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Kids’ Mental Health & Family Resources

Bringing colour and light to kids with mental health challenges

In contemplating the next post for this blog, I came upon an article in the Hamilton Spectator about the possible closing of Canada House – an eight-bed home in the Burlington area for teenage boys with mental health issues.

In light of this, I decided to compile a short list of the resources, groups and education services that have recently come across my radar.

This post also provides some background on mental health experts and online resources.

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list nor do I necessary endorse any of the following.

Canada House: This residence and its operator, Woodview, provides service to children, youth and their families with social, emotional, psychological and/or psychiatric difficulties. Located in Burlington, Ontario.

Autism Speaks: North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families

Kinark: A range of treatment services including individual, family and group counselling is provided to children and their families within local communities. These services are provided to children who are living at home or youth living on their own in their communities, as well as to children who are in residential care.

Vanier Institute of the Family: Not necessarily a resource for mental health, the Vanier Institute of the Family seeks to create awareness of, and to provide leadership on, the importance and strengths of families in Canada and the challenges they face in all of their structural, demographic, economic, cultural and social diversity.

What resources are on your radar? What else should I add to this list? Feel free to contact me or leave your comment below.

It’s Canadian ADHD Week: Learn. Understand. Inspire.

CADDAC’s 2012 ADHD Week banner

The Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada has launched ADHD Week. Celebrated October 14-21 2012, this week is meant to inspire, educate and inform.

In light of the launch, last Thursday and Friday I attended CADDAC’s annual ADHD Conference which was held in Markham, Ontario. The four day conference included distinct presentations for educators, parents, adults and girls.

Thursday night’s presentation was aimed at parents of children with ADHD. About 200 parents of children ranging from toddlers to those heading off to university took in a presentation from Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, a woman who has ADHD and an American licensed psychologist.

Here are highlights from Dr. Nadeau’s talk on ADHD-Friendly Parent Coaching:

  • Medication is NOT a magic bullet that solves all problems
  • Develop a CLOSE* relationship with your child
  • Don’t hold a grudge: you can be loving and still set limits and consequences
  • Get enough sleep. Work on your own bedtime as well as your child’s sleep habits
  • Perfection is not required! (Be a GEM = Good Enough Mom/Man)
  • Engage in “social engineering” to help your child make and keep friends
  • Proper nutrition, sleep and exercise is key
  • Anticipate and avoid the “upset zone” i.e. late afternoons
  • Understand the difference between a “punishment” and a “consequence” i.e. a consequence does not come from anger
  • Learn the art of habit-building to set the path for success later on in life

Do these tips and suggestions resonate with you? Do you know someone with ADHD to whom this could be helpful? Feel free to share this post and/or the ADHD Week Facebook page or share your comments on this blog. We all have a lot to learn.

*The CLOSE model involves: choices, consequences, collaboration, calm and consistent parenting, loving, looking out for good behaviour, special time every day, and empathy for your child.

Results of CADDAC’s Parent Survey on ADHD

Follow the path to enlightenment

Just yesterday CADDAC released its first-ever Canadian parents’ survey on ADHD. It was conducted between June and December of 2011.

The online survey had 735 respondents and focused on gathering information from parents and caregivers about their experiences with ADHD, the educational system, assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

I will interview  Heidi Bernhardt, President & National Director, CADDAC, in the near future about these results but, in the interim, here are some of the most interesting (to me) findings:

  • 18% of participants have more than one child with ADHD
  • 27% of respondent’s children (RC) waited more than 1 year for an
    ADHD assessment from a qualified medical professional
  • 73% of RC are on medication; 15% receive behaviour therapy
  • 92% of RC had difficulty staying focused at school
  • 48% of RC have difficulty making & keeping friends
  • 55% of parents feel they have not received sufficient information on ADHD from the physician treating their child

These are just a few of the highlights.  The full published study is available on CADDAC’s web site. To be honest, none of the results are surprising to me as the parent of a child with ADHD but they may astonish and surprise some teachers/administrators/school boards/physicians.

I will post more findings as well as the interview in the next few days. In the interim, please feel free to leave your comments and questions here.

News About CADDAC’s 4th Annual ADHD Conference.

CADDAC stands for Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada. I visit their website frequently, have spoken with a few of the organizers/staff and will be attending CADDAC’s upcoming ADHD conference.

The conference takes place in Markham (thank you, CADDAC organizers, for not making me drive and park in downtown Toronto!) from October 11-14, 2012.

I’ve never attended a conference focused on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and look forward to meeting like-minded parents, educators and experts and to learning more about this fascinating and frustrating disorder. Join me, won’t you? See below for more details.

CADDAC’s 4th ANNUAL ADHD CONFERENCE!

* FOUR DAYS: Thursday, October 11th – Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Venue:
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Toronto-Markham
7095 Woodbine Avenue Markham, Ontario L3R 1A3

Thursday, October 11th – ADHD Friendly Parent Coaching
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau
*click here for presentation details*

Friday, October 12th – What Educators Need to Know About ADHD
Dr. Rosemary Tannock, Dr. Peter Chaban & Dr. Kathleen Nadeau
*click here for presentation details*

Saturday, October 13th – Girls & Women with ADHD
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Dr. Lance Levy & Terry Matlen
*click here for presentation details*

Sunday, October 14th – Adult ADHD
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Melissa Orlov & Dr. David Teplin
*click here for presentation details*

Conference fee covers registration, meals/break(s), and materials. Free Parking.

Pricing: Early Bird Pricing Available Now until August 13th!
Hotel: Hotel/Venue offering Promotional Pricing to Conference Attendees. $99/night. Limited availability – don’t wait!

Invest in Summer

My wonderful one-year corporate communications contract has now come to an end. I’ll miss the stimulating work and my fantastic colleagues. But, to engage a cliche… as the corporate door shuts and the drafty cottage window opens, I realize that I will now have abundant opportunities for outdoor summer adventures, playing with my kids, freelancing gigs and, of course, bolstering this blog!

My aim is to post once a week or more for the remainder of the summer. There are quite a few topics that I’ve been mulling over in my head. These include:

  • The Triple P parenting program
  • How seasons/weather affect mental health
  • The link between intelligence and ADHD
  • Alternative health/wellness tools for depression, anxiety, ADHD and other mental heallth issues
  • The important connections between pets & people

What are your plans/hopes/dreams for the summer? Are there any topics you’d like to see covered in this blog? I’d love to hear from you and receive your comments and questions.

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Iguana spend the summer with you

Time to take a stroll around the local pond… until next week!