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

Kathryn Burke, CEO of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta, will be speaking to parents about negotiation skills in the context of advocating for your child in the school system.

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).

We will begin the meeting with an informal Annual General Meeting at which time a brief history of AAGE and its financial status will be shared. This will be followed by a round table discussion. 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: A combined meeting of support groups was held on January 16th to hear a presentation by Dr. Greg Schoepp, a registered psychologist, on the topic of anxiety. This session was well received by the 35 participants. There are two articles attached from ADDitude Magazine that deal with anxiety. (Article 1Article 2)

Logo Design

Our new logo design is still a work in progress.

Coming Up: Mark your calendars!

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.

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

(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.

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 2 parent sessions as well. See the attached poster for particulars.

LD Edmonton Programs

Learning Disabilities Edmonton is offering several programs this spring including, The Link Between Irlen Syndrome and Learning Disabilities. Please see the attached info and flyers.

Education

Attached is another review by Dr. Rabiner of an interesting observational study that focuses on how boys with ADHD negotiate the important social task of trying to join in with unfamiliar peers. Successfully joining with peers requires a number of verbal and behavioral skills and sets the foundation for the development of new positive relationships. Results from this study indicate that boys with ADHD struggle with this task in specific ways.

Webinars are available for free at www.additudemag.com/webinars.  The next seminar is on January 22 Get It Done Now, Stay on Task With Adult ADD and then on January 28th the topic is Alternative Therapies to Manage ADHD Symptoms.

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.

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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