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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!