Executive Functioning: Who’s the Boss?

Executive Functions (EF) are mental processes that help to connect past experience with present action to guide future behaviour. Individuals with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD may experience increased difficulty in the development and use of these functions compared to their same-aged neurotypical peers. These functions underlie activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space. When students struggle in these areas, it can result in behaviours that are often labeled as “attention-seeking”, “defiant”, “showing off”, “unmotivated” or “lazy”, “emotional overreactions”, and “inflexible”, just to name a few.

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Why Am I so Angry?

When ADHD Triggers Emotional Outbursts: Scripts for Your Flashpoints

EXPERT: Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

ADHD brings with it strong emotions — but few tools for managing those emotions in ways that feel good. When emotions rule the day, it can be really tough to regain control over yourself or a situation. Learn more about what to do and strategies that work.

School Struggles Virtual Summit

EXPERTS:  30 speakers

4 days from Sept. 12 – Sept. 15

Thirty of the world’s learning, education, ADHD, and autism experts  — 25% of whom are neurodivergent or have learning challenges — have come together in one conference to share the evidence-based knowledge, tools, and strategies that help struggling learners succeed and shine.

Nurturing Resilience and Motivation in Children with ADHD: The Search for “Islands of Competence”

EXPERT: Robert Brooks, Ph.D.

Children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD often confront feelings of low self-esteem and a sense of pessimism about their life.

To help these children and adolescents develop constructive coping strategies that enhance motivation, learning, caring, hope, and resilience, it is important for parents, educators, and professionals to adopt a strength-based approach. This kind of approach highlights each youngster’s interests and “islands of competence” and serves to reinforce a “resilient mindset” with accompanying resilient behaviours.

Supporting neurodiverse children and youth: Improving access and treatment outcomes

Individuals experiencing neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum and ADHD are more likely to struggle with their mental health and be diagnosed with comorbid psychiatric conditions.

This webinar will explore techniques for supporting children, youth and their families who are neuro-diverse and have experienced barriers in accessing support and experiencing positive outcomes in mental health, educational and residential settings.

Calgary Teachers’ Convention Camp Gr. 3- 6

 

TIME: February 17 & 18 in Calgary

Campers are invited to join some of their favourite Amicus staff for a special day of camp on school PD Days. Playing camp-wide games, going to choice programs, and even going on some adventures. We are ready for a great winter camp day with our campers, and cannot wait to add some more steps in the right direction to our buttons.