Help for New Year’s Resolutions, from ADDitude Magazine

ADDitude magazine is backed by a scientific advisory board of leading mental health, behavioral, and educational experts and is a trusted source of information and advice for families touched by attention-deficit disorder. ADDitude brings readers the latest news and research on ADHD, learning disabilities, and related health topics.

Below you will links to informative articles that may help you reach some desired goals this year.

Exercise and Lose Weight: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/adhd-exercise-weight-loss.html

Eat Healthier and Live Better: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/adhd-healthy-eating-habits.html

Kill Your Clutter: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/add-adult-clutter-organization.html

Manage Your Money: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/adhd-money-guide.html

Be a Better Friend: www.additudemag.com/resource-center/add-adult-friendships.html

Newsletter: April 30, 2014

AAGE – ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton

We are a registered non-profit society whose objective is to offer information and support to those living with ADHD in the Greater Edmonton Area through awareness, education and resources.

You are invited!

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

There will be a round table discussion with some feedback from the Dr. Russell Barkley presentation.

Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, May 21 (7-9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A

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

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

Partner Support Group will meet for a round table discussion.

Events Review

The Parent Support Group – About thirty people attended the meeting to hear Corinne Eckert speak about teaching social skills to children with ADHD.

The Adult Support Group – This group was finally able to view the video “Facing the World” thanks to our tech-savvy participants. The following discussion was highly animated. The Partner Support group met and had some helpful discussion.

Upcoming Events

July 24 to 27 – ADDA’s International Adult ADHD Conference is the largest single live event dedicated exclusively to adults with ADHD and their families. Attending the ADDA Conference can be a transformative experience. This year is the Attention Deficit Disorder Association’s 25th Anniversary and they are planning the biggest and best conference yet. All that could make this a better conference, for ADDA and for all adults with ADHD, is to have more people attend. Please spread the word to anyone and everyone you think could benefit from the opportunity to connect with others facing and successfully overcoming similar challenges at the ADDA Conference in Orlando this July. Feel free to print off and post this 8.5 x 11” poster for the 2014 ADDA Conference. There is an opportunity for our support group members to receive a discount of 10%, by registering as a group. Let AAGE know if this is of interest to you. More information is available on the ADDA website. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact ADDA at conference@add.org.. ​

25 Years: Celebrating the Progress of the Past and the Promise of the Future
Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando, Florida
July 24 – 27, 2014

Summer Camps: Camp Amicus Overnight Camp is an outdoor adventure and camp experience where children and teens with learning disabilities/ADHD can develop social skills while having fun and building friendships. They work with campers aged 10 to 16 years. The camp is held at Goldeye Centre; west of Red Deer in Nordegg, Alberta. Go to their website for more information.

Summer Interactive Skills Program: Corinne Eckert offers a summer session for the Training in Core Social Skills Program. It will take place July 21-25. It is a really fun way to practice social skills in a safe environment with 1-1 coaching. They usually take about 10 children in the programs, with 3 leaders, so they are able to assess and implement effective coaching for individual differences. The kids are usually able to make some new friends as well! There is also a parent coaching session, to help generalize skills outside of the program. Please note that a child does not need to have taken level 1 and 2 to take level 3. For more information, email  corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca.

Beyond Words Social Skills Day Camp: Does your child struggle with managing their emotions or making social connections? Register for this day camp! The Beyond Words Summer Day Camp runs from July 21-25. It is structured for kids ages 8-13 who are struggling at keeping friends and interacting with their peers. For more information is on this poster.

Other Opportunities

Mandin Award: The Mandin Award was established in 1991 in memory of Maurice, Susan, Islay, and Janelle Mandin. Maurice and Susan Mandin were teachers with a sincere interest in children with special needs. Islay and Janelle, their daughters, were students. The Mandin Award is up to $400 and is given to assist an Albertan between the ages of 4 to 21 years of age who is living with learning disabilities or Attention De cit Hyperactivity Disorder. The award may be used to supporting the costs of attending summer camp, social skill development courses, tutoring, and assessments. Disbursements of the funds are made directly to the program or service, or to the award recipient upon receipt of an invoice. Details and award applications.

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

Foothills Academy PD E-course: Learning Disabilities and Related Disorders (series started April 12th). Want to learn how to increase your capacity to create an inclusive learning environment? At Foothills Academy, we have been educating students with learning disabilities and associated disorders for 35 years. We have developed this eight-section online course that draws upon experts in each of the topic areas. You can access readings, learn from expert panels, view videos of actual classroom footage and join group discussions with other educators to bring each section to life. Within each section, our goal is to increase awareness of warning signs related to each disorder and provide a toolbox of successful strategies to support complex learners. Each section takes less than 2 hours to complete. Take one section or the whole series!

Spring Session: April 12 – June 7, 2014
Fee: $25 per section or full series for $150

Week of April 12 – An overview of Learning Disabilities
Week of April 19 – Dyslexia & Dyscalculia
Week of April 26 – Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder
Week of May 3 – Autism Spectrum Disorders & Auditory Processing Disability
Week of May 10 – Tourette’s Syndrome
Week of May 17 – Gifted Learning
Week of May 24 – Creating Successful Learning Strategies
http://www.foothillsacademy.org/programs/workshops/e-course/

Online workshop for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities, Spring Session: Join anytime April 1 to June 30, 2014. Available 24 hours a day to fit your busy schedule. Empowering. Convenient. Affordable. Having a child diagnosed with a learning disability can be overwhelming and isolating. This online workshop incorporates video clips, short readings and online discussion to give you the knowledge and tools to help. Online discussion allows you to connect with other parents and share experiences dealing with children with similar challenges. For more information, see the flyer.

Fee $25 / 403-270-9400 / www.foothillsacademy.org

Connections

AAGE works closely with other groups in the area that offer information to our members about speakers, workshops and activities that they are sponsoring. Please check our website for links to:

Education

Educating ourselves about ADHD or Executive Dysfunction is one of the most important tools one can use to assist with coping strategies.

Following are some sources for information.

  • ADDitude Magazine has excellent articles about childhood, adolescent and adult ADHD and is worth signing up for their weekly newsletters.
  • Webcasts:ADDitude Magazine‘s ADHD Expert Podcasts and Live Webinars address topics that will help you better manage symptoms, your family, and your life.They are hosted by top experts in the field, all of whom are contributors to ADDitude Magazine.
  • Totally ADD: Rick Green is a comedian and writer who, along with his wife Ava, have produced this website that addresses the issues of ADHD. Rick shares his own journey through Adult ADHD with a comedic approach toward his challenges. This website offers many resources and webinars addressing childhood and adult ADHD.
  • Social Skills Training in Core Skills by Corrine Eckert, Registered Psychologist, is again being offered this spring. The programs consist of 8 student sessions and 2 parent sessions beginning in April. For more information, open this document. Or, contact Corinne at corinne@eckertchildpsych.ca.

AAGE Executive News

  • We want to thank all the volunteers willing to help us with the distribution of our outreach materials. These materials are to be distributed to educational institutions, medical offices and facilities, and any other locations that will reach those affected by ADHD.
  • We would like the names of general practitioners, psychologists, and psychiatrists who are able to treat ADHD children and adults. Please email them to adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.
  • In the fall, we will need someone with effective writing skills to take over publishing the e-newsletter. This is a job that can be done from home using the MailChimp program. Contact Rachel at adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.
  • We are always looking for new AAGE Board members who would commit to monthly meetings and duties. Please email Rachel Rogers if you are interested, at adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.
  • If you have a book or an article that you think would be interesting to parents, children, teens or adults, please nominate it for a review so that it could be published in our newsletter.

AAGE Executive

Rachel Rogers, President
Cathie Crooks, Secretary and Webmaster
Chris Evans, Member at Large and Acting Financial Manager
Dorothy Comfort, Member at Large and Publisher of the e-Newsletter
Jody Draganiuk, Member at Large

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

Beyond Words Social Skills Day Camp

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

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

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

The camp teaches confidence in:

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

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

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

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

Summer Interactive Skills Program, July 21 to 25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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: September 16, 2012

AAGE – ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton

We are a registered non-profit society whose objective is to improve the lives of those living with ADHD through education, support, resources and advocacy.

CANADIAN ADHD AWARENESS WEEK: OCTOBER 14 – 20

See the CADDAC website for details on how they will be promoting the Awareness Week.

Parent Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, October 3 (7-9 PM)

We will be viewing the first hour of the Russell Barkley DVD ADHD from A to Z, recorded last fall, followed by a discussion of what we viewed. It should be very informative. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Adult Support Group Meeting – Thursday, September 27 (7-9 PM)

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. NOTE: Until further notice, our meetings will be held in Rm. B-016 at the Misericordia Hospital. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Picnic in the Park

One of our energetic members, Darren, organized a picnic at Hawrelak Park which was enjoyed by all. Thanks, Darren! Who knows, this may become an annual event!

Outreach – Thursday, November 1

Rachel and Cathie (executive members) will be making a presentation about ADHD to parents whose children and teens attend Edmonton Public Schools. We have been invited to display information about our group as well. Spread the word!

Parenting Your Teenager

The Psychology Foundation of Canada has recently published a booklet for parents of teens called Straight Talk About Teens – realistic ideas and advice for parents of older teens. The booklet is attached and is full of excellent information for dealing with typical adolescent issues, whether your teen is older or younger.

Training in Core Social Skills – Corinne Eckert

Level I: “The Hidden Conversation”

Level II: “Successful Communication”

Level III: “Positive Peer Interaction Skills”

These are the same format as last year, except that we will be having two parent sessions instead of one for each program. Teachers of participants are encouraged to attend at least the first session. Two new programs are being offered – one for mothers of elementary children and the other for teens aged 16-18. Refer to the attachment for more details and registration information.

Seminars for teachers and parents

Kathryn Burke and Paul Reid are offering several wonderful seminars about tablets, assistive technology and other special education topics. See attachment for further information.

Learning Disabilities of Alberta – Edmonton Chapter

Check out their line-up of excellent programs for this fall on our website or read their September newsletter here.

Education

Dr. David Rabiner has reviewed a study looking at the potential benefits to creativity when an individual has ADHD. It is attached for your information.

Stay on our website to review archived e-newsletters, meeting schedules, links to other ADHD websites and resources.

Rachel Rogers, President

ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton
Email: adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca
Website: adhdassociationofgreateredmonton.wordpress.com

Parent support group meetings held 1st Wednesday of each month, 7-9 PM, Rm. B-016, Misericordia Hospital.
Adult support group meetings held last Thursday of each month, 7-9 PM, Rm. B-016, Misericordia Hospital.
Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.