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

Newsletter: February 22, 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, March 5 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

A roundtable discussion of topics that are of interest to the group. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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

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

We will begin our meeting with our Annual General Meeting that had to be postponed. This should take about twenty minutes. We will show a short video by Rick Green, “Facing the World by Totally ADD,” followed by discussion. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Partner Support Group may move to the cafeteria for a roundtable discussion after the AGM. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Events Review

  • Parent Support Group, January: Michele Pentyliuk spoke about the Changing Role of School Psychologists. The parents enjoyed an engaging presentation that covered many issues that were important to them. The evaluations were all positive with people indicating the topic was relevant, helpful, educational, and easy to understand.
  • Adult Support Group, January: A representative from DESCA (Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta) made a very informative presentation.
  • The Family Swim was a success and everyone had a great time. There were lots of snacks including delicious homemade cupcakes. Thank you to the organizers, Cathie Crooks and Jody Draganiuk. There was big interest in having another gathering in the spring/summer.

Upcoming Events

April 2: Corinne Eckert, registered psychologist, speaks about social skills training for children with ADHD at the April parent group. 7 pm – 9 pm at Misericordia Hospital.

May 3: Dr. Russell Barkley will be presenting in recognition of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Week. The Edmonton ADHD Conference will take place at the River Cree Resort and Casino. Dr. Barkley will present the latest research on ADHD. Registration information to follow.

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. 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.
  • Attention Research Update: A review of a recently published study that examines how combining behavior therapy and medication treatment may allow children to be maintained on significantly lower medication doses. This could be an important result because some children are unable to tolerate high medication doses and the growth-suppressing effects that can be associated with sustained medication treatment may be lower at reduced doses. And, many parents may find medication treatment more palatable when the dose prescribed is relatively low.
  • Social Skills Training in Core Skills by Corinne Eckert, Registered Psychologist, is again being offered this spring. The programs consist of 8 student sessions and 2 parent sessions, beginning in April. Please see attached poster or contact Corinne at corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca.
  • An online course, Focusing on Productivity by Tara McGillicuddy, began February 10th. This is a 6-week Online Group Coaching Program. Check out this program at Adult ADD Productivity Circle or email news@livingwithadd.com.
  • The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program returns for a second year, helping Canadian adults diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) pursue post-secondary education. The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship consists of a monetary prize of $1,500 to help with tuition in a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, AND one year of personalized ADHD coaching provided by the Edge Foundation, a non-profit organization that specializes in ADHD coaching for students. The coaching services offered within the scope of the program are worth an estimated $4,400 per person.
  • The 2014 Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program is open to Canadian adults who:
    • Are legal residents of Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, or Québec;
    • Are of age in their province of residence;
    • Have been accepted or are enrolled in a post-secondary program at a Canadian accredited two-year or four-year college, university, trade school, technical school, or vocational school located in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, or Québec;
    • Are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD.
    • The deadline for submitting applications is April 15, 2014.

    Canadians interested in the Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program can visit www.shireadhdscholarship.com for full details, and sign-up for the newsletter to receive important updates. Eligible candidates are encouraged to start preparing the relevant material now.

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.
  • 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 that could be published in our newsletter.
  • Check out our new website. If you have suggestions for additional material, please contact us with your ideas.
  • We welcome Karen Tober as another co-facilitator of the Adult Support Group. Karen has been a participant for many years and has wonderful expertise to share.

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: January 28, 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, February 5 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Michele Pentyliuk will be speaking on “The Changing Role of School Psychologists.” Michele Pentyliuk, M.Ed., is a Registered Psychologist and Certified Teacher who has dedicated her career to working with students with diverse learning needs. Initially a Special Education teacher, she entered private practice as an educational consultant before embarking on her graduate program in Special Education. Now a School Psychologist, she conducts assessments to identify learning strengths and needs, and works with students to help them master effective learning strategies. She has presented hundreds of workshops throughout the country and developed several educational guides and tools. As a volunteer with the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta for more than 20 years, she facilitated support groups, worked on numerous committees, and served as provincial president for three years. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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

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

We will begin our meeting with our Annual General Meeting, which should take about twenty minutes and then a representative from Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta (DESCA) will be speaking. DESCA develops and provides services to assist individuals with employment barriers achieve paid and meaningful employment and assists employers find engaged and capable employees. It is a community based, non-profit organization with decades of experience (since 1977). Please RSVP if you plan to attend. The Partner Support Group will move to the cafeteria for a round table discussion after the AGM.

Events Review

The Parent Support Group – There were 18 people in attendance on January 8th, both new and returning. There was lots of interest in the topic of medications at this roundtable discussion. We also talked about working to create connections between parents, to exchange support such as child care exchanges. Finally, several parents volunteered to help distribute our handout.

The Adult Support Group – About 20 people, including several members from the Parent Group, met on January 15th for a very informative meeting with Dr. Robin Smith who addressed the topic of ADHD medications.

Upcoming Events

February 8: Free Family Pool Party!

Grand Trunk Fitness and Leisure Centre
13025 – 112 Street
Saturday, February 8, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Come and join other families for a fun time swimming and getting to know other members of our ADHD support groups. Snacks and refreshments will be available. Parents of older children don’t have to swim! Come and socialize.

**It is really important that you RSVP (adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca) as participation will be on a “first come first serve” basis. It will also help us determine how much food to buy. However, if you didn’t RSVP, please come anyway. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

January 30You, Me and We…with ADHD with Rick and Ava Green at the John Dutton Theatre, Central Branch Calgary Public Library, 616 Macleod Trail S.E. Calgary at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 each. Register at www.canlearnsociety.ca.

Rick and Ava’s simple strategies can be used by either partner to take charge and improve your relationship. These are tools you can apply to every relationship in your life — with friends, children, family, and at work. Rick and Ava (TotallyADD.com and the DVD, ADD & Loving It!) will present a funny, moving, and powerful program.

April 2 – Corinne Eckert, registered psychologist, speaks about social skills for children with ADHD at the Parent Group meeting at 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m. at the Misericordia Hospital.

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 will present the latest research on ADHD.

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 out our website for links to Learning Disabilities of Edmonton (www.ldedmonton.ca) and Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Edmonton Chapter (www.TSEdmonton.com).

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.
  • CanLearn in Calgary – More Than Just Making Lists! A 10 Week Intervention Group for Adults with AD/HD. You will have the opportunity to implement, practice, and review the strategies learned. For more information about registering for this program, please contact the CanLearn Society. www.canlearnsociety.ca or call:403 686-9300 or email: lcarlson@canlearnsociety.ca
    Where: CanLearn Society (formerly Calgary Learning Centre), 3930 – 20 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta.
  • Social Skills: Child Social Skills Program will be offered starting January 25. This is a 10-week program for children between 8 and 12 years old. Parents are able to drop their children off for this group. All sessions will take place at the LD Edmonton office. For more information or to register for this program, please email info@ldedmonton.ca or call 780-466-1011.
  • Social Skills Training in Core Social Skills by Corinne Eckert, Psych: The programs consist of 8 student sessions and 2 parent sessions beginning in January and then again 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.
  • Jody Draganiuk has joined our AAGE Executive Board. Jody participates in both the parent and adult support groups. We are very happy to have Jody’s enthusiastic involvement.
  • We would also like to give a vote of thanks to Phil Lafon who has agreed to stay on another year as a co-facilitator for the Adult Support Group. Phil is very busy at present going to school to obtain a certificate in Social Work.

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: December 31, 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.

Happy New Year!

You are invited!

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, January 8 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Round table discussions.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, January 22 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

Dr. Robin Smith will attend as a resource person, on the topic of medications. Partner Support Group will stay with the main group for this meeting. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Events Review

Parent Support Group met on December 5 to hear Dr. Marliss Meyers speaking on the topic of Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Her presentation was lively and informative with lots of positive feedback.

The Adult Support Group met on December 18 for round table discussions that centered around, “How do others (family, friends coworkers etc.) handle the ADHD diagnosis?”

Upcoming Events

January 5: Michele Pentyliuk will be speaking about the changing role of school psychologists at the Parent Support Group.

February 8: Family Pool Party. Please join us for free fun on Saturday, February 8th. We have the pool at the Grand Trunk Fitness and Leisure Centre from 4 to 6 pm and the Viewing Room for food and socializing from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The rental includes the pool (5 lanes), waterslide, hot tub, and steam room!

You don’t have to swim or enjoy the hot tub if you’d prefer to sit and visit, but we need at least one parent from each family to attend. We need one adult in the pool for every three children 8 and under.

Grand Trunk Fitness and Leisure Centre
13025 – 112 Street, Edmonton

Please RSVP so we can plan ahead: adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.

February 19: A representative from DESCA will be speaking to the group about employment support at the Adult Support Meeting. Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta (DECSA) develops and provides services to assist individuals with employment barriers achieve paid and meaningful employment and assists employers find engaged and capable employees. As a community based, non-profit organization with decades of experience (since 1977), DECSA’s programs and services include: employment preparation, career counselling, placement services to people unable to find employment through traditional means, individualized one-on-one and group services for people experiencing a wide range of barriers to employment. http://www.decsa.com

March 5: Corinne Eckert, Registered Psychologist, will speak to the Parent Support Group about social skills training for ADHD children.

May 2014: Dr. Russell Barkley will again be presenting at a conference the first weekend in May. Watch for further information.

To access his presentation from the November 2011 conference, you can go to this URL: http://adhdedmonton.com/resources-links/presentation-notes/

Click on the “Word” doc link under the heading: Dr. Russell Barkley, ADHD from A to Z: Advances in the Understanding of Attention Deficit Disorder, November 2011.

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:

Learning Disabilities of Edmonton (www.ldedmonton.ca)

Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Edmonton Chapter (www.TSEdmonton.com)

Corinne Eckert, Child Psychologist (www.corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca)
“I am now taking registrations for the January, April and July Training in Core Social Skills programs. Interested parents should call me to discuss their child so we can make sure the program is a good fit for him/her. As always, the programs include 8 student sessions and 2 parent sessions that are also open to teachers of participants. If teachers are not available to attend, parents can take program information to them so that they can use the language and philosophy in the classroom, which will help participants generalize the skills even more. I am also happy to come in and consult with teachers or school staffs on how to embed this training in day to day routines.”

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.

  • Dr. Rabiner: As awareness of ADHD in adults increases, so do efforts to develop effective treatments for adults that can complement, or substitute for, medication. One promising treatment is mindfulness meditation training. In mindfulness training, individuals learn to orient their attention purposefully towards the present moment and to approach their one’s experience with curiosity, openness, and acceptance.Mindfulness meditation may be particularly well-suited to address ADHD in adults because it focuses on promoting the regulation of attention. Prior studies also suggest that mindfulness training can enhance aspects of executive functioning and may contribute to better emotion regulation, areas where many adults with ADHD struggle.

    A study recently published online in the Journal of Attention Disorders [Mitchell et al., (2013). A pilot trial of mindfulness meditation training for ADHD in adulthood: Impact on core symptoms, executive functioning and emotion dysregulation. DOI: 10.1177/1087054713513328] provides the most rigorous investigation to date of mindfulness meditation training for adults with ADHD.

    Twenty-two adults with ADHD (average age 38, 12 females) were randomly assigned to an 8-week group-based mindfulness meditation training program or a wait-list control condition. This random assignment methodology had not been utilized in earlier research on this approach and represents an important strength of the study. Nearly all participants were on ADHD medication and continued with their treatment during the study.

    Mindfulness Training

    Each session lasted 2.5 hours and was supplemented with daily at-home practice. Weekly sessions began with a brief opening meditation, followed by a discussion of in-home practice, introduction of new exercises and practice, a review of at-home practice for the upcoming week, and a closing meditation. As noted above, the overall goal of mindfulness training is to help individuals learn to orient their attention purposefully towards the present moment and to approach their one’s experience with curiosity, openness, and acceptance.

    You can learn more about this approach, and read an interesting interview with the psychologist who developed the program.

  • ADDitude Magazine has excellent articles about childhood, adolescent and adult ADHD and is worth signing up for their weekly newsletters. Their latest newsletter lists the Top 10 Articles for 2013.
  • 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.
  • Book Review: In Grain Brain, Dr. David Perlmutter, MD and renowned neurologist, along with Kristin Loberg, looks at the possible affect gluten may have on ADHD and other neurological disorders. His premise i,s “The cornerstone of all degenerative conditions, including brain disorders, is inflammation, which can be triggered by carbs, especially those containing gluten or high in sugar.” It cites some scientific studies which basically support good nutrition for brain health. It is an interesting read but as in all “new studies” it will need the test of time and experience to prove its effectiveness. Submitted by Dorothy Comfort.

AAGE Executive News

  • We want to thank Charlotte Schuller for volunteering 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. You can download this flyer.
  • Welcome to our new board member, Jody Draganiuk!
  • 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.
  • 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 that could be published in our newsletter.
  • Check out our new WEBSITE. It is done! Comments are welcome.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to fill the position of Treasurer and member-at-large on our executive. Email us if you can help out.

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: November 28, 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.

You are invited!

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

A presentation by Dr. Marliss Meyer, a Registered Psychologist, on Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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

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

This will be a round table session where we bring our issues and solutions to the table. We will also be asking you for topics that you would like discussed at future meetings. At this time a 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.

Events Review

Parent Support Group met on November 6th and watched about an hour of Russell Barkley’s DVD. This was followed by a brief discussion around the information from the DVD.

The Adult Support Group met on November 20th. Over half the participants were trying us out for the first time so the round table discussions were very informative.

Upcoming Events

December 4: Dr. Marliss Meyer, psychologist: Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children.

December 13: Learning Disabilities Association of Edmonton. For those of you with children or grandchildren who would like to take them to the Waterpark on Friday, December 13 from 7:30 to 10:30. It is a fundraiser for the Learning Disabilities Association of Edmonton. Cost is $10 each. Contact: Carrie Sandboe, Tel: (780) 431-5476.

Sometime this winter: Watch for more information about a Family Swim Event in the New Year!

May 2014: Dr. Russell Barkley will again be presenting at a conference the first weekend in May. Watch for further 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:

Learning Disabilities of Edmonton (www.ldedmonton.ca)

Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Edmonton Chapter (www.TSEdmonton.com)

Corinne Eckert, Child Psychologist (www.corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca)
“I am now taking registrations for the January, April and July Training in Core Social Skills programs. Interested parents should call me to discuss their child so we can make sure the program is a good fit for him/her. As always, the programs include 8 student sessions and 2 parent sessions that are also open to teachers of participants. If teachers are not available to attend, parents can take program information to them so that they can use the language and philosophy in the classroom, which will help participants generalize the skills even more. I am also happy to come in and consult with teachers or school staffs on how to embed this training in day to day routines.”

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.
  • Resiliency & Skill Building Program (Parent & Child), 2nd floor Mother Rosalie Health Services Centre, Tel: 780-735-2613. For more information, call Kathy MacLeod, Coordinator, at 780-735-2613 / 780-735-2731.Referrals from your pediatrician, family physician, or child psychiatrist are required to participate in this program. Referrals should be addressed to Dr. Erik Wikman, Psychologist, at the Misericordia Behaviour Clinic.A multi-disciplinary team has been involved in the design and implementation of the Child and Parent Resiliency and Skills Training Programs, including psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics, social work and nursing. Each group runs for 10 consecutive weeks from 3 to 5 pm. 5 to 7 year-olds on Thursdays. 8 to10 year-olds on Wednesdays. 11 to 14 year-olds on Tuesdays.

AAGE Executive News

  • We want to thank Charlotte Schuller for volunteering to help us with the distribution of our outreach materials. These materials are to be distributed to educational institutions, medical offices and facitilies, 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.
  • 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 that could be published in our newsletter.
  • Yay! Our new website is done so check it out and let us know what you think. Our thanks to Janssen Ltd. for their generous funding that made this new website possible.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to fill the position of member-at-large on our executive. Email us if you can help out.

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

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

 

Newsletter: October 28, 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.

You are invited!

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, November 6 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

*The presentation by Marliss Meyer on Oppositional Defiant Disorder is postponed to December 4th.
The parent group will be watching a portion of the “Smart But Scattered” DVD with Dr. Peg Dawson followed by a discussion. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, November 20 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

This will be a round table session where we bring our issues and solutions to the table. We will also be asking you for topics that you would like discussed at future meetings. At this time a 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.

Events Review

The Parent Support Group met on October 2nd for a lively and informed discussion with new and returning participants.

The Adult Support Group which met on October 16th was treated to a personal and powerful presentation by Linda Tilley, a Registered Psychologist, on the topic of relationships involving ADHD adults. The audience resonated with her stories and strategies. The feedback was very positive and participants requested a return engagement. This presentation will be on our website for downloading.

Cathie Crooks was able to attend the CUP (Community and University Partnership) annual report session at City Hall October 17th. Mr. Steve MacDonald, Deputy Minister of Alberta Human Services, was there as a speaker. Cathie was able to talk to Mr. MacDonald before the meeting got rolling. He was impressed by the work that AAGE is doing; she made it clear that it was all done by volunteers. Cathie noted that we have almost 1000 people on our mailing list. She spoke to him about the need to access the system and supports and that family doctors who knew about ADHD were few and far between. Their department’s focus is on communications and partnerships with community-based groups and so our work is directly in line with the approach of the Social Policy Framework.

Upcoming Events

December 4: Dr. Marliss Meyer, psychologist, will be speaking about ADHD and Opposition Defiant Disorder in Children at the Parent Support Group.

Sometime this winter: Watch for more information about a Winter Family Event!

May 2014: Dr. Russell Barkley will again be presenting at a conference the first weekend in May. Watch for further 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 out our website for links to Learning Disabilities of Edmonton (www.ldedmonton.ca) and Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Edmonton Chapter (www.TSEdmonton.com).

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.
  • Book Review: One of our facilitators likes The Complete Idiots Guide to Adult ADHD by Eileen Bailey and Donald Haupt, M.D. According to the back cover, “This book has loads of simple, to-the-point information on managing ADHD symptoms,finding the best treatment options, and more.” This is not a book you need to read cover-to-cover but a quick reference to any particular topic. It is easy to read with clear topic headings and concise information.
  • CanLearn in Calgary – More Than Just Making Lists! A 10 Week Intervention Group for Adults with AD/HD. You will have the opportunity to implement, practice, and review the strategies learned. For more information about registering for this program, please contact the CanLearn Society.
    Where: CanLearn Society (formerly Calgary Learning Centre), 3930 – 20 Street SW, Calgary, Alberta.

AAGE Executive News

  • We want to thank Charlotte Schuller for volunteering to help us with the distribution of our outreach materials. These materials are to be distributed to educational institutions, medical offices and facitilies, 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.
  • 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 that could be published in our newsletter.
  • Our new website is almost here and we will celebrate its arrival!
  • We are still looking for volunteers to fill the position of Treasurer and member-at-large on our executive. Email us if you can help out.

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 Newsletter

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

Newsletter: September 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.

OCTOBER 14 TO 19 IS ADHD AWARENESS WEEK!

Check out www.adhdawarenessweek.ca for information and activities. Also, check out Additude’s 2013 Guide to ADHD Awareness Month.

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, October 2 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

Now that the children are back in school, issues may arise with the ADHD student. Come to the support group to talk about your concerns and help others with their challenges. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Looking forward to seeing you.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, October 16 (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).

At this month’s meeting we will welcome Linda Tilley, a Registered Psychologist, practicing in Edmonton. She has a strong interest in working with adults with ADHD as well as people with marital and relationship problems. Her integrated  approach to therapy combines humanist, cognitive-behavioural, narrative, gestalt and psycho dynamic techniques. Linda has been a facilitator for our group and is happy to share her expertise in dealing with ADHD adults and their relationships.

There are several books about ADHD relationships available:

  • Is It You, Me or Adult A.D.D.? Stopping the Roller Coaster When Someone You Love Has Attention Deficit Disorder by Gina Pera
  • Loving Someone with Attention Deficit Disorder; A Practical Guide to Understanding Your Partner, Improving Communication and Strengthening Your Relationship by Susan Tschudi, M.A.
  • Married to Distraction, How to Restore Intimacy and Strengthen Your Partnership in an Age of Interruption by Edward M. Hallowell M.D.
  • The ADHD Effect on Marriage, Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps by Melissa Orlov (Check out a review of this book on our website.)

Members of all support groups are welcome to attend. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Support Meetings: Update

The Parent, Adult and Partner support groups had few participants this month but the discussions were very intense and helpful to those who attended.

The ADHD Caregiver Day on September 20 was a great success by all accounts, and our own Rachel Rogers helped Dr. Paul Soper with the presentation.

Upcoming Events

November 6: Dr. Marliss Meyer, psychologist, will be speaking about ADHD and Opposition Defiant Disorder at the Parent Support Group.

October 17: Community University Partnership (CUP) is hosting their Annual Celebration Event with guest speaker, Steve McDonald, Deputy Minister of Human Services, presenting on Alberta’s Social Policy Framework. The event will be a luncheon beginning at 11:30 at Edmonton City Hall. Please contact  Marilyn Hawirko at cup@ualberta.ca or 780-492-6177 for more information.

October 7-10: Virtual ADHD Conference features eight 2-hour ‘Master Classes’ on topics that were identified by prior conference participants as being of greatest interest to them. The conference is organized by the ADD Management Group, a supporter of Attention Research Update. Here are the speakers and topics for the conference:

  • Roberto Olivardia, PhD on ADHD and Emotional Regulation
  • Ari Tuckman, PsyD on ADHD, Memory, and Attention
  • Linda Anderson, MCC on Organizing Your ADHD Life
  • Melissa Orlov, Marriage Counselor, on Effective Communication for ADHD Couples
  • Kenny Handelman, MD on Medications for ADHD and Co-Existing Conditions
  • Bonnie Mincu, MCC on Overcoming Obstacles in Time Management
  • David Nowell, PhD on the Brain Science of ADHD
  • David Giwerc, MCC on Empowering Your Signature Strengths

If this sounds interesting to you, you can learn more about the conference at www.adhdconference.com. At this site you will find details about the conference, the benefits of participating, and information on how the virtual conference will work. You can also view testimonials from individuals who attended the conference last year. Information about registering is also available.

May 2014: Dr. Russell Barkley will again be presenting at a conference the first weekend in May. Watch for further 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 out our website for links to Learning Disabilities of Edmonton (www.ldedmonton.ca), Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Edmonton Chapter (www.TSEdmonton.com), and the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (www.caddac.ca).
CADDAC has published a document Paying Attention to the Cost of ADHD…The Price Paid by Canadian Families, Governments and Society. The paper begins with the statement “ADHD is not the ‘insignificant’ disorder some imagine it to be.” It goes on to discuss the cost to Health Care, Education, Justice and Corrections, and Social Services. This is an excellent read that can be accessed on our website or the CADDAC website.

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.

1. Dr. Rabiner sends out monthly newsletters from Attention Research Update. You can sign up for his newsletter or access it on our website. This month Dr. Rabiner has an article he’d like to bring to our attention about a new book that is an excellent resource for anyone interested in distinguishing between the myths and realities of brain training and brain fitness. The book is titled, “The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age” (April 2013; 284 pages) and is co-authored by neuroscientist Elkhonon Goldberg, cognitive psychologist Pascale Michelon and educator Alvaro Fernandez. It provides a clear and scientifically sound review that helps readers understand the educational, healthcare and personal implications of promising research related to brain health, including the role of nutrition and exercise, emotion regulation, cognitive training, meditation, biofeedback, and more.

Topics included in this comprehensive and practical guide include:

  • Very insightful and accessible reviews of the relevant literature.
  • Interviews with 20 leading neuroscientists and psychologists.
  • Numerous summaries and tips within each chapter.
  • Analysis of leading research-based brain training methodologies and programs.
  • Over ten “case studies” and a framework to help integrate the new science into every decade of our lives.

ADDitude magazine: (www.additudemag.com) has excellent articles about children, adolescent and adult ADHD and is worth getting their weekly newsletters. Some of the latest topics have been: “Parents of ADHDers: How Well Do You Know ADHD?”; “Academic Success: How Your ADHD Teen Can Thrive in High School”; “ODD and ADHD: Parenting Your Defiant Child” and “Get the Most Out of Your ADHD Meds”.

2. Webcasts: (www.additudemag.com/webinars). Here is a list of upcoming free webcasts in October:

  • October 1st What is ADHD? Explaining to Family, Friends, Teachers and Colleagues.  Expert: Michele Novotni, PhD.
  • October 10th Do You Have Adult ADHD? Signs and Symptoms You Should Know About.  Expert: Dr. William Dodson, MD.
  • October 16th Exposing the Myths About ADHD: Science’s New Understanding of the Disorder.
  • October 21st Diagnosing ADHD: What You (and Your Doctor) Need to Know. Expert: Joel T. Nigg, PhD.
  • October 29th Live a Great Life: Best Medical and Alternative Therapies.  Expert: Ned Hallowell, MD. 

3. Totally ADD: (www.totallyadd.com) Rick Green is a comedian and writer who, along with his wife Ava, has produced this website that addresses the issues of ADHD and Rick’s own journey through adult ADHD. Rick’s blog is comedic but with a sense of frustration about his challenges. Check out- “Right, Right, You’re Bloody Well Right!”. This site also has excellent webinars. On October 2nd at 11:00 a.m MST there is a free webinar with Rick Green and Laurie Dupar, “Success with ADHD, One Tasty Bite at a Time”. He also has another free video titled “Try Harder“.

4. Article Review: An excellent article Welcome to Our World by Rick Green was published in HealthcarePapers in May 2011 that gives a great overview of ADHD. He outlines some of the history and costs of the disorder, and shares his first-hand insight into the struggles–and rewards–this disorder can present.

5. Book Review: The ADHD Effect on Marriage by Melissa Orlov is about her personal experience living with an ADHD husband. It has been reviewed Frances Finlay and can be found on our website.

6. Corinne Eckert, Child & Adolescent Psychology

Corinne offers Training in Core Social Skills at three different levels for children and adolescents.

Level I: “The Hidden Conversation”; Level II: “Successful Communication” and Level III: “Positive Peer Interaction Skills”. The target group is children who may have difficulty interacting successfully with others due to social skill deficits. The first of the sessions begins on October 7 in Edmonton. For further information on these programs contact her at office@eckertchildpsych.ca or call 780-454-4634.

AAGE Executive News

  • Our new website is about to be launched! Thank you, Cathie Crooks, for pursuing this.
  • We’re happy to welcome Phil Lafon as our new facilitator for the ADULT Support Group. Phil is working on a Social Work degree and is an ADHD Adult himself. His favourite book is The Dummies Guide to Adult ADHD. He will be capably supported by Chris Evans, a long time participant and member of the AAGE executive. Rachel Rogers will continue to facilitate the Parent Support Group. Dorothy Comfort, former teacher, guidance counsellor and member of the AAGE executive, will continue to facilitate the Partner Support Group.
  • We are still looking for volunteers to fill the position of Treasurer and member-at-large on our executive. Email us if you can help out.

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 Newsletter

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

 

Newsletter: August 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, September 4 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

This is a round table session where we bring our issues and solutions to the table. We will also be asking you for topics that you would like discussed at future meetings. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, September 18 (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 is a round table session where we bring our issues and solutions to the table. We will also be asking you for topics that you would like discussed at future meetings. At this time a 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.

Support Meetings: Update

Parent Support Group met in July but there was no meeting for August.

The Adult Support Group met for round table discussions in July and August. They were capably facilitated by Chris and/or Phillip while Rachel took a well deserved break over the summer.

Upcoming Events

1. You are invited:

Friday, September 20, 2013: ADHD CAREGIVER DAY, Helping Caregivers Help Kids

Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Robbins Pavilion Theatre Room GN02, Lois Hole Hospital for Women at Royal Alexandra Hospital, 10230 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.

Child & Adolescent Mental Health is pleased to present a one-day event that offers parents and caregivers the opportunity to gain knowledge and increase awareness of treatment options and supports with regards to Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

Topics that will be discussed: What is ADHD?; Co-Morbidity; Treatment Options; Medication; School Strategies; Family/Parent Support Group.

This session will provide parents and caregivers an opportunity to:

• Learn about the signs and symptoms of a child or adolescent who may have ADHD

• Learn how ADHD is diagnosed

• Learn ways that ADHD may be treated

• Learn some family and school strategies

REGISTRATION:

All attendees must pre-register for this event. Register early as space is limited! A nonrefundable $15.00 registration fee applies. Registration will remain open until September 17, 2013 or until seats are sold-out.

2. October 16, 2013: Linda Tilley, Registered Psychologist, will be speaking at our Adult Support Group about ADHD and relationships. There will be no separate Partner Support Group that night.

Research Project

Alison McInnis is conducting a research project on oral language skills and executive functions in children with ADHD, and is looking to recruit participants between 9-14 years of age. The study involves assessment of basic and higher level oral language skills, reading, writing, and executive functions (e.g., working memory, problem-solving).  She is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist and so can offer parents a clinical report about their child’s language, reading, and writing skills, which could be of benefit at their child’s school. In her past research experience, parents have been quite positive about having oral language skills assessed as this is typically not a focus of assessments their children have received at school. Also, in older children, this area is often overlooked and yet many children with ADHD have issues with oral language skills that also underlie their academic difficulties. If you are interested in participating in this study, or want to know more about it, please contact her at the number below. Alison McInnes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Speech‐Language Pathologist (Reg. ACSLPA) Faculty of Education, 780-492‐9634.

Education

1. Dr. Rabiner. In this issue of Attention Research Update, Dr. Rabiner reviews an interesting study that examines friendship quality in children with and without ADHD. A particularly nice feature of this study is that it examines children with and without ADHD interacting with a self-selected friend at two intervals separated by 6 months. This enabled the researchers to examine how friendship quality changed over time, an issue that has not been previously examined. Because peer relations are often such an area of difficulty for children with ADHD, this study makes an interesting contribution to the literature. Check out the complete article at: www.helpforadd.com/C8educators.htm.

Webinars

ADDitude’s ADHD Experts Podcast 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 and www.ADDitudeMag.com. To participate, you will need to go to their website and click on webinars and follow the directions. You can also access previous webinars from their archives by clicking the links on the website. The slides accompanying the webinars (and the transcripts, eventually!) are also available at those links.

Upcoming Webinars

September 4, 2013 @ 11 AM in Alberta
Alternative Therapy: Use Mindfulness to Manage ADHD Symptoms
Expert: Lidia Zylowska, M.D.

September 11, 2013 @ 11AM in Alberta
Webinar Topic: School Success: Practical Strategies for Your Child with ADHD/LD
Expert: Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Recent Podcasts and Webinars

Webinar Topic: ADHD and Gender: Girls, Women, and Stigma
Expert: Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D.

Podcast Topic: Secrets of the ADHD Brain, Revealed: Understanding Core Symptoms and Working with Strengths
Expert: William Dodson, M.D.

Webinar Topic: Defeat Distractions: Manage External and Internal Interruptions at Home and Work
Expert: Geraldine Markel, Ph.D.

Webinar Topic: Time-Blindness and ADHD: Strategies for Becoming More Aware of Time
Expert: Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., MBA

Podcast Topic: Fun Ways to Boost Your ADHD Child’s Academic Skills This Summer (age focus: 6 to 12)
Expert: Sandra Rief, M.A.

Podcast Topic: ADHD in Women: How to Unlock Your Potential After a Midlife Diagnosis
Expert: Zoë Kessler

Podcast Topic: What to Treat First? Depression, Anxiety, and Other Comorbid Conditions Associated with ADHD
Expert: Larry B. Silver, M.D.

Podcast Topic: ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life, Now!
Expert: Judith Kolberg

Webinar Topic: How Our Understanding of ADHD Is Changing
Expert: Thomas Brown, Ph.D.

Podcast Topic: ‘You’re Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy!’ Managing Stress and Negative Self-Talk for ADHD Adults
Expert: Peggy Ramundo, B.S., A.C.T., SCAC

Podcast Topic: Growing Up ADHD: Treating Attention Deficit in Preschoolers Through Adults
Expert: Steven Dickstein, M.D.

Books and Articles

Frances Finlay has reviewed and recommends this book.

Title: Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution.

Authors: Jonathan Mooney & David Cole
Publisher: Fireside – Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 068486598X

Learning Outside the Lines is the best study skills book for ADHD/LD adults attending post-secondary institutions. There is a dearth of material available for adult learners with ADHD/LD — those persons who don’t have parents or partners to fill the gap in providing our accommodation needs. What makes it unique is that the authors are successful Ivy League graduates with ADHD/LD – who used pragmatic methods in their book.

Authors Mooney and Cole provide study methods tailored to our needs, instead of re-hashing the same study skills advocated for the general public. Too often, new adult students with ADHD don’t know what they may need, and this book provides lots of usable, concrete skills.

This would also be useful for people who have jobs with similar tasks to students; for example, note taking skills can be useful in meetings, reading skills can be used for any type of materials being read, etc.

Because of this book’s value to ADHD adults, both inside and out of learning environments, I’d recommend it as an essential resource.

AAGE Executive News

• 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.

• If you have a book or article that you think would be interesting to parents, children, teens or adults, please nominate it for a review that could be published in the newsletter.

• Please let us know if you need to unsubscribe from our E-newsletter list.

• 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 E-newsletter

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: 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: April 28, 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.

New Logo

Please note our new logo! Our board worked in collaboration with designer Denise Ahlefeldt of ninepoint design to create a great logo for AAGE. With this new logo in place, we’re set to produce promotional materials. We already have a display banner and in the process of printing a handout which will be distributed to primary health care units, schools and other facilities. Thanks so much, Denise! Our thanks to Janssen Inc. who generously provided the funding to develop and produce these materials. We couldn’t have done it without Janssen’s support.

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, May 1 (7-9 PM) @ Misericordia Hospital, Room B-016

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 Maureen Winter as a speaker for our next meeting. Ms Winter 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. She will talk about various programs that are available within EPSB and how they are accessed. She will talk about the continuum of policies around ADHD and medication as well as giving information about strategies and supports. She knows that we have talked a lot about communication practices but will touch on some of those points from her side of the desk. There will be a Q&A session included. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: The parent group met at the Edmonton Public Library downtown where they greatly enjoyed Dr. Paul Soper’s talk on collaborative problem solving based on Dr. Ross Greene’s ‘Lives in the Balance’ practices. Check out a brief summary on his website: http://www.livesinthebalance.org/learn. He was assisted by Chris and Rachel in demonstrating some of these strategies via a role play. Imagine Chris playing a 12-year-old! We had very positive feedback and requests for more presentations by Dr. Soper.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, May 15 (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).

Shelly Morrison, Certified Professional Organizer and owner of Clutter Cutter Professional Organizing Inc. will be speaking to the Adult Support Group about organization strategies. Please submit some personal examples that you would like to be discussed, prior to the meeting. Check her website at http://www.cluttercutter.ca/. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Previous Meeting Review: We viewed the DVD “Embracing the Diagnosis” (of ADHD) from Totally ADD, followed by a round table discussion.

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!

• May 9th 11:00 a.m. A webinar sponsored by ADDitude magazine on “How Our Understanding of ADHD is Changing” (www.additudemag.com). If you miss any of their webinars you can access them through their webinar archives.

• Totally ADD webinars are being offered weekly. See attached poster for a list of upcoming webinars.

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: The misuse and abuse of prescription medication is a growing concern. The nonmedical use of ADHD meds, as well as misuse by individuals for whom medication is prescribed, is an important problem. Attached is a brief overview and summary of research on these issues.

• 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.

• Sensory Processing Disorder is often associated with and/or confused with ADHD. An excellent article is attached.

• Relationships can be difficult with an ADHD partner. See attached article “Dare to Forgive” by Dr. Ned Hallowell.

• Peg Dawson gave a wonderful presentation on April 23rd titled Smart But Scattered: A Discussion on Executive Function Skills. Check out our website: we will be uploading the power point presentation on this session as soon as we receive it from the organizers.

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.

Today’s Parent magazine article. We have been asked for a volunteer who is in their late teens or early twenty’s to talk with John Hoffman, a freelance journalist who would like to do an article about their childhood experience with ADHD. He notes: “The main benefit to the young person I interview will be the chance to tell their story in a safe setting. I will change the person’s name and I will not quote them or say anything about them without their permission and without them knowing the context and the exact wording of any quote. The interview will probably require about 30 minutes of the person’s time. There will also be a follow up phone call, where I check facts and quotes and then a subsequent phone call with the magazine’s fact-checker to double check everything.” If you are interested please email him directly at: jhoffman@cogeco.ca.

For archived articles in Today’s Parent by John Hoffman go to: http://www.todaysparent.com/author/john-hoffman.

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. Please 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.