Coffee Meetup for ADHD Parents

Coffee Meetup for ADHD Parents

Come along and have a relaxing morning meeting and chatting with other ADHD parents.

This is a free event but you’ll need to purchase your own coffee.

Children welcome but no childcare provided.

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FREE Screening of The Kids We Lose – A Documentary by Dr Ross Greene

Free Screening of The Kids We Lose – A Documentary by Dr Ross Greene

Following Louise Remond’s talk on Ross Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions Model we will screen the hard-hitting documentary produced by Ross Greene.

This film has only been screened in Australia at the Dr Ross Greene workshops in 5 cities so far.  So this is an amazing opportunity to see the film and to hear Louise Remond, an expert in the CPS model, talk about the ways in which we can avoid the scenarios in the film happening here in Australia.

Weaving together moving interviews and rare archival footage, The Kids We Lose portrays, for the first time on film, the journey of kids with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges, their caregivers, and their collective struggles at various ages. The kids don’t understand why they’re being mistreated and manhandled or why they’re unable to change course … they just think it’s their fault. Their desperate and discouraged parents hope there’s a better way, but have been on the long road of looking for right help for way too long. Classroom teachers feel ill-equipped to help these kids, and have time constraints, high-stakes tests, overcrowded classrooms, budget cuts, and zero tolerance policies interfering with their efforts to retain their patience and compassion under impossible conditions. The entire picture is one of alienation, disenfranchisement, marginalisation, and despair.

Using interviews filmed across North America, the film documents the punitive, counterproductive, misguided, inhumane interventions so frequently applied to kids with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges. In American public schools alone, annually, these kids are on the receiving end of 5.4 million in- and out-of-school suspensions, dozens of millions of detentions, hundreds of thousands of school paddlings, hundreds of thousands of restraints and seclusions, and tens of thousands of school arrests. The Kids We Lose also shows how the misperception, mistreatment and demonisation of these kids begins at very early ages — the astronomical rates of suspensions of kids in pre-school and kindergarten tell us it’s so — and simply intensifies as kids grow older and their difficulties grow worse.

In The Kids We Lose, we hear the kids describing how they’ve been manhandled (literally and figuratively) by the system; we also hear the self-blame and hopelessness that springs from being misunderstood and mistreated. We hear the parents describe how they have been inaccurately characterised as passive, permissive, inept disciplinarians, and we hear their isolation and desperation in trying to find the right help. We hear from classroom teachers who have received minimal training on understanding and helping kids with behavioural challenges but who are nonetheless on the hook for making things work in overcrowded classrooms that include many kids with special needs. We hear from school administrators who feel tremendous pressure — from school staff and the parents of well-behaved students — to “send a strong message” and intervene in ways that are decisive, punitive, and counterproductive. And we hear from staff in therapeutic facilities, who describe what it’s like to listen to the wailing of kids who are being restrained (pinned to the ground by 2-4 adults) and placed in locked-door seclusion or solitary confinement, but who sometimes justify the use of these procedures out of concern for their own safety.

Amazingly, while the plight and treatment of behaviourally challenging kids makes the news every so often – when a kid is led out of school in handcuffs, or when video of a school paddling leaks out, or when a kid dies while being restrained – most people are unaware of the tragic costs of misunderstanding and mistreating our most vulnerable kids. The Kids We Lose changes that.

You can watch the trailer here:

ADHD Support Australia is now endorsed to provide NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher level.

So attending the screening will contribute 1 hour 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development addressing 6.2.2 from Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

FREE ENTRY

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Speaker: Louise Remond – An Introduction to Ross Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions Model: A Framework for Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children

Speaker Evening: Louise Remond, Psychologist, The Kidman Centre, UTS

An Introduction to Ross Greene’s Collaborative and Proactive Solutions Model: A Framework for Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children

Followed by FREE screening of The Kids We Lose documentary by Ross Greene

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) is an innovative treatment developed by Ross Greene from Harvard Medical School, designed for families of behaviourally challenging kids and teenagers where parent and child work together to identify situations where something is getting in the way of the child doing well, and then collaborate on how to overcome them and find durable solutions.

Louise Remond is a clinical psychologist with experience in a number of clinic, health, community and university settings and works with a range of adults, teenagers and children in individual therapy.  Louise presents to school students on managing stress, has co-authored several books and has developed and presented seminars covering a variety of mental health and well-being subjects for professionals, teachers and the general public.

The Kidman Centre at UTS is a mental health treatment and research unit specialising in evidence-based treatments for children, teenagers, young adults and their families and is Australia’s first accredited Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) clinic.

FREE ENTRY FOR U18s

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Speaker: Sharon Bramble, Alert Learning – Demystifying Reading – for Parents and Teachers of Children with ADHD and Associated Learning Difficulties

SPEAKER EVENING:

Sharon Bramble, Alert Learning

Demystifying Reading – for Parents and Teachers of Children with ADHD and Associated Learning Difficulties

Is reading a struggle for your child or student with ADHD? Are you concerned that the reading approach being taught in your school community is confusing them? Is it confusing you?

This parent/teacher-friendly talk will demystify current reading practices taught in schools. It will look at what science tells us about how to teach reading and what you can do to support children if your school is using a non-scientific based approach such as Whole Language or Balanced Literacy.

Perhaps you have tried phonics instruction to assist your child’s reading. Did you know that there are many different phonics approaches? You will discover why some phonics teaching practices are ineffective and why systematic synthetic phonics works for all children.

Sharon Bramble, the creator of ALERT Learning, will share with you some simple but highly effective strategies that will enable you to assist any person wishing to improve their reading. Sharon is an educational consultant with over 20 years of experience. She is regarded as a remedial specialist by developmental paediatricians for her documented success with hundreds of children with ADHD and associated learning difficulties. Sharon began her path into education as a parent looking for answers and has personally tried many forms of intervention including home-schooling.

ALERT Learning is an Australian patented Learning System which is the only methodology of its kind to integrate spelling, reading, grammar and writing from K-12 across all key learning areas.

In the 12 years of running ALERT as a Professional Development Program, Sharon has increased the capacity of hundreds of primary and secondary teachers to confidently teach and embed literacy. Many schools have had challenging environments including remote regions and low socio-economic areas with extremely low literacy levels. She has also up-skilled hundreds of parents with explicit knowledge of literacy while providing multi-sensory strategies which increase learning and retention.

ALERT’s unique Learning System was the subject of a five-year trial in a Western Sydney state high school where its methodology was implemented across the curriculum. By the fourth year of the trial, the school placed first in New South Wales for value added growth in every aspect of literacy in national testing (NAPLAN).

Sharon is a passionate educator who will demystify the reading process and share some of the evidence-based practices that have assisted thousands of young people to improve their literacy skills. Her talk will empower parents and teachers with specific knowledge and effective strategies.

Under 18’s FREE ENTRY

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Coffee Meetup for ADHD Parents

Coffee Meetup for ADHD Parents

Come along and have a relaxing morning meeting and chatting with other ADHD parents.

This is a free event but you’ll need to purchase your own coffee.

Children welcome but no childcare provided.

If you are unable to attend the meet-up please join our Newsletter list to hear about future meetups, receive slides from speaker evenings and be kept up-to-date with future ADHD news & events.

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http://eepurl.com/cgdNbz

ADHD and Drumming

ADHD and Drumming

It has been said that the drums are one of the few instruments that access the entire brain, stimulating all the main sectors. Active engagement of practically playing rhythms aid in syncing the left and right hemispheres of the brain; leaving us feeling more connected with ourselves.

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Learning Difference Convention – Sydney

Learning Difference Convention – Sydney

The Learning Difference Convention was borne out of charitable efforts on the Central Coast NSW towards dyslexia awareness. The need to disseminate information, and bring the available support structures together to assist those dealing with dyslexia, became evident. The Learning Difference Convention is now a philanthropic event funded independently by its founder, Jillian Zocher.

Specific Learning Difficulties Specialist, Jillian Zocher, completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties in conjunction with the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre (UK) and the Oxford and Cambridge Royal Society of Arts in 2002, after many years of having taught at dyslexia friendly schools overseas. Jillian practices Educational Therapy on the Central Coast and teaches one on one to dyslexics across the age range.

What Do We Do

Neurological differences are to be recognised and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labelled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others.

The Learning Difference Convention is the only event of its kind in Australia, linking delegates to support networks, teacher training, resources, research, authors and  information, all relating to learning differences.

The Learning Difference Convention recognises that a systematic, explicit and multi-sensory approach to reading is essential and that early intervention is key. Whilst we provide FREE resources to assist with reading, we recognise that dyslexia is more than just a reading difficulty and that dyslexics have varying needs, relative to their individual strengths and weaknesses.

This unique event allows us to share the plethora of information, whether it be reading, writing, spelling, co-ordination, concentration, auditory processing, mathematics, study skills, organisational skills, self-esteem difficulties, anxiety, social skills, behaviour, technology, visual processing, nutrition and more. The event allows you to ask the necessary questions, meet the experts and support groups and try out loads of resources.

The event has triggered a healthy debate, resulting in increased awareness, increased action, increased support, whilst inspiring unity between organisations and institutions.

The LDC offer support to parents, teachers, teacher aides and allied health professionals, for all three tiers of intervention – programs for classrooms/schools, programs for small groups and programs for those more severe who require one on one support.

LDC allows us to keep abreast with what is going on in the world of dyslexia, equipping us with the information to grow in our knowledge and understanding as educators in Australia.

LDC encourage delegates to view learners in a holistic way, focusing on strengths and individual needs, rather than only dwelling on weakness and labels in which to categorise them. Moving from labelling, to profiling, empowers us in our understanding, without relying on the services of an ‘expert’.

It is particularly important to note that various SpLD’s overlap; as students are likely to have one or more co-occurring difficulties. In developmental disorders co-existing difficulties is the rule rather than the exception.

Learning Difference Convention – Melbourne

Learning Difference Convention – Melbourne

The Learning Difference Convention was borne out of charitable efforts on the Central Coast NSW towards dyslexia awareness. The need to disseminate information, and bring the available support structures together to assist those dealing with dyslexia, became evident. The Learning Difference Convention is now a philanthropic event funded independently by its founder, Jillian Zocher.

Specific Learning Difficulties Specialist, Jillian Zocher, completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties in conjunction with the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre (UK) and the Oxford and Cambridge Royal Society of Arts in 2002, after many years of having taught at dyslexia friendly schools overseas. Jillian practices Educational Therapy on the Central Coast and teaches one on one to dyslexics across the age range.

What Do We Do

Neurological differences are to be recognised and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labelled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others.

The Learning Difference Convention is the only event of its kind in Australia, linking delegates to support networks, teacher training, resources, research, authors and  information, all relating to learning differences.

The Learning Difference Convention recognises that a systematic, explicit and multi-sensory approach to reading is essential and that early intervention is key. Whilst we provide FREE resources to assist with reading, we recognise that dyslexia is more than just a reading difficulty and that dyslexics have varying needs, relative to their individual strengths and weaknesses.

This unique event allows us to share the plethora of information, whether it be reading, writing, spelling, co-ordination, concentration, auditory processing, mathematics, study skills, organisational skills, self-esteem difficulties, anxiety, social skills, behaviour, technology, visual processing, nutrition and more. The event allows you to ask the necessary questions, meet the experts and support groups and try out loads of resources.

The event has triggered a healthy debate, resulting in increased awareness, increased action, increased support, whilst inspiring unity between organisations and institutions.

The LDC offer support to parents, teachers, teacher aides and allied health professionals, for all three tiers of intervention – programs for classrooms/schools, programs for small groups and programs for those more severe who require one on one support.

LDC allows us to keep abreast with what is going on in the world of dyslexia, equipping us with the information to grow in our knowledge and understanding as educators in Australia.

LDC encourage delegates to view learners in a holistic way, focusing on strengths and individual needs, rather than only dwelling on weakness and labels in which to categorise them. Moving from labelling, to profiling, empowers us in our understanding, without relying on the services of an ‘expert’.

It is particularly important to note that various SpLD’s overlap; as students are likely to have one or more co-occurring difficulties. In developmental disorders co-existing difficulties is the rule rather than the exception.

The Positive Aspects of ADHD and Successful ADHD Adults

Finally, a study that can support my clients in moving forward! If you think it’s tough for kids with ADHD to thrive amongst the social stigma, then imagine how it feels for an adult with ADHD, given most of our population is not aware that ADHD may persist into adulthood.  Late last year a study was released called “Positive Aspects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

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Why Can’t My Child with ADHD Sleep at Night?

WHY CAN’T MY CHILD WITH ADHD SLEEP AT NIGHT?

Does your child struggle to sleep each night?  Do they pop in and out of bed multiple times for a drink of water, to ask yet another “burning” question that can’t wait until the morning, or want another goodnight hug? Do they wake often in the night and have trouble re-settling themselves? Are they difficult to wake in the morning?

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