LDAWE Guest Blog Post by: Dr. Sharon Burey
ADHD AWARENESS DAY WORKSHOP
OCTOBER 18, 2013 in WINDSOR, ONTARIO
Hi. My name is Dr. Sharon Burey and I am a Consultant Behavioural Pediatrician. This is my very first blog ever! I am really excited about stretching myself and joining the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor-Essex in providing top-notch experiences, information and stories about ADHD and Learning Disabilities.
After practicing pediatrics for some time and specializing in children who have learning and behaviour problems, I realized that most of the action ― that is anything that is substantially going to improve health outcomes ― happens outside of the office. This was the driving force behind the creation of ADHD Awareness Windsor. I realized that partnering with service providers within the community, such as the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor-Essex, would provide a more complete path to wellness for my patients and their families. It was also exciting getting out of the office and working in the community. For more information about ADHD Windsor, please visit our website www.ADHDWindsor.com.
I believe that healing and wellness take place not just in homes and hospitals and doctors’ offices but in the community. The community is a place where we all live. The community represents our beliefs, our hopes and our dreams about our own lives and the lives of our children. The community normalizes a belief system of healing and wellness for the societies in which we live. The community’s beliefs about healing and wellness have a role in shaping our personal beliefs about healing and wellness. And so it is, that over the past several years of ADHD Awareness workshops we have seen improved knowledge and help-seeking behaviour in our community when it comes to ADHD. The results of surveys filled out by attendees each year as well as yearly reports can be found at www.ADHDWindsor.com.
I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to this year’s ADHD Awareness event. It will take place on Friday of October 18th at the Caboto Club in Windsor, Ontario. You may register at the website noted above. The event is free. This year we will have Dr. Yousha Mirza, a local Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, as our keynote speaker. Community partners who provide services for children with ADHD and Learning Disabilities will be available to answer your questions and provide you with information. This is a very important opportunity for all parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with ADHD to touch base with our service providers. The support networks that we create in our own lives make the difference between success and failure.
One of the most extensive studies on the best treatments for ADHD was the Multimodal Treatment (MTA) 1 study for ADHD in children. One of the most important findings was that it was the children who received the most support ― medical, social, academic, psychological and financial ― who did best.
We now know that medication is just one part of the management of ADHD. In fact, there are a number of children who do not do well on any medication; in those cases other treatments have to be marshaled. New research on exercise, lifestyle and diet shows that these factors are extremely important in modifying the effect of ADHD on children and adolescents and their families.
I’d like to hear your thoughts. Please feel free to leave comments or just vote yes or no.
Take care of yourselves and I hope to see you on October 18, 2013!
1. Molina, Brooke S.G.; et. al. The MTA at 8 Years: Prospective Follow-up of Children Treated for Combined-Type ADHD in a Multisite Study. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 2009, Vol 48 (5):484-500.