ADHD and Autism – 2021

with Temple Grandin, Ph.D. & Diane Dempster, CPC, PCC


The overlap between ADHD and Autism is more common than people might imagine. Since many of the symptoms are similar, accurate diagnosis can be challenging, as is advocating for appropriate accommodations for support. In this conversation, Dr. Temple Grandin (arguably one of the most well-known persons with Autism in the world), speaks with ADHD expert Diane Dempster about executive function support, emotional support, and the importance of work and jobs for children with ADHD and Autism. 

Tune in as Grandin shares new research on three different styles of thinkers (visual, verbal, and mathematical), and joins Diane Dempster in presenting a number of options for parents to consider in supporting kids with ADHD and Autism.


About Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Dr. Temple Grandin is well known to many for her trailblazing work as a spokesperson for people with autism and her lifelong work with animal behavior. Dr. Grandin has been with Colorado State University (CSU) for over 25 years. Grandin has been referred to as the “most famous person working at CSU” by her peers.

Her life’s work has been to understand her own autistic mind, and to share that knowledge with the world, aiding in the treatment of individuals with the condition. Her understanding of the human mind has aided her in her work with animal behavior, and she is one of the most respected experts in both autism and animal behavior in the world.


About Diane Dempster, CPC, PCC

Diane Dempster is a professional coach, speaker, and educator with over 20 years of corporate leadership experience. The co-Founder of® (Now ImpactParents), co-creator of Sanity School®, and co-author of “Parenting ADHD Now!” she provides training, coaching, and support for parents and educators. Through ImpactParents, Diane helps parents access the best resources, training, and coaching so they, too, can find their answers. An experienced leader, an expert in change management, and an all-around life-sherpa, Diane helps clients create deep, sustaining change and open their eyes to life. And no one needs this more than parents of complex kids. Diane received a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan and coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).

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