Newsletter: March 25, 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.

You are invited!

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

Corinne Eckert, registered psychologist, will speak about social skills training for children with ADHD. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, April 16 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

We will attempt again to show a short video by Rick Green “Facing the World by Totally ADD” followed by a round table discussion.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Partner Support Group will meet after the video for a round table discussion. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. The Partner Support Group will move to the cafeteria for a round table discussion.

Events Review

The Parent Support Group – The March meeting was a lively roundtable session attended by 13 people.

The Adult Support Group – About 20 participants, regular and new, attended the meeting. At the AGM there was a review of the five-year history of AAGE, a financial statement, and an election of the board members. The incumbent board was reinstated for the coming year. A round table discussion followed since technical difficulties prevented us from watching the video.

Upcoming Events

May 3 – Dr. Russell Barkley will be presenting in recognition of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Week. The Edmonton ADHD Conference will take place at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Edmonton. Dr. Barkley is an internationally-renowned expert on ADHD and this is a one-time opportunity to hear him speak. He will present the latest research on ADHD. Please see attached posters for parents and for professionals.

Summer Camps – Camp Amicus Overnight Camp is an outdoor adventure and camp experience where children and teens with learning disabilities/ADHD can develop social skills while having fun and building friendships. They work with campers aged 10 to 16 years. The camp is held at Goldeye Centre; west of Red Deer in Nordegg, Alberta. Go to their website for more 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:

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.
  • Social Skills Training in Core Skills by Corrine Eckert, Registered Psychologist, is again being offered this spring. The programs consist of 8 student sessions and 2 parent sessions beginning in April. For more information, open this document. Or, contact Corinne at corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca.

AAGE Executive News

  • We want to thank all the volunteers willing to help us with the distribution of our outreach materials. These materials are to be distributed to educational institutions, medical offices and facilities, 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.
  • In the fall, we will need someone with effective writing skills to take over publishing the e-newsletter. This is a job that can be done from home using the MailChimp program. Contact Rachel at adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.
  • We are always looking for new AAGE Board members who would commit to monthly meetings and duties. Please email Rachel Rogers if you are interested, at 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 so that it could be published in our newsletter.

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