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

 

 

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.

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).

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.

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

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.