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Toronto ADHD Spring 2016 Workshops

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We are pleased to partner with the Springboard Clinic to share two upcoming programs.

Finding Joy in your ADHD Relationship: A workshop for Partners of Individuals with Focusing Difficulties/ADHD

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm

We understand how exciting but challenging it can be to be in a relationship with someone who has an ADHD-style brain. Come out and meet other partners, while learning more about ADHD and its impact on relationships. Find community and an opportunity to learn strategies and explore solutions in a safe and caring environment.

Facilitated by Dr. Diana Mandeleew, C. Psych. & Patricia Thompson, CPCC


Springboard Adult Group

Dates: Thursday, April 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Running for four evenings, this group will help you learn more about ADHD and it’s impact on your life. You will brainstorm strategies to help you move forward in a collaborative and supportive environment.

As a bonus, you will also connect with other adults with ADHD who have shared similar experiences.

Facilitated by Tara Boulden, M. Ed, and Sandy Spence, OT

To learn more visit the Springboard Clinic: Group Coaching

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School Support For Students With ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a very popular term to use when describing children but it’s often misunderstood and misused. After all, how many of us put things off and sometimes have trouble focusing?

The Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada (CADDAC) describes the disorder as “One of the most common disorders in Canada, and it doesn’t discriminate. It impacts people from all walks of life and backgrounds. It affects more than a million Canadian men, women, boys and girls of all ages.”

Once an ADHD diagnosis has been made, families and students with ADHD need support. Joanne, our Director, reached out to Laura MacNiven, Director of Health Education at Springboard Clinic for her recommendations on how to build an action plan that encourages home-school communication.

Here are three of Laura’s tips to help parents to effectively communicate with their child’s teacher and school team:

1. Be a step ahead: Set up an appointment with your child’s school team at the beginning of the school year. Bring examples that have worked in the past, and take the time to connect as early as possible.

2. Bring your knowledge: It can feel like a tough decision to share personal information with the school. While it’s not a straight-forward answer, open dialogue between home and school can help families feel engaged and empowered. The more information you can provide the school, the better they can support your child. If appropriate, have a psycho-educational assessment, meet with your child’s doctor, or spend time asking their tutor what works best for your child.

3. Create a sustainable plan to check back in: With experimentation and change, there are often steps forward, and often steps backward. Getting the right strategies takes time, so try to meet regularly for shorter periods of time. It sets everyone up for more success.

A version of this post first appeared on Dr. Dina.

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Four Books To Battle Bullying

We all have a part to play to create safe and kind learning environments for our children. Books are a great tool to start the conversation about kindness and caring. They help to give children words to express their feelings and deal with their emotions through storytelling. We’re always on the lookout for books that help parents and educators teach our youth courage, compassion and help them battle bullying. Here are four of our must-read books for different age groups:

Hug Machine

Written and Illustrated by Scott Campbell

(For ages: 4-8)

Hug Machine tells the happy tale of a little boy with a passion for hugging – aka the Hug Machine. There’s no hug challenge that can be resisted! A great book for children to read with their families, it will be sure to put a smile on everyone’s faces. Disclaimer: Ensure your arms are free after reading this story – you will want a hug.

The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story

by R.J. Palacio (For ages: 8 and up)

This e-book follows the best-seller Wonder about Auggie Pullman and his quest to fit into his new school. It’s not to be missed by fans of the first book. In The Julian Chapter, we get to hear a new perspective from the often untold bully’s point of view. The complexity of bullying is revealed in this tale along with many memorable lines. It is up to the reader to decide if this bully can be redeemed and ultimately forgiven. To conclude with a favourite quote, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. –Ian Maclaren.”

Puppy Love: True Stories of Doggie Devotion

Written by Lisa M. Gerry

(For ages: 10+)

For all the dog lovers out there, grab a copy of Puppy Love. This read is reminiscent of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, but with a canine twist. This book covers the stories of 25 VIPs – Very Important Pooches. Young readers will learn about Alfie, Mr. Gibbs and Pudsey, just to name-drop a few. If you were not an animal lover prior to reading this book, you will definitely gain a deeper understanding of those with doggie devotion!

To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful

by Shane Koyczan, Illustrated by various artists

(For ages: 11 and up)

Written by anti-bullying champion and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan, who turned his painful experiences of being bullied into poetry. The journey of To This Day began when an animated video of his poem was released and viewed over 12 million times. It is extremely powerful, and if you watch it online, I guarantee it will give you goose bumps. This special poem has now transitioned into a unique book, with a preface by Shane and illustrations by 30 artists worldwide. It has become more than a poem, video and book — it is the core of the anti-bullying movement.

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