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Toronto ADHD Workshops – Fall 2018

This fall the Springboard Clinic are offering two group resources, with a focus on supporting partners and parents of individuals diagnosed with ADHD.

1) Finding Joy in your ADHD Relationship:  
A Workshop for Partners of Individuals with Focusing Challenges/ADHD

Relationships where one partner has ADHD can be deeply challenging. Join the Springboard Clinic for a supportive evening of discussion to learn about how ADHD symptoms can affect both individuals within a relationship, identify typical relational patterns, and explore effective communication strategies with the goal of decreasing conflict and strengthening connection in your relationship. The workshop offers a space to express and be heard with other individuals who are partners with someone with ADHD, psychoeducation on ADHD and relationships, and an opportunity to consider your own relationship through a new lens.

DATE & TIME: October 16th, 2018  6:30pm – 8:30pm
VENUE: Springboard Clinic, 1055 Yonge Street, Suite 304
FACILITATORS: Patricia Thompson, CPCC, and Emily Kedar, M.Ed, from Springboard Clinic

2) Springboard Online Parent Workshop:
A Two Evening Mini-Series with Laura MacNiven

Springboard Clinic’s Laura MacNiven is hosting a two session online mini-series for parents of ADHD children. In two 60 minute sessions, she will walk you through strategies like “being an ADHD detective, 5 steps to mindful parenting and picking battles before you need to”.

Offering an opportunity to take stock of where you are, and think about where you are going, these two sessions are designed to help you find new energy and a clearer headspace to take back to your everyday parenting. Multiple family members are encouraged to participate, and this content is suitable for parents with children of all ages.

Note: Please set aside 60 minutes to do some reflective work in between the two sessions.

DATE & TIME: Session #1: November 15, 2018  8:00pm; Session #2 : November 22, 2018  8:00pm
VENUE: Online through Ontario Telemedicine Network (www.otn.ca)
FACILITATOR: Springboard’s Director, Laura MacNiven, M. Ed

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Springboard’s Top 5 tips for Focusing on Exams – When Focusing is not Your Forte

When you struggle with focusing challenges, exam writing can be seriously frustrating. We often hear stories of students feeling like they studied hard, knew their stuff, but when it came to getting it all down- they didn’t perform their best. Having a strategy for exam writing can help you take control, reduce stress, and be set up to “show all that you know!”

At Springboard, we work with individuals with focusing issues of all ages. We know how stressful it can be heading into those big exams. As this season is upon us, we are sharing our top 5 tips. And remember, you don’t have to be formally diagnosed with an attention issue to take advantage of these great ideas!:

  1. Study strategically: When studying, try to “practice for your exam”. Don’t just read and take notes, or highlight. Prepare by simulating exam questions as much as possible. Ask for past exams or sample practice questions from your teacher.
  2. Show up in the zone: Come up with a pre-test taking ritual that helps you get in the zone – listen to music to block out the stress chatter of other students, have the right type of snacks that make you feel at your best, or even try doing a little exercise to wake up your prefrontal cortex and increase your alertness
  3. Don’t arrive without BRAIN food!: Eat breakfast or lunch before writing your exam, but make sure the meal isn’t too heavy – you need some blood to go to your brain too and you don’t want to be fighting fatigue while writing. (And remember a water bottle too)
  4. Arrive and dump your thoughts! If there’s anything that had to be memorized, and you are worried you’ll forget it- write it down anywhere on the exam paper as soon as the exam starts. This will help free your brain to concentrate on the questions in front of you. Also, if a question comes up later where you need that information, it will be ready and at your fingertips.
  5. Chunk it up: Exams can feel overwhelming, and stress can make it hard for you to do your best work. Start by bringing in a watch, and planning out your time per section. That way you can keep an eye on your pace and try to relax in each section. Cover up other questions, so you can give your full attention to what is in front of you. And try re-reading each question before moving on to the next one, so you don’t feel daunted about checking over the whole exam at the end!

By managing your head space and ritualizing the exam writing experience, you can feel more in control (no matter what gets thrown at you!). Wishing you a successful exam season from our team!

Laura MacNiven is the Director of Clinical Services at Springboard Clinic- a multidisciplinary resource that assesses and treats ADHD across the lifespan. Anne Bailey is a Clinical Psychologist and Manager of Treatment Services at Springboard Clinic. Their treatment team collaborated to put together this great set of tips.

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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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Integra Workshop Series – Fall 2015

The Child Development Institute’s Integra Program is proud to present the following spring workshops primarily designed for parents/ caregivers of children with LDs.

The Child Development Institute’s Integra Program is proud to present the following fall workshops primarily designed for parents/ caregivers of children with LDs.

Walk a Mile in my Shoes (Thursday September 17)
This experiential workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the challenges of having LDs through engaging in a series of activities. Participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school.

Accessing School Supports (Thursday October 1)
This workshop will explore strategies for building a team of support within the school system. We will explore both formal and informal ways of communicating with the school and focus on understanding the process of getting help in the classroom or school system. Attention will also be paid to relationship development and team building.

All About Moods: Understanding Anxiety, Depression, and LDs (Thursday October 8)
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety and depression, when to be concerned, approaches to treatment, and the connection between LDs and moods.

Bullying and LDs: Building Your Tool Box to Support Youth with LDs (Thursday November 5)
In partnership with COPA (Centre Ontarien de Prevention des Agressions), this workshop examines the specific factors that put children and youth with LDs at greater risk of being bullied and bullying others, and how adults can help support them. A large portion of the workshop will incorporate experiential exercises, role-plays, and practical tips from COPA’s “Tools Not Rules” workshop to support children and youth with challenges related to bullying.

Introduction to Executive Functioning (Thursday November 19)
This workshop provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning (higher order thinking skills including organization and problem-solving) and difficulties children with LDs/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support children and youth with executive functioning challenges will be introduced.

To register or see more details on the Integra Workshop Series, click here

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Building Home-School Communication Strategies

Communicating with Children

Wednesday October 7th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Presented by Dr. Anne Bailey and Barbara Csenge
Springboard Clinic Office: 301-1055 Yonge Street

This workshop-style evening offers an overview of home/school roles and responsibilities, allowing parents to gain an understanding of how they can be engaged and empowered in proactive and sustainable dialogue with their child’s school.

Dr. Anne Bailey and Barbara Csenge will be discussing the support systems that schools have in place to address the learning needs of their students and who the key players are at your child’s school. Parents can expect a portion of the evening to discuss IEPs and classroom accommodations, including how they can play a collaborative role to support their child. Parents will be encouraged to consider helpful family information to share with their child’s school and techniques that set the stage for sustained collaboration will be discussed. Parents will walk away with a customized action plan to build communication strategies with their child’s education team to set their child up for academic success.

To learn more about the event click here

About The Springboard Clinic:
Springboard Clinic is a one-of-a-kind resource in Toronto for managing mental health and learning differences. They often work beyond the clinic to help integrate and support their clients.

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Springboard Clinic’s “TED-STYLE” Talk

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The Springboard Clinic hosted a jam-packed evening on February 5th. After opening remarks by Dr. Ainslie Gray, the event showcased 10 minute- “TED-style” talks, where the speakers shared stories of hope, debunked myths, and most uniquely, some innovative brain research that we found both empowering and helpful in understanding “why we all do what we do!” We have shared two of the talks which we think you will find uplifting and innovative!

Dr. Anne Bailey takes brain science and simplifies it in a way that is both inspiring and thought provoking:

Laura MacNiven explains ADHD, learning differences, with a focus on how to move forward and find hope and help:

 

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ADHD: We are starting to talk the same talk

We all know a lot more about ADHD now than we did when we opened Springboard Clinic 5 years ago. It is safe to say that we are on the right track of dispelling the harmful myths that have clouded successful treatment for decades.

The science is there to explain it through neuro-imaging, the case studies are there to demonstrate the pervasiveness of the diagnosis, and most importantly, the successful treatment data is there to help individuals thrive and move forward.

I am starting to hear comments like “you know ADHD isn’t just about not being able to focus, it’s about an inability to regulate focus” in water cooler and school yard conversations. We are all starting to get it. ADHD isn’t just about meeting DSM-criteria with certain symptoms of hyperactivity or inattention. It’s about having a neurotransmitter difference in your pre-frontal cortex and the more an individual understands their brain, the more they are able to use healthy coping mechanisms and maximize on their strengths/gifts.

As everyone knows, there is a huge push to reduce stigmatization of mental health. 15 years ago, If you were clinically depressed, you were likely to hear “what’s your problem, just get out of bed”. We all understand that better now, and I’m so grateful for websites like totallyadd.com and campaigns such as Bell: Let’s Talk (January 28).

ADHD is real. It’s not a choice. And it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. A lot of times, it is just the opposite: an opportunity to do something impactful, outside of the box and big. With the right help, and the right lens, it’s all about moving forward.

Want to join this dialogue? Springboard clinic is hosting a TED-style talk on February 5th, come join a community that believes in evidenced based research, and matches it with a set of hopeful and innovative messages.

For more information, call Laura MacNiven or Dr. Ainslie Gray  at 416- 901-3077 or register online at http://www.springboardclinic.com/events.html

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Integra Foundation – Spring 2014 Workshops

We are excited to partner with the Integra Foundation to post their Spring Workshop schedule.  The Integra Foundation is dedicated to helping children and adolescents who experience social, emotional and behavioural problems related to their learning disabilities.

We would encourage parents / caregivers of LD children along with teachers, counsellors and community members to attend any of the following workshops at the North Toronto Community Centre from 7:00 to 8:30PM.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes - Thursday April 24, 2014
This is an experiential workshop that is designed to give participants an understanding of what it
may feel like to have a Learning Disability (LD) through engaging in a series of activities.
Through these exercises, participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of
LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at
home and at school.

Understanding Anxiety & Learning Disabilities - Thursday May 1, 2014
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety, when to be
concerned, approaches to treatment, and the relationship between anxiety and Learning
Disabilities (LDs).

An Introduction to Executive Functioning & Learning Disabilities – Thursday May 8, 2014
This presentation provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning
(higher order thinking skills including organization and problem solving) and difficulties children with
learning disabilities may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support kids with
executive function difficulties will be introduced.

Tips for Supporting Kids with Executive Functioning & LDs: Advanced  - Thursday May 22, 2014
This presentation will build on the information covered in the Introduction to Executive Functioning
& Learning Disabilities workshop by exploring tips to help support kids with executive functioning
difficulties at home or school. It is strongly recommended that participants have attended the
Introduction to Executive Functioning & Learning Disabilities workshop prior to attending this one.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes for Siblings (for children & youth ages 10 – 18 years) - Thursday June 5, 2014
This is an adaptation of Walk a Mile in My Shoes, the experiential workshop on LDs designed to
increase knowledge and understanding about how it may feel to have LDs. This version is
designed for siblings of children with LDs, or other children and youth who could benefit from
understanding more about LDs. Participants should come with an adult (there is no charge for the
accompanying adult).

Managing Change & Times of Transition with Children/Youth with LD - Thursday, June 12, 2014
This workshop looks at possible stressors related to change and transitions for kids with LDs. As
the school year comes to a close and plans for summer and upcoming changes in classrooms,
teachers or schools in the fall are made, we will explore different strategies to help ease tensions
and prepare individuals and systems to respond and to accommodate to change for successful
outcomes.

To register for any of these sessions, please call Integra at 416-486-8055 or click here to register online

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Integra Foundation – Winter Workshop Schedule

We are excited to partner with the Integra Foundation to post their Winter Workshop schedule.  The Integra Foundation is dedicated to helping children and adolescents who experience social, emotional and behavioural problems related to their learning disabilities.

We would encourage parents / caregivers of LD children along with teachers, counsellors and community members to attend any of the following workshops at the North Toronto Community Centre from 7:00 to 8:30PM.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Language-based LDs - Thursday, January 30, 2014
This experiential workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of what it may feel like
to have a Learning Disability (LD) through engaging in a series of activities. Through these
exercises, participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs with a focus on
Language-based LDs and a practical understanding of how they may affect mental health and
everyday life at home and at school.

Walk a Mile in My Shoes: Visual-based LDs and NLD - Thursday, February 6, 2014
This experiential workshop will use a similar format to the above presentation and aims to give
participants an understanding of what it may feel like to have a visual-based LD or on Verbal
Learning Disability (NLD) through engaging in a series of activities. Through these exercises,
participants will gain knowledge about current thinking in the field of LDs and a practical
understanding of how they may affect mental health and everyday life at home and at school.

All About Moods: Anxiety, Depression & Learning Disabilities - Thursday, February 13, 2014
In this introductory workshop, participants will gain an understanding of anxiety and depression,
approaches to treatment, and the relationship between mood disorders and Learning Disabilities.

Executive Functioning & Learning Disabilities - Thursday, February 27, 2014
This presentation provides participants with an understanding of the nature of executive functioning
(higher order thinking skills including organization and problem solving) and difficulties children with
learning disabilities may have in regulating themselves. Suggestions on how to support kids with
executive function difficulties will be discussed.

ADHD & LDs in Teens: Supporting Self-Reliance - Thursday, March 20, 2014
This workshop will look at how ADHD may affect teens at school and at home and look at
a specific approach that will show parents and teachers how to support a teen to learn to
gradually become more independent.

Understanding Social Success in Children with LDs/ADHD - Thursday, March 27, 2014
In this workshop, participants will explore the developmental skills necessary for children
under 12 with ADHD and LDs to be socially successful and competent. Strategies on
how to understand and support your child’s needs will be offered.

To register for any of these sessions, please call Integra at 416-486-8055 or click here to register online

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