New Approaches to ADHD-Free Lecture

New Approaches to ADHD:

Striving at School, Thriving At Play

By: Doron Almagor, M.D., F.R.C.P (C) (Psychiatrist) & Brenda Miles, Ph.D., C.Psych.

A free lecture for parents, caregivers, teachers & other professionals of children & teens aged 6-19, but attendees must register in advance.


February 3, 2015.  7:00 PM – 8:30PM


The University of Toronto, George Ignatieff Theatre

15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C8

Near Bloor & Bedford Avenues


The Lecture Content:

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 how do you nurture a growth mindset in your child? And once your child is eager and optimistic, how might you nurture perseverance so tasks get done without big frustrations for you and your child?

Dr. Miles will explore DIY, new approaches to ADHD and (non-medical) strategies for building optimism and stick-to-it-ness in children. Dr. Almagor will continue the discussion, examining how medication treatment can help as an adjunct to these approaches in children and adolescents with ADHD.  Parents face difficult decisions when considering medical options for attention challenges. When should a medication trial be considered? What are the best strategies for initiating a medication trial to maximize the chances of your child’s success? What are some common myths associated with medication treatment? And what are the common mistakes that can be avoided to help ensure benefits and reduce side effects? Together, Drs. Almagor and Miles will lead a discussion to help parents promote their children’s striving at school and thriving at play!

About The Speakers:

Dr. Doron Almagor is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (Royal College Subspecialty Certified) who completed his specialty training in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and is a renowned expert in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and associated issues. In addition to directing The Possibilities Clinic, he continues to serve as a psychiatrist at the Toronto Western Hospital’s Tourette’s Syndrome Clinic. He is the Past President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association (OPA), has served as the Chair of the Psychotherapy section of the OPA, currently serves on the executive of the OMA Psychiatry Section and is a board member of CADDRA (The Canadian Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Resource Alliance). Dr. Almagor was trained as a psychoanalyst and is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association. He has lectured internationally and taught a variety of courses in the areas of ADHD and its comorbid disorders such as school issues, learning disorders, anxiety and depression.  Dr. Almagor received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1990 and his post-graduate degree in Psychiatry in 1995 from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Brenda S. Miles is a clinical paediatric neuropsychologist who has worked in hospital, rehabilitation and school settings. She is particularly interested in evidence-based interventions and brain plasticity in learning disorders. Translating complex psychological phenomena into concrete strategies for parents, children, and educators is a central goal of her practice. She is the author of several books for children including, How I Learn: A Kid’s Guide to Learning Disability and Imagine a Rainbow: A Child’s Guide for Soothing Pain, published by the American Psychological Association’s Magination Press. Her latest book, Stickley Sticks To It: A Frog’s Guide to Getting Things Done, will be available in February 2015.

While It’s a free lecture for parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals of children & teens aged 6-19, attendees must register in advance at

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