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Event Title: Child Car Seat Safety Check
Organisation: Woollahra Municipal Council
Posted On: 03/05/2016

Make sure your child is safe with a free inspection by Authorised Restraint Fitters. You can have your child car seats, harness and booster seats checked for safety fit.
Event Title: Young Carers Workshop
Organisation: NBI
Posted On: 29/04/2016

A 4 week program for young people aged 15 – 18, with additional caring responsibilities at home, for a family member with a disability or physical or mental health issue.
Come along and try some new activities and ways to relax, and look after you! Learn skills to balance home/school and leisure and most of all spend time and have fun with others who get you!
Afternoon tea will be served!

When: Thursday- 19th, 26th May, 2nd & 9th June 2016
Where: Community room – above the library – Warringah Mall, Brookvale.
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
What to bring: Just yourself and comfortable clothes if possible
Event Title: Mark Brandtman, ADHD Coach: Social Isolation & Friendship Difficulties in Children
Organisation: Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group
Posted On: 24/04/2016

Social isolation, exclusion and general social difficulties plague people with ADHD. This presentation will explore those difficulties, the reasons and possible positive strategies that can be used.

Mark operates an Educational Consultancy which works exclusively with adults and children with ADHD. His Consultancy offers in servicing and support to schools as well as education to parents and school students the effective management of ADHD. Mark also operates The Sydney Adult ADHD Clinic, the only clinic specializing in Adults with ADHD within Australia.

Mark has worked in both private and non-government schools where he was a Boarding Housemaster, an Assistant Principal, Classroom Teacher and has been involved in remedial education in both Primary and Secondary settings.

Mark has been a speaker at conferences both in Australia and internationally and is the Immediate Past Chair of the ADHD Global Network. This is an international body which seeks to improve the global understanding of ADHD as a real, definable and treatable medical condition. Mark is also the past President of The Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW and the Canberra & Queanbeyan ADD Support Group Inc (ADDACT) and the Adult ADHD (ADDult) Association. In addition Mark is a Co-Publisher of Research with the University of Western Australia on Time Management in ADHD Children and Adults presented at the World Federation of ADHD Conference in Vienna Austria in 2009.

As an ADHD Coach and Mentor, Mark believes that ADHD can be an asset when treated effectively.

Contribution: $5 on the door
Event Title: Lisa Hughes, OT - Improving Concentration & Behaviour for your ADHD Child
Organisation: Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group
Posted On: 24/04/2016

Lisa Hughes, OT - Improving Concentration & Behaviour for your ADHD Child
Event Title: Dr Mark Selikowitz, Sydney Developmental Centre - A Guide to ADHD Medicines
Organisation: Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group
Posted On: 24/04/2016

Dr Selikowitz will help you to understand medicines - old and new - that are used to treat ADHD. His talk will cover the story of their discovery, what they are, how they work, what they treat, what their risks are, what their benefits are, what their side-effects are and how to take them safely and effectively. He will also answer questions on ADHD medicines from the audience.

Mark is a consultant developmental paediatrician with over 30 years of experience diagnosing and treating children and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD.

He and his colleague, Dr Rory McCarthy, established the Sydney Developmental Clinic in 1993. Since then, the clinic has rapidly grown to become one of the busiest in the world.

Prior to this, Mark was, for over a decade, the director of the Child Developmental unit at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

He is the author of four award-winning books as well as numerous research articles published in international journals.

Contribution: $5 at the door
Event Title: Speaker Evening: Ian White - Enhancing your Child’s Learning, Behaviour and Wellbeing
Organisation: Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group
Posted On: 24/04/2016

an White, founder of the Australian Bush Flower Essences and fifth generation herbalist, will discuss the healing power of his remedies and how they can be used to greatly benefit any child or adult dealing with ADHD. He will also discuss causative factors as well as treatment strategies for both improving learning and behaviour. Ian will also be mentioning Essences which can be very helpful in supporting the parents of any child with ADHD.

The Bush Essences are used in over 50 countries around the world. They are totally safe, inexpensive, easy to use and are powerful catalysts in resolving negative emotional states, and enhancing learning skills. The Bush Essences can greatly increase the quality of life for you and those around you.

Ian will present a very entertaining, visual, practical presentation along with many demonstrations showing the before and after effects of the Essences on learning. He will share a number of case histories illustrating the changes that can occur.

There will of course be opportunity for questions at the end of the presentation.

After obtaining his Bachelor of Science from the University of N.S.W. and graduating from the N.S.W. College of Natural Therapies, Ian has been practicing successfully as a Naturopath for over 35 years. He is the founder of the Australian Bush Flower Essences and a fifth generation Australian herbalist.

Ian has spent the last 30 years traveling all over Australia researching and developing a range of 69 specific Australian Bush Essences.

Ian is the author of five major books and runs regular seminars and workshops on the Bush Essences in over 30 countries throughout the world.

$5 on the door
Event Title: Speaker Evening: Carolyn Ledowsky - Could ADHD Be Genetic?
Organisation: Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group
Posted On: 24/04/2016

Many studies have focused on the risks of the MTHFR gene and the incidence of neuropsychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia, autism and working memory.

Recently studies have looked at the association of the MTHFR gene and ADHD and some have found an association with the gene and ADHD symptoms.

The MTHFR gene controls the level of active folate in the body. This active folate known as 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate is a major source of methyl groups in the brain. The lack of methylation in dopamine DR2 receptors has been linked with ADHD. Folates are of fundamental importance in brain growth, development, repair, mood and cognition. If your child has a mutation in the MTHFR gene, then this could be a factor that contributes to low methyl folate, low methylation of DR2 receptors and more severe ADHD symptoms.

The MTHFR gene, together with environmental risk factors may be an important factor in the development and improvement of ADHD symptom severity.

Join, Carolyn Ledowsky founder of MTHFR Support Australia to hear the latest research and discuss the importance of addressing the MTHFR gene and reduced methylation in your child.

Carolyn Ledowsky is the founder of MTHFR Support Australia. She is a naturopath, herbalist and nutritionist who has a Bachelor of Herbal Medicine, Bachelor of Naturopathy, Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy and Diploma of Nutrition. She has also studied courses in genetics at Duke University (Genetics and Evolution) and The University of Maryland (Genes and the Human condition – from behaviour to biotechnology) .

Carolyn now sees chronically ill patients who have searched, sometimes for decades, to find the reason behind their ill health. Most of her patients have MTHFR mutations and/or associated methylation disturbances. These disturbances then go on to affect thyroid, adrenals, hormones, detoxification and energy pathways and often neurotransmitters. Her expertise is in understanding these highly complex biochemical pathways.

Carolyn is a regular speaker at MTHFR events and provides both patient and practitioner training through her many webinars/presentations and on-line learning environments. She has a close working relationship with Sterling Hill (MTHFR and Cynthia Smith (Life-zone Wellness) and regularly presents webinars for practitioners with them in understanding MTHFR and methylation issues. Carolyn has interviewed Ben Lynch ( on various MTHFR related topics particularly in relation to MTHFR and pregnancy.

Contribution: $5 at the door
Event Title: Dr Matthew Bourke - Treating and Managing ADHD with Applied Kinesiology and Neuroemotional Technique
Organisation: Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group
Posted On: 24/04/2016

Whilst there is a broad range of severity and different underlying causes with ADHD, Applied Kinesiology and Neuroemotional Technique offer a process to navigate this multifactorial condition and identify the underlying causes in an efficient, cost effective and specific way.

Dr Matthew Bourke (D.C.) is a Chiropractor, Applied Kinesiologist and is a certified Neuroemotional Technique practitioner. He is the Director and founder of Optimum Health Essentials in Mona Vale and has been in clinical practice for 19 years. Matthew has been a clinical Board Member and presenter with the Mindd foundation since 2008, has studied Peak Performance and Positive Psychology at Sydney University.

Contribution: $5 at the door
Event Title: Antonia Canaris - ADHD & Difficulties in Reading, Writing & Arithmetic
Organisation: Northern Beaches ADHD Support Group
Posted On: 24/04/2016

Antonia will discuss the overlap between ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia. She will also mention helpful strategies and how to find reliable advice and remediation. This presentation would suit parents, teachers and other professionals assisting children with ADHD as well as adults with ADHD.

Antonia Canaris has many years experience in assisting children and adults with ADHD to achieve their potential. Antonia recognises that many intelligent people need to learn in different ways from traditional schooling.

Antonia holds a Master’s in Education (Literacy and Numeracy); a Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies majoring in Autism and a BA Dip. Ed (Music & Italian). Antonia is a qualified Orton-Gillingham multisensory educational therapist having studied through the Institute of Multi-Sensory Language Education (IMSLE). Antonia is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and the Australian Dyslexia Association.

Antonia is a director of Neurosensory. Neurosensory is a specialised educational and remedial teaching practice, based in Kingsgrove, NSW, providing educational support and remedial teaching for children and adults who have learning disabilities or difficulties, irrespective of age, ethnicity, economic status, cultural background, religion or level of disability. Neurosensory specialises in multi-sensory learning for children & adults with dyslexia, ADHD, ASD and other learning disorders.

Neurosensory and its lead director Antonia Canaris, an educational consultant, relies on evidence-based teaching strategies, including the Orton Gillingham multisensory approach, to help those with learning disabilities and difficulties. Neurosensory also teaches maths using the Orton Gillingham multisensory approach and English as a second language.

Multisensory learning combines the auditory (hearing), the visual (seeing), and the kinaesthetic (tactile - touch and movement) into a powerful and dynamic learning tool. Multisensory learning is recognised by the OECD, the United Nations and the Australian government as the preferred method for the treatment of learning disabilities and difficulties. The Orton Gillingham multisensory approach as relied on by Neurosensory, is the international ‘gold standard’ in multisensory treatment.

For further information please visit her website on

Contribution: $5 at the door
Event Title: Community Kitchen Term 2
Organisation: The Junction Neighbourhood Centre
Posted On: 22/04/2016

Join mums, dads and other carers for some cooking, chatting and sharing. Learn about nutrition and make friends. Free child minding!

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