time in the cafeteria with positive feedback from the participants regarding the discussions and the support they felt.

Coming Up: Mark your calendars!

February 27th – Alex Russell will give a talk titled Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Enlightenment at the Oasis Hotel from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The heart of his message is that children learn through the experience of non-catastrophic, painful failure and it is through this process of these failures that they mature into resilient, resourceful and emotionally balanced individuals. Dr. Russell encourages parents to stand back and watch their kids without always intervening, even though this means they will sometimes make bad decisions, and to accept their mistakes with good humour (and without panic).

March 1st  – Webinar on Positive Parenting: ADHD-Focused Parenting Techniques for Young Children. www.additudemag.com/webinars.

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. (See attached poster.)

April 23rd – Dr. Peg Dawson will give a talk titled Smart…but Scattered, Executive Dysfunction at Home and School from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.at the Ramada Conference Centre. Executive skills refer to the cognitive processes required to plan and organize activities, including task initiation and follow through, planning/organization, working memory, performance monitoring, inhibition of impulses, and self-regulation. Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in. They may rush through work or dawdle. They make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don’t know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it. Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, notebooks as “black holes”. Check out her website at www.pegdawson.eventbrite.ca and see attached Poster.

May 22nd – Shelley Morrison, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Clutter Cutter Professional Organizing, Inc., will be speaking to the Adult Support Group about organization strategies. Check her website at www.cluttercutter.ca.

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

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 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.

New Program for Anxious Girls

Corrine Eckert is also offering a new program for girls ages 11-15 who might be struggling with anxiety, assertiveness, social skills and relationships. It will be a fun group with a photography component. There are two parent sessions as well. See the attached poster for particulars.

Education

Attached is another review by Dr. Rabiner where he summarizes a recently published study investigating the impact of mindfulness training of children and parents on children’s ADHD symptoms, parents’ ADHD symptoms, and parents’ stress level. There is a real need to develop interventions for ADHD in addition to medication treatment and behavior therapy that show empirical support, and investigations like this one represent welcome additions to the literature. As you will see, results from this preliminary study were certainly promising.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder is very often associated with ADHD in children and adults (see article from Additude Magazine). This website is an excellent source of articles on ADHD issues and if you sign up for their newsletter (Newsletter@additudemagazine.com) you get weekly postings.

This article by Kathy Eugster, MA, RCC, CPT Child and Family Counsellor on suggests strategies to Calm your ADHD Child.

An Exceptional Array of Books and Assessment Tools on Executive Functions – 20% Off + Free Shipping. No minimum order required (list).

Shire Canada wishes to inform you of the launch of an Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Scholarship program tailored for Canadian adults diagnosed with ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary education. A first in Canada, the new program will award recipients with a unique scholarship that combines financial support towards tuition as well as one year’s worth of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation. This new program aims to help young adults manage the additional challenges that come with having ADHD and allow them to be even more successful in school and their other daily activities. We also hope that, through the program, we can raise awareness regarding the benefits of ADHD coaching. Scholarship details: The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship is available to residents of Alberta, Ontario, and Québec. A total of 5 recipients will be selected for the Scholarship Program in 2013, with a minimum of one winner per province. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on a personal essay describing how ADHD has impacted their lives, and their thoughts about ADHD Coaching. The deadline for submitting applications will be March 27, 2013; final winners will be announced on June 17, 2013.

AAGE Executive News

We had our first Annual General Meeting on February 20th. We are still in need of a Treasurer, a Fundraising Coordinator, and a Young Adult Support Group Facilitator.

If anyone has suggestions as to agencies or locations where an information flyer about 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.

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 and Partner 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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