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

 

 

Newsletter: December 30, 2014

December 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, January 7 (7 to 9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Round table discussion.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, January 21 (7 to 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

Self-advocacy is learning to speak up for yourself and to ask for what you need. It is learning to take charge and be more independent. Follow the link on our website to an excellent Self-Advocacy for Students resource from CanLearn Society.

Our friends at Learning Disabilities Edmonton is looking for volunteers for a fundraising committee.LD Edmonton is hosting an information session on Jan. 13 about special needs coding in schools. Their next Life Project Program, aimed to help youth aged 13-17 overcome barriers to success, starts on January 27. More information about both can be found on our events page.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.

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
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

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

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

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

Newsletter: September 30, 2014

September 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, October 1 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Round table discussion.

Parents are also invited to attend the Adult Support Group meeting on October 15th for the guest speaker. (See below.)

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, October 15 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

We will be having a guest speaker, Claudette Pelletier-Hannah, a weight and wellness coach who brings her passion for health and wellness to her work as an ADHD Coach. Among many of her credentials she has acted as the coach/facilitator of ADHD Solutions “Crush Your ADD” program, based on Alan Brown’s ADD Crusher video series. Claudette will describe and demonstrate how coaching works as an important form of support for people who have ADHD. You will learn how working through challenges from a position of strengths changes everything. Everyone welcome!

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.

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

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

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

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