ADHD Awareness Day 2014

LDAWE Guest Blog Post by: Dr. Sharon Burey

ADHD Awareness Day on Thursday, October 16, 2014

Where: Caboto Club

Time: 9am -1pm

Guest Speaker: Dr. Sam Chang, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Moderator: Dr. Sharon Burey, Behavioural Pediatrician

Cost: FREE

Register at: www.adhdwindsor.com  or by calling Dr. Sharon Burey’s office at 519-919-9988

Target audience: Parents, teachers, social workers, health professionals, child and youth workers, caregivers, etc.

 

Hello all,

A new school year is upon us and it is time to focus on creating an environment for our children and adolescents, so that they can be successful at school, home and in social environments.

This year’s ADHD Awareness Day has a phenomenal guest speaker in Dr. Sam Chang.

Dr. Sam Chang, is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. He is also an accredited faculty with the Reach Institute of New York. He is the Medical Director of the Adolescent Addictions Program and admits to the Young Adult Program Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, both located at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. He is also the Provincial Adolescent Psychiatric Consultant for the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC); does numerous clinical trials; and continues to see new consultations in his office. (Excerpt from CAADRA 2011 conference materials.)

Dr. Chang will discuss ADHD in the context of substance abuse. Following his presentation there will be a panel of community service providers. At that time, we will all find out more about existing and new services that are available in our community.

We are truly looking forward to your presence and participation. Please invite your friends and family.

I recently saw an article from the American Academy of Pediatricians that I believe as a community we need to pay attention to. It relates to the well being of our pre-adolescent and adolescent children. As we focus on creating environments that foster the success of our children, this is one concrete step that we could take as a community. I am talking about SLEEP. Sleep is the foundation of how we heal, cope with life’s daily challenges, focus and pay attention. The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for a later school start for adolescents.

I believe that as a community, we can do this. It will take the voice of parents and teachers and professionals to achieve this – but it can be done! This is something that Parent Advisory Councils could bring forward to school boards.

 

Let Them Sleep

AAP Recommends Delaying Start Times of Middle and High Schools to Combat Teen Sleep Deprivation

AAP LogoStudies show that adolescents who don’t get enough sleep often suffer physical and mental health problems, an increased risk of automobile accidents and a decline in academic performance. But getting enough sleep each night can be hard for teens whose natural sleep cycles make it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11 p.m. – and who face a first-period class at 7:30 a.m. or earlier the next day.

In a new policy statement published online Aug. 25, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends middle and high schools delay the start of class to 8:30 a.m. or later. Doing so will align school schedules to the biological sleep rhythms of adolescents, whose sleep-wake cycles begin to shift up to two hours later at the start of puberty.

Click here to read more.

AAP Policy Statement

 

See you on October 16, 2014 at the Caboto Club.

Sincerely,

Sharon Burey MD FRCPC MPLc

ADHD Awareness Windsor
Consultant Behavioural Pediatrician
Adjunct Professor Pediatrics, Windsor Program Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry Western University

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