Wednesday, January 19, 2011

We are moving to a new website!

This is the last update to this blog. Check out our new group website and become a member.

The new website is live and replaces this blog, and likely replaces our discussion Google group as well, since there is a discussion board on the new site. Members can also upload files of interest to other members--Dr. Garver has posted a file on Low Cost Mental Health Services in Washtenaw County to the new site. Check it out!

Here is the link for our Meetup Group:

http://www.meetup.com/AnnArbor-ADHD-ADD-Support/

All support group meetings and additional outside meetings of interest to members will be posted on the calendar on the above website.

As this blog ends, we would like to give special thanks to Vivianne Schnitzer and Olga Gallego, the founders (in 2009) of The Ann Arbor ADHD Parent Support Group, which has grown to be an important source of information, advocacy, and connection with specialists, local school systems, and the community at large. Ms. Schnitzer and Ms. Gallego left their organizational roles a few months ago to dedicate more time to their children.

Now affiliated with CHADD, our group is led by Dr. Kim Garver, our new dynamic leader! As our group continues to empower many families and children in the Ann Arbor area, we will continue to foster more understanding, tolerance, and a willingness to intervene and modify environments and attitudes towards children with differences.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ADHD Parent Support Group meeting on 11/30/10, Tuesday night from 7-9pm

Please join us for our next Ann Arbor ADHD Parent รง at the Teaching and Learning Center of the WISD building on 1819 S.Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.

The featured speakers will be Drs. Michael Bambery and Roger Lauer who will be discussing: "May I Have Your Attention Please: How to Improve Your Working Memory" including a discussion about COGMED.

The meeting is free and open to the public and no RSVP is required. You will not want to miss this important information and great local speakers!

Also:

November 17th, Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30pm at Eton Academy in Birmingham, Michigan is a special free program open to the public entitled "Life After High School" which will feature representatives from many universities, colleges, and vocational programs that offer special programs for those with learning differences, including ADHD. See the link: http://www.etonacademy.org/details.php?eventID=409.

If you are interested in joining our A2 ADHD google group to receive additional resource information and join our web based discussions, please email me back at kagarver@gmail.com and I will add you to the list.

Questions? contact Kim G: kagarver@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Resource Night" on October 26th, 2010 at WISD

Please join the Ann Arbor ADHD Parent Support group for our "Resource Night" on October 26th, 2010 at the WISD building on 1818 S. Wagner Rd in Ann Arbor from 7-9pm. The cost is free and there is no RSVP.

All members are asked to bring in their own ADHD resources to share with the group: books, dvd's, visuals, professional resources, websites.

This will also help us build a more useful website for the future.

Bonus: Professional organizer Carolyn Anderson-Fermann, founder of Simply Organized Life will be present to answer your questions about getting your life and your stuff in order! Imagine that!

Please email me if you want to be included in our internet discussion/forum group--we are learning a lot from each other over the web.

I have attached a PDF handout that includes more information about next week's meeting and about future meetings.

Hope to see you next Tuesday night!

Kim Garver
kagarver@gmail.com

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Parent support group meeting on Sept 28th, 7pm

New location at WISD building on Wagner Rd.


Welcome back to a new school year--hope you all had a wonderful, at least uneventful summer. I have reserved a room at the WISD building on Wagner Rd at 7pm, Conference Rm #3 for our use on Sept 28th, the last Tuesday of September from 7-9pm.

I hope you will join me to discuss our strategy as we move forward for the year. Come to the meeting to express how and what you want and need from the group this year. If you cannot attend, please feel free to email me ahead of time.

Reminder: The annual ADHD conference at OCC is this Friday, September 24th. I have attached a link if you are interested in attending. This was very good full day conference last year and is only 30 minutes from Ann Arbor.

http://www.oaklandcc.edu/MGMC/

Kim Garver

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ann Arbor ADHD Support Group Meeting -April 27th, 7-9pm

AN ACTIVE INTRODUCTION TO YOGA AND MEDITATION FOR STRESS REDUCTION

PRESENTED BY: KAREN AND DAVID COUPLAND

Karen Coupland is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, and has been practicing yoga for 17 years and teaching for 11 years. She runs her yoga studio on the west side of Ann Arbor, Harmony Yoga.

David Coupland is currently a high school teacher of Physics at Skyline High School. He has had a meditation practice for the last 20 years and has taught meditation through Deep Spring Center of Ann Arbor and the Rec and Ed Department.

Various studies have shown that the practice of yoga and meditation can help children with ADHD develop greater attention and self-control, improve self-esteem, and reduce depression, anger, and anxiety.

We will be presenting a simple yoga and meditation session that all can participate in, and we'll talk about how these two practices can help children and adults develop better concentration by learning to pay attention to the body, the breath, and the activities of the mind. The practices can help us reduce stress, and can give us a sense of feeling refreshed and focused.

Date: April 27th, 7-9pm
7-7:45pm: Introductions, Support, Sharing
7:45-8:45: Yoga/Meditation Introduction
8:45-9:00: Questions/Answers
Location: Forest Cove Office Complex, 3001 Miller Rd, 1st Building on the Right, Just West of the M-14 Overpass
Cost: Free to All
RSVP: None required, Please come!
Questions? Contact Kim (kagarver@gmail.com), Vivi (vsh@umich.edu), Olga (ogallego@umich.edu).

Future events:

May 25th: Ann Arbor Academy Presentation by Meredith Schindler
June 29th and July 27th: Parenting with Humor by Kevin Roberts

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ann Arbor ADHD Support Group Meeting Feb 16th, 7pm

Please join us for our next Ann Arbor ADHD Parent Support Group meeting featuring Katy Held, Certified Brain Gym Instructor. Please see the attached advertisement and feel free to pass this on or post it. Katy will give us a brief introduction to Brain Gym and show us how it can help our children with ADHD at school and home. There will be plenty of time for questions and sharing at the end of her presentation.


Feel free to reach us by email for comments/questions/suggestions: Kim Garver (kagarver@gmail.com), Olga Gallego (ogallego@umich.edu), Vivianne Schnitzer (vsh@umich.edu).

The meeting will be held from 7-9pm on Tuesday night, February 16th, at the Forest Cove Office Complex at the corner of M-14 and Miller Rd, 3001 Miller Rd. It is the first building on the right, up the stairs.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cutting Edge Diagnostics and Reliable Treatments in ADHD:

From Screening to Cognitive Testing,
from Meditation to Cognitive Training

Presented by Dr. John Milanovich, Ph. D., who will translate the neurobiology of ADHD into practical, real-world terms. We will investigate attention, memory, executive functions, and even sensory processes related to ADD and ADHD. We will also explore other diagnoses that can mimic ADHD, such as NLD or Bipolar Disorder, and discover what specific treatments truly match up with specific subtypes of ADHD. In the end, we hope to begin to understand ADHD from the INSIDE OUT, and leave with a better understanding of ways to address ADHD in every day life!

Dr. John Milanovich, Ph.D., is founder and director of MindMatters: Center for Cognitive and Social Development. He is a fully trained Neuropsychologist who has evaluated and treated individuals from infancy through senior years. He and his associates have strived to help parents and professionals in our community more fully understand ADHD, Autism, Asperger's, and Bipolar Disorder...from the INSIDE OUT.

January 26th, Tuesday night, 7-9PM
Forest Cove Office Complex
3007 Miller Rd (at the corner of intersection with M-14)
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

1st building on the right, up the stairs

Questions? Contact Kim Garver, kagarver@gmail.com or Vivianne Schnitzer, vsh@umich.edu


DATES TO SAVE FOR THE FUTURE:

FEBRUARY 16TH "BRAIN GYM" by Katy Held, Certified Brain Gym Instructor
MARCH 30TH "ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY" BY Michelle McCarthy (Professional Therapy Dog Trainer) and Kathy Hinderer (Equine Therapy from MAC)
APRIL 27TH "YOGA AND MEDITATION" by Karen and David Coupland, Owners of Harmony Yoga in Ann Arbor
MAY 25TH "ANN ARBOR ACADEMY PRESENTATION" by Meredith Schindler, School Director
JUNE 29TH AND JULY 27TH "PARENTING WITH HUMOR" by Kevin Roberts, ADD Coach and lecturer

Please forward this to interested friends, family members, professionals, and groups.
Please post this note at your respective schools, institutions, professional offices, and businesses.