Newsletter: September 30, 2014

September 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.

Join Us!

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, October 1 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Round table discussion.

Parents are also invited to attend the Adult Support Group meeting on October 15th for the guest speaker. (See below.)

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, October 15 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

We will be having a guest speaker, Claudette Pelletier-Hannah, a weight and wellness coach who brings her passion for health and wellness to her work as an ADHD Coach. Among many of her credentials she has acted as the coach/facilitator of ADHD Solutions “Crush Your ADD” program, based on Alan Brown’s ADD Crusher video series. Claudette will describe and demonstrate how coaching works as an important form of support for people who have ADHD. You will learn how working through challenges from a position of strengths changes everything. Everyone welcome!

Events/Review

  • Parent Support Group: A mixed group of new members and regular attendees participated in some excellent discussions. Members left felt supported and inspired by the meeting.
  • Adult Support Group/Partner Support Group: A mixed group of new members and regular attendees participated in some excellent discussions. All participants expressed a positive response to the meeting.

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 it is free to sign up for their weekly newsletters. Check out the latest article on The Myths and Misconceptions Others Have about ADHD Children.
  • 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.

All these articles and postings and MANY MORE are available on our website.

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.
  • 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