Newsletter: July 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.

You are invited!

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, August 6 (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, August 20 (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. 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.
  • The Spray Park Picnic was a great afternoon in the sunshine for all who attended.

Research Study

Notice to parents/guardians regarding a research study at the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta Study. This is a study of Language and Executive Functions in children with attention and learning difficulties. The target age for this study is 9-14 years. The study involves one day of assessment during July and August. Contact Alison McInnes, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Special Education, Speech Language Pathologist. (Reg. ACSLPA) Department of Educational Psychology Faculty of Education, University of Alberta (780) 492-­‐9634. Check out this link for more information. http://adhdedmonton.com/2014/06/11/research-study-in-edmonton-assessing-oral-language-and-cognitive-skills/

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. Their latest webinar is:

    • Normal Is So Overrated:  Strategies to Feel Good About Your ADHD Brain with Stacey Turis July 29 @ 1 pm EDT. In this free webinar, Stacey Turis, an adult living with ADHD and giftedness and the author of Here’s to Not Catching Our Hair on Fire: An Absent-Minded Tale of Life with Giftedness and Attention Deficit — Oh Look! A Chicken!, will address the topics of:
      >> How to prevent others from making you feel guilty;
      >> When you do something that deserves respect, learn to give it to yourself;
      >> How to stop comparing yourself to others.
  • 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.
    • Thriving in the ADHD Relationship with Rick Green and Nancie Kohlenberger, on Monday, July 28th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm MDT. The webinar will cover the following:
      · How you are different: AD/HD Partner vs. Non-AD/HD Partner
      · The impact of ADHD symptoms
      · What are some of the Emotional “Hot Spots” in the ADHD relationship? They include: Getting appropriate Treatment, The Parent/Child Dynamic, Grief and Anger, and Chore Wars
      · Turning Arguments into “Good” Fights
      · The Intentional Relationship: The importance of “Attend” TimeNancie Kohlenberger is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Marriage Consultant in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. She’s a published author of the book The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD, with Melissa Orlov. Most recently, she’s been blogging on the website www.adhdmarriage.com, and you can find Nancie’s website at www.transformurlife.com.

      Monday, July 28th at 8:00pm EDT (5:00pm PST)

      Please note this is a 90 minute Webinar

      Secure your spot for this webinar now!
      Registration closes at 6 pm EDT (3 pm EST) on July 28th.

      Register Now!

      Note:  On the Webinar page, you must Log In first, then select ‘More Details’.

       

      First time registering for or attending a TotallyADD webinar?  Need some help? It’s easy! Here’s a tutorial

New On Our Website

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

Research Study in Edmonton: Assessing Oral Language and Cognitive Skills

Notice to parents/guardians regarding a research study at the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Study title: Language and executive functions in children with attention and learning difficulties.

Timeframe: July – August, 2014
Target age range: 9-14 years

In this project, I am studying oral language and cognitive skills of pre-adolescents and young adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or attention and learning difficulties. Participants will complete a one-day assessment session (or 2 half days) involving both formal and informal tests of oral language, reading, writing, and executive functions. A brief summary report of children’s results on the language and academic assessments used in the project will be provided to parents, which may be useful at school.

If you are interested in having your child participate in this study, or have questions, please contact me directly at the number below.

Please note: This study ran last summer as well. I am still recruiting participants to obtain the size of sample I have planned for the research.

Alison McInnes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Speech-Language Pathologist (Reg. ACSLPA)
Department of Educational Psychology
Faculty of Education, University of Alberta
(780) 492-9634

Newsletter: May 31, 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, June 4 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

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

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, June 18 (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 concerns of the participants.

Partner Support Group will meet for a round table discussion.

Events Review

The Parent Support Group – This group had some excellent discussions on topics submitted by the participants.

The Adult Support Group – This group had some excellent discussions on topics submitted by the participants.

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 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.

Also….Our level 3 Training in Core Social Skills, “Positive Peer Interaction” programs for April are now full, with the exception of our 7-9 year old program in St. Albert. I have attached the information here for you, so if you know of anyone who might be interested or who could benefit, please ask them to call me fairly soon.  A child does not need to have taken level 1 and 2 to take level 3. Email  corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca.

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.

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

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

Tourette’s Syndrome Edmonton is having a Family Swim Night on May 31st from 4-6pm at Grand Trunk Leisure Centre, 13025- 112 Street. There will be pizza and drinks provided afterwards. Cost is free. Bring the whole family and join us for our TS Chapter pool party! Please RSVP: TSEdChapter@tagline.cc or call 1-866-824-9764.

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.

Check out ADDitude Magazine for some excellent articles such as: ‘Why We Feel So Intensely: Understanding ADHD Emotions‘ by Thomas Brown or ‘11 Powerful ADHD Treatments You’ve Probably Never Tried‘ by William Dodson M.D.

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 desperately 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.  It would take about 4 hours to do the newsletter plus two meeting reminders each month. 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

ADDA Conference, Orlando, July 24-27, 2014

​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

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

Beyond Words Social Skills Day Camp

For children who struggle with managing their emotions or making social connections, consider LD Edmonton’s Beyond Words Social Skills Day Camp. Children with learning disabilities and ADHD are welcome.

Participants learn social skills in a safe setting in the morning and then practice what they have learned out in the community in the afternoon. Outings can include: riding Edmonton Transit, swimming, bowling, golfing, and other activities chosen by the group.

The day camp runs from July 21 to 25, 2014, and is for kids ages 8-13 who are struggling to keep friends and interact with their peers.

The camp teaches confidence in:

  • Conversations;
  • Friendships;
  • Phone skills;
  • How to read nonverbal cues.

Cost: $350 for members/$400 for non-members.* Programming runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily.

Please contact the LD Edmonton office for more information or to register.
Telephone: 780-466-1011
Email: info@ldedmonton.ca

*Subsidies may be available. Cost of psychological services are reimbursed by many employee extended health insurance plans and appropriate receipts will be provided.

Summer Interactive Skills Program, July 21 to 25, 2014

The Summer Interactive Skills Program is the summer session for the Training in Core Social Skills Program. It will take place July 21 to 25.

This is a fun way to practice social skills in a safe environment with 1-1 coaching. There are usually about 10 children in each program, with 3 leaders, allowing for assessment and effective coaching for individual differences. There is also a parent coaching session, to help generalize skills outside of the program. Teachers are always welcome to attend the parent coaching meetings.

Extended health insurance will generally cover costs for psychological services, and anyone who has an FSCD contract should ask their case manager, as they have now agreed to support the social skills program. The summer program would qualify for respite as well.

Please see attached documents for more details from Corinne Eckert: Social Skills programs_2013-2014 and Summer Interactive Skills Sessions. To register, email office@eckertchildpsych.ca or call (780) 454-4634.

Foothills Academy: Spring 2014 Sessions for Educators

Foothills Academy offers some great educational opportunities for teachers, teaching assistants, parents who are homeschooling, and those interested in learning more about aspects of learning disabilities. They are offering two courses this spring.

1. PD E-course: Learning Disabilities and Related Disorders

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/

2. Assistive Technology in the Classroom – Friday, May 2, 2014
(In person or video conference)

Dragon Naturally Speaking, Read Write Gold and Smart Pens will be introduced in an interactive format with a focus on highlighting the software settings. It is the strategies that are used alongside the software that make these programs most effective.

Cathi Graveline, Assistive Technology Specialist, has worked at Foothills Academy for over ten years with students with learning disabilities in grades 3-12. Her role is to train/ teach students and teachers strategies as to how to best integrate Assistive Technologies strategies in the classroom.

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014
Location: Foothills Academy (745 37 Street NW, Calgary)**
Time: 1:00- 3:00 pm
Fee: $50 per participant

** For those unable to attend in person, this workshop is available through video conferencing

Contact Rachel at 403-270-9400 or email csreception@foothillsacademy.org.

Newsletter: March 25, 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, April 2 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Corinne Eckert, registered psychologist, will speak about social skills training for children with ADHD. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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

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

We will attempt again to show a short video by Rick Green “Facing the World by Totally ADD” followed by a round table discussion.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Partner Support Group will meet after the video for a round table discussion. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. The Partner Support Group will move to the cafeteria for a round table discussion.

Events Review

The Parent Support Group – The March meeting was a lively roundtable session attended by 13 people.

The Adult Support Group – About 20 participants, regular and new, attended the meeting. At the AGM there was a review of the five-year history of AAGE, a financial statement, and an election of the board members. The incumbent board was reinstated for the coming year. A round table discussion followed since technical difficulties prevented us from watching the video.

Upcoming Events

May 3 – Dr. Russell Barkley will be presenting in recognition of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Week. The Edmonton ADHD Conference will take place at the River Cree Resort & Casino in Edmonton. Dr. Barkley is an internationally-renowned expert on ADHD and this is a one-time opportunity to hear him speak. He will present the latest research on ADHD. Please see attached posters for parents and for professionals.

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.

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

Updates from Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Edmonton Chapter

Upcoming Events

March 13: Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada – Edmonton Chapter AGM, 6:30 pm at the Jasper Place Library.

March 20: Support group; get together and listen to each other’s stories, struggles, and triumphs! 7 – 9 pm at the Lois Hole Library.

March 30: Trek for Tourette fundraiser at Rundle Park (1 to 4 pm). Activities, refreshments, prizes. Register and collect donations.

April 17: How to advocate for your child at school and in the community with Leah McRorie, Manager of Children’s Supports and Services at Gateway Association. 7 – 9 pm at the Lois Hole Library.

May 2: Planes, Trains & Auctionables Gala at the Double Tree by Hilton. Needed: donations of products or services for auction, as well as volunteers to help set up, pick up donations, and/or be on the planning committee.

October 23 – October 25: The National Conference on Tourette Syndrome Plus will be held in Vancouver, BC.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp registration now open. Check the website for form downloads and further details.

Edmonton Day Camps

Ages 8-10 – July 7-11

Ages 10-12 – July 14-18

Camp COE (Center for Outdoor Education): a week long overnight camp

Ages 9-13 – June 29 – July 3

Ages 14+ – August 24 – 29

Become a Member

Individual membership – $45.00. One person/1 vote.
Family membership – $65.00. Five family members/2 votes.

You can join TSFC by calling 1 (800) 361-3120 now, or join online! Assistance available if needed.

Calling All Volunteers

The Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada – Edmonton Chapter is currently recruiting volunteers! Call 1-866-824-9764 or email TSEdChapter@tagline.cc.