ADHD Parents' Palooza

Expert Wisdom on ADHD & Parenting

Leading World Experts

We’re talking with 34 of the world’s LEADING experts in ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and more, such as Ned Hallowell, M.D., Ross Greene, Ph.D., and Tom Brown, Ph.D.

These experts are the real deal.

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We’ve encapsulated the best advice from 34 leading experts in just 17 conversations. With several conversations about ADHD in each of three days you can watch the videos at your own convenience. 

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Our Sessions

Helping Kids (and Adults) Learn to Ask for Help

What makes it so hard for kids to ask for help — or accept help — even when they need it? Sheila Akbar and Diane Dempster discuss what’s really going on in most situations when teens resist support. They offer suggestions about how to help your kids shift towards more openness in asking for and accepting help.

Diane Dempster, CPC, PCC

A professional coach, speaker, and educator, Diane Dempster is co-Founder of ImpactParents.com, co-creator of Sanity School®, and co-author of “Parenting ADHD Now!” She provides training, coaching and support for parents and educators of complex kids. She received a Masters from the University of Michigan and coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

ENCORE BONUS —12 Tips for Parenting a Complex Teen – PDF

From the experts at ImpactParents (and the moms of 6 young adults!), we promise you this: it’s not too late. In this FREE guide you’ll learn 12 fool-proof tips to improve conversations and reconnect with your teens so you can guide them to become independent and successful. Parents all over the world have better relationships with their teens using these tools. You can, too!

Sheila Akbar, Ph.D.

Sheila Akbar is the President & COO of Signet Education and has been with the company since 2010. She loves both teaching and learning, and finds nothing more rewarding than working closely with students to overcome the challenges they face. Drawing on her own academic and career experience, with its many twists and turns, she encourages students to find their own path through exploration and experimentation. After graduating from Harvard in 2002, Sheila worked in financial services before continuing her academic career, which culminated in two doctorates. She brings her significant business and academic experience to bear on her current role at Signet, which includes speaking to clients to craft tailored solutions for their needs, managing the administrative team, and providing educational thought leadership for the company. Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Harvard University and two doctorate degrees from Indiana University. 

ENCORE BONUS —Guide to College Admissions – EBook

This guide covers everything you need to know about starting the college admissions process. You’ll learn how to break down each phase of the process into small, manageable chunks so that you stay on track. We also provide tools and resources to help you along the way!

Not MY Kids! Lying, Cheating & Stealing

“When our kids lie, it always tells us something.” The question, of course, is what are they trying to tell us? And is it something we’re really ready to hear? Psychologists Ari Tuckman & Sharon Saline help us get clear on what’s really going on when our kids are lying — or “are having a hard time expressing the truth.” In this insightful conversation, they provide suggestions for how parents can respond effectively when their kids are not telling the truth, and what parents can do to avoid inviting lying and start fostering more open, honest communication.

Ari Tuckman, Psy.D.

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, CST has given more than 400 presentations and routinely earns excellent reviews for his ability to make complicated information understandable and useful. He is the author of four books: “ADHD After Dark: Better Sex Life, Better Relationship”, “Understand Your Brain, Get More Done”, “More Attention, Less Deficit” and “Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD”. His “More Attention, Less Deficit” podcast has more than 100 episodes and almost three million downloads. He is a psychologist and sex therapist in private practice in West Chester, PA, a former board member of CHADD National, and co-chair of the CHADD conference committee.

 

Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Sharon Saline, Psy.D., clinical psychologist and author of the award-winning book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life and The ADHD solution card deck specializes in working with children, teens, young adults and families living with ADHD, learning disabilities, twice exceptionality and mental health issues.

 

She  has dECADES OF experience as a clinical psychologist and educator/clinician consultant, she guides families and adults towards effective communication, closer connections and greater understanding.

 

She lectures and facilitates workshops internationally on topics such as ADHD and neurodivergence, executive functioning, the anxiety spectrum, motivation, perfectionism and working with different kinds of learners.

 

Dr. Saline is a regular contributor to ADDitudemag.com and hosts their weekly Facebook Live sessions, blogs for PsychologyToday.com, a featured expert on MASS Appeal on WWLP-TV and a part-time lecturer at the Smith School for Social Work. Her writing has been featured in numerous online and print publications including MSN, The Psychotherapy Networker, Smith College Studies in Social Work, Attention Magazine, Additude Magazine, Psych Central and Inquirer.com.

Learn more at www.drsharonsaline.com.

Are ALL Kids with ADHD Twice Exceptional?

2E or twice-exceptional means being gifted AND challenged. That means kids are both gifted and carry another diagnosis, such as ADHD. But Wait! The term “gifted” is not just being “smart.” It also includes asynchronous development (advanced or delayed), a high level of perfectionism, and over-excitability in five potential areas: emotional, intellectually, imaginational, sensory and/or psychomotor. In this enlightening conversation, parent guides to 2E, Debbie Reber and Julie Skolnick, talk candidly about misdiagnosis, the overlap between ADHD and giftedness, and the vital role parents play in nurturing their 2E children toward a fulfilling and rewarding life.

Debbie Reber, M.A.

Tilt Parenting Founder & CEO Debbie Reber (MA) is a parenting activist, bestselling author, podcast host, and speaker. A certified Positive Discipline trainer, Debbie’s most recent book is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. Debbie’s show Tilt Parenting is the top performing podcast for parents and caregivers raising neurodivergent children, with more than 4 million downloads. In 2018, she spoke at TEDxAmsterdam (Why the Future Will Be Differently Wired).

Prior to launching Tilt, Debbie spent fifteen years writing inspiring books for women and teens, speaking about media literacy and confidence, and consulting for clients including the Girl Scouts and the Disney Channel. Since 1999, Debbie has authored many books, including Doable, Chill, In Their Shoes, and more than a dozen Blue’s Clues books. In 2008, she created and edited the first-ever series of teen-authored memoirs, Louder Than Words, for HCI.

Before becoming a solopreneur, Debbie worked in TV and video production, producing documentaries for CARE and UNICEF, working on Blue’s Clues (Nickelodeon), and developing series for Cartoon Network. She has an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BA in Communications from Penn State. In 2019, her husband, and 17-year-old 2e teen relocated to Brooklyn, NY after living in Amsterdam for five years.

ENCORE BONUS —Emergency Reset Mini-Course – Online COURSE

The EMERGENCY RESET is relief for what’s not working. This mini-course will give you in-the-moment strategies to disrupt harmful patterns, help you hone in on what’s at the root of unproductive spin cycles, and guide you in creating your own reset rituals so you can show up in a way that feels so much better to you and your child. I’ll walk you through the process of customizing my simple 4-step Emergency Reset framework so you can not only get that reset right now, but have a plan for activating it anytime you need it.

Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D.

Julie Skolnick

 

Julie Skolnick, M.A., J.D., Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm, LLC, passionately guides parents of gifted and distractible children, mentors 2e adults, trains educators and advises professionals on how to bring out the best and raise self-confidence in their 2e students and clients.

Julie serves as Secretary to the Maryland Superintendent’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council, is an advisor for the Masters of Education Program for the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity, is the Maryland liaison for Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), is a Committee member for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and serves as an advisor to “The G Word” feature documentary currently in production.

Julie produces Let’s Talk 2e! virtual conferences, hosts the Let’s Talk 2e! Parent Empowerment Series, maintains the free listing service, 2eResources.com, and publishes “Gifted & Distractible,” a free monthly newsletter.

A frequent speaker and prolific writer, Julie is also the mother of three twice exceptional children who keep her on her toes and uproariously laughing.

Inattentive ADHD

For years, inattentive ADHD was seen as a reason why girls were not diagnosed with ADHD. But the truth is that  inattentive ADHD is often under-diagnosed in both girls and boys. This is significant, because the earlier ADHD is treated, the higher chances for long-term success. In this session, find out why inattentive presentation ADHD is missed, how teachers and parents can work together to uncover accurate diagnosis, and how one middle schooler learned to advocate for her own academic accommodations. Join us for a highly personal conversation with two highly qualified experts.

Cynthia Hammer, MSW

Thirty years ago when Cynthia was diagnosed with ADHD she founded the non-profit organization ADD Resources where she served as Executive Director for 15 years.  She retired but this past year, being concerned that children with inattentive ADHD continue to be under-diagnosed, she founded and directs the non profit organization, the Inattentive ADHD Coalition.  It’s mission is that children with Inattentive ADHD are diagnosed by age 8 and adults with Inattentive ADHD are readily and correctly diagnosed when they seek help.  The website, www.iadhd.org, is the only website dedicated solely to inattentive ADHD.

ENCORE BONUS —Child Questionnaire to help parents and teachers find children with possible inattentive ADHD – PDF

Even if your child has already been diagnosed with ADHD, printing out the Child Questionaire and sharing it with an elementary school teachers, counselor or principal will help more children to be identified in the future. You can be part of the solution by creating more awareness of inattentive ADHD.

Nikki Kinzer, PCC

Nikki Kinzer is a certified ADHD Coach and founder of Take Control ADHD. She co-hosts an award-winning podcast,  **Taking Control: The ADHD Podcast** with more than 500 episodes and millions of downloads since the show launched in 2010. Her remote coaching groups and education programs support members from around the world with accountability, structure, and support. And her Discord Community offers hundreds of members the opportunity to connect and support one another.

You can find Nikki presenting at ADDA, ADHD TADD Talks, the Women’s ADHD Palooza, the Parent’s Palooza, the ADHD International Conference and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, ADHDOnline.com and most recently Real Simple. Learn more about Nikki and Take Control ADHD at takecontroladhd.com.

Hyper-Sensitivity and ADHD: What's Really Going On?

Ever had one of those situations where you’re just not sure why the ADHD’er in your life is reacting so strongly or taking things so personally? On the surface, it seems like they just need to lighten up. But the truth is, they may be struggling with something related to the way ADHD shows up for them. Whether it’s sensory overwhelm, emotional intensity or taking things personally, what looks like someone losing their cool or being unreasonable is often a kind of ADHD-hyper-sensitivity that some (but not all) people with ADHD experience frequently. In this session, we talk about how to understand hyper-sensitivity so we can help ADHD’ers learn to manage it.

Jeff Copper, PCAC, PCC, MBA

Jeff Copper, MBA, PCC, PCAC, CPCC, is an attention coach and expert on attention issues. He founded DIG Coaching Practice and is host and founder of Attention Talk Radio and Attention Talk Video. He coaches individuals with ADD/ADHD symptoms who are seeking personal and business results by helping them realize their potential.

As someone who has had to learn to manage attention and deal with his own challenges, Jeff helps his clients understand themselves and how their minds work. To this end, Jeff developed his anatomy of attention construct to help them regain control of their attention and move past barriers. Using his anatomy of attention construct, they can achieve what they are capable of faster, with less stress, and create productive environments they need.

Jeff received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, an MBA from University of Tampa, professional designations from International Coaches Federation (ICF), Professional Association for ADHD Coaches, and certification programs at ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA) and Coaches Training Institute (CTI).

Jeff is a member of Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), Professional Association for ADHD Coaches (PAAC), and International Coach Federation (ICF).

ENCORE BONUS —ADHD and the Importance of Emotions – eBOOK

In this eBook, ADHD coach Jeff Copper talks with internationally recognized ADHD thought leader Dr. Russell Barkley on his new ADHD construct and the role of emotions in ADHD. If you have ADHD and are struggling with it, you need to understand the condition in this revolutionary new way and understand the role emotions play. If you’re not addressing or managing emotions, you’re not addressing the entire problem.

Terry Matlen, LMSW

Terry Matlen, LMSW, ACSW, an internationally recognized expert on ADHD in women, is a psychotherapist, author, consultant, and coach.

She is the author of the award-winning book, “The Queen of Distraction” and “Survival Tips for Women with AD/HD”, and runs www.ADDconsults.com , an international online resource serving women with ADHD, and www.QueensOfDistraction , an online coaching program for women with ADHD.

With over 25 years of experience helping women with ADHD, Terry is a sought- after presenter at conferences, webinars, and interviews. She has written hundreds of articles for various publications, including ADDitude Magazine, Attention Magazine, Healthline.com, and more.

She served for many years on the board of directors of ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorder Assoc.) and is immediate past coordinator of the E. Oakland County CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) Chapter in Michigan.

Terry has been interviewed by NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and more.
Follow her at https://www.facebook.com/ADDconsults/, https://twitter.com/addconsults, https://www.instagram.com/terrymatlen_adhd/

Terry can be reached at terry@ADDconsults.com.

Friday

Executive Function and Your ADHD Kid

We all know that being organized, motivated and smart can help a child do well in school. But what about smart kids who aren’t so well-organized, or don’t seem like they’re motivated? 

Liking the teacher? Or being interested in the subject? Or maybe a teacher or parent expressing  compassion for a kid who’s struggling to perform well in school?

Seth Perler, M.Ed.

Seth Perler: Executive Function, ADHD & 2e Speaker & Coach
Seth Perler is a well-known Executive Function Coach, educator, vlogger, and guy who cares about seeing outside-the-box kids succeed. This means that he helps struggling, neurodiverse learners turn it around in a baffling system so they can launch a successful future. His weekly vlog, SethPerler.com gives parents and teachers game-changing answers in a sea of misguided educational fluff.

Maggie Wray, Ph.D.

Dr. Maggie Wray is the founder of Creating Positive Futures, an Academic & ADHD Coaching company that specializes in helping students with executive functioning challenges earn better grades with less stress. Maggie has a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell, a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton, and is an ICF-certified Life Coach with specialized training in both Academic Life Coaching and ADHD coaching. She and her team of dedicated coaches are on a mission to empower students with executive functioning challenges to develop the mindset, habits, and skills they need to achieve their goals in school and life. You can learn more about Dr. Wray, her team, and their personalized coaching services at http://CreatingPositiveFutures.com.

Friday

Sleep & ADHD: Procrastinating, Picking Fights, Falling Asleep & More

There are innumerable factors that go into getting ‘good’ sleep — for both kids and adults! This conversation with psychiatrist Dr. Brandi Bolling and psychologist Dr. Roberto Olivardia goes deep, discussing what qualifies as ‘quality’ sleep and how to cultivate it. It turns out that getting quality sleep is even more important than quantity! Go beyond the basics of “sleep hygiene” to learn immediately applicable tips and strategies that are informative, compelling, enlightening … and actionable!

Brandi Rudolph Bolling, M.D.

Dr. Brandi J. Rudolph-Bolling is a triple board-certified adult psychiatrist, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and pediatrician, speaker, mental health summit creator and host, mommy advocate, education liaison, test-taking strategist, ADHD expert, and author of the bestselling book SHINE: Understanding ADHD So Your Child Can Be A Star!

Dr. Brandi B obtained her Bachelor of Science in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, Medical Degree from Meharry Medical College, and she completed her triple-board residency program at Indiana University School of Medicine. She is licensed in 15 states, uses all three of her medical specialties to varying degrees, and works in a variety of medical settings, including community mental health, inpatient, and private and concierge practice.

Dr. Brandi B enjoys creating and hosting summits, which teach stakeholders in children’s well-being about ADHD and encourage moms to take a “Time Out” from the busyness of life.

Dr. Brandi B resides in Birmingham, AL with her husband, Attorney Frederic, and their three children, who are 3, 5, and 7 years old.

You can see Dr. Brandi B Fridays at 12noon CST on her Facebook fan page, @DrBrandiB, when she hosts a livestream, “Focus on It Friday.” You may follow her on all social media @DrBrandiB.

ENCORE BONUS —7 Steps to Help Your Child with ADHD Gain S.U.C.C.E.S.S.! – Video

Do you wonder what the future holds for your child who has ADHD? Are you concerned that an ADHD “label” will hinder your child? Do you want your child who has ADHD to be successful in the classroom and in life but you are unsure of how to help them achieve success? If you answered “YES!” to either of these questions, then this is the video for you! Listen as Dr. Brandi Bolling gives you seven simple, doable tips that can lead to SUCCESS in all your child with ADHD does!

Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.

Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts where he specializes in the treatment of ADHD, Eating Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.  He has presented at many talks, webinars and conferences around the country. He serves on the Professional Advisory Boards for CHADD, ADDA and the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders, is a Featured Expert on Understood.org and a frequent contributor and Scientific Advisory Board Member for ADDitude.

Friday

Setting Expectations with ANY Diagnosis — Beyond Rewards & Punishments

When your child is exhibiting unwanted behaviors, what would be different if you were able to see those behaviors differently? Can you consider the possibility that they’re trying to communicate that they’re struggling? Yes, they need to learn how to navigate many different expectations in their lives. And to help them do that, Dr.s Ro & Ross state clearly, punishment isn’t the answer. Punishments don’t help kids learn. So what does? Self-regulation (for you and for them) and collaborative problem-solving. And where do consequences and expectations fit in? Tune in for this thoughtful, practical and insightful conversation with two leading experts who have supported thousands of families in taking a calm, regulated, collaborative approach to parenting.

Ross Greene, Ph.D.

Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the originator of the innovative, evidence-based approach called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings. He also developed and executive produced the award-winning documentary film The Kids We Lose, released in 2018. Dr. Greene was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is now founding director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance. He is also currently adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Science at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Greene has worked with several thousand kids with concerning behaviors and their caregivers, and he and his colleagues have overseen implementation and evaluation of the CPS model in countless schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, with dramatic effect: significant reductions in recidivism, discipline referrals, detentions, suspensions, and use of restraint and seclusion. Dr. Greene lectures throughout the world and lives in Freeport, Maine. 

www.livesinthebalance.org 

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

A mental health trailblazer, media personality and founder of Dr. Roseann, LLC and The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health who is, “Changing the way we view and treat children’s mental health”. She is known for teaching how to calm the brain in order to have a happy family and her BrainBehaviorResetTM Method. 

Friday

ADHD and Autism: What we Know Now that We Didn't Know a Decade Ago

When Lucresie Rupert MD started practicing as a psychiatrist, diagnosing someone with both ADHD & Autism was standard protocol. But when Thomas E. Brown PhD started his practice, providers had to choose between them. How have things changed since the DSM-V was released in 2013? And what’s most important to know about the similarities and differences of people with ADHD and Autism? Tune in for a little bit of history and a lot of insight into what providers must consider when diagnosing complex kids (and adults) on the autism and/or ADHD spectrums.

Tom E. Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He specializes in assessment & treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents & adults with ADHD & related problems.

For over 30 years, Dr. Brown maintained an independent clinical practice in Hamden, CT.  He also served as Associate Director of the Yale Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders from its inception until 2017. After serving on the clinical faculty of the Yale Medical School for 20 years, Dr. Brown resigned to accept an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

In response to invitations, Dr. Brown has given lectures, workshops or grand rounds at hospitals, medical schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, public school systems, and at advocacy, business and professional groups throughout the United States. He has also presented workshops at international meetings of professionals in over 40 countries.

Dr. Brown’s research interests and publications include assessment and treatment of ADD/ADHD, especially in persons with high IQ; executive function and memory impairments in ADD; overlap of ADD and learning disorders, use of combined medications for ADD comorbidities, and problems of sleep and awakening in ADD.

For his research and teaching about ADHD Dr. Brown received an award of honor by the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association and a Distinguished Professional award from the HELP Group in Los Angeles.  He has been inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame for outstanding contributions to research and professional education about ADHD in children and adults.  He has also been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

He has published more than 30 scientific articles in professional journals and is author of the Brown Executive Function/Attention Rating Scales (formerly: The Brown Attention Deficit Disorder Scales) published by The Psychological Corporation/Pearson. 

He is the author of 6 books and the editor for ADHD Comorbidities: Handbook for ADHD Complications in Children and Adults, a major text and reference work published by American Psychiatric Publishing. 

Loucresie Rupert, M.D.

Loucresie Nichelle Rupert MD, is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who currently practices at Gundersen Health System. She specializes in neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, learning differences, etc.), children with trauma, children in foster care or who have been adopted, and adults with developmental disabilities. She received a BA in Foreign Language (Spanish) from the University of South Alabama. She completed medical school and Adult Psychiatry residency at the University of South Alabama. She completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

She currently aids in the fight towards racial, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious, areligious, disability and neurodiverse equality through her work as co-founder of Physician Women SOAR (Support, Organize, Advocate, Reclaim), an organization of physician women that raises money, awareness and educates for the aforementioned intersectional causes. She also serves her community through her participation in B.L.A.C.K. (Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge). She aims to help empower those with mental health diagnosis and neurodiversity through her company Insightful Consultant LLC via speaking engagements, education and training on a plethora of mental health and diversity-related topics. 

Dr. Rupert is neurodiverse herself and is an adoptive parent of 2 wonderful children. She enjoys traveling, exploring new places and spending quality time with her family. 

Friday

Being an Ally in the World of Neurodiversity, Gender and More

Have you heard the term “ally” bandied about but aren’t really sure what it means? Curious how it’s different from being an advocate? And what does any of that mean for you as a parent in terms of how to best support your complex kids? This exploratory conversation with veteran coaches Jodi Sleeper-Triplett and Elaine Taylor-Klaus — both consciously and actively engaged as allies in the gender and neurodiversity communities (and their intersection) — introduces listeners to key concepts and specifics of language, nuances and challenges, to help you continue to be the best parent you can for kids who are complex, either in terms of neurodiversity, gender and/or sexuality, or both.

Elaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC

Elaine Taylor-Klaus, PCC, CPCC co-founded the first global coaching organization for parenting neurodiverse kids (ImpactParents.com). The mom in a complex family of 5, she co-created a comprehensive and empowering collaborative problem- solving method for fostering independence: the Impact Model for taking a coach-approach to parenting complex kids. An author, speaker, coach and trusted advisor, Elaine is the co-creator of Sanity School® for Parents and the Sanity School® Certification Program for professionals, co-author of Parenting ADHD Now! Easy Intervention Strategies to Empower Kids with ADHD, and the author of The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety and More.

ENCORE BONUS —Parenting Gender and/or Queer Kids with Neurodiversity – PDF

Raising complex kids with gender &/or sexuality identity differences can be isolating, frustrating and scary. Add a layer of neurodiversity and it can feel like we’re parenting in a whole new dimension. This one-page resource guide provides parents of neurodiverse kids who identify as queer or questioning with links to established resources, organizations, influencers, and books (for kids and adults), and an invitation to join an online group: Gender &/or Queer Kids with Neurodiversity (Parent Group).

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, (she/her/hers) is a Master Certified Coach, trainer, mentor, author, and speaker. She is the author of Empowering Youth with ADHD (2010) and contributing author of Becoming Self-Determined: Creating Thoughtful Learners in a Standards-Driven, Admissions-Frenzied Culture (2016) and Becoming Self-Determined: Practical Strategies for a Changing World (2021). Her company, JST Coaching & Training, provides research-based student and ADHD coach training programs to individuals and educational institutions globally. Their mission is to provide excellence in life and ADHD/executive function coach training in support of all students. JST Coaching & Training is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all training programs by creating innovative, culturally sensitive training and fostering an inclusive environment for both faculty and students where differences are valued and respected. Jodi is the recipient of the 2016 CHADD Hall of Fame Award & 2017 ADHD Coaches Organization Founders Award. As president of the Association of Coach Training Organizations (2019 – 2021), Jodi’s platform focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in coach training. https://www.jstcoachtraining.com

Friday

Legal Matters & School Issues: How to Get Support for Kids with ADHD

What do “IEP”, “504”, “advocating”, and “accommodating” actually mean, practically speaking? They’re all ways that parents and advocates can make sure that kids with ADHD get the behavioral and academic support they need, and are entitled to, in order to be successful in school. Listen in as Rob Tudisco and Cindy Goldrich unravel the complexity, providing concrete suggestions for how to best navigate school support. They share perspectives on how to best partner with schools, to include your child in the process, when and how to involve outside expertise, and even when you might need to call a lawyer.

Robert Tudisco, Esq.

Robert M. Tudisco is a nationally recognized author, motivational speaker, and non-profit management consultant and is also an adult diagnosed with ADHD. As Senior Counsel to Barger & Gaines, he specializes in matters involving school disciplinary hearings and criminal defense, in addition to general special education advocacy. 


Mr. Tudisco is a current member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights. From 2010 through 2013, he was the Executive Director of the Edge Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides specialized coaching for students with ADHD and executive functioning impairment.  He is a past member of the National Board of Directors of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), serving as a member of its Public Policy Committee from 2003 through 2015, and as Committee Chair from 2005 through 2008.


A frequent resource for the media on these subjects, Mr. Tudisco has appeared on such major media outlets as the CBS News, New York Times Magazine, Newsweek and more!  He was also a contributor to ATTENTION® Magazine on adult, parenting and legal issues.


Mr. Tudisco received his Juris Doctor at the Fordham University School of Law in 1989.  He subsequently served four years as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York.  Robert has over 25 years of legal experience specializing in the areas of criminal law, disability advocacy, education law and public policy.

Cindy Goldrich, Ed. M., ADHD-CCSP

Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M., ADHD-CCSP, is a Mental Health Counselor, Certified ADHD Coach, Teacher Consultant, and Parenting Specialist based in Boulder, CO. Cindy is an active writer, speaker, online ADHD coach and contributor to the field of ADHD. She teaches her Calm and Connected method to parents, teachers, and related services professionals for the education, treatment, and support of children with ADHD and Executive Function Deficits across the world.

 

She is a published author of 2 books on Parenting and ADHD. Her 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD has been translated into multiple languages. Cindy also provides ADHD coach training to others so they can become Professional Parent Coaches through her ADHD Parent Coach Academy.

ENCORE BONUS —15% off Parent workshop, ADHD Parent Coach training, or Teacher Training & Free Intro to 8 KEYS TO PARENTING CHILDREN WITH ADHD – PDF

Parents and Teachers need education and support to maximize how they help children with ADHD succeed.Please enjoy the introductory chapter to my book, 8 KEYS TO PARENTING CHILDREN WITH ADHD.In addition: Please use code PTSpalooza for 15% off any of the following programs:• Calm & Connected: Parenting Children with ADHD/Executive Function ChallengesThis 7-session parent workshop series will help you understand the social and emotional impact that ADHD & Executive Function challenges I have on learning, motivation, behavior, and the whole family system.• ADHD Parent Coach AcademyThis 12-session course will give you the education, materials, and tools to become an ADHD Parent Coach. The course is approved for 36 CEs through ICF (International Coaching Federation)• ADHD Continuing Education ClassProfessionals who work with students with ADHD/EF challenges, whether in the classroom, in a therapeutic setting, or as administrators, need the resources, knowledge, tools, and strategies to help their students succeed. This program offers the most up-to-date knowledge and resources based on the latest research and best practices. 15 Contact Hours, 1.5 CEs credits, or 1 Graduate PD credit.• ADHD Teacher Trainer AcademyThis class will prepare you to teach and support those who work directly with children grades K-12. You will be prepared to offer the Professional Development in school districts, at professional conferences (Learning disabilities conferences, Speech/Language conferences, Occupational Therapy conferences, etc.), and in gatherings you create/host.

The Role of the Pediatrician in Treating ADHD

When do you go to your pediatrician for support with your child’s challenges? When do you need a specialist? And how do you even know if there’s something going on at all, or if it’s just “within the range of normal” development? Developmental Pediatricians Nerissa Bauer MD and Mark Bertin MD answer all of these questions, and so many more in this foundational conversation about the role of the pediatrician in care for complex kids with ADHD and more. Want to know about holistic care? How to take NOTE for your physician? Understand your role in the whole thing? Tune in for absolutely essential information that every parent needs to know, know matter how long you’ve been caring for their challenges.

Dr. Nerissa Bauer

Dr. Nerissa Bauer is a behavioral pediatrician, blogger and dreamer with a passion to help as many families as she can. She is also a wife and mother of two amazing children that she gets to watch develop and become their own beautiful selves. 

Her philosophy is simple. Clear communication is paramount-whether in the clinic or in the home. When information exchange is two-way, collaborative and clear, everyone wins. 

Her resources, handouts and courses are designed to EDUCATE, ENGAGE & EMPOWER parents AND children no matter where they are on their journey  together. 

It is her sincere hope that her creativity, passion and love of creating practical resources for families to learn and grow together while having fun is helpful for your family too.

Mark Bertin, M.D.

Dr. Bertin is a developmental pediatrician and author of How Children Thrive, Mindful Parenting for ADHD, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for Teen ADHD and The Family ADHD Solution, which integrate mindfulness into the rest pediatric care.   He is a contributing author for the book Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens.  Dr. Bertin is on faculty at New York Medical College and the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on the advisory boards for the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders, Common Sense Media and Reach Out and Read.  His blog is available through Mindful.org, Psychology Today, and elsewhere.  For more information, please visit his website at www.developmentaldoctor.com.  

Siblings and ADHD

Having more than one kiddo in the house presents its own parenting challenges, and that’s even more the case when one or more family members has ADHD. Very often, siblings get left out, left behind, more attention, you name it!  Underlying those surface concerns are family dynamics that can feel like constant conflict, resentment, or even manipulation. Jane Indergaard and Jeremy Didier share their professional and personal experiences raising (and being) siblings when ADHD is involved. They share how to navigate and manage conflict, how to talk to neurotypical kids about their siblings, and even how to handle it when the fireworks start!

Jeremy Didier, LMSW, PCAC

Jeremy Didier, LMSW, LMAC, PCAC (her/her)  has 10 years of extensive experience working with kids, parents & adults with ADHD as an ICF/ADDCA certified ADHD coach. Jeremy is also the group founder and co-coordinator of Kansas City’s award-winning CHADD Chapter, ADHDKC. She is a nationally recognized speaker, a frequent contributor to the critically acclaimed ImpactParents program, and is a passionate advocate for adults with ADHD.

 

Jeremy specializes in the underdiagnosis of girls & women with ADHD, the intersection of ADHD & addiction, and offers executive function skills training. Jeremy recently completed her Master of Social Work at Fordham University and holds a BS in Journalism from the University of KS.

 

Jeremy is proud to be a military wife and an unabashed lover of all things Star Trek & Star Wars. She and her husband Bryan live in Overland Park, KS with their five fabulous & neurodiverse kids.

Jane Indergaard, M.S., DNP

Dr. Jane Indergaard is a licensed, registered nurse and professor of nursing at Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN. She teaches Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Advanced Adult Health Critical Care, Research, and Fundamentals of Nursing. She is also involved in Global Health initiatives & development for advancing nursing education, practice, and interdisciplinary behavioral health care outreach. Her current research and clinical interests focus on the design, application and implementation of Psychoeducational (PE) programming into provider treatment for ADHD.

 

Jane is the local founder and coordinator of the 2014 national award-winning Red River Valley CHADD Satellite – a branch of the National Organization:  Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  She is a frequent regional speaker on ADHD in her community and has had the honor of taking part in a touring expert panel presenting the topic of the Underdiagnosis of ADHD in Women and Girls at multiple International and Regional Conferences for CHADD, ADDA, and the LDA.  She has found in co-presenter Ms. Jeremy Didier, a shared labor of love for providing education, advocacy and outreach for those living with ADHD. Jane is most proud of her role as a wife and mother of three adult children (whom have ADHD).

It's Different for ADHD Women & Girls

As recent as the 1980s, ADHD was still primarily a diagnosis reserved for boys. Today, even though most parents and professionals recognize that ADHD is common in women and girls, we continue to use diagnostic tools that were not designed for the symptoms and challenges typical to the population. The truth is that ADHD manifests differently in girls, and it is diagnosed less frequently. Drs. Steve Hinshaw & Ellen Littman help us upack the topic, exploring what’s really going on underneath the statistics. They address key drivers such as social norms, masking, and the desire to fit in. They also explore why the medical community is still behind in learning how to identify and support girls with ADHD. Listen in to this insightful conversation for a deeper understanding and some great tips on how we as parents can best support girls (and women) to thrive!

Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D.

Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Francisco. His focuses on developmental psychopathology, child and adolescent mental health (particularly ADHD), and the use of clinical trials to understand underlying mechanisms. He also actively investigates mental illness stigmatization and attempts to reduce such stigma.

Hinshaw has authored more than 400 articles, chapters, and commentaries plus 12 books, including Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental IllnessThe Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change, and The Triple Bind: Saving our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures.

He has won numerous national and international research awards, including the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health from the National Academy of Medicine. His extensive media coverage includes the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Today Show, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, and many more.

 

Ellen Littman, Ph.D.

Dr. Ellen B. Littman is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York State.  Educated at Brown and Yale Universities, the doctoral program of Long Island University, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, she has specialized in neurodiverse disorders for over 30 years. 

 

In her Mount Kisco practice, just north of New York City, Dr. Littman focuses on a high IQ adult and adolescent ADHD population.  She has expertise in identifying and treating complex presentations of ADHD that may be misinterpreted or overlooked.   Described by the American Psychological Association as “a pioneer in the identification of gender differences in ADHD”, she has extensive experience with issues affecting women and girls with ADHD.  She is particularly interested in the diagnostic and treatment challenges of working with high IQ individuals with ADHD, and helps entrepreneurs harness and utilize ADHD traits to their advantage.  In addition to individuals, Dr. Littman often works with couples and/or families to optimize communication.

 

Internationally recognized as an author and speaker, Dr. Littman co-wrote the book “Understanding Girls with ADHD” in 1999, as well as a revised edition in 2015.  She has contributed chapters to numerous books, including “The Hidden Side of Adult ADHD” (El lado oculto del TDAH en la edad adulta), “Understanding Women with ADHD”, and “Gender Differences in ADHD”.  She has created a video training program on Women with ADHD for the American Medical Association’s continuing education program.

 

Dr. Littman’s understanding of neurodiversity is informed by her training in neurobiological, cognitive-behavioral, somatic, and psychodynamic perspectives.  She has developed a strengths-based assessment that provides the foundation for solution-focused treatment. 

 

Dr. Littman’s therapeutic approach empowers individuals to achieve qualitative and quantitative successes through a combination of psychoeducation, insight, reframing, concrete strategies, and coaching in a safe and validating environment.  She is well-versed in the treatment of co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and trauma. 

 

With advanced training in trauma, eating disorders, self-harm, and crisis intervention, Dr. Littman has expertise working with individuals with ADHD who have experienced chronic childhood trauma.  Her interest in dissociative symptoms that can mimic inattentive ADHD symptoms has led to extensive experience treating dissociative disorders, including Dissociative Identity Disorder

Using Gaming for Social Skills

Most parents have a love-hate relationship with technology. Many want our kids to spend less time gaming and more time doing ’valuable’ things, whether it’s about school, family time, or other interests. But many kids really enjoy and want to spend time on technology, and it’s not always a bad thing. In fact, it’s not uncommon for kids with ADHD to actually learn and practice social skills while gaming. And let’s be honest, future careers involving technology are more likely than not. Tune in as social skills expert Caroline Maguire and Gaming Mentor Dan Clark demonstrate how to translate your child’s virtual life into life off-line. They offer specific ideas for helping your child tap into their passions and introduce a concept new to many of us: netiquette!   Don’t miss this “mindcraft” expanding conversation.

Caroline Maguire, M.Ed, PCAC, PCC, ACCG

Caroline Maguire, M.Ed., ACCG, PCC, is a graduate of TrinityCollege and earned her M. Ed. with a specialization in social emotional learning (SEL) from Lesley University.

She is the author of the award winning book, Why Will No One Play WithMe? and founder of a SEL training methodology#ConnectionMatters-both designed to teach emotional regulation, social and self-awareness and responsible decision-making skills.

She founded the only Coach Training program accredited by the ICF, ADDA’s The Fundamentals of ADHDCoaching for Families.

Ms. Maguire is a seasoned social skills clinician with years of experience at the Hallowell Center Boston and now operates a private practice.

She is a sought-after lecturer and workshop facilitator, the social skills columnist in ADDitude Magazine, and a favored contributor to many publications.

Follow her @AuthorCarolineM and download her free video“How to Tell a Tighter Story”

ENCORE BONUS — How to Help Your Child with Executive Function Challenges Engage Socially – Handout

Our goal as parents is for our children to make wise choices, however, lack of self-awareness and social skills directly tracks back to executive function weaknesses. Learn to communicate in a way that makes them hold a mirror up to their actions and reflect on who they want to become.

Dan Clark

Dan Clark runs the service MindJam – online 121 mentorship and guidance for children struggling with SEN, anxiety, stress and social issues; through gaming and game design.

 

He set this up in the pandemic and less than 2 years later he has 20 mentors supporting over 400 young people and is still growing. He works with schools, health services and councils to bring greater understanding to the needs of young people and the positive benefits of gaming and game design.

 

At MindJam, our aim is to support children who suffer anxiety, stress, social issues and other emotional needs. We are experienced in working with children with ASD, ADHD, Trauma, PDA and children who have been adopted.

 

MindJam uses gaming, coding and game creation, digital music and digital art, as a platform to develop positive play, problem solving and social and technical skill development, through friendly, positive and low-demand sessions. These activities are great for relieving stress and anxiety and have been shown to greatly benefit mental health and cognitive development.

In private and online one-to-one sessions, we provide a safe environment in which children are encouraged to express themselves, to talk about anything that interests them, their loves and fears, worries, problems and goals.

 

Through positive, non-judgemental social interaction, tuition and play, we aim to provide the right support for their individual needs, whilst also providing an educational benefit through furthering skills in gaming, game design and coding.

 

In 2021 Dan was a nominated finalist for BAFTA Mentor of the Year and is nominated at this year’s National Diversity Awards.

 

As a father of two autistic children, which brings great understanding of how SEN impacts the whole family, Dan has created a company that has helped so many young people, and through his dedication and passion he is making sure MindJam grows to support as many who are struggling as possible. MindJam also supports in US, AU, NZ, SA and CA

 

When Neurodiversity & Gender Coincide: What Should Treatment Include?

Have you been secretly wanting to know: what does “cisgender” mean? What’s the correct term to use when describing someone who is “trans”? And how does healthcare look different for kids who have ADHD and also have gender differences? And is it your imagination, or is that more common these days? And what on earth are puberty blockers anyway? The arena of ‘gender’ care is changing fast, and Dr.Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells and therapist Cash Ashby demistify and de-myth-tify it for us in this fascinating conversation that’s really essential information for ALL parents of ADHD kiddos about what is included in gender-affirming healthcare, and what you need to know as a caring, concerned parent of a complex kid.

Cash Ashby, M.A., LPCC

Cate “Cash” Ashby is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California and New Mexico and a clinical interventionist. They hold a Master’s degree in counseling from the College of Santa Fe. Cash specializes in counseling individuals and families impacted by addiction, abuse and trauma. 

Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells, M.D.

Dr. Carolyn Lentzsch-Parcells is a board certified pediatrician and the owner and President of Girls to Women/Young Men’sHealth and Wellness Fort Worth, a multi-faceted clinic providing integrated medical care dedicated to meeting the physical and emotional needs of young women and men ages 10-25 years old. As a physician with ADHD herself, she has a special interest in caring for patients with ADHDandlearningissues.Dr. Parcells Regularly Speaks to parent, student, and professional audiences on subjects such as parenting, ADHD, depression,anxiety and stress, adolescent development, sexuality, and preparing for college.
 

Preparing Kids for Adulting: What do they REALLY Need to Know?

Parents are told they need to “pull back” to help their kids successfully launch. And yet, since kids with ADHD are typically 3-5 years behind their peers in some areas of executive function development, they require more scaffolding and support than their peers. Yes, you have permission to support (without enabling)! Listen and learn from the masters, Sue and (Dr.) Ned Hallowell, as they share their thoughts on finding the middle ground. They’ll help us move past the phrase “enabling” and uncover the most important components needed for moving our kids (eventually) into adulthood. Hint:  it has absolutely nothing to do with our kids!

Ned Hallowell, M.D.

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D. is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist and world authority on ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, and was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years. He is the Founder of The Hallowell ADHD Centers in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Seattle.

He has spent the past four decades helping thousands of adults and children live happy and productive lives through his strength-based approach to neurodiversity, and has ADHD and dyslexia himself.

Dr Hallowell is a New York Times bestselling author and has written 20 books on multiple psychological topics. The groundbreaking Distraction series, which began with Driven to Distraction, co-authored with Dr John Ratey in 1994, sparked a revolution in understanding of ADHD.

As the host of the twice-weekly Distraction podcast, Dr. Hallowell explores with guests how to better connect with others and how each of us can implement strategies that can turn modern problems into new-found strengths. He is also a sought-after international speaker and has presented to thousands on topics including the strengths of ADHD, strategies on handling fast-paced life, parenting and a range of other pertinent family and health issues.

Dr Hallowell has been featured on 20/20, 60 Minutes, Oprah, PBS, CNN, The Today Show, Dateline, Good Morning America, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and many more. He is a regular columnist for ADDitude Magazine.

Dr. Hallowell lives in the Boston area with his wife Sue and they have three children, Lucy, Jack and Tucker.

Sue Hallowell, LICSW

Sue Hallowell is the Clinical Director for the Hallowell Center in New York City, and additionally runs a private social work practice in Cambridge, MA. A highly experienced social worker of 35 years, Sue uses psychodynamic therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and mindfulness training in her work. Sue has a special expertise in working with couples, especially where ADHD is an issue. She also does a significant amount of work with parents whose children are struggling with attention issues or other mental health concerns, as well as college students and adults.

Sue’s previous positions include Director of Inpatient Social Work at Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Associate Professor at Simmons Graduate School of Social Work (adjunct). She graduated from the University of Virginia and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Sue is married to Ned Hallowell and co-authored Married To Distraction with him. Together they have appeared on numerous TV and radio shows to discuss relationships and ADHD, and Sue often presents at conferences on her successful model of support and therapy for couples.

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