Newsletter: April 30, 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, May 7 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

There will be a round table discussion with some feedback from the Dr. Russell Barkley presentation.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, May 21 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

There will be a round table discussion of issues and successes of the participants.

Partner Support Group will meet for a round table discussion.

Events Review

The Parent Support Group – About thirty people attended the meeting to hear Corinne Eckert speak about teaching social skills to children with ADHD.

The Adult Support Group – This group was finally able to view the video “Facing the World” thanks to our tech-savvy participants. The following discussion was highly animated. The Partner Support group met and had some helpful discussion.

Upcoming Events

July 24 to 27 – ADDA’s International Adult ADHD Conference is the largest single live event dedicated exclusively to adults with ADHD and their families. Attending the ADDA Conference can be a transformative experience. This year is the Attention Deficit Disorder Association’s 25th Anniversary and they are planning the biggest and best conference yet. All that could make this a better conference, for ADDA and for all adults with ADHD, is to have more people attend. Please spread the word to anyone and everyone you think could benefit from the opportunity to connect with others facing and successfully overcoming similar challenges at the ADDA Conference in Orlando this July. Feel free to print off and post this 8.5 x 11” poster for the 2014 ADDA Conference. There is an opportunity for our support group members to receive a discount of 10%, by registering as a group. Let AAGE know if this is of interest to you. More information is available on the ADDA website. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact ADDA at conference@add.org.. ​

25 Years: Celebrating the Progress of the Past and the Promise of the Future
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida
July 24 – 27, 2014

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.

Summer Interactive Skills Program: Corinne Eckert offers a summer session for the Training in Core Social Skills Program. It will take place July 21-25. It is a really fun way to practice social skills in a safe environment with 1-1 coaching. They usually take about 10 children in the programs, with 3 leaders, so they are able to assess and implement effective coaching for individual differences. The kids are usually able to make some new friends as well! There is also a parent coaching session, to help generalize skills outside of the program. Please note that a child does not need to have taken level 1 and 2 to take level 3. For more information, email  corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca.

Beyond Words Social Skills Day Camp: Does your child struggle with managing their emotions or making social connections? Register for this day camp! The Beyond Words Summer Day Camp runs from July 21-25. It is structured for kids ages 8-13 who are struggling at keeping friends and interacting with their peers. For more information is on this poster.

Other Opportunities

Mandin Award: The Mandin Award was established in 1991 in memory of Maurice, Susan, Islay, and Janelle Mandin. Maurice and Susan Mandin were teachers with a sincere interest in children with special needs. Islay and Janelle, their daughters, were students. The Mandin Award is up to $400 and is given to assist an Albertan between the ages of 4 to 21 years of age who is living with learning disabilities or Attention De cit Hyperactivity Disorder. The award may be used to supporting the costs of attending summer camp, social skill development courses, tutoring, and assessments. Disbursements of the funds are made directly to the program or service, or to the award recipient upon receipt of an invoice. Details and award applications.

Learning Disabilities of Edmonton: Casino, Thursday and Friday, May 29/30 at the Yellowhead Casino. Volunteers needed! For more information: www.ldedmonton.ca.

Foothills Academy PD E-course: Learning Disabilities and Related Disorders (series started April 12th). Want to learn how to increase your capacity to create an inclusive learning environment? At Foothills Academy, we have been educating students with learning disabilities and associated disorders for 35 years. We have developed this eight-section online course that draws upon experts in each of the topic areas. You can access readings, learn from expert panels, view videos of actual classroom footage and join group discussions with other educators to bring each section to life. Within each section, our goal is to increase awareness of warning signs related to each disorder and provide a toolbox of successful strategies to support complex learners. Each section takes less than 2 hours to complete. Take one section or the whole series!

Spring Session: April 12 – June 7, 2014
Fee: $25 per section or full series for $150

Week of April 12 – An overview of Learning Disabilities
Week of April 19 – Dyslexia & Dyscalculia
Week of April 26 – Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder
Week of May 3 – Autism Spectrum Disorders & Auditory Processing Disability
Week of May 10 – Tourette’s Syndrome
Week of May 17 – Gifted Learning
Week of May 24 – Creating Successful Learning Strategies
http://www.foothillsacademy.org/programs/workshops/e-course/

Online workshop for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, Spring Session: Join anytime April 1 to June 30, 2014. Available 24 hours a day to fit your busy schedule. Empowering. Convenient. Affordable. Having a child diagnosed with a learning disability can be overwhelming and isolating. This online workshop incorporates video clips, short readings and online discussion to give you the knowledge and tools to help. Online discussion allows you to connect with other parents and share experiences dealing with children with similar challenges. For more information, see the flyer.

Fee $25 / 403-270-9400 / www.foothillsacademy.org

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