Positive Strategies for Parents of 6-12 year-olds

Positive Strategies

Pos Strategies Spring 2019 

Next course: T.B.A.   There will be no courses at our office.


Cost: $70.00 (Family Membership in Excalibur); $80.00 non Family members; (includes all class materials: 2 books and numerous emailed articles for each session you attend).    Certificate of Completion for at attending at least four (4) full sessions.  Call 902-461-1761 for more information. 

Partners: $55.00 (does not include books, emails or certificates.)

Parent Strategies Application

Registration accepted when payment has been received.  Preferred payment method is an Electronic Transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please, send an email with the password, Parent Strategies application and "Parent Strategies Course" in the Subject-line.  

You can also mail your application and cheque to Excalibur ADHD Associaiton, 32 Dundas Street, Dartmouth, NS. B2Y 2T9. 

If you want to use Skype, FaceTime or phone, please, send in a signed confidentiality agreement with your payment to Excalibur ADHD Association, 32 Dundas Street, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2T9.  Please, note you will not receive the articles without an email-address.

Who is it for: parents, teachers, daycare workers, police officers, nurses, anyone interested in working with children.

 Positive Strategies is a course teaching people how to coach a child 6-12 years old with ADHD toward success.  It is based on the Family School POP program offered by the ADHD Klinik, in Helsinki.

This is a ten (10) session course taught over five (5) Saturdays.  A certificate will be issued for attendance of 80% or more (excluding partners).

Sessions deal with:

 1.  Take care of yourself.
 2.  What is hyperactivity? 
 3.  Why not understand your child?
 4.  How to communicate with your child.
 5.  How to encourage good behaviour.
 6.  How to set limits.
 7.  How to reward.
 8.  How to use Time-Out & Down Time.
 9.  How to deal with your child's behaviour in public.
Cooperating with schools/daycares.

 Facilitator: Maya Warnock, B.A. (Hon), M.B.A.
Maya is the founder of Excalibur ADHD Association and its president.  She is a paraprofessional mental health worker specializing in ADHD.  She has worked with children with ADHD since 2002.  Her education includes child development and psychology (M.S.V.U.), school-aged care (St. Lawrence College) and Simply ADHD (an ADHD Coaching Course) plus several courses in Working Memory training.  She has been a Working Memory coach since 2012.  She has completed the Mental Health First Aid for Adults working with Youth.  She is a facilitator for several support groups and the parent-facilitator for Family School POP both 3-6 and 6-12 year olds.  She wrote the books for the POP courses.  Dr. Sam Goldstein, a world-renowned expert in ADHD, read them and wrote the forward to them. 

Dr. Sam Goldstein's foreward:  Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by a constellation of problems with inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Taken together these problems have lead to faulty self-control and executive functioning. These problems are developmentally impropriate and cause difficulty in daily life. ADHD is a biopsychosocial disorder. That is, there appears to be strong genetic, biological, experiential and social factors that contribute to the extent of problems experienced. ADHD has been demonstrated to affect 3% to 5% of individuals throughout their lifespan. Early identification and proper treatment has been found to dramatically reduce the family, educational, behavioral and psychological problems experienced by individuals with ADHD. It is believed that through accurate diagnosis and treatment, the myriad of life problems experienced by some individuals with ADHD, including school failure and drop out, depression, behavioral disorders, vocational and relationship problems, as well as substance abuse, can be properly managed or even averted.

For many years it was reassuring for professionals and parents to believe that the problems caused by ADHD simply represented a poor fit between some children and their environments. It was comforting to reassure parents that the problem would be outgrown and with patience and treatment, ADHD was not likely to cause children significant lifetime adversity. Over the past years, the belief that ADHD is just a childhood condition quickly outgrown by late adolescence has been increasingly tested. A significant number of individuals, male and female alike, suffering with ADHD in their childhood, continue to suffer and lead lives less than their capabilities often into their geriatric years.
With much new science comes the important realization that the day in and day out behaviors and attitudes of parents towards their children with ADHD are powerful forces in fostering resilience and stress hardiness as well as improved symptoms. Biology we now know is not destiny. Now more than ever parents must play a significant role in preparing children with ADHD for normal adulthood. The Excalibur Manual for parents of children with ADHD authored by Maya Warnock is a practical and important resource in fostering this process.

Sam Goldstein Ph.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of Utah School of Medicine
Affiliate Research Professor of Psychology
George Mason University (2009)

Comments by former attendees:

"I found the Family School POP program to be very insightful, and interesting, I also liked the fact that you get an assortment of different handouts with it to be able pick and choose from pertaining to what kind of issue at the time you may be dealing with. Any kind of "parenting" course can be helpful, but a specific one that deals with ADHD is going to be an added plus to any adult out there parent or not."  Sandra F.,Youth Care Worker

“I am very pleased that I came across the advertisement for this course. I feel more confident that I can better handle raising my son with ADHD. I will refer to the book and all the emailed articles. I think this is a very valuable course for parents raising children (regardless of whether they have ADHD).”  S. S.

This course was extremely relevant for anyone, who has an interest in making the lives of children better and support parents in their effort.  DO

This information, skills I’ve learned from this course, was very useful at home, dealing with school staff. DMM


Please, contact the Child and Youth Chair should you have any inquiries to these programs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  or call 902-461-1761 and leave a message.