Newsletter: January 31, 2015

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

Join us this month for a presentation by special guests Paul Reid and Kathryn Burke.
Paul Reid has over a decade of experience in providing practical, innovative, and client‐focused information management and technology systems strategies. He has a Master of Science and Honours Baccalaureate degree from McMaster University complemented by course work at a Ph.D. level at the University of Toronto. For the last eight years he has worked as Assistive Technology Specialist at NorQuest College. In his spare time he provides assistive technology support for the students at the Centre for Literacy.

Paul Reid will provide a 50-minute presentation on everything you ever wanted to know about AT (and never knew existed). Get an overview of AT and how it compares to Adaptive, Rehabilitative, and Educational Technologies. Learn what not to do. Come away with an understanding of what AT can do for a student with ADHD in school, how to introduce it and when.
Kathryn Burke, his wife, is the Executive Director of the Centre and she will also be providing input with regard to learning disabilities. Paul and Kathryn have two sons who are exceptional learners.
Adult and Partner Support Group Meeting – Wednesday, February 18 (7 to 9 PM) @ U of A Hospital, Classroom A
University Hospital, Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre. (See attached map, including directions).
Our usual roundtable discussion will follow our Annual General Meeting. Please join us for our very brief AGM, then stick around for some lively discussion.
Events/Review
• Parent Support Group: A mixed group of new members and regular attendees participated in some excellent discussions. Members left felt supported and inspired by the meeting.
• Adult Support Group/Partner Support Group: A mixed group of new members and regular attendees participated in some excellent discussions. All participants expressed a positive response to the meeting.
New On Our Website
• If you’re a parent and you want information relating to education and policy, please check out a number of links we have compiled.
• For information and videos from Alberta Education about inclusive information, click here.
• Our friends at Learning Disabilities Edmonton is looking for volunteers for a fundraising committee.
• Did you make a New Year’s Resolution, but hare having trouble sticking to it? Some tips to help you reach your goal.
All these articles and postings and MANY MORE are available on our website.
Please take our survey
We strive to support our members as best we can, and as part of that effort, we’d like to know a little more about what we can do for you. Please click the survey link below. All information is kept confidential and will be used to help assess the needs of our members.
ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton survey
Connections
AAGE works closely with other groups in the area that offer information to our members about speakers, workshops and activities that they are sponsoring. Please check our website for links to:
• Learning Disabilities of Edmonton (www.ldedmonton.ca). Please check their events page for upcoming information sessions and details on The Life Project, a program to help teens overcome barriers and succeed in school.
• Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, Edmonton Chapter (www.TSEdmonton.com).
• BILY, Because I Love You (http://www.bilyedmonton.com)
• Foothills Academy (Calgary) (http://www.foothillsacademy.org)
Education
Educating ourselves about ADHD or Executive Function Disorder is one of the most important tools we can use to assist with coping strategies. Following are some sources of information.
• ADDitude Magazine has excellent articles about childhood, adolescent and adult ADHD and it is free to sign up for their weekly newsletters.
• Webcasts: ADDitude Magazine’s ADHD Expert Podcasts and Live Webinars address topics that will help you better manage symptoms, your family, and your life. They are hosted by top experts in the field, all of whom are contributors to ADDitude Magazine.
• Totally ADD: Rick Green is a comedian and writer who, along with his wife Ava, have produced this website that addresses the issues of ADHD. Rick shares his own journey through Adult ADHD with a comedic approach toward his challenges. This website offers many resources and webinars addressing childhood and adult ADHD.
AAGE Executive News
• Please follow us on Twitter: @ADHDEdmonton
• Please like us on Facebook: ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton
• We would like the names of general practitioners, psychologists, and psychiatrists who are able to treat ADHD children and adults. Please email them to adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.
• We are always looking for new AAGE Board members who would commit to monthly meetings and duties. Please email Rachel Rogers if you are interested, at adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca.
• If you have a book or an article that you think would be interesting to parents, children, teens or adults, please nominate it for a review so that it could be published in our newsletter.
AAGE Executive
Rachel Rogers, President and Email Support
Cathie Crooks, Secretary and Webmaster
Chris Evans, Member
Jody Draganiuk, Treasurer
Dave Breakenridge, Publications and Outreach
Ric Gibbons, Member, Tech Committee
Fred Sawka, Tech Committee Chair
ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton
Email: adhdgreateredmonton@yahoo.ca
Website: www.adhdedmonton.com
Twitter: @ADHDEdmonton
Facebook: ADHD Association of Greater Edmonton

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