Helping Kids (and Adults) Learn to Ask for Help – 2022

with Diane Dempster, CPC, PCC & Sheila Akbar, Ph.D.


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.

About Diane Dempster, CPC, PCC & Sheila Akbar, Ph.D.

A professional coach, speaker, and educator, Diane Dempster is co-Founder of, 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).


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.

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