Newsletter: November 30, 2014

November 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, December 3 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Round table discussion.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, December 17 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

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.

New On Our Website

Many students can benefit from explicitly learning about note taking, study, and test taking strategies. This online workshop hosted by Foothills Academy allows students to learn and review study strategies conveniently at home. More details here.

Is social media really ‘social’? American rapper Richard Williams riffs on the difference between social media and experiencing life. Check it out.

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

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 Function Disorder is one of the most important tools we can use to assist with coping strategies. Following are some sources of information.

  • ADDitude Magazine has excellent articles about childhood, adolescent and adult ADHD and 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. This month: Signs of Anxiety in ADHD Adults and Kids. The webinar runs Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. MDT. More details, and registration information, can be found here.
  • 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

  • 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
Jody Draganiuk, Member at Large
Dave Breakenridge, Newsletter
Ric Gibbons, Member at Large
Fred Sawka, Tech Committee Chair

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

Online Study Skills Workshop: Ongoing Registration

Many students can benefit from explicitly learning about note taking, study, and test taking strategies. This online workshop allows students to learn and review study strategies conveniently at home.

Topics covered include:

  • Effective Note-taking
  • Your Study Environment
  • Creating a Study Schedule
  • Learning Styles
  • What Type of Learner Are You?
  • Test Taking
  • General Test-taking Tips

This online workshop is suitable for middle school, junior high, high school and post-secondary students; parents; tutors; and homeschoolers. The cost is $60.

Registration is ongoing. Register online or by calling 403-270-9400. Check out the Foothills Academy website or email Kim Tackaberry for more information.

CADDAC Conference: Vancouver, November 1-2, 2014

CADDAC’s 6th annual ADHD conference is November 1 and 2, 2014 at the BC Children’s Hospital’s Chan Centre for Family Health Education.

The conference is geared towards parents, adults with ADHD and their families, educators, and medical professionals. Renowned experts include Dr. Russell Barkley, Gina Pera, Dr. Adele Diamond, Dr. Shimi Kang, Dr. Donald Duncan, Dr. Jake Locke, and Heidi Bernhardt.

Visit the CADDAC website for full details or to register.

Newsletter: October 26, 2014

October 26, 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, November 5 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Round table discussion.

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

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

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.

New On Our Website

  • Totally ADD is holding a series of live webinars, including talks with Dr. Charles Parker on diagnosis and treatment, Rick Green and Dr. David Telpin on Adult ADHD, as well as Terry Matlen on removing the clutter and the chaos from your lives. Dates and times are available on our website.
  • LD Edmonton is hosting a program designed to help teens who are struggling in high school remove barriers to success.
  • The ADHD Expo takes place October 26 to November 1. It’s an online expo, featuring a series of guest speakers. It’s free to register. More details on our website.
  • Foothills Academy is hosting an online workshop for parents of children with learning disabilities.
  • 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

Life Project for Teens Struggling in High School

Is your teen struggling to succeed in high school?

LD Edmonton specializes in children with ADHD and Learning Disabilities.

The nine-week Life Project program is designed to help youth ages 13 to 17 overcome barriers to success. With an emphasis on fun, participants will have the opportunity to explore communication strategies, improve emotional intelligence and develop methods to create healthy relationships. Study time will be provided and participants will have the opportunity to develop learning strategies through low ratio homework help.

All sessions take place at the LD Edmonton office. This program is open to everyone and applicants are assessed on an individual basis.

For more information, please contact info@ldedmonton.com or call 780-466-1011.

Life Project Program
Tuesdays from January 27 to March 24, 2015
4:30 – 7:30 pm

L.Y. Cairns School
10510 – 45 Avenue
Edmonton, AB   T6H 0A1

p: 780-466-1011
e: info@ldedmonton.com
www.ldedmonton.ca

ADHD Expo, October 26 to November 1, 2014

The 2014 ADHD Awareness Expo will take place online from October 26 – November 1, 2014 during the last week of ADHD Awareness Month.

Find help and support to understand and treat ADD / ADHD, and make connections with members of the ADD / ADHD Community in the ADHD Awareness Expo Chat Room.

All week, special guests will be join by video to share tips and strategies. The ADHD Awareness Expo is a free virtual event.

Upcoming Totally ADD Live Webinars

Find out more about these upcoming webinars at the Totally ADD website.

Reality Improves ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment, with Dr. Charles Parker. October 29; 6 to 7:30 pm (EDT).

Adult ADHD, or Plus, Plus, Plus, with Rick Green and Dr. David Teplin. November 10; 8 to 9 pm (EDT).

Calling All Queens of Distraction! How to Get From Clutter and Chaos to Peace and Tranquility, with Terry Matlen. November 18; 8 to 9 pm (EDT).

Online workshop for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities

Having a child diagnosed with a learning disability can be overwhelming and isolating. Foothills’ Academy’s Parent Online LD Workshop incorporates video clips and short readings. Online discussion with other participants allows you to connect with and learn from other parents dealing with children with similar challenges.

Winter Session: Join anytime January 1 to March 20, 2015
Fee: $25

Topics covered include:
* General overview of learning disabilities
* Organization tricks to use at home
* Homework tips
* How to make transitions go more smoothly
* Memory tricks
* Listening strategies for your child
* Assistive technology
* Encouragement strategies to keep kids motivated

In order to register for this online workshop, fill out and submit the online registration form or contact 403-270-9400.

Our on-line workshop series was created to allow parents to access information, strategies and support for their children in a way that is convenient for them. Hectic lifestyles make it difficult to commit to attending in person classes and reading books or websites can leave a person feeling like they’re alone. On-line learning options provide flexibility by being open 24/7. If desired, a parent can revisit the same content multiple times. It also allows parents the ability to access information when it’s convenient for them and also to engage with others if they want. All participants are invited to visit our Virtual Café and share strategies that have worked for their child and/or comment on a Discussion Question related specifically to the workshop topic.

Chokka Center Research Study for Teens

Are you a teen who experiences inattentiveness, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity? It may be difficult to pay attention in school and as a result, become easily bored with daily class work, daydream, frequently interrupt others, find it hard to sit still. You may feel inclined to engage in risk taking and thrill seeking activities. If these behaviours are present in several situations, you or your child may be eligible for a research study using an investigational medication for the treatment of ADHD.

Please call 780-469-7979 or find us at chokkacenter.com.

CADDAC Annual ADHD Conference, November 1 and 2, 2014 in Vancouver

The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC) is proud to present its 6th annual ADHD Conference. They offer two full days of presentations on ADHD and related topics geared towards parents, educators, adults with ADHD and their families, and medical professionals.

Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2:

BC Children’s Hospital
Chan Centre for Family Health Education
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

See the poster for details of topics to be covered.