Newsletter: February 22, 2014

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.

Join us…

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, March 5 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

A roundtable discussion of topics that are of interest to the group. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, March 19 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

We will begin our meeting with our Annual General Meeting that had to be postponed. This should take about twenty minutes. We will show a short video by Rick Green, “Facing the World by Totally ADD,” followed by discussion. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Partner Support Group may move to the cafeteria for a roundtable discussion after the AGM. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Events Review

  • Parent Support Group, January: Michele Pentyliuk spoke about the Changing Role of School Psychologists. The parents enjoyed an engaging presentation that covered many issues that were important to them. The evaluations were all positive with people indicating the topic was relevant, helpful, educational, and easy to understand.
  • Adult Support Group, January: A representative from DESCA (Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta) made a very informative presentation.
  • The Family Swim was a success and everyone had a great time. There were lots of snacks including delicious homemade cupcakes. Thank you to the organizers, Cathie Crooks and Jody Draganiuk. There was big interest in having another gathering in the spring/summer.

Upcoming Events

April 2: Corinne Eckert, registered psychologist, speaks about social skills training for children with ADHD at the April parent group. 7 pm – 9 pm at Misericordia Hospital.

May 3: Dr. Russell Barkley will be presenting in recognition of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Week. The Edmonton ADHD Conference will take place at the River Cree Resort and Casino. Dr. Barkley will present the latest research on ADHD. Registration information to follow.

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:

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. It is free to sign 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.
  • Attention Research Update: A review of a recently published study that examines how combining behavior therapy and medication treatment may allow children to be maintained on significantly lower medication doses. This could be an important result because some children are unable to tolerate high medication doses and the growth-suppressing effects that can be associated with sustained medication treatment may be lower at reduced doses. And, many parents may find medication treatment more palatable when the dose prescribed is relatively low.
  • Social Skills Training in Core Skills by Corinne Eckert, Registered Psychologist, is again being offered this spring. The programs consist of 8 student sessions and 2 parent sessions, beginning in April. Please see attached poster or contact Corinne at corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca.
  • An online course, Focusing on Productivity by Tara McGillicuddy, began February 10th. This is a 6-week Online Group Coaching Program. Check out this program at Adult ADD Productivity Circle or email news@livingwithadd.com.
  • The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program returns for a second year, helping Canadian adults diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) pursue post-secondary education. The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship consists of a monetary prize of $1,500 to help with tuition in a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, AND one year of personalized ADHD coaching provided by the Edge Foundation, a non-profit organization that specializes in ADHD coaching for students. The coaching services offered within the scope of the program are worth an estimated $4,400 per person.
  • The 2014 Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program is open to Canadian adults who:
    • Are legal residents of Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, or Québec;
    • Are of age in their province of residence;
    • Have been accepted or are enrolled in a post-secondary program at a Canadian accredited two-year or four-year college, university, trade school, technical school, or vocational school located in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, or Québec;
    • Are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD.
    • The deadline for submitting applications is April 15, 2014.

    Canadians interested in the Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program can visit www.shireadhdscholarship.com for full details, and sign-up for the newsletter to receive important updates. Eligible candidates are encouraged to start preparing the relevant material now.

AAGE Executive News

  • 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.
  • Check out our new website. If you have suggestions for additional material, please contact us with your ideas.
  • We welcome Karen Tober as another co-facilitator of the Adult Support Group. Karen has been a participant for many years and has wonderful expertise to share.

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
Jody Draganiuk, Member-at-Large

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