It is hoped that a better understanding will help parents and caregivers of children with ADHD, as well as adults, better cope with the disease.
Dr. Don Duncan from the B.C. Interior ADHD Clinic is the guest speaker at an upcoming ADHD Awareness Community Forum Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Schubert Centre.
The free event, which requires no registration, is being hosted by the newly formed Vernon ADHD task force.
“Attendees will gain a greater understanding/awareness of what ADHD is and how it presents in adults and children, presented by local ADHD expert Dr. Duncan,” said Andrea Nordstrom, an adult ADHD coach with the task force.
“They will also learn more about treatment options and local resources to help them manage the challenges of ADHD.”
Local ADHD specialists will be staying at the centre to talk with community members after the event if they want more information.
As a result of Duncan’s demonstrated commitment to public education and continuing medical education regarding ADHD, he has been contracted by the Ministry for Children and Family Development to deliver a novel clinical preceptorship program to family physicians and pediatricians across the Interior.
As a consultant to the Dalai Lama Center for the Advancement of Heart Mind Education, Duncan works to advance the interests of children’s mental wellness across the province.
In his spare time, Duncan develops web-based tools intended to facilitate clinicians’ use of evidence-based assessment protocols. Among these projects is a website (www.ADHDratingScales.com) used by clinicians around the world to obtain standardized multi-source clinical information regarding patients of all ages.