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Seminar: Understanding ADHD Through Interdisciplinary Practice, 2/11/2018

We are delighted to be hosting a seminar on understanding ADHD through interdisciplinary practice, which is taking place on Friday 2 November 2018, at Holiday Inn, Oxford.  Our guest speakers include:

Professor Peter Hill, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Fintan O’Regan, Behaviour Management Consultant

Chantal Karatas, Specialist Teacher/Assessor & University SEN, Teacher Training Lecturer

Dr Jack Hollingdale, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Tanya McGregor, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Oxford ADHD & Autism Centre

Understanding ADHD Through Interdisciplinary Practice Seminar

Mini-documentary: “Shine a light – understanding ADHD”

We would like to share a very interesting documentary on ADHD by Jeanette Mostert

Shine A Light
Understanding ADHD
by Jeanette Mostert

On the last day of the international ADHD Awareness Month, we are releasing a mini-documentary about ADHD. The hope is that this video will help young people and adults diagnosed with ADHD, or who suspect they have ADHD, as well as their family and friends, to understand the condition better.

“I feel like a universe, stuffed within a shoebox” – this is how Bryn Travers describes what it’s like to have Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In this short film we have asked people with ADHD and their relatives about living with ADHD: what are the challenges and what are the things they like about ADHD? We have also asked clinicians and researchers working with ADHD to explain more about the origins of the disorder, what they have learnt from their experience working with patients, but also what are the main questions that research is trying to answer about ADHD.

Many children, adolescents and adults suffer from ADHD. ADHD is a complex disorder that affects people differently. Generally people experience problems in daily life, especially with respect to controlling attention, impulses and emotions. At the same time, people with ADHD enjoy their creativity and positive energy. Medication is effective for many people with ADHD, but not for all. That is why many people are interested in other types of (additional) treatment, such as meditation or diets. These types of treatment should therefore be better investigated. Knowing more about ADHD and spreading awareness will help people to understand what causes their behaviour. This will reduce stigma and (self)blame.

The video features four of the most well-known researchers in the field of ADHD: dr. Eric Taylor is emeritus professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at King’s College London, dr. Philip Asherson is professor of Molecular Psychiatry at King’s College London, dr. Barbara Franke is professor of Molecular Psychiatry at Radboud university medical center Nijmegen (The Netherlands), and dr. Corina Greven is psychologist and behavioural geneticist at Radboud university medical center Nijmegen. Next to these scientists and psychiatrists, we see three people with ADHD (Bryn Travers, Evie Travers and Aziz), Andrea Bilbow, president of patient organisation ‘ADHD Europe’ and mother of two children with ADHD, and dr. Kai Syng Tan, researcher and artist at King’s College London, who also has an ADHD diagnosis.

This film was created through the MiND research consortium, in collaboration with the consortia AggressotypeCoCA and Eat2beNICE. These consortia are all funded by the European Commission through the FP-7 and horizon2020 programs. Young researchers dr. Nicoletta Adamo and Laura Ghirardi are the brains behind this film, with the help of the MiND training program and 4QuarterFilms.

Do you want to help us spreading awareness about ADHD? Then share this video with everyone you know! The video also contains subtitles in English, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish and Hungarian (and more languages may follow).

You can watch the video here:

ADHD Parenting Programme, Saturday 14 April 2018

Oxford ADHD Centre HeadingtonWe are delighted to announce that our next ADHD Parenting Programme takes place on Saturday 14th April 2018.

Our ADHD Parenting Programme is led by Sarah Hamilton, a Registered Mental Health Nurse who holds a Masters degree in Advanced Nurse Practice. Her specialist area is in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and she has worked extensively with families and young people diagnosed with ASD and ADHD. Sarah has worked in CAMHS for over 15 years, before working independently as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and ADHD nurse specialist. Her experience includes working as a lead nurse in ADHD and ASD diagnostic clinic, family therapy clinics and ADHD medication clinics. Her therapeutic work includes working on an individual basis, with families and group work utilising cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy and mindfulness techniques to help and support young people and their families pre and post diagnosis.

This course will take place over 6 hours and topics covered include:

  • ADHD – common themes
  • A clinical view: classification, assessment and diagnosis
  • ADHD core symptoms
  • ADHD co-morbidities
  • Gender differences
  • Advantages of ADHD
  • Managing desirable and undesirable behaviours
  • Parenting jobs
  • Communication and strengthening relationships
  • Self-care and well being
  • Building resilience
  • Managing stress
  • Solution focused examples
  • Mindfulness techniques

For further information, please click on the link below:

ADHD Parental Programme April 2018

The cost of the programme is £240 per person (with discounts available for couples).

For all bookings and enquiries, please get in touch with Susan via email at Oxford ADHD Centre.

 

ADHD Parenting Programme September-October 2017

Oxford ADHD Centre HeadingtonWe are delighted to announce that our next ADHD Parenting Programme takes place in September-October 2017, over three consecutive Thursdays, commencing 28 September 2017.

The ADHD Parenting Programme is led by Lyn Oualah, a qualified teacher with almost 30 years of classroom experience.  She is accredited in 6 Positive Parenting Programmes (PPP) and has been the lead facilitator for the Level 4 programme in her current role for the past 6 years.  As a Solution Focused “Champion” (2010), Lyn is keen to promote ways of finding and creating solutions that keep all parties engaged and commited to achieving the agreed targets on the intervention plan.

This course will consist of three x 2 hour weekly sessions and topics covered include:

  • Preconceived Ideas
  • A Clinical Perspective of ADHD
  • The 3 Core Symptoms according to the DSM V
  • Executive Functions & Associated Difficulties
  • Co‐morbidities
  • Developmental Course
  • Gender
  • Advantages of ADHD!
  • Managing Challenging Behviours
  • Basic Parenting Philosophy
  • Structure/Boundaries vs Nuture
  • Parenting Jobs
  • Managing undesirable behaviours (STOP x 3)
  • Encouraging desirable behaviours (START x 7)
  • Strengthening you relationship with child
  • Self‐care and Wellbeing
  • Building Resilience & achieving greater Wellbeing
  • Stress ‐ What is it and the body’s response?
  • Stress ‐ responses in children/the stress of parenting stressed children
  • Stress ‐ when “time‐out” is needed / using
  • Solution Focused responses
  • Stress ‐ tackling it in stages!
  • Perspective ‐ how it can define our outlook
  • Resilience ‐ definition, domains and building blocks of resilience
  • Resilience ‐ developing a practical toolkit
  • Mindfulness ‐ definition, relaxation imagery and “Sparkly Moments”!
  • For further information, please click on the link below:

ADHD 3 Week Programme September 2017

The cost of the three week programme is £240 per person (with discounts available for couples).

For all bookings and enquiries, please get in touch with Susan via email at Oxford ADHD Centre.

QBCheck has arrived!

We are very excited to announce that we have QBCheck at the Centre. This is a computerised assessment lasting 15-20 minutes and can be carried out on children as well as adults. The patient is asked to respond as quickly and accurately as possible to certain shapes appearing on a computer screen by pressing the spacebar on the computer keyboard. A webcam tracks the patient’s movement during the assessment.

The assessment is able to record movement, rating levels of hyperactivity, as well as readings which give an indication of the degree of inattention and impulsivity. It has been shown to be a very accurate assessment for ADHD when used in addition to the clinical interview and can also be used to assess response to treatment.

We are the first Centre/clinic in Oxfordshire to have the QBCheck and have already started using it as part of our assessments.

Official opening

Take a look behind the scenes of our launch night as comedian Rory Bremner officially opened the Oxford ADHD Centre.

There’s been plenty of radio coverage too.

Oxford ADHD Centre founder Dr Polly Branney speaking on BBC Radio Oxford…

 

Rory Bremner speaking on BBC Radio Oxford ahead of the official opening…

 

Rory Bremner speaking at the opening of the Oxford ADHD Centre to BBC Radio Oxford’s Kat Orman…

 

Rory Brember opens the Oxford ADHD Centre
Rory Bremner opens the Oxford ADHD Centre.

 

The Oxford Mail

oxford mailHere is a link to the article in the Oxford Mail:

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14099976.Six_year_ADHD_diagnosis_wait_prompts_mum_to_open_a_clinic/

Dr Branney presents at the ADHD Foundation Annual Conference

adhd foundation

Dr Branney recently presented at the ADHD Foundation Annual Conference in Liverpool. The Foundation is a charity working towards raising awareness and understanding of ADHD, supporting people with the condition and providing training to schools, GPs and other professionals. The title of her presentation was “ADHD: What every GP should know” and the conference was attended by GPs and other health care professionals. She is hoping to publish some work that she has done on GP awareness of ADHD.

Autism ASD Parenting Course, Saturday 29th February & 14th March 2020

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Seminar: Understanding ADHD Through Interdisciplinary Practice, 2/11/2018

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Mini-documentary: “Shine a light – understanding ADHD”

We would like to share a very interesting documentary on ADHD by Jeanette Mostert Shine A Light Understanding ADHD by Jeanette …