Newsletter: May 30, 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, June 5 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

This will be a round table discussion about the challenges of raising an ADHD child especially with the end of the school year and the summer vacation fast approaching. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: Maureen Winter was our speaker for our last meeting.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, June 19 (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).

This will be a round table discussion and sharing session around any topic members choose. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: Shelly Morrison, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Clutter Cutter Professional Organizing Inc. spoke to the Adult Support Group about organization strategies. Her animated presentation was entertaining and she had suggestions for everyone’s clutter problems. Several articles from ADDitude magazine website give more strategies for organizing. (Clear Clutter from Your Workspace; Clean Closets, Clear Minds; Tackle the Paper Clutter; 33 Ways to Get Organized.) This is a useful filing system that could be easily adapted.

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!

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: You may have recently seen a flurry of media interest in the over-diagnosis of ADHD based on a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control. Data from a CDC national survey indicated that nearly one in five high school-age boys in the United States and 11 per cent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although many children who would qualify for an ADHD diagnosis are never identified or treated, these are some pretty alarming numbers and raise important questions about how frequently children are misdiagnosed with ADHD and put on medication they should not be taking.

Most children identified with ADHD in the US are evaluated by primary care paediatricians who may not have the time or expertise to conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation. For this reason, an objective measure of ADHD that closely matched the results of a comprehensive ADHD evaluation would be a very useful tool.

(Read full article.)

• An Innovative Approach for Helping “Explosive & Inflexible Children.” One of the most challenging problems for parents to deal with is explosive outbursts in their child. Such outbursts occur with distressing regularity in some children – regardless of whether the child also has ADHD – and can contribute to an extremely difficult home environment. This article discusses a comparison of the techniques prescribed by Dr. Ross Green and those recommended by Dr. Russell Barkley.

• ADHD and the Interest-Based Nervous System. Most people are neurologically equipped to determine what’s important and get motivated to do it, even when it doesn’t interest them. Then there are the rest of us, who have attention deficit. Dr. William Dodson has written a very interesting article.

Webinars

  • May 30th at 11:00 a.m. ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life
  • June 4, 2013 – Midlife ADHD Diagnosis in Women: Meet the Challenges, Unlock Your Potential, Find Happiness

Register at www.additudemag.com/webinars.

Note: There was an excellent webinar on May 23rd by Dr. Thomas Brown on “A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults,” based on his new book. This webinar and others are still available from the webinar archives at www.additudemag.com.

On-Demand: If you missed Peggy Ramundo’s ( co-author of You Mean I am Not Lazy Stupid or Crazy) webinar — or if you attended and want to catch it again – check out Strategies for Managing Stress in ADHD Adults and replay it at your convenience, plus download the webinar slides.

• Peggy Dawson gave a wonderful presentation on April 23rd titled Smart But Scattered: A Discussion on Executive Function Skills. Check out our Presentation Notes page: we have uploaded the PDF of the slides used in the presentation for her session.

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.

• We would appreciate the names of general practitioners, psychologists and psychiatrists that are able to treat ADHD children and adults. Please email them to 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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