A rundown on “The Explosive Child” by Dr. Ross Greene, PhD.
A rundown on “The Explosive Child” by Dr. Ross Greene, PhD.

Review submitted by Danielle Burgess, MSW Candidate University of Toronto Behavioural challenges, whether at home or at school, are one of the most common reasons parents consult with the physicians and therapists at the Possibilities Clinic. Although not a substitute for seeing a therapist, the book “The Explosive Child” by Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D. contains suggestions parents can put into action immediately. From the outside, the child who reacts to a simple request with a tantrum might seem defiant, badly behaved. While traditional wisdom might tell parents to get firm, set boundaries, or give kids rewards and consequences to change their behaviour, Dr. Ross W. Greene Ph.D. pushes back on these notions. In his book “The Explosive Child” he offers his thoughtful proposition: kids do well if they can. Imagine for a moment that the same child had a learning disability instead of challenging behaviour. Would boundaries and consequences help them learn to spell or do long division? On a cognitive level, kids with behavioural challenges lack skills like frustration tolerance, adaptivity and problem solving. Dr Greene explains that kids would prefer to handle themselves in more adaptive ways, but sometimes don’t simply because they lack the skills to. He shows parents how...

Striving at School Thriving at Play – Lecture Summary

Thanks once again to those of you who joined us for Dr. Almagor and Dr. Miles' lecture Striving at School Thriving at Play - New Approaches to ADHD. For those of you who couldn't make it to the, here's a brief summary courtesy of our sponsor Camp Kennebec's Director Rob Deman. Click HERE to learn more...

2015 Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program

The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program was created to help people with ADHD who are pursuing higher education. This year 5 scholarships will be awarded each valued at $1500 CA as well as one year of ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation. The Possibilities Clinic Director, Dr. Almagor is very pleased to be one of the judges and is looking forward to reading application essays from across the country. The Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program Application Deadline is April 20, 2015. For complete rules and eligibility requirements, click here....

New Approaches to ADHD: Striving at School, Thriving at Play

The Possibilities Clinic is pleased to present: A Free Lecture for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers & Other Professionals of Children and Teens Aged 6 to 19 Lecturers: Doron Almagor, M.D., F.F.C.P. (C) (Psychiatrist) & Brenda Miles, Ph.D., C. Psych. February 3, 2015 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM The University of Toronto George Ignatieff Theatre 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C8 (near Bloor & Bedford Avenues) Click here for directions. Registration is FREE, but you must call to reserve your seat: (416) 482-5558 or register online here. Sponsored by: Learn more about our overnight camp for kids and teens with ADHD, autism, OCD, anxiety and other special needs. (613) 335-2114 | info@campkennebec.com | www.campkennebec.com In 2010 Ontario report cards changed Grades, previously on the front page, moved to the back, and learning skills & work habits became front and center. Experts in the development of children and adolescents now believe that what’s important for long-term success and well-being is less about grades and more about skills like optimism, curiosity, perseverance, and self-control—skills that map nicely onto the learning skills & work habits on your child’s report card! Attention is a key ingredient for many of these skills, but are other factors important, too? Some leading thinkers in the field have argued that a growth mindset is essential. But...

12 ADHD Tips for Happy Holidays!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and possibly the most stressful. Here are some things to keep in mind while you’re managing the holidays and kids with ADHD. 1. Here’s a biggie to start… There is no real evidence to indicate a link between ADHD and sugar. There are personal accounts of a connection, but so far no solid scientific study to back it up. Best advice? Use your best judgment. You know your child best. There are other reasons you might want to consider limiting your child’s sugar intake of course like basic health and well being. 2. While there is no definitive scientific link between sugar and hyperactivity - there is some evidence of one between food dyes and an increase in ADHD symptoms. That being the case, keep in mind that most candies - candy-canes included - contain artificial dyes and it might be a good idea to limit their intake. Some children seem to be very sensitive to these effects and some not at all. You know them best so go by your past experiences to do what’s right for YOUR child! 3. Get moving! Instead of staying cooped up inside with family or video games, send...

Dr. Michelle Pearce, MD FRCPC joins the team

We are both pleased and excited to announce that Michelle Pearce, MD FRCPC will be joining the Possibilities team as of January 2015. Dr. Pearce is an eminent Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada) who has gained renown as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Tourette Syndrome, Tic Disorders, and their associated conditions such as ADHD. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1991 and her post-graduate degree in Psychiatry in 1996 from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the Possibilities Clinic, she served for 16 years as a full-time consulting psychiatrist at Toronto Western Hospital’s Tourette Syndrome Neurodevelopmental Clinic, where she remains part time. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Pearce has spent many years teaching undergraduate medical and nursing students. She has also played a prominent role in teaching postgraduate medical residents in psychiatry, neurology and paediatrics. Her advocacy for the safe use of antipsychotic medications prescribed for children has led to her ongoing participation as a guideline developer at CAMESA (Canadian Alliance for Monitoring Effectiveness and Safety of Antipsychotics in Children). Dr. Pearce's professional...

Giving ADHD A Creative Rethink

One of our recent posts was all about looking at ADHD "Symptoms" as "Superpowers" (Thank you ADDitude Magazine for the phrasing). While surfing the internet ocean of information about ADHD we ran across this from Scientific American blogger Scott Barry Kauffman. In it, he asks us to think about "The Creative Gifts of ADHD". Recent studies in cognitive neuroscience indicates a link between people with ADHD and creativity. The Link? A difficulty suppressing brain activity in what Kauffman refers to the “Imagination Network“ in a previous article. (This one is all about Neuroscience of Creativity another interesting read that says that the whole "right brain/left brain" concept only scratches the surface.) Seems that the what educational systems often deem a "disability" might actually be, with the right training and focusing techniques, "immensely conducive to creativity". If our default position as healthcare provides, educators and parents is to see ADHD as a flaw or a fault that needs to be "fixed", we maybe, as Kauffman says "letting too many competent and creative kids fall through the cracks." We should be cultivating the gifts given to kids with ADHD rather than "curing" them - Time to be giving ADHD a creative rethink. Read Kauffman's full article...

Halloween tips for Parents of kids with ADHD
Halloween tips for Parents of kids with ADHD

Halloween is fast approaching as you can see by the drawings on our office chalkboards (thanks to all the kids who drew us some spooky masterpieces!) Like all children, kids with ADHD can’t wait to head out into the evening looking for ghostly adventure! To help you make the most of the spookiest night of the year here are some halloween tips for parents of kids with ADHD courtesy of Possibilities' own Dr. Almagor. First – remember - Halloween is supposed to be about having fun. Let your child enjoy Halloween. The last thing you want is to let them feel excluded because they have ADHD. If you’re worried about candy overload remember there’s more to Halloween than candy. Focus on the costumes, the decorations, the stories, the adventure of being out and about after dark – for some kids this is the coolest thing of all. Second - Take a moment to get in the right headspace… as a parent you’re probably focusing on all the challenges (aka hassles) the night presents like buying the candy, getting costumes together, leaving the office on time… you’re exhausted and you haven’t even knocked on the first door yet! The best way to handle the...

Autism meets Siri – and the result will make you smile.
Autism meets Siri – and the result will make you smile.

If you didn't love Siri before you may just fall for her now. Siri, for those of you who don't own know, is the helpful built-in artificial intelligence that comes as part of the Apple OS on iPhones and iPad everywhere. She speaks 9 languages (so far) and is called upon often by people like me to find out about the weather, to check when I have to be at the dentist and to locate the nearest Starbucks is. But I have to admit - after reading this article from the New York Times - I may be greatly underestimating Siri's power. Dr. Almagor asked me to post a link to this article in advance of an article we are working on reviewing the apps that available to help in the treatment and education of kids with autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. It's the story about when Autism meets Siri, and how technology is encouraging a 13-year old boy to connect in ways his mother never dreamed of...