Newsletter: September 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.


Check out for information and activities. Also, check out Additude’s 2013 Guide to ADHD Awareness Month.

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, October 2 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Now that the children are back in school, issues may arise with the ADHD student. Come to the support group to talk about your concerns and help others with their challenges. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Looking forward to seeing you.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, October 16 (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).

At this month’s meeting we will welcome Linda Tilley, a Registered Psychologist, practicing in Edmonton. She has a strong interest in working with adults with ADHD as well as people with marital and relationship problems. Her integrated  approach to therapy combines humanist, cognitive-behavioural, narrative, gestalt and psycho dynamic techniques. Linda has been a facilitator for our group and is happy to share her expertise in dealing with ADHD adults and their relationships.

There are several books about ADHD relationships available:

  • Is It You, Me or Adult A.D.D.? Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder by Gina Pera
  • Loving Someone with Attention Deficit Disorder; A Practical Guide to Understanding Your Partner, Improving Communication and Strengthening Your Relationship by Susan Tschudi, M.A.
  • Married to Distraction, How to Restore Intimacy and Strengthen Your Partnership in an Age of Interruption by Edward M. Hallowell M.D.
  • The ADHD Effect on Marriage, Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps by Melissa Orlov (Check out a review of this book on our website.)

Members of all support groups are welcome to attend. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Support Meetings: Update

The Parent, Adult and Partner support groups had few participants this month but the discussions were very intense and helpful to those who attended.

The ADHD Caregiver Day on September 20 was a great success by all accounts, and our own Rachel Rogers helped Dr. Paul Soper with the presentation.

Upcoming Events

November 6: Dr. Marliss Meyer, psychologist, will be speaking about ADHD and Opposition Defiant Disorder at the Parent Support Group.

October 17: Community University Partnership (CUP) is hosting their Annual Celebration Event with guest speaker, Steve McDonald, Deputy Minister of Human Services, presenting on Alberta’s Social Policy Framework. The event will be a luncheon beginning at 11:30 at Edmonton City Hall. Please contact  Marilyn Hawirko at or 780-492-6177 for more information.

October 7-10: Virtual ADHD Conference features eight 2-hour ‘Master Classes’ on topics that were identified by prior conference participants as being of greatest interest to them. The conference is organized by the ADD Management Group, a supporter of Attention Research Update. Here are the speakers and topics for the conference:

  • Roberto Olivardia, PhD on ADHD and Emotional Regulation
  • Ari Tuckman, PsyD on ADHD, Memory, and Attention
  • Linda Anderson, MCC on Organizing Your ADHD Life
  • Melissa Orlov, Marriage Counselor, on Effective Communication for ADHD Couples
  • Kenny Handelman, MD on Medications for ADHD and Co-Existing Conditions
  • Bonnie Mincu, MCC on Overcoming Obstacles in Time Management
  • David Nowell, PhD on the Brain Science of ADHD
  • David Giwerc, MCC on Empowering Your Signature Strengths

If this sounds interesting to you, you can learn more about the conference at At this site you will find details about the conference, the benefits of participating, and information on how the virtual conference will work. You can also view testimonials from individuals who attended the conference last year. Information about registering is also available.

May 2014: Dr. Russell Barkley will again be presenting at a conference the first weekend in May. Watch for further information.


AAGE works closely with other groups in the area that offer information to our members about speakers, workshops and activities that they are sponsoring . Please check out our website for links to Learning Disabilities of Edmonton (, Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Edmonton Chapter (, and the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (
CADDAC has published a document Paying Attention to the Cost of ADHD…The Price Paid by Canadian Families, Governments and Society. The paper begins with the statement “ADHD is not the ‘insignificant’ disorder some imagine it to be.” It goes on to discuss the cost to Health Care, Education, Justice and Corrections, and Social Services. This is an excellent read that can be accessed on our website or the CADDAC website.


Educating ourselves about ADHD or Executive Dysfunction is one of the most important tools one can use to assist with coping strategies. Following are some sources for information.

1. Dr. Rabiner sends out monthly newsletters from Attention Research Update. You can sign up for his newsletter or access it on our website. This month Dr. Rabiner has an article he’d like to bring to our attention about a new book that is an excellent resource for anyone interested in distinguishing between the myths and realities of brain training and brain fitness. The book is titled, “The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age” (April 2013; 284 pages) and is co-authored by neuroscientist Elkhonon Goldberg, cognitive psychologist Pascale Michelon and educator Alvaro Fernandez. It provides a clear and scientifically sound review that helps readers understand the educational, healthcare and personal implications of promising research related to brain health, including the role of nutrition and exercise, emotion regulation, cognitive training, meditation, biofeedback, and more.

Topics included in this comprehensive and practical guide include:

  • Very insightful and accessible reviews of the relevant literature.
  • Interviews with 20 leading neuroscientists and psychologists.
  • Numerous summaries and tips within each chapter.
  • Analysis of leading research-based brain training methodologies and programs.
  • Over ten “case studies” and a framework to help integrate the new science into every decade of our lives.

ADDitude magazine: ( has excellent articles about children, adolescent and adult ADHD and is worth getting their weekly newsletters. Some of the latest topics have been: “Parents of ADHDers: How Well Do You Know ADHD?”; “Academic Success: How Your ADHD Teen Can Thrive in High School”; “ODD and ADHD: Parenting Your Defiant Child” and “Get the Most Out of Your ADHD Meds”.

2. Webcasts: ( Here is a list of upcoming free webcasts in October:

  • October 1st What is ADHD? Explaining to Family, Friends, Teachers and Colleagues.  Expert: Michele Novotni, PhD.
  • October 10th Do You Have Adult ADHD? Signs and Symptoms You Should Know About.  Expert: Dr. William Dodson, MD.
  • October 16th Exposing the Myths About ADHD: Science’s New Understanding of the Disorder.
  • October 21st Diagnosing ADHD: What You (and Your Doctor) Need to Know. Expert: Joel T. Nigg, PhD.
  • October 29th Live a Great Life: Best Medical and Alternative Therapies.  Expert: Ned Hallowell, MD. 

3. Totally ADD: ( Rick Green is a comedian and writer who, along with his wife Ava, has produced this website that addresses the issues of ADHD and Rick’s own journey through adult ADHD. Rick’s blog is comedic but with a sense of frustration about his challenges. Check out- “Right, Right, You’re Bloody Well Right!”. This site also has excellent webinars. On October 2nd at 11:00 a.m MST there is a free webinar with Rick Green and Laurie Dupar, “Success with ADHD, One Tasty Bite at a Time”. He also has another free video titled “Try Harder“.

4. Article Review: An excellent article Welcome to Our World by Rick Green was published in HealthcarePapers in May 2011 that gives a great overview of ADHD. He outlines some of the history and costs of the disorder, and shares his first-hand insight into the struggles–and rewards–this disorder can present.

5. Book Review: The ADHD Effect on Marriage by Melissa Orlov is about her personal experience living with an ADHD husband. It has been reviewed Frances Finlay and can be found on our website.

6. Corinne Eckert, Child & Adolescent Psychology

Corinne offers Training in Core Social Skills at three different levels for children and adolescents.

Level I: “The Hidden Conversation”; Level II: “Successful Communication” and Level III: “Positive Peer Interaction Skills”. The target group is children who may have difficulty interacting successfully with others due to social skill deficits. The first of the sessions begins on October 7 in Edmonton. For further information on these programs contact her at or call 780-454-4634.

AAGE Executive News

  • Our new website is about to be launched! Thank you, Cathie Crooks, for pursuing this.
  • We’re happy to welcome Phil Lafon as our new facilitator for the ADULT Support Group. Phil is working on a Social Work degree and is an ADHD Adult himself. His favourite book is The Dummies Guide to Adult ADHD. He will be capably supported by Chris Evans, a long time participant and member of the AAGE executive. Rachel Rogers will continue to facilitate the Parent Support Group. Dorothy Comfort, former teacher, guidance counsellor and member of the AAGE executive, will continue to facilitate the Partner Support Group.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to fill the position of Treasurer and member-at-large on our executive. Email us if you can help out.

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 of the Newsletter

ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s