Newsletter: March 22, 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, April 3 (7-9 PM) @ Edmonton Public Library

Note change in location: Edmonton Public Library (Edmonton Room, in basement). Dr. Paul Soper will be speaking and demonstrating a model of collaborative problem solving based on Dr. Ross Green’s ‘Lives in the Balance’ practices. Check out a brief summary at http://www.livesinthebalance.org/learn.

The approach sets forth two major tenets:

First, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in kids are best understood as the by‐product of lagging cognitive skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem‐solving (rather than as attention‐seeking, manipulative, limit‐testing, or a sign of poor motivation). In other words, challenging behavior is a form of developmental delay.

Second, these challenges are best addressed by collaboratively solving the problems that are setting the stage for challenging behavior (rather than through reward and punishment programs and intensive imposition of adult will). See the Plan B Cheat Sheet and Flowchart, as well as a related article by Dr. Rabiner. Please print out the ALSUP and One Page Overview and bring to the meeting.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: The Parent Support Group meeting discussion centered on advocating for their child at school to get the appropriate accommodations that would meet the student’s needs. A speaker will be contacted to address the various programs that are available in Edmonton at the May meeting. (i.e., Strategies, Academy at King Edward, charter school.)

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 be viewing the DVD “Embracing the Diagnosis” (of ADHD) from Totally ADD, followed by a round table discussion. At this time the 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.

Previous Meeting Review: The Adult Support Group of 15 participants participated in a round table discussion while four partners met as a Partner Support Group in the cafeteria. Everyone appeared very satisfied with the discussions and support they received.

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. (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 1st – School Options: The parent group has been discussing schools and the services that are available in the K-12 system in Edmonton. We are very fortunate to have two resource people who will attend our May 1 meeting. We will ask them to give us some information based on their extensive experience. They will also act as resource people and answer our questions after making their initial comments.

Maureen Winters is the principal of Mayfield Elementary. She has worked with both elementary and junior high school students in regular and strategies programs, and also worked with the Academy at King Edward.

We will also have a resource person from the Edmonton Academy, a charter school which focusses on students with learning disabilities, some of whom also have ADHD. (All students must have a learning disability and be interested in and capable of learning.)

May 15th (not the 22nd, as previously advertised) – 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.

Education

Dr. Rabiner’s article on “An Innovative Approach for Helping Explosive & Inflexible Children”.

Check out www.additudemag.com for all sorts of articles and blogs on ADHD issues for everyone. There are also some upcoming webinars that are easy and free to access.

One of our Adult Group participants recommended this article by Dr. Thomas Brown on ADHD in high IQ adults, showing impairments in working memory and processing speed. You can check out this very interesting article at http://drthomasebrown.com/pdfs/HighIQAdults.JADonlineversion.pdf.

Another group member recommended an article from the Globe and Mail that talks about a study of the long term effects of childhood ADHD that carry on into adulthood. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/adhd-not-just-a-childhood-issue-but-a-long-term-condition-study-shows/article9308904/.

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

Note our new website address:  www.adhdedmonton.com.

We will be hosting a display table of ADHD and AAGE information at the Volunteer Fair at West Edmonton Mall on April 20th from 11- 4p.m. on the Lower Level, in front of the Bay. Stop by for a chat.

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: www.adhdedmonton.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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