Support Groups

Support Groups will be located throughout the metropolitan region in 2016.   Our groups are conducted in a range of formats and appeal to individuals at different stages of the ADHD / LD journey; parents, adults, partners.

Groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. 

Note: information received during a support group, should be discussed with your health care team, before implementing changes to your medical care program.

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  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 09:00 AM
    The Niche in Nedlands, Australia

    ADHD Empowering Parents

    Parenting a child with ADHD is hard - everyone has suggestions and ideas, mostly based on inaccurate newspaper articles. Our March seminar will empower parents by providing:

    • Research-based information to bust the common myths about ADHD
    • Everything parents need to know about medications for ADHD and associated conditions.
    • How to be sure you have the best diagnosis for your child.

    Join us for this informative morning: ADHD - EMPOWERING PARENTS

    Our previous 2 seminars sold out. Avoid disappointment by booking here


    Prof Desiree Silva, Developmental Paediatrician


    Prof Silva is going to focus on ADHD Facts and Myths. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the most common mental health condition in children and is present in most countries around the world. Although there is an abundance of literature on this condition with plenty of scientific information, this condition still remains controversial and often under-diagnosed. The talk is designed to provide you with the common myths and understand some of the science behind ADHD to enable you to better advocate for yourself or your child with ADHD.

    To find out more about Prof Silva, click here.

    Prof Wai Chen, Child Psychiatrist

    Wai_Chen.pngProf Chen is addressing 'ADHD, toxic stress and medication treatment'. The talk focuses on psychopharmacology and the medication treatment of ADHD.  It explains why dose titration is essential in ADHD stimulant therapy, and why sometimes it is necessary to use combination therapy to address the full spectrum of symptoms.  It also touches briefly on the topic of 'toxic stress' and why it is important to take actions to mitigate against the negative impacts of 'toxic stress' in relation to anxiety and depression.

    Short Prof Chen biography can be found here.

    Derek Cohen, Clinical Psychologist 

    Derek_Cohen.pngDerek Cohen's topic for the conference is 'Diagnosis and Treatment in ADHD'. The diagnosis of ADHD may appear simple on the surface: is a child inattentive and/or hyperactive? However, it is never that basic, and it never should be. The diagnostic process involves separating the look-a-likes from the primary difficulties, which is referred to as a "differential diagnosis". A complete assessment will generally uncover learning difficulties, difficulties with relationships, and poor emotional regulation. The aim of any assessment is not to just label a child as ADHD, but to understand the child and their needs, and the development of a treatment plan to improve these areas.

    In the talk, Derek is going to outline what a parent could expect in a diagnostic assessment and psychology-focused treatment.

    Look for Derek Cohen's biography here


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