Newsletter: April 28, 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.

New Logo

Please note our new logo! Our board worked in collaboration with designer Denise Ahlefeldt of ninepoint design to create a great logo for AAGE. With this new logo in place, we’re set to produce promotional materials. We already have a display banner and in the process of printing a handout which will be distributed to primary health care units, schools and other facilities. Thanks so much, Denise! Our thanks to Janssen Inc. who generously provided the funding to develop and produce these materials. We couldn’t have done it without Janssen’s support.

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, May 1 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

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 Maureen Winter as a speaker for our next meeting. Ms Winter 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. She will talk about various programs that are available within EPSB and how they are accessed. She will talk about the continuum of policies around ADHD and medication as well as giving information about strategies and supports. She knows that we have talked a lot about communication practices but will touch on some of those points from her side of the desk. There will be a Q&A session included. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: The parent group met at the Edmonton Public Library downtown where they greatly enjoyed Dr. Paul Soper’s talk on collaborative problem solving based on Dr. Ross Greene’s ‘Lives in the Balance’ practices. Check out a brief summary on his website: http://www.livesinthebalance.org/learn. He was assisted by Chris and Rachel in demonstrating some of these strategies via a role play. Imagine Chris playing a 12-year-old! We had very positive feedback and requests for more presentations by Dr. Soper.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, May 15 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

Shelly Morrison, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Clutter Cutter Professional Organizing Inc. will be speaking to the Adult Support Group about organization strategies. Please submit some personal examples that you would like to be discussed, prior to the meeting. Check her website at http://www.cluttercutter.ca/. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: We viewed the DVD “Embracing the Diagnosis” (of ADHD) from Totally ADD, followed by a round table discussion.

New Members

Welcome to all the new members who signed up at the Volunteer Fair last Saturday at WEM and the Peg Dawson presentation on April 23rd. We were very excited about the excellent response to, and inquiries about, our association at both events.

Coming Up: Mark your calendars!

• May 9th 11:00 a.m. A webinar sponsored by ADDitude magazine on “How Our Understanding of ADHD is Changing” (www.additudemag.com). If you miss any of their webinars you can access them through their webinar archives.

• Totally ADD webinars are being offered weekly. See attached poster for a list of upcoming webinars.

Alberta AdaptAbilities Association is offering summer camps for children to build self-esteem and independence through recreational activities with professional staff.

• Summer Camps for Training in Core Social Skills: Corinne Eckert, Registered Psychologist, offers these summer camps as a “really fun way for kids to practice social interaction with coaching in a safe and caring environment.” It is two hours every day from July 22-26. There is also a parent session on the last day to help generalize the skills learned. Participants may be those who have never taken a social skills program or those who have taken programs who would just like some more practice in a group atmosphere. Please see the attached information.

• Summer Camps sponsored by Tourette’s Syndrome Foundation of Canada. See the attached information.

Education

• Dr. Rabiner: The misuse and abuse of prescription medication is a growing concern. The nonmedical use of ADHD meds, as well as misuse by individuals for whom medication is prescribed, is an important problem. Attached is a brief overview and summary of research on these issues.

• 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.

• Sensory Processing Disorder is often associated with and/or confused with ADHD. An excellent article is attached.

• Relationships can be difficult with an ADHD partner. See attached article “Dare to Forgive” by Dr. Ned Hallowell.

• Peg Dawson gave a wonderful presentation on April 23rd titled Smart But Scattered: A Discussion on Executive Function Skills. Check out our website: we will be uploading the power point presentation on this session as soon as we receive it from the organizers.

AAGE Executive News

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

2nd Annual Family Potluck Picnic. We are looking for volunteers to help organize our picnic in late July or early August. We would like to plan some family fun activities etc. If you are interested in volunteering for this, please email us at: adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.

Today’s Parent magazine article. We have been asked for a volunteer who is in their late teens or early twenty’s to talk with John Hoffman, a freelance journalist who would like to do an article about their childhood experience with ADHD. He notes: “The main benefit to the young person I interview will be the chance to tell their story in a safe setting. I will change the person’s name and I will not quote them or say anything about them without their permission and without them knowing the context and the exact wording of any quote. The interview will probably require about 30 minutes of the person’s time. There will also be a follow up phone call, where I check facts and quotes and then a subsequent phone call with the magazine’s fact-checker to double check everything.” If you are interested please email him directly at: jhoffman@cogeco.ca.

For archived articles in Today’s Parent by John Hoffman go to: http://www.todaysparent.com/author/john-hoffman.

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. Please 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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