CADDAC webinars to increase awareness, understanding of ADHD


The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada, (CADDAC) presents a series of webinars designed to help increase awareness and understanding of ADHD. 

The series includes:

ADHD and the Impact on Learning
ADHD and Executive Functioning
ADHD and School Advocacy Part 1
ADHD and School Advocacy Part 2
ADHD and School Advocacy Part 3

To find out  more and to register for these webinars – go to the CADDAC page HERE

All webinars will be recorded and available for purchase 3 days after the scheduled date.

Counselling Psychology, School and Child Clinical Psychology Programs at the University of Alberta

Link to the University of Alberta, Department of Educational Psychology
Did you know that counselling services are offered to community through Counselling Psychology and School and Child Clinical Psychology Programs at the University of Alberta?
Clinical Services provides lower-cost psychological services to the community, while giving graduate students valuable practical experience as they train for their professional careers. 
The Clinic (located on the University of Alberta main campus in the Education Centre North 1-135) is ramping up to provide counselling and assessment services to people in the community this fall and winter. The services in the clinic are provided by students at the Masters and PhD level as part of their course work. All students work under the supervision of registered psychologists or reading specialists and faculty members. They strive to advance the highest standards of training and research for their students. Their Doctoral Programme in Counselling Psychology is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association.
The Clinic offers these services every year and usually has openings starting in September for counselling services and for adult assessment. There is a long wait list for child assessments at the moment. The Resilience Builder program for Anxiety in children will run this year and referrals are accepted until mid December. 

The fees are nominal and can be waived or reduced for low income families. 

For more information please see these downloadable brochures:

Resilience Builder
Clinical Services

Please note that that clinic cannot accept:

  • Assessments for legal issues (e.g., capacity, child custody and access)
  • Treatment for severe substance abuse/dependence
  • Treatment for psychotic disorders
  • Difficulties that are associated with a high risk of legal involvement (e.g., violence, criminal behaviour) 

Quieting the ADHD Mind

So you think meditation and mindfulness is impossible for the ADHD mind? Think again! Come learn scientifically proven ways to calm and quiet the ADHD mind and body.  This interactive session will take you through a variety of mindful and contemplative practices, offer easy ways to start and to stay on track, answer questions along the way, and offer further resources for those interested in learning more. 

Kathy Sperling brings a diverse professional background as a musician and university educator. She is now focusing on whole person wellness through inner life/spiritual coaching, group facilitation, and holistic self-care workshops. She has incorporated many mindful contemplative practices into her life and loves sharing them with others.

*Please note that the location may change dependent on numbers. Please check back on September 19th*

Eventbrite - Quieting the ADHD Mind

Pokemon Go Social Skills and Safety Camp


The latest craze among kids launched in early July and within days, just about every school-age child with a cell phone or tablet is playing. It’s hard to say how long the Pokemon GO frenzy will last, but it’s clear that the app poses some clear hazards parents must be aware of to keep kids safe.

LD Edmonton recognizes the safety issues, boundary issues and social skills needed to play Pokemon Go and has developed a camp to help child learn these skills and have a camp to be cautious, be safe and have fun!

Pokemon Go Social Skills Camp
August 22 – 26, 2016
12:30pm – 3:30pm every day

Pokemon Go Social Skills program is structured for all children ages
7 years+ Participants will go Pokemon hunting in a safe setting in the community in the afternoon in a structured, supportive, non-competitive environment. The camp will help educate children/youth to balance time between “screen time” and other healthy activities. With help and guidance, kids with learning disabilities and/or ADHD can join new friends in trying to “catch ’em all”

All sessions take place at the LD Edmonton office.

Some families may be able to obtain FSCD (Family Support for Children with Disabilities) funding to subsidize the cost of the program, depending on the needs that have been determined for their child. Contact your FSCD worker to find out if your child qualifies.

For more information, please contact
Call our office at 780-466-1011 or call Karen Popal @ 780-707-2085

While Pokémon GO has pros and cons for all kids, there are some special concerns for kids with ADHD, who can struggle with focus and impulsivity. Here are seven things you should know about Pokémon GO and kids with ADHD.

1. Pokémon GO is free to play-at first

The game is free to download and play, but kids can buy things while playing. As your child advances in the game, he’ll probably want to make in-app purchases. If your child is impulsive, you may need to monitor these purchases.

2. Pokémon GO can be highly addictive

After catching the first Pokémon, children are hooked. Because of their ADHD, they can hyperfocus on things that excite them, they are ready to play the game for hours.
It’s important to be aware of how addictive Pokémon GO can be. It can use up cellular data quickly (resulting in high phone bills). If kids aren’t paying attention, it can also use up their phone battery before they know it. If they need to make an important call, that could be a problem.
If your child is on the younger side, you might want to consider playing with him so you can keep close track of playing time.

3. Pokémon GO promotes exercise

To catch Pokémon, players have to walk around to find them-sometimes long distances. Players can also hatch Pokémon eggs in incubators by walking.
If you’ve found exercise helpful for your child with ADHD, all that walking can be a good thing.

4. Pokémon GO can be distracting-and potentially dangerous

Because the game operates on a smartphone screen, players sometimes forget to look up and see what’s around them. For instance, you may need to remind your child/youth to check for cars before walking into a parking lot.
For teenagers with ADHD, the potential danger may be greater. If they’re driving to new places on their Pokémon GO maps, they could lose track of what’s happening on the road. Kids with impulsivity issues may also look for Pokémon in unsafe places or on private property.
It’s a good idea for anyone with ADHD to play the game with a partner or group. It would be helpful to have friends around, so they can watch out for possible accidents and help with decision-making.

5. Pokémon GO helps kids try new things

When looking for Pokémon and PokéStops, kids are likely to discover new things about their neighborhood.
ADHD children/youth like routines. Days that are predictable, help them with their ADHD. But they also loves finding new things. Pokémon GO gives them an exciting way to do something different and explore their surroundings.

6. Pokémon GO has privacy concerns

When you sign up for Pokémon GO, you agree to share data with the company. Many players don’t take the time to read the privacy agreements when they sign up to play. Kids with ADHD may be more likely to tap the Agree button without looking at the details. I recommend reading these agreements completely and explaining the important parts to your child.

7. Pokémon GO can promote teamwork and social skills

There’s a social element to Pokémon GO. Players can join teams and try to control Gyms, which are also located throughout the real world. (Gyms are where Pokémon train and battle each other.)
Kids with ADHD can have trouble staying focused on group goals or taking guidance from others. Joining a team can help them practice teamwork and social skills.