Presented by: Rachel Rogers, B.Ed., M.A. Registered Psychologist, Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, ADHD Adult Support Meeting Still Want To Know More? Learn Alberta Medical/Disability Information for teachers: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/inmdict/html/adhd.html Teaching Students with ADHD: https://www.alberta.ca/diverse-learning-needs.aspx Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD) https://chadd.org/for-educators/overview/ Additude: Inside the ADHD Mind (a very visually “busy” site so be prepared) www.additudemag.com/category/parenting-adhd-kids/school-learning/for-teachers/ The Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) Information about medication by health professionals www.caddra.ca Centre for ADD/ADHD Advocacy, Canada Information for Educators on ADHD: http://www.caddac.ca/cms/page.php?50 https://caddac.ca/adhd/2019/10/02/new-animated-kids-series/ Dr. Russell Barkley: (ADHD clinician and researcher) www.russellbarkley.com Dr. Peggy Dawson and Dr. Richard Guare (executive function) https://www.smartbutscatteredkids.com/ Dr. Thomas Brown (ADHD researcher) https://www.brownadhdclinic.com/ Dr. Stuart Shanker (self-regulation) https://self-reg.ca/Continue reading →
Presented by: Rachel Rogers, B.Ed., M.A. Registered Psychologist What is ADHD? ADHD, not ADD. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the official terminology. The use of ‘ADD’ is outdated. “A persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.” According to the DSM-5 ADHD Facts: ADHD is the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorder in Canada. Overwhelming scientific evidence has led all major medical associations and government health agencies to recognize ADHD as a real medical disorder. Children with ADHD are frequently labeled as problem children rather than children with a medical problem. Diets and limiting food additives and sugar will not cure ADHD remains under-recognized and underdiagnosed even though it is the most treatable psychiatric disorder in Canada. A study released in 2018 examined the twenty-year trends in ADHD diagnosis. Researchers saw what they claim is a “significant” increase in diagnoses between 1997 and 2016. [i]Possible reasons include an increased recognition by doctors about ADHD, expanded continuing medical education, changes in diagnostic criteria, increased public awareness, improved access to health services, and improved referral from primary care and communities. [i] Xu, G., Strathearn, L., Liu, B. MD, Yang, B., Bao, W. 2018. Twenty-Year Trends in Diagnosed Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among US Children and Adolescents, 1997-2016. JAMA Netw Open. 1(4):e181471. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.1471 More Facts: Highly heritable A neurobiological disorder Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are primary features. Secondary impairments may include social interactions, emotional regulation, and organizational ability. It affects roughly 5-10% of school-aged children and about 2–7% of adults. Most often identified during elementary school years. A Misnomer? ADHD is not a deficit of attention; rather, it is an inefficient and inconsistent ability to regulate attention and other cognitive functions. “ADHD involves impairment in the ability of the individual to inhibit responses to situations or events. […] It is a problem of self-control.” Dr. Russell Barkley (2005), Taking Control of ADHD According to Dr. Barkley… Self-regulation: is any action an individual directs at themselves to… result in a change in their behaviour (from what they might otherwise have done) to… change the likelihood of a future consequence or attainment of a goal.[i] [i] http://www.russellbarkley.org/factsheets/ADHD_EF_and_SR.pdf Risk Factors for ADHD Genetic factors Environment factors Premature birth or low birth weight Brain injury’ Cigarette smoking, alcohol use or drug use during pregnancyContinue reading →
Edmonton psychologist Corinne Eckert offers regular Training in Core Social Skills programs throughout the year. To meet demand, the group has added a new program called the 1-1 Social Coaching Program. Based on their Training in Core Social Skills program, children/teens will get the foundational learning of social cognition and, building on this; learning skills related to understanding nonverbal communication (their own and others’); being successful in verbal communication; also handling difficult emotions and social problem-solving. In this program therapists can: individualize the sessions to the child’s particular needs bring in more concrete examples from the child’s own environment have the parents involved in each session, to get updated feedback on the application of skills in the child’s life and also to provide weekly parent coaching tips offer fun social coaching practice at the end of each session with another child and their social coach It may be an excellent fit for a child for whom regular group programs are not the best fit because: the groups are full the start date is missed the child needs a different pace of learning the group program dates/times do not work for the family the child is not emotionally/physically regulated enough yet to learn effectively in a group environment the child needs greater amounts of individualized support For more information please contact Corinne Eckert Child and Adolescent Psychology Phone: (780) 454-4634 Email: email@example.com *These psychological services may be reimbursed through extended health insurance program. Appropriate receipts are provided. This information is provided as a service to the AAGE community. The AAGE does not offer endorsement for ADHD counseling, coaching or support services.Continue reading →
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The Children, Youth & Families- Addiction and Mental Health (AHS) and Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (RCSD) are pleased to continue to provide the caregiver education series. These free 90 minute sessions are intended to provide parents, caregivers, teachers, and community members with basic level information regarding addiction and mental health challenges that can and do affect children and youth. Presentations are hosted in schools but are open to all adults in the community. Some sessions welcome youth to attend with their parent/caregiver; however, unless specified these sessions are for an adult audience.
All current sessions can be found at our centralized registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/caregiversessions
Please select the session that is of interest to you. Multiple dates, times and locations are offered per topic however the content material presented is the same in each session. Sessions are hosted by individual schools, but all adults are welcome to attend.
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