Newsletter: November 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.

You are invited!

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, December 4 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

A presentation by Dr. Marliss Meyer, a Registered Psychologist, on Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, December 18 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

University Hospital, Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre. (See attached map, including directions).

This will be 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.

Events Review

Parent Support Group met on November 6th and watched about an hour of Russell Barkley’s DVD. This was followed by a brief discussion around the information from the DVD.

The Adult Support Group met on November 20th. Over half the participants were trying us out for the first time so the round table discussions were very informative.

Upcoming Events

December 4: Dr. Marliss Meyer, psychologist: Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children.

December 13: Learning Disabilities Association of Edmonton. For those of you with children or grandchildren who would like to take them to the Waterpark on Friday, December 13 from 7:30 to 10:30. It is a fundraiser for the Learning Disabilities Association of Edmonton. Cost is $10 each. Contact: Carrie Sandboe, Tel: (780) 431-5476.

Sometime this winter: Watch for more information about a Family Swim Event in the New Year!

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

Connections

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 our website for links to:

Learning Disabilities of Edmonton (www.ldedmonton.ca)

Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Edmonton Chapter (www.TSEdmonton.com)

Corinne Eckert, Child Psychologist (www.corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca)
“I am now taking registrations for the January, April and July Training in Core Social Skills programs. Interested parents should call me to discuss their child so we can make sure the program is a good fit for him/her. As always, the programs include 8 student sessions and 2 parent sessions that are also open to teachers of participants. If teachers are not available to attend, parents can take program information to them so that they can use the language and philosophy in the classroom, which will help participants generalize the skills even more. I am also happy to come in and consult with teachers or school staffs on how to embed this training in day to day routines.”

Education

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.

  • ADDitude Magazine has excellent articles about childhood, adolescent and adult ADHD and is worth signing up for their weekly newsletters.
  • Webcasts:ADDitude Magazine‘s ADHD Expert Podcasts 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.
  • Totally ADD: Rick Green is a comedian and writer who, along with his wife Ava, have produced this website that addresses the issues of ADHD. Rick shares his own journey through Adult ADHD with a comedic approach toward his challenges. This website offers many resources and webinars addressing childhood and adult ADHD.
  • Resiliency & Skill Building Program (Parent & Child), 2nd floor Mother Rosalie Health Services Centre, Tel: 780-735-2613. For more information, call Kathy MacLeod, Coordinator, at 780-735-2613 / 780-735-2731.Referrals from your pediatrician, family physician, or child psychiatrist are required to participate in this program. Referrals should be addressed to Dr. Erik Wikman, Psychologist, at the Misericordia Behaviour Clinic.A multi-disciplinary team has been involved in the design and implementation of the Child and Parent Resiliency and Skills Training Programs, including psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, social work and nursing. Each group runs for 10 consecutive weeks from 3 to 5 pm. 5 to 7 year-olds on Thursdays. 8 to10 year-olds on Wednesdays. 11 to 14 year-olds on Tuesdays.

AAGE Executive News

  • We want to thank Charlotte Schuller for volunteering to help us with the distribution of our outreach materials. These materials are to be distributed to educational institutions, medical offices and facitilies, and any other locations that will reach those affected by ADHD.
  • We would like the names of general practitioners, psychologists, and psychiatrists who are able to treat ADHD children and adults. Please email them to adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.
  • If you have a book or an article that you think would be interesting to parents, children, teens, or adults, please nominate it for a review that could be published in our newsletter.
  • Yay! Our new website is done so check it out and let us know what you think. Our thanks to Janssen Ltd. for their generous funding that made this new website possible.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to fill the position of 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 E-newsletter

ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton
Email: adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca
Website: www.adhdedmonton.com