Newsletter: February 28, 2015

February 28, 2015

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.

New On Our Website

A University of Alberta researcher is looking into language and executive function in kids with attention and learning disabilities. Check here to see if your child may be eligible to participate in the study, or for more information.

Curious about your child’s Individualized Program Plan (IPP)? LD Edmonton is holding an information session. LD Edmonton is also holding a session on being your child’s advocate in school. More details are available here.

ADHD can sap our motivation. When it does, tackling a to-do list may seem impossible. Check out these tips to get things done.

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

Join Us!

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, March 4 (7 to 9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Roundtable discussion.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, March 18 (7 to 9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

Roundtable discussion.

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.

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. 
  • 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

  • Please follow us on Twitter: @ADHDEdmonton
  • Please like us on Facebook: ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton
  • 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 and Email Support
Cathie Crooks, Secretary and Webmaster
Jody Draganiuk, Treasurer
Dave Breakenridge, Publications and Outreach
Ric Gibbons, Member, Tech Committee
Fred Sawka, Tech Committee Chair

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

Newsletter: January 31, 2015

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, February 4 (7 to 9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Join us this month for a presentation by special guests Paul Reid and Kathryn Burke.

Paul Reid has over a decade of experience in providing practical, innovative, and client‐focused information management and technology systems strategies. He has a Master of Science and Honours Baccalaureate degree from McMaster University complemented by course work at a Ph.D. level at the University of Toronto. For the last eight years he has worked as Assistive Technology Specialist at NorQuest College. In his spare time he provides assistive technology support for the students at the Centre for Literacy.

Paul Reid will provide a 50-minute presentation on everything you ever wanted to know about AT (and never knew existed). Get an overview of AT and how it compares to Adaptive, Rehabilitative, and Educational Technologies. Learn what not to do. Come away with an understanding of what AT can do for a student with ADHD in school, how to introduce it and when.

Kathryn Burke, his wife, is the Executive Director of the Centre and she will also be providing input with regard to learning disabilities. Paul and Kathryn have two sons who are exceptional learners.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, February 18 (7 to 9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

Our usual roundtable discussion will follow our Annual General Meeting. Please join us for our very brief AGM, then stick around for some lively discussion.

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

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

Please take our survey

We strive to support our members as best we can, and as part of that effort, we’d like to know a little more about what we can do for you. Please click the survey link below. All information is kept confidential and will be used to help assess the needs of our members.
ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton survey

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. 
  • 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

  • Please follow us on Twitter: @ADHDEdmonton
  • Please like us on Facebook: ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton
  • 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 and Email Support
Cathie Crooks, Secretary and Webmaster
Chris Evans, Member
Jody Draganiuk, Treasurer
Dave Breakenridge, Publications and Outreach
Ric Gibbons, Member, Tech Committee
Fred Sawka, Tech Committee Chair

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

 

 

Alberta Education: Inclusive Education Video Series

Alberta Education has created a new Inclusive Education Video Series so people can learn more about inclusive education topics.

Topics include: Valuing All Students; Changing How We Talk about Disabilities; and Using A Positive Behaviour Approach to Support Learning.

Each of the nine videos comes with a Conversation Guide that includes discussion questions, links to other resources, and examples of inclusive education in action.

To view the videos and for more information on Supporting Every Student, visit: education.alberta.ca/Inclusion

Help for New Year’s Resolutions, from ADDitude Magazine

ADDitude magazine is backed by a scientific advisory board of leading mental health, behavioral, and educational experts and is a trusted source of information and advice for families touched by attention-deficit disorder. ADDitude brings readers the latest news and research on ADHD, learning disabilities, and related health topics.

Below you will links to informative articles that may help you reach some desired goals this year.

Exercise and Lose Weight: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/adhd-exercise-weight-loss.html

Eat Healthier and Live Better: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/adhd-healthy-eating-habits.html

Kill Your Clutter: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/add-adult-clutter-organization.html

Manage Your Money: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/adhd-money-guide.html

Be a Better Friend: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/add-adult-friendships.html

Success @ Schools Guides from ADDitude Magazine, curated by Dr. David Rabiner

David Rabiner, Research Professor at Duke University, has kindly put together a list of resources from ADDitude Magazine that might be useful to parents and students. See if there are any topics that spark your interest.

Build or Refine Your IEP or 504 Plan: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/iep-504-plan.html

(Please note that in Alberta, we have IPPs, or Individualized Program plans Plans, rather than IEPs.)

Finding Accommodations That Work: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/school-accommodations.html

How your Teen with ADHD can Thrive in High School – www.additudemag.com/resource-center/adhd-in-high-school.html

Test Taking Tips for High Schoolers with ADHD – http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/818.html

ADDitude magazine is backed by a scientific advisory board of leading mental health, behavioral, and educational experts and is a trusted source of information and advice for families touched by attention-deficit disorder. As the nation’s only independent magazine about attention-deficit disorder, ADDitude brings readers the latest news and research on ADHD, learning disabilities, and related health topics.