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ADHD Across the Lifespan:
Different Stages, Different Places, Same Good Strategies
An Interactive Virtual Discussion with Five Experts
March 5, 2022 (9am to 4pm) Central
6 CEs Included for
Educators, LPCs, LMFTs, Social Workers, Psychologists and Now for CRCs
ADHD starts in childhood, but definitely doesn’t end there! This symposium brings together five national experts to share strategies that cut across all the different ages, stages, and places of ADHD. There will be three blocks (younger kids, older kids/young adults, and adults), each with two 45 minute presentations followed by thirty minutes of discussion and Q&A. These presentations will be top notch, and we know you will enjoy the discussion, too!
9:00am - 11:00am Central
ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS
Is It Naughty or Neurological? A Simple Guide to Set Realistic Expectations for Complex Kids. Elaine Taylor-Klaus, MCC, CPCC & Diane Dempster, MHSA, CPC, PCC
When kids are yelling, avoiding, disrupting, disheveled, discontent or otherwise frustrating or difficult to live with, it’s natural for a parent to see those behaviors as rude, disrespectful, lazy, etc. Many of us expect that kids should follow our directions because, well, we said so. But when a child has delays in executive function, setting expectations needs to be a bit more nuanced, and the change you want for them starts with you! This workshop will take you one step closer to understanding the cause of your child’s unwanted behaviors, and ten steps ahead on the path to improving communication and relationships in the whole family.
Objective: Parents and professionals will leave with a tool to help them accurately assess what’s underlying a child’s unwanted behaviors.
Help for the Lonely & Misunderstood Kid:
A Tested & Detailed Plan to Develop Social Skills & Make Friends.
Caroline Maguire, M.Ed., ACCG, PCC
Parents worry when their kids struggle academically, but they lose sleep when their kids don't have friends. Impaired social skills can have significant negative effects on lives. Social skills training is an essential part of learning how to function in the world. Caroline Maguire offers actionable advice to help children, tweens and teens with ADHD or other social skills deficits to integrate their special, unique gifts, improve and maintain important relationships and build self-esteem.
Objective: Clinicians and parents will be able to design tailored social skills strategies to use at home.
Discussant: Ari Tuckman, Psy.D.
BLOCK TWO 11:15 - 1:15
HIGH SCHOOL/COLLEGE/YOUNG ADULTS
Letting Go to Foster Independence: How to Support without Enabling
Elaine Taylor-Klaus, MCC, CPCC & Diane Dempster, MHSA, CPC, PCC
Are you helping your teens and emerging adults more than you think you ‘should’ be? Do you find yourself dreading the end of a semester or wondering if your kid will ever get a job? Is parenting your young adult causing conflict in your marriage, as well? The pull between supporting and enabling is a difficult issue for most parents, and with complex young adults it feels like time is running out to get it ‘right.’ In this workshop, you’ll learn the 4 phases of parenting and how to know when to let your kids manage things on their own (even risking failure) and when (and how) to appropriately support them for success.
Objective: Parents and professionals will understand the four roles an adult plays in letting go and transferring ownership to emerging adults.
Young Adults with ADHD: Navigating Academia and Adulting
Stephanie Moulton Sarkis PhD NCC DCMHS LMHC
Regardless of whether a high school graduate is going right to college, practicing a trade, or taking a gap year, it can be a big adjustment. Add ADHD to that mix and it can be a wild ride. Learn how to help young adults handle scheduling, self-care (including practicing good sleep habits), getting accommodations (and using them), sticking with medication treatment, and approaching professors with questions. You will also learn how to navigate between letting a young adult with ADHD experience independence while also needing to help them with some life skills.
Objective: After this presentation, attendees will be able to more clearly navigate giving a young adult with ADHD his independence while helping him navigate “adulting.”
Discussant: Ari Tuckman, Psy.D.
LUNCH BREAK: 1:15pm to 2pm
BLOCK THREE. 2PM - 4PM
How to Actually Get Things Done. Ari Tuckman, Psy.D.
People with ADHD often struggle to get things done, but the million strategies that are supposed to work often don’t feel all that helpful. Why not? Productivity isn’t as simple as top ten tips or just do it. Fortunately, there are ways to tilt the odds of success to make it more likely that you will be able to complete more of those tasks that don’t light you up. Rather than hoping that you will somehow find the motivation in the heat of the moment, we will discuss strategies to help you bring your best, create a better work environment, and create the necessary motivation.
Objective: After this presentation, attendees will be able to create more effective strategies to increase productivity.
How to Get on the Same Team with Your Partner. Ari Tuckman, Psy.D.
Relationships are a joint effort, but when ADHD isn’t well managed, it can make it harder for both partners to work well together. It’s easy to slide into imbalanced workloads, resentment, and tug of wars. We will discuss how to strike a better balance by negotiating different preferences and making shared decisions. This involves finding ways to shift from commands to requests and “working with” rather than “working for”. We will discuss how the non-ADHD partner can provide executive function assists respectfully and the ADHD partner respond with integrity, to get the partners back on the same team.
Objective: After this presentation, attendees will be able to help romantic partners create a better working relationship.
Discussants: Stephanie Moulton Sarkis PhD NCC DCMHS LMHC &
Elaine Taylor-Klaus, MCC, CPCC