Clinic News

Stickley wins Gold!

We're pleased to announce that "Stickley Sticks To It!" written by Possibilities Team member Dr. Brenda S. Miles has been awarded the Gold Moonbeam for Mind-Body-Spirit/Self Esteem. "Stickley Sticks To It!" follows the adventures of Stickley the Frog as he makes a plan, sticks to it, and gets things done! Each year The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are presented to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books that not only celebrate the joys of childhood, but also help kids and families deal with its challenges. The Moonbeam Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of booksellers, librarians, parents and children. Congratulations Dr. Miles...

11th Annual CADDRA ADHD Conference

11th Annual CADDRA ADHD Conference   Friday, October 16th / Saturday, October 17th / Sunday, October 18th   Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4R5 Canada This conference will focus on the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults.Medical and health care professionals working in the field of ADHD will enhance their knowledge and skills by attending keynote talks, seminars and workshops scheduled in the two-day meeting. It will be preceded by two accredited pre-event options: ADHD Institute workshops or ADHD Research Day. Who Should Attend Paediatricians, psychiatrists, family physicians, psychologists, neurologists, nurse practitioners, social workers, other professionals and trainees. Conference Committee Doron Almagor, Lauri Alto, Matt Blackwood, Don Duncan, Karen Ghelani, Martin Gignac, Andrew Hall, Julia Hunter, Declan Quinn, Joseph Sadek, Derryck Smith. To register or for more information please click here....

ADHD Research Continues

Dr. Almagor is currently helping to recruit participants for a joint research project being conducted by professionals from CAMH and York University. The purpose of the study is to better understand the performance calibration in children aged 8 -12 with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with/without Comorbid oppositional defiant behaviours and a community sample of typically developing children. See below for more information or click here to download the brochure as a PDF.   Purpose of Research: Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and disruptive behaviours tend to overestimate performance with scholastic achievement, social interactions, athletics, and behaviour, in comparison to parent and teacher ratings, despite experiencing difficulty in these domains. The current study aims to evaluate confidence in performance, termed performance calibration, as children complete tasks in general knowledge, mathematics, and emotional recognition. The goal of this work is to contribute to the current literature by providing a developmental lens to performance calibration, comparisons across groups and domains of performance, as well addressing the utility of in-vivo judgments about performance. Who Can Participate? We are seeking children with a pre-existing diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder made by a professional, with/without oppositional behaviours between the ages of 8-12 years old. What is Involved? The study has 3 components: Children will be asked...

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...