ADHD in the Kitchen

Presentation Date:  Friday, February 10th   |     Presentation Time: 12 pm EST

Women still carry the load of mealtime preparations, especially when there are children in the picture. But planning and implementing meals- three times a day- can be daunting for women with ADHD. Just about every ADHD symptom can affect success in the kitchen:

  • inattention
  • distractibility
  • impulsivity
  • disorganization… and more

…and the umbrella problem that makes it most difficult is our problems with executive functions: the roadmap our brain uses to get from point A to point B.

Plus, we are still affected deeply by society’s expectations of women, which include putting dinner on the table every night (plus figuring out breakfast and lunch!). 

I will talk about how ADHD symptoms make meal planning and prep so difficult and will offer solutions and tips for getting around this daily challenge.

Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW is a psychotherapist, consultant, writer, and coach, specializing in adult ADHD. She has a special interest in women with ADHD and parenting the ADHD child when one or both parents also has ADHD.

Terry is the author of two books: “The Queen of Distraction” and “Survival Tips for Women with AD/HDand is the founder/ president of the internationally recognized, award winning website, She also runs QueensOfDistraction, an online group coaching program for women with ADHD, and offers a number of other online resources for women with ADHD. 

A nationally-recognized expert and speaker on ADHD, she served for many years on the board of directors, including several as vice-president (currently serving on the PAB) of ADDA (Attention Deficit Disorders Association), is immediate past coordinator of the Eastern Oakland County CHADD (Children and Adults with ADHD) Chapter in Michigan, and is also the founder/moderator of the first and largest international listerv serving ADHD professionals.

She is certified through the Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching as a Senior Certified Coach (SCAC).

Terry has been interviewed and quoted widely in such media as NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, US News and World Report, Newsday, The Today Show, CBS Morning News, The Today Show, The Jane Pauley Show, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour, and more.

She received an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work and a B.S. in Art Education from Wayne State University.  

You can find Terry on her websites at,, at, on Twitter at TerryMatlen or she can be reached at