Newsletter: August 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, September 4 (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, September 18 (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.

Support Meetings: Update

Parent Support Group met in July but there was no meeting for August.

The Adult Support Group met for round table discussions in July and August. They were capably facilitated by Chris and/or Phillip while Rachel took a well deserved break over the summer.

Upcoming Events

1. You are invited:

Friday, September 20, 2013: ADHD CAREGIVER DAY, Helping Caregivers Help Kids

Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Robbins Pavilion Theatre Room GN02, Lois Hole Hospital for Women at Royal Alexandra Hospital, 10230 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.

Child & Adolescent Mental Health is pleased to present a one-day event that offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to gain knowledge and increase awareness of treatment options and supports with regards to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Topics that will be discussed: What is ADHD?; Co-Morbidity; Treatment Options; Medication; School Strategies; Family/Parent Support Group.

This session will provide parents and caregivers an opportunity to:

• Learn about the signs and symptoms of a child or adolescent who may have ADHD

• Learn how ADHD is diagnosed

• Learn ways that ADHD may be treated

• Learn some family and school strategies

REGISTRATION:

All attendees must pre-register for this event. Register early as space is limited! A nonrefundable $15.00 registration fee applies. Registration will remain open until September 17, 2013 or until seats are sold-out.

2. October 16, 2013: Linda Tilley, Registered Psychologist, will be speaking at our Adult Support Group about ADHD and relationships. There will be no separate Partner Support Group that night.

Research Project

Alison McInnis is conducting a research project on oral language skills and executive functions in children with ADHD, and is looking to recruit participants between 9-14 years of age. The study involves assessment of basic and higher level oral language skills, reading, writing, and executive functions (e.g., working memory, problem-solving).  She is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist and so can offer parents a clinical report about their child’s language, reading, and writing skills, which could be of benefit at their child’s school. In her past research experience, parents have been quite positive about having oral language skills assessed as this is typically not a focus of assessments their children have received at school. Also, in older children, this area is often overlooked and yet many children with ADHD have issues with oral language skills that also underlie their academic difficulties. If you are interested in participating in this study, or want to know more about it, please contact her at the number below. Alison McInnes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Speech‐Language Pathologist (Reg. ACSLPA) Faculty of Education, 780-492‐9634.

Education

1. Dr. Rabiner. In this issue of Attention Research Update, Dr. Rabiner reviews an interesting study that examines friendship quality in children with and without ADHD. A particularly nice feature of this study is that it examines children with and without ADHD interacting with a self-selected friend at two intervals separated by 6 months. This enabled the researchers to examine how friendship quality changed over time, an issue that has not been previously examined. Because peer relations are often such an area of difficulty for children with ADHD, this study makes an interesting contribution to the literature. Check out the complete article at: www.helpforadd.com/C8educators.htm.

Webinars

ADDitude’s ADHD Experts Podcast and Live Webinars address topics that will help you better manage symptoms, your family, and your life. They are hosted by top experts in the field, all of whom are contributors to ADDitude Magazine and www.ADDitudeMag.com. To participate, you will need to go to their website and click on webinars and follow the directions. You can also access previous webinars from their archives by clicking the links on the website. The slides accompanying the webinars (and the transcripts, eventually!) are also available at those links.

Upcoming Webinars

September 4, 2013 @ 11 AM in Alberta
Alternative Therapy: Use Mindfulness to Manage ADHD Symptoms
Expert: Lidia Zylowska, M.D.

September 11, 2013 @ 11AM in Alberta
Webinar Topic: School Success: Practical Strategies for Your Child with ADHD/LD
Expert: Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Recent Podcasts and Webinars

Webinar Topic: ADHD and Gender: Girls, Women, and Stigma
Expert: Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D.

Podcast Topic: Secrets of the ADHD Brain, Revealed: Understanding Core Symptoms and Working with Strengths
Expert: William Dodson, M.D.

Webinar Topic: Defeat Distractions: Manage External and Internal Interruptions at Home and Work
Expert: Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.

Webinar Topic: Time-Blindness and ADHD: Strategies for Becoming More Aware of Time
Expert: Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., MBA

Podcast Topic: Fun Ways to Boost Your ADHD Child’s Academic Skills This Summer (age focus: 6 to 12)
Expert: Sandra Rief, M.A.

Podcast Topic: ADHD in Women: How to Unlock Your Potential After a Midlife Diagnosis
Expert: Zoë Kessler

Podcast Topic: What to Treat First? Depression, Anxiety, and Other Comorbid Conditions Associated with ADHD
Expert: Larry B. Silver, M.D.

Podcast Topic: ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, Now!
Expert: Judith Kolberg

Webinar Topic: How Our Understanding of ADHD Is Changing
Expert: Thomas Brown, Ph.D.

Podcast Topic: ‘You’re Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy!’ Managing Stress and Negative Self-Talk for ADHD Adults
Expert: Peggy Ramundo, B.S., A.C.T., SCAC

Podcast Topic: Growing Up ADHD: Treating Attention Deficit in Preschoolers Through Adults
Expert: Steven Dickstein, M.D.

Books and Articles

Frances Finlay has reviewed and recommends this book.

Title: Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution.

Authors: Jonathan Mooney & David Cole
Publisher: Fireside – Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 068486598X

Learning Outside the Lines is the best study skills book for ADHD/LD adults attending post-secondary institutions. There is a dearth of material available for adult learners with ADHD/LD — those persons who don’t have parents or partners to fill the gap in providing our accommodation needs. What makes it unique is that the authors are successful Ivy League graduates with ADHD/LD – who used pragmatic methods in their book.

Authors Mooney and Cole provide study methods tailored to our needs, instead of re-hashing the same study skills advocated for the general public. Too often, new adult students with ADHD don’t know what they may need, and this book provides lots of usable, concrete skills.

This would also be useful for people who have jobs with similar tasks to students; for example, note taking skills can be useful in meetings, reading skills can be used for any type of materials being read, etc.

Because of this book’s value to ADHD adults, both inside and out of learning environments, I’d recommend it as an essential resource.

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 adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.

• If you have a book or article that you think would be interesting to parents, children, teens or adults, please nominate it for a review that could be published in the newsletter.

• Please let us know if you need to unsubscribe from our E-newsletter list.

• 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
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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