Newsletter: June 29, 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, July 2 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Now that summer holidays are here there are new and recurring challenges for parents. The open discussions at the meeting will focus on those challenges as well as successful strategies.

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

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

ADHD adults can find life very frustrating and discouraging. When you come to our meetings you will find out that you are not alone! People from all walks and stages of life come together to share their stories.Through open discussion on topics relevant to the group member’s concerns you will find support, understanding and information.

Partners of ADHD adults have their own set of challenges. The Partner Support Group will meet separately for a round table discussion about issues that impact their relationships.

Urgent!

We DESPERATELY need someone with effective writing skills to take over publishing the e-newsletter as I am moving away in September! This is a job that can be done from home using the MailChimp program. It would take about 4 hours to do the newsletter plus two meeting reminders each month. You will have lots of support when you begin. Think about it and contact Rachel at adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.

Events/Review

  • Parent Support Group: A mixed group of new members and regular attendees participated in some excellent discussions.
  • Adult Support Group/Partner Support Group: A mixed group of new members and regular attendees participated in some excellent discussions.

Upcoming Events

July 12 – Spray Park Picnic July 12 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Castle Downs Spray Park,11520-153 Avenue. Bring a picnic lunch and snacks along for your family.The park features playgrounds, picnic sites, a gazebo, spray park and sports fields. In the event of bad weather the alternative date will be Saturday, July 26.

Summer Camps

1. Summer Interactive Skills Program, by Corinne Eckert, is a summer session for the Training in Core Social Skills Program. It will take place July 21-25. This is a fun way to practice social skills in a safe environment with 1-1 coaching. We usually take about 10 children in our programs, with 3 leaders, so we are really 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. corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca

2. 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. http://www.foothillsacademy.org/camp-amicus-overnight-camp/

3. 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, 2014. It is structured for kids ages 8-13 who are struggling at keeping friends and interacting with their peers. For more information, go to this website.

4. Tourette’s Syndrome Edmonton is holding day camps and overnight camps this summer. There are still spots available; ask about funding. Check out this website for further information.

Other Opportunities

88th Polaris Scout Group. This Scout group is geared towards youth with neurological or mental health conditions including sensory processing disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, OCD, nonverbal learning disability, Autism Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s, anxiety, Tourette’s, ODD, bipolar, schizophrenia, etc.
We are very excited about introducing the benefits of the Scouting program to youth who may not have had positive experiences in community organizations in the past. Our goal is to follow the Scouting program but structuring and supporting it in a way that ensures that our youth members experience growth, success and fun.
Scouts Canada is a volunteer driven, youth focused, non-profit organization. Our mission is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society. A mission which becomes even more important for youth with special needs.
The exact composition and activities of this group will be based on the needs and interests of the participating youth following the guidelines of Scouts Canada. Parent or caregiver participation is required to ensure a successful experience for all. Contact: Lloyd at lloyd@lmckenzie.com or phone 780-993-9501.

ADHD Pen Pals. This is an opportunity for ADHD children to exchange letters by “Snail Mail.” A group of moms have set this program up for their own children and find the kids really look forward to receiving their letters in the mail. If you would like more information please email Jody Draganiuk.

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.

AAGE Executive News

  • New On Our Website: All these articles and postings and MANY MORE are available on our website.
  • 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.
  • 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