Newsletter: June 29, 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, July 3 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

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. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, July 17 (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 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.

May Support Meetings

All three meetings in May had good discussions revolving around the concerns of the participants. We also tried a debriefing exercise at the end of the Adult Support Group.

Coming Up: Mark your calendars!

• 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.

• September 20, 2013 ADHD Caregiver Day: Helping Caregivers Help Kids is for parents and caregivers who are looking for more information about Attention – Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder. Topics that will be discussed: -What is ADHD?; Co-Morbidity; Treatment Options; Medication; School Strategies; Family/Parent Support Group. Save this date! More information will follow as to time and location.


• Dr. Rabiner discusses New Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD – Subtle but Important Changes in his latest article.The American Psychiatric Association recently published DSM-V, the first major revision to the diagnostic manual for psychiatric disorders since 1994. In DSM-V, ADHD is included in the section on Neurodevelopmental Disorders, rather than being grouped with the disruptive behavior disorders, i.e., Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. This change better reflects the way ADHD is currently conceptualized.He reviews changes that have been made to the actual diagnostic criteria for ADHD.You can request information about this innovative program by visiting

• 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.


The authors of Fast Minds did a presentation on ADDitude Magazine Webinars. Their topic was Time to Thrive: Adult ADHD Strategies for Managing Time, Tasks, and Relationships by Craig Surman M.D. and Tim Bilkey, M.D.  Go to and scroll down to March 2013, then click on the link and another page pops up. Put in your email address and another page pops up which contains the audio recording of the webinar AND a link to the slides from the webinar in pdf. Check out some of the other excellent webinars as well. They are about an hour long and free.

Books and Articles

• The articles in ADDitude Magazine cover many topics and are short and informative. Check out

• The book, Fast Minds, How to Thrive if You have ADHD, is an excellent new book. It is co-authored by Craig Surman, M.D. and Tim Bilkey M.D. with Karen Weintraub. It is divided into three parts: Understanding Fast Minds; A Fast Minds Operating Manual; and Building the Life You Want. ‘Fast Minds’ is an acronym the authors use for the qualities associated with ADHD. There is a very moving foreword by Howie Mandel.

• If you have read interesting articles or books you think might be of interest to our members, please email the information and a review to us.

AAGE Executive News

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

• AAGE Executive:
Rachel Rogers, President
Cathie Crooks, Secretary and Webmaster
Chris Evans, Member at large and acting financial manager
Dorothy Comfort, Member at Large and Publisher E-newsletter

Rachel Rogers, President

ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton

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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