Casino for LDAA Edmonton Chapter, May 29-30, 2014

The Learning Disabilities of Edmonton is looking for volunteers for their casino, taking place Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 at the Yellowhead Casino. To volunteer, call Karen Disher, Project Manager, at 780-707-2085.

The funds raised allow LDEdmonton to offer the following programs and services:

  • Social skills and recreation programs for toddlers, children, and adolescents;
  • Professional development workshops for teachers, educational assistants, and tutors;
  • Skills development for parents and caregivers of children with special needs;
  • Support groups for persons living with a learning disability.

About one in ten people have a learning disability. Learning disabilities affect learning, employment, and social interaction. As with any disability, the earlier the intervention, the more likely the child will reach his or her potential. Help LDEdmonton to help others reach their potential.

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.

Newsletter: May 30, 2013

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.

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, June 5 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

This will be a round table discussion about the challenges of raising an ADHD child especially with the end of the school year and the summer vacation fast approaching. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: Maureen Winter was our speaker for our last meeting.

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

Please note venue: University Hospital (Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre) Classroom A (see attached map, including directions).

This will be a round table discussion and sharing session around any topic members choose. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: Shelly Morrison, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Clutter Cutter Professional Organizing Inc. spoke to the Adult Support Group about organization strategies. Her animated presentation was entertaining and she had suggestions for everyone’s clutter problems. Several articles from ADDitude magazine website give more strategies for organizing. (Clear Clutter from Your Workspace; Clean Closets, Clear Minds; Tackle the Paper Clutter; 33 Ways to Get Organized.) This is a useful filing system that could be easily adapted.

New Members

Welcome to all the new members who signed up at the Volunteer Fair last Saturday at WEM and the Peg Dawson presentation on April 23rd. We were very excited about the excellent response to, and inquiries about, our association at both events.

Coming Up: Mark your calendars!

Alberta AdaptAbilities Association is offering summer camps for children to build self-esteem and independence through recreational activities with professional staff.

• Summer Camps for Training in Core Social Skills: Corinne Eckert, Registered Psychologist, offers these summer camps as a “really fun way for kids to practice social interaction with coaching in a safe and caring environment.” It is two hours every day from July 22-26. There is also a parent session on the last day to help generalize the skills learned. Participants may be those who have never taken a social skills program or those who have taken programs who would just like some more practice in a group atmosphere. Please see the attached information.

• Summer Camps sponsored by Tourette’s Syndrome Foundation of Canada. See the attached information.

Education

• Dr. Rabiner: You may have recently seen a flurry of media interest in the over-diagnosis of ADHD based on a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control. Data from a CDC national survey indicated that nearly one in five high school-age boys in the United States and 11 per cent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although many children who would qualify for an ADHD diagnosis are never identified or treated, these are some pretty alarming numbers and raise important questions about how frequently children are misdiagnosed with ADHD and put on medication they should not be taking.

Most children identified with ADHD in the US are evaluated by primary care paediatricians who may not have the time or expertise to conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation. For this reason, an objective measure of ADHD that closely matched the results of a comprehensive ADHD evaluation would be a very useful tool.

(Read full article.)

• An Innovative Approach for Helping “Explosive & Inflexible Children.” One of the most challenging problems for parents to deal with is explosive outbursts in their child. Such outbursts occur with distressing regularity in some children – regardless of whether the child also has ADHD – and can contribute to an extremely difficult home environment. This article discusses a comparison of the techniques prescribed by Dr. Ross Green and those recommended by Dr. Russell Barkley.

• ADHD and the Interest-Based Nervous System. Most people are neurologically equipped to determine what’s important and get motivated to do it, even when it doesn’t interest them. Then there are the rest of us, who have attention deficit. Dr. William Dodson has written a very interesting article.

Webinars

  • May 30th at 11:00 a.m. ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life
  • June 4, 2013 – Midlife ADHD Diagnosis in Women: Meet the Challenges, Unlock Your Potential, Find Happiness

Register at www.additudemag.com/webinars.

Note: There was an excellent webinar on May 23rd by Dr. Thomas Brown on “A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults,” based on his new book. This webinar and others are still available from the webinar archives at www.additudemag.com.

On-Demand: If you missed Peggy Ramundo’s ( co-author of You Mean I am Not Lazy Stupid or Crazy) webinar — or if you attended and want to catch it again – check out Strategies for Managing Stress in ADHD Adults and replay it at your convenience, plus download the webinar slides.

• Peggy Dawson gave a wonderful presentation on April 23rd titled Smart But Scattered: A Discussion on Executive Function Skills. Check out our Presentation Notes page: we have uploaded the PDF of the slides used in the presentation for her session.

AAGE Executive News

Note our new website address:  www.adhdedmonton.com.

2nd Annual Family Potluck Picnic. We are looking for volunteers to help organize our picnic in late July or early August. We would like to plan some family fun activities etc. If you are interested in volunteering for this, please email us at adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.

• We would appreciate the names of general practitioners, psychologists and psychiatrists that are able to treat ADHD children and adults. Please email them to adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.

Rachel Rogers, President

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

Parent support group meetings held 1st Wednesday of each month, 7-9 PM, Rm. B-016, Misericordia Hospital.
Adult and Partner support group meetings held 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7-9 PM, U of A Hospital.
Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

 

Newsletter: March 22, 2013

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.

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, April 3 (7-9 PM) @ Edmonton Public Library

Note change in location: Edmonton Public Library (Edmonton Room, in basement). Dr. Paul Soper will be speaking and demonstrating a model of collaborative problem solving based on Dr. Ross Green’s ‘Lives in the Balance’ practices. Check out a brief summary at http://www.livesinthebalance.org/learn.

The approach sets forth two major tenets:

First, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in kids are best understood as the by‐product of lagging cognitive skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem‐solving (rather than as attention‐seeking, manipulative, limit‐testing, or a sign of poor motivation). In other words, challenging behavior is a form of developmental delay.

Second, these challenges are best addressed by collaboratively solving the problems that are setting the stage for challenging behavior (rather than through reward and punishment programs and intensive imposition of adult will). See the Plan B Cheat Sheet and Flowchart, as well as a related article by Dr. Rabiner. Please print out the ALSUP and One Page Overview and bring to the meeting.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: The Parent Support Group meeting discussion centered on advocating for their child at school to get the appropriate accommodations that would meet the student’s needs. A speaker will be contacted to address the various programs that are available in Edmonton at the May meeting. (i.e., Strategies, Academy at King Edward, charter school.)

Adult Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, January 16 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital

Please note venue: University Hospital (Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre) Classroom A (see attached map, including directions).

We will be viewing the DVD “Embracing the Diagnosis” (of ADHD) from Totally ADD, followed by a round table discussion. At this time the Partner Support Group will move to another location for their round table discussion of issues that they face living with Adult ADHD partners.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: The Adult Support Group of 15 participants participated in a round table discussion while four partners met as a Partner Support Group in the cafeteria. Everyone appeared very satisfied with the discussions and support they received.

Coming Up: Mark your calendars!

April 3rd – Dr. Paul Soper, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, will be presenting the Collaborative Problem Solving model developed by Dr. Ross Greene, an effective method to proactively and collaboratively resolve challenging behaviors. The majority of Dr. Soper’s practice is with children and youth with ADHD. (See attached poster.)

April 23rd – Dr. Peg Dawson will give a talk titled Smart…but Scattered, Executive Dysfunction at Home and School from 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.at the Ramada Conference Centre. Executive skills refer to the cognitive processes required to plan and organize activities, including task initiation and follow through, planning/organization, working memory, performance monitoring, inhibition of impulses, and self-regulation. Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in. They may rush through work or dawdle. They make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don’t know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it. Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, notebooks as “black holes”. Check out her website at www.pegdawson.eventbrite.ca and see attached Poster.

May 1st – School Options: The parent group has been discussing schools and the services that are available in the K-12 system in Edmonton. We are very fortunate to have two resource people who will attend our May 1 meeting. We will ask them to give us some information based on their extensive experience. They will also act as resource people and answer our questions after making their initial comments.

Maureen Winters is the principal of Mayfield Elementary. She has worked with both elementary and junior high school students in regular and strategies programs, and also worked with the Academy at King Edward.

We will also have a resource person from the Edmonton Academy, a charter school which focusses on students with learning disabilities, some of whom also have ADHD. (All students must have a learning disability and be interested in and capable of learning.)

May 15th (not the 22nd, as previously advertised) – Shelley Morrison, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Clutter Cutter Professional Organizing, Inc., will be speaking to the Adult Support Group about organization strategies. Check her website at www.cluttercutter.ca.

Social Skills Programs – Please contact 780-466-1011 or info@LDEdmonton.ca.

Education

Dr. Rabiner’s article on “An Innovative Approach for Helping Explosive & Inflexible Children”.

Check out www.additudemag.com for all sorts of articles and blogs on ADHD issues for everyone. There are also some upcoming webinars that are easy and free to access.

One of our Adult Group participants recommended this article by Dr. Thomas Brown on ADHD in high IQ adults, showing impairments in working memory and processing speed. You can check out this very interesting article at http://drthomasebrown.com/pdfs/HighIQAdults.JADonlineversion.pdf.

Another group member recommended an article from the Globe and Mail that talks about a study of the long term effects of childhood ADHD that carry on into adulthood. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/adhd-not-just-a-childhood-issue-but-a-long-term-condition-study-shows/article9308904/.

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Shire Canada wishes to inform you of the launch of an Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Scholarship program tailored for Canadian adults diagnosed with ADHD who are pursuing post-secondary education. A first in Canada, the new program will award recipients with a unique scholarship that combines financial support towards tuition as well as one year’s worth of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation. This new program aims to help young adults manage the additional challenges that come with having ADHD and allow them to be even more successful in school and their other daily activities. We also hope that, through the program, we can raise awareness regarding the benefits of ADHD coaching. Scholarship details: The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship is available to residents of Alberta, Ontario, and Québec. A total of 5 recipients will be selected for the Scholarship Program in 2013, with a minimum of one winner per province. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on a personal essay describing how ADHD has impacted their lives, and their thoughts about ADHD Coaching. The deadline for submitting applications will be March 27, 2013; final winners will be announced on June 17, 2013.

AAGE Executive News

Note our new website address:  www.adhdedmonton.com.

We will be hosting a display table of ADHD and AAGE information at the Volunteer Fair at West Edmonton Mall on April 20th from 11- 4p.m. on the Lower Level, in front of the Bay. Stop by for a chat.

We had our first Annual General Meeting on February 20th. We are still in need of a Treasurer, a Fundraising Coordinator and a Young Adult Support Group Facilitator.

If anyone has suggestions as to agencies or locations where an information flyer about AAGE could be displayed, please email it to adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.

We would also like the names of general practitioners, psychologists, and psychiatrists that are able to treat ADHD children and adults whom you have found helpful to you. Email them to us at adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.

Rachel Rogers, President

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

Parent support group meetings held 1st Wednesday of each month, 7-9 PM, Rm. B-016, Misericordia Hospital.
Adult and Partner support group meetings held 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7-9 PM, U of A Hospital.
Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.

TSF Edmonton: Gala and Silent Auction

Planes, Trains and Auctionables Gala 2013 …goes to Ireland!

This year’s gala will be held at the gorgeous Sutton Place Hotel, Main Ballroom on March 14, 2013 with Danny Hooper, Auctioneer.

This event helps us to cover the costs of chapter activities, school and community in-services, books for clinics and youth bursaries for camp and the National Convention and much more!

Tickets are $100 each or $1000 for a table of 10.
5:30 PM Doors & Cocktails / 7 PM Dinner / 9 PM Live Auction

To purchase tickets contact Wolfgang Kaminski at (780) 483-1824 or at kamins@telusplanet.net.

Celebrating 36 Years of Education & Awareness! Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada. www.tourette.ca (National Website) / www.TSEdmonton.com (Edmonton Website).

Here is the official Planes Trains Auctionables 2013 poster for the Gala… feel free to circulate it!