ADHD Treatment info at Toronto Danforth Ward 15 Community Program Fair

Come learn about how to support your family member with ADHD at this community hub event.

Mary Lynn Trotter MSW RSW will be on hand Thursday Sept. 27 from 3-7:30 to meet teachers, administrators and parents who are seeking supports for students with ADHD and related learning differences.

The event is sponsored by the Toronto Danforth Ward 15 Community Hub, and includes many local agencies serving children and families.

It is also a chance to let us know what services you need in your community.

The event is at Chester ES and Westwood MS – 114 Gowan/994 Carlaw Ave. (northeast of Broadview/Mortimer).

 

Please bring your questions about:

- what is ADHD

- how to find out if my child might have it

- where to get a proper diagnosis

-what are the treatment options

- how to work collaboratively with my child’s teacher

- how to include sports activities as key adjunct therapies

- what supports are available in the community for free

- what OHIP won’t cover

- how to find a parent support group

- how counselling helps ADHD

- how to improve my child’s behavior

- does mom or dad also have ADHD

-IEPs and IPRCs – what are they, and how do they help

 

ADHD at work

Adult ADHD is becoming more known, better understood, leading to improved lives for people affected by it. One area where ADHD can be managed is in the workplace. It can, and should be thought of as a disability. For those working for a progressive employer, it is hoped this is something  you are able to share. Just like in school, you should be able to ask for accomodations.

But for others, in more traditional settings, disclosing that you have ADHD may be more of a burden than a help. This is an unfortunate reality. Adult ADHD is a disorder that still carries stigma, much like disclosing you have depression or anxiety.

So, we rarely see people taking time off to deal with their ADHD treatment. What happens instead is ADHD comes to work with you each and every day. If you are lucky enough to be in a job that is a good fit, such as sales, or something with a lot of variety, you may have managed to be effective at work despite the challenges of ADHD.

Another solution is to learn how ADHD affects the tasks of your job. For many, it means getting a handle on organization, time management, deadlines, hyper-focussing, setting priorities etc. What you really need is an assistant.

That’s where devices, such as computers, smart phones, even alarms can help. There are many new tools to help ADHD’ers better manage their work demands. To find out more, put “assistive devices” into your search engine to see what’s available. There are now many apps to help you – whatever your challenge.

For example, some of the new technologies have timers and alarms connected to the calendar. Put an appointment in, and you will be notified before that appointment comes up. What a relief…you can dive deeply into that assignment, and not have to worry that you might miss your next appointment.

Do you have a favourite? Please comment on this blog, so others with adult ADHD can see what works. And if it didn’t work for you, it might work for someone else with ADHD.

ADHD is an employment barrier you can address

As a social worker practising in Toronto, I work with people who have ADHD, and other adults who face a variety of barriers to employment. (For those interested, check my other website, www.vantagepointcareers.com). Because of my social work background, I bring a different focus to the area of career development, or career counselling.

Social workers are educated and trainined to help people understand and cope with their challenges – and we all have some! So, I decided to take that approach into my work with career counselling.

For adults with ADHD, understanding what your barrier is should not pose a problem. You have likely known since you were young that you had a type of disabilty that made school, and later paid work difficult. If you were lucky enough to pick a career well suited to ADHD, you already conquered one of the biggest barriers you migh have faced!

Career counselling for ADHD includes helping people understand the unique ways ADHD affects their work styles, productivity, and creative process. As you know, there is no clear cut career plan for an ADHD client – each person is uniquely different in terms of the way ADHD poses challenges, and indeed, what strengths in confers.

I have found that people with ADHD, like any other significant issue, have to go through a process of acceptance before they can become very comfortable talking about it in terms of their on the job performance. This is where working with a career counsellor trained in ADHD is very helpful.

Before any client begins to seek out interviews, or even dust off their resume, I like to work with them to be clear and confident about the impact of ADHD on their working lives. Today many workplaces have accomodations in place to support you. Researching your local job market – talkiong to people who work in H.R. is a good place to start. Often, magazine reviews of top companies will point out who has excellent HR policies in the area of disability.

Rather than think of ADHD as a hurdle to be overcome, work to see it as a way of describing how you behave in certain situations – and how you manage it – well.

For more information on workplace disability and accomodations, please contact me.

Hire a coach with credentials

I offer both counselling and coaching services.

What does that mean?

 

As a counsellor, my background includes 15 years of clinical social work. I have provided counselling, or therapy, to individuals, couples and families. Counselling provides a holistic understanding of how ADHD affects the client. I help people look at their ADHD as a strength, but also as a challenge. We learn together how to compensate for the challenges. Counsellors provide advice and guidance. As well, I have training in areas such as treating depression and anxiety, common to people with ADHD.

 

For those looking for coaching services, I will provide you with assessment, goal setting, direction and follow through. I will ask you for your commitment, and help you stick to your plans. Coaching service can be like a “right hand” for any length of time you need it. It is less formal than counselling treatment, you set the agendas, and you advise me how you would like a coach to support you.

 

If you are looking for an ADHD coach or counsellor, do look into their credentials. Currently, ADHD can be well supported by counsellors trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.).  Coaches need to be certified by the ICF, or working toward certification.

 

I have advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy, and use it to help address clinical issues. My coaching skills are gained through the ADD Coach Academy, where I am training toward ICF accreditation. Please feel free to contact me to learn more about my background.

Thank you!

 

 

ADHD included as exceptionality

Here is the link to the Ontario government memo that outlines the recent changes to ADHD as an exceptionality, which will result in changes in school supports:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/2011CategoryException.pdf

This can mean big changes for parents with children who have an ADHD diagnosis, but no second diagnosis. In the past, many of these parents were not eligible for school support for their child’s learning challenges relating to their ADHD. Only if a child had a second exceptionality, such as a learning disability, would their needs be addressed.

 

Now, it is up to the school districts themsevles, through superintendeants, principals, and classroom teachers to support the intent of this policy change, and ensure children with ADHD receive all the help they need!

 

Here is another link to a terrific resource to provide your classroom or resource room teacher, also done for the Ontario government: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/Tannock.pdf

If you need help advocating for your child’s rights at school, call me today to book a consultation.

We are lucky these changes have been made, let’s ensure our children get their full benefit.

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