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ADDA 2013 Conference Descriptions
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Thursday, July 18th Preconference Sessions 2:00 – 4:00

 

Reality Changes the ADHD Rules… - Charles Parker, D.O.

Fresh neuroscience data from a variety of functional measures shows how brain function can be understood more easily on an everyday clinical level. This session will put a fresh perspective on ADHD diagnosis and treatment, rooted in science and the realities of ADHD.

 

Preconference Networking Warm-up for Women - Linda Roggli, Sari Solden and Terry Matlen

Designed by and for women with ADHD, this session is an ice breaker and warm up session especially for women before the conference.  Participations learn how to get the most from the conference in spite of their own personal ADD challenges and interests, forming connections and overcoming any shyness, hesitations, or concerns about the conference, and to benefit from sharing your struggles, stories, and strengths with other women from all over the country and the world who have similar experiences.  This session combines networking, sharing, and a Q and A panel with facilitator Linda Roggli, Terry Matlen, and Sari Solden, all authors and experts in Women with ADHD.

How Later-in-Life ADHD Education and Diagnoses Transformed Two Lives - Alan Brown and David Giwerc, MCC

Adults with ADHD often don’t understand their own unique ADHD brain wiring, beyond the world’s strong message that the way they think and behave is consistently sub-par – or at least off the mark. Two former successful advertising executives, David Giwerc and Alan Brown, will introduce you to their personal journeys of later-in-life ADHD education and diagnoses which transformed both their personal and professional lives. Their positive, energy and enthusiasm will empower you to pursue a path of personal transformation full of purposeful passion while embracing your own ADHD unique brain wiring.

 

ADHD Coaching – Who, What, When, Where, and How So You Can Be a Savvy Consumer - Barbara Luther

Have you heard about ADHD coaching and wondered what it might do for you?  Just what is ADHD coaching, how does it work, and how is it different from therapy or counseling?  And if ADHD coaching would help you, then where do you find an ADHD coach?  What should you look for in an ADHD coach and how do you choose the right one for you?  What can you expect if you work with an ADHD coach?  This session will provide a demonstration of an ADHD coaching session, answer any questions you have, and provide guidelines and resources for making an informed choice about a coach who is right for you. 

 

ADDA Corrections and Public Policy Forum - Janet Kramer, MD

Dr. Janet Kramer, ADDA Board Member, will discuss current policies important to the disability community, and in particular, adults living with ADHD, as well as the ongoing efforts and activities of in the areas of Justice and Corrections.  Dr. Kramer will also discuss ADDA’s online advocacy platform, which allows individuals to stay informed on ADHD-related legislative issues, contact legislative representatives, and actively engage in the advocacy process that ultimately promotes the well-being of adults living with ADHD.

 

Welcome to ADDA and the ADDA Conference Orientation - Stephen Anfield, Cindy Giardina and Donna Saldono

Two long-time ADDA supporters and former ADDA Board members will provide basic information about ADDA and assist new-comers navigate to the ADDA Conference with hints for scheduling their time, insights into some of our most popular speakers and topics and answers to all of your questions about how to get the most from the ADDA Conference.  You’ll also get tips from our social media guru, Stephen Anfield, on improving your conference experience through our online digital platforms, mobile app and social media!

 

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 10:30 -11:45

 

Comorbidity and ADHD - Celeste Jacque, MD

Comorbidity encompasses co-existing conditions that occur in a patient with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Often, these may be developmental issues such as learning differences, which complicate assessment of the therapeutic needs of the patient.  In other cases, (ex. anxiety disorder), the co-morbid condition may cloud the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  Other comorbid conditions such as substance abuse or Bipolar Disorder may negatively impact standard treatment decisions for the patient with ADHD as well as lead to serious psychological and social impairment.

 

The Power of Creativity: Overcome Your ADHD Obstacles Using Expressive Arts - Billi Bittan

Research shows that individuals with ADHD are highly creative.  In this workshop, Dr. Billi will guide participants on a creative journey using expressive arts to tackle one of their current ADHD obstacles.  Participants will discover how expressive arts can drastically improve motivation, transform negative energy, unleash hidden potential and generate greater inspiration.  You will learn creative strategies and tools to more successfully manage your ADHD challenges.

 

ADHD and Sleep: A Twisted Affair - Roberto Olivardia

People with ADHD often struggle with sleep issues, whether it is difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, problems waking up, or staying awake during the day.  In addition, serious sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, have been shown to be common in ADHD populations.  Many aspects of ADHD lend themselves to poor sleep hygiene, which only exacerbates ADHD symptoms.  Proper assessment is essential, as well as developing ADHD-friendly interventions for sleep problems and disorders.  Case examples will be discussed, including the speaker’s own experience with ADHD and sleep disorders.

 

Managing ADHD in College - Fran Parker

The college process begins with a partnership between parents and the young adult in realistically appraising readiness and maturity to handle the academic, social and daily living demands.  Transitions are hard for students with ADHD, and especially difficult with the new skills needed to manage life in college.  A plan and a system with routines, structure and strategies is essential so as not to fall behind. Once they fall behind and get overwhelmed, mental paralysis can keep them stuck.  This session provide skills and strategies necessary for college students with ADHD to succeed.

 

African Americans and ADHD - Deborah Johnson

This workshop will provide information about the unique challenges faced by African Americans with ADHD and identify the cultural supports for this population.  African Americans with ADHD experience more problems with academic, employment, and the legal system than Whites with a similar disorder.  Studies have shown that treatment interventions with a cultural adaption are more likely to be successful.

 

Healthy Body, Healthy Brain - Linda Anderson, MCC

Self-care is of utmost importance when you have ADHD. You already know some things that help you feel and even think better but there are things you haven’t considered yet.  For instance, did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut wall?  Even small changes in self-care can contribute to feeling and thinking better.  You will leave this session inspired to take one doable next action step on the path toward having a healthier body and a happier better-functioning brain.  Bring your own experiences and wisdom to share, and let’s have fun while learning.

The Chaotic House: Creating Calm in a Household Run by Parents with ADHD - Caroline Maquire

Parents are responsible for building executive function in their children by role-modeling appropriate executive function in their own household. When a parent has ADHD, they often struggle to create the kind of scaffolding and structure needed to set this example, and it’s often compounded by children who also have ADHD.  This workshop explains common dilemmas facing parents with ADHD and will specifically focus on the strategies and tools that parents with ADHD can employ to meet the challenges of the household, school life, activities and discipline.

 

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 1:00 – 2:00

 

 

Medication for Adult ADHD: Going Beyond First Line - Kenny Handleman, MD

Medication can be very helpful for adult ADHD, and not everyone responds to the first prescription given.  Using medication for adults with ADHD requires adjusting and fine tuning as well as accounting for comorbid conditions and individual circumstances.  This session will explore first-line medication, as well as medications which can be used beyond first line, i.e. for more complex ADHD.

Practical Zen Brain Hacks - Alan Brown

The ADHD community has been talking about mindfulness and awareness of negative self-talk for some time now.  But there’s an opportunity to dig down another level for strategies that are less known, yet quite powerful.  You can simply alter what happens in the mind at critical junctures. Easier said than done?  That’s where the PRACTICAL, of Practical Zen, comes in.  Some Zen techniques take years to master, but there are many that are non-abstract and simple to learn.  I cut straight to actionable techniques with immediate impact – providing a powerful toolbox of "practical Zen brain-hacks.”

ADHD and Burnout: Essential Strategies to Help Prevent ADHD-Related Burnout - Linda Walker

Studies confirm: ADHDers are more prone to burnouts at work.  Disorganization, poor time management, reduced productivity, impulsivity and overwhelm combined with the ever-increasing demand for speed in the workplace create the perfect storm for vulnerable ADHDers who are more likely to struggle to keep up.  You work late, bring work home and feel a loss of control that leads to overwhelm and potentially, to burnout, as a result.  This session will discuss the ADHD-specific risk factors for burnout and provide workplace productivity and work-life balance strategies to prevent burnout, or if it’s too late, avoid a recurrence.

A Happy Relationship in Twelve Steps or Less - Ari Tuckman

This session will provide insight and strategies to overcome the challenges that ADHD brings to relationships.  We will discuss common relationship dynamics and how to rise above them for your own benefit, as well as for the good of the relationship.  The presenter will keep attendees engaged and foster learning by using jokes to illustrate important and sophisticated relationship lessons while enabling attendees to better understand complex, sensitive relationship dynamics without judgment and defensiveness.  The session will be as entertaining as it is insightful, but with an emphasis on helping attendees make substantial improvements in their romantic relationship.

 

Identification of Persons with ADHD in US Jails: What Difference does it Make? - Janet Kramer

You’ll be shocked to learn the number of people with ADHD in our jail system. We’ll review the issues that people with ADHD have and often create in the jail setting, and suggest approaches for screening, treatment and release planning for these individuals.  There will be time for discussion and a copy of a spring 2013 white paper on the topic, including numerous practical resources, will be provided to each participant.

Understanding the Impact of ADHD and Executive Function Deficits on Daily Life - Chris Dendy

Executive function (EF) is a key factor influencing success or failure for adults with ADHD. We’ll look at ten key ADHD/EF facts that impact performance and behavior at school and work, and we’ll see the nine components of executive function and their impact.  In this nuts-and-bolts workshop, we’ll see recent brain research, common ADHD/EF-related problems, a medication update, and practical strategies to address executive function deficits, including memory and organizational skills.  Tommy Dendy will also offer a father's perspective on the challenges of parenting a child with ADHD and executive function deficits.

Power Lessons for College Students - Katherine McClain

The ADHD student entering college can find this new system challenging, confusing and overwhelming.  College students face a rigorous schedule and adjustment to a higher level skill set. Advance planning becomes an important element in student success.  Power Lessons for College Students focuses on the elements of the Hidden Curriculum: the importance of advance planning, identifying and seeking out academic support and classroom accommodations as soon as possible, connecting with teachers and fellow classmates, establishing daily schedules, creating routes and routines, understanding class procedures, expectations and implementing strategies for student success.

 

Friday, July 19, 20132:30 – 3:30

 

 

ADHD, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia - Joel Young, MD

l  Understanding ADHD and CFS

l  Functional Impacts of ADHD and CFS

l  Diagnosing ADHD and CFS

l  Association between ADHD, Chronic Fatigue and Pain

l  New Research on ADHD, Fatigue and Pain

l  Future Direction

 

Parents with ADHD: Building Loving Relationships with Your Children - Terry Dickson, MD and Bonnie Ihme

Effective parenting needs to be mastered, and can be particularly challenging for parents with ADHD, who may find it difficult to give the kind of love, encouragement, and approval that children long for.  This presentation is targeted to parents with ADHD and recognizes that ADHD traits can interfere with the parent-child relationship for years, especially when parenting children who also have ADHD.  We will discuss from personal experiences the challenges and practical ways to build stronger relationships with your children.

 

Solving the College Success Puzzle for Undergraduate and Graduate Students - Geraldine Markel, PhD

This session provides specific steps and strategies to solve the college success puzzle for undergraduate and graduate students with ADHD. Case studies demonstrate the challenges, barriers and steps used by students with ADHD to succeed at competitive academic institutions. Strategies illustrate ways that students with ADHD complete assignments and courses, earn grades that reflect their intellectual potential, and employ checklists and aids that contribute to degree completion and self-satisfaction.

 

Case Study: Insights on the Incarcerated ADHD Population - Kyle Dopfel

Disproportionate rates of ADHD in prisons draw attention to an overwhelming area of oversight and opportunity within our criminal justice system. Results of research conducted through the ADHD Corrections Project in Wilmington, DE, have the ability to enhance our understanding of the connection between ADHD and the criminal justice system. This presentation will review our findings and explore their significance to our correctional system and culture.

 

I Have WHAT? The User's Guide to Later-Life ADHD Diagnosis - Linda Roggli

Older adults with ADHD are stunned, then relieved by their diagnosis.  But what are the practical ramifications of discovering your ADHD at age 50, 60 and beyond?  There is a sense of urgency among older ADHD adults that is absent in younger adults; so much time has been ‘wasted’ without treatment.  There are special concerns about medications for older adults, and the lack of research about late life diagnoses reflects the scientific community’s discomfort with distinguishing between ADHD and those "senior moments.”  This session turns a magnifying glass on the newest (and most surprised) members of the ADHD adult population: seniors.  It offers information and practical advice for coping with ADHD while wearing bifocals!

 

ADHD and Procrastination: What's Going On and What to Do About It - Kim Kensington

People with ADHD appear to procrastinate all the time.  But not starting, not continuing and/or not finishing things can happen for a variety of reasons.  Psychological issues, the neurology of ADHD and an intersection of the two can cause major challenges to our productivity.  This presentation looks at ten of the top contributors to procrastination, provides a roadmap for figuring out what's getting in the way and offers practical, ADHD friendly strategies for dealing with fear, inertia, indecision and the call of the zillions other things we think we should be, or would rather be, doing.

 

Friday, July 19, 2013  - 4:00 – 5:15

 

Reality and Biology - The New Face of ADHD - Charles Parker, DO

In this session, attendees will learn specific, measurable and useful brain and body diagnostic details for everyday application with medical providers.  They will also receive an explanation of how to use those specific details to help understand solutions to medication dosage challenges experienced by almost everyone taking ADHD medications.  Participants will develop an overview of additional measurement tools available to assess biologic challenges that create unpredictable or untreatable medication outcomes.

 

The Power of the Pause to Cause a Better Future for Adults with ADHD - David Giwerc

We live in a world with a game-show mentality requiring instant answers, with split timing precision, to an imaginary game-show host disguised as a parent, teacher or employer.  Ultimately, your quality of life with ADHD is affected by your ability to pause and use self-restraint by applying your mind’s mental brakes. Pausing is the difference between reacting with old  patterns of negative behavior that result in dire consequences versus consciously responding by discerning your optimal options, before taking action, which can lead to a better future.  David will share how the power of the pause when integrated with the coaching process can lead to a fulfilling, purposeful and joyful future for adults with ADHD.

 

You, ME and We, Plus ADHD! - Rick and Ava Green

The experiences of an ADHD husband and nonADHD wife, who also work together... in the field of ADHD!   Rick and Ava Green demonstrate why simply understanding ADHD is not enough to make a great relationship.  They’ll share the powerful lessons and easy steps that can instantly shift any relationship and even rekindle a spark. 

 

Redirecting Adolescents with ADHD and Co-Occurring Conditions from the Juvenile/Criminal Justice Systems - Robert Tudisco, JD

Individuals with ADHD are at a significantly higher risk to engage in anti-social and criminal behavior and so we find a much higher percentage of individuals with ADHD in the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  Education and redirecting these individuals through accurate screening, treatment and specialized support based programs can help.  We will explore the current situation and how a system of accurate screening and support-based programming at all points of contact in the system can reduce the current burden to the system and recidivism.

Survival Tips for Women with ADHD - Terry Matlen

This combined lecture and interactive session is geared towards women with ADHD and will cover the special challenges women with ADHD face.  Specific tips on organizing, time management, meal planning, parenting, self-care and more will be covered.  The focus will be on identifying the stressors and challenges a woman with ADHD faces daily, while learning new strategies and tips for living successfully through shared discussions between the presenter and the audience.

 

ADHD and the Science of Change: The Power to Take Control - Linda Walker

Many adults with ADHD have tried repeatedly to change their circumstances using strategies that seem to work effortlessly for everyone else, only to fail miserably.  After repeated failures, many ADHDers abandon efforts to improve their lives, resigned to live with the chaos and frustration of having ADHD.  We will discuss what the results of the latest scientific studies reveal about change in humans and combine that with what we know about adult ADHD to provide participants with more successful strategies they can use to implement change in their lives successfully.  The ability to implement changes that stick in your life paves the way to designing a more successful life as an adult with ADHD.

 

 

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 10:30 – 11:45

 

The Psychology of Medication - Ari Tuckman

Medication is probably the best known treatment for ADHD but it is also the most controversial. There is a stigma and lack of credibility associated with ADHD.  Medication is and effective first-line treatment for ADHD that works quite well.  So why are so many people hesitant to start or stay with a treatment that has such strong research validation, especially given the well-known difficulties associated with untreated ADHD?  We will discuss the psychology of medication and what it means to take medication for a diagnosed condition.  We will cover the common reasons why people start medication (or why they choose not to) as well as the reasons why they continue or terminate treatment.  Because the most effective treatment programs for ADHD tend to be ones that integrate medication with other modalities, we will also explore the use of psychosocial interventions such as therapy, coaching, and organizing.

 

How to Ignite Thinking, Connect to Action, and Contain the Important Stuff (For Brains that Get Stuck) - Linda Anderson

When you have ADHD, you have lots of experience with procrastination.  How do you connect your ideas and intentions to actions that move you forward?  At the same time, how do you contain what’s in front of you – your over-flowing task list, your next creative project, a work assignment?  Oh, and what about your closet?  In this session, we will explore beliefs, tools, and strategies that can help you both connect to and contain what’s in front of you.  And we will explore the use of a mind-map and other tools to help you connect and contain.

Enhancing Executive Function for Executives with ADHD - David Giwerc, MCC

Most employers focus on an employees’ weakest performance at the expense of their natural recurring patterns of success, their talents.  Research shows an individual’s weakness can be improved but will never be converted into a daily strength and that productivity, profitability, worker engagement and satisfaction are significantly enhanced by focusing on individual strengths.  An experienced coach and former advertising executive, David will take you through the coaching process he has successfully used to uncover and integrate the buried strengths for countless executives and entrepreneurs with ADHD.  David will reveal how coaching can dramatically improve executive functions, expand business opportunities for greater profitability and create collaborative, sustainable, engaging workplace environments with motivated and dedicated employees.

 

Labels, Containers and Files, Oh My! A Lighthearted Look at Conquering Serious Clutter - Linda Roggli

ADHD adults are infamous for their clutter; it seeps into corners, on to countertops, dining tables and office floors.  But there is a light at the end of the tunnel (created by piles, of course).  However, getting organized is easy; staying organized is the true challenge for ADHD adults.  This session takes a lighthearted approach to clutter and knocks it down to size using exclusively ADHD-friendly techniques.  We will discredit the traditional wisdom that clutter IS the problem; in fact, the problem is multi-headed: it’s about decisions, equipment, time and focus.  We will encourage all participants to create a first-step plan of action for their own clutter challenges using the techniques outlined in the session.  Each participant will leave with a detailed list of tried and true resources that work for ADHD adults.

 

Parenting ADHD Young Adults with Skills for Real Life - Fran Parker, PhD

This presentation will explore launching young adults into a productive adulthood with parents as a growth vehicle to enhance maturity. Parents need to be resilient in recognizing what does not work and understand the difference between enabling vs. empowering their young adults to avoid the cycle of learned helplessness with parents scaffolding and micromanaging and learning to let go in increments with messages of wisdom and guidance.  Parents will learn how to give constructive feedback to the sensitive young adult who is ready to defend, argue and attack when stress hormone is released.  Topics discussed will include healing the parent/adult child relationship; collaborative problem solving with adult child based; getting up after falling down and conveying unconditional love and practicing forgiveness.

 

How to Spread an Inconvenient Truth - Rick Green

ADHD is still widely misunderstood.  The media gets key facts wrong.  And news has become about ‘the story’ and ‘the angle’.  Television writer and producer, Rick Green, explains how to play the media game and win.  It is possible to get the truth about ADHD out into the world, and it’s vitally important, because in one television interview a doctor, coach, or person with ADHD can impact millions of lives.

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 1:45 – 3:00  

 

 

Hungry and Distracted: ADHD, Weight Management and Eating Disorders - Roberto Olivardia

People with ADHD report difficulty maintaining healthy eating and proper weight management, and studies demonstrate a high prevalence of ADHD in patients with eating disorders (such as bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder), as well as gastric bypass patients and obese individuals.  Clinicians unaware of this comorbidity risk misunderstanding the patient's experience and applying common treatment methods that may not be effective. We will review the cognitive, environmental, emotional, and neurobiological factors that predispose men and women with ADHD to develop eating disorders and eating issues and discuss ADHD-friendly treatment strategies.

 

Improving Executive Functions Through Play - Kirsten Milliken and Randy Kulman

Researchers often refer to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder as "Executive Function Deficit Disorder.”  This captures the deficits that people with ADHD have in areas such as working memory, planning, organization, emotional regulation, impulse control, initiation, mental flexibility, and perseverance.  During this interactive presentation, we will offer the audience a starting line-up among endless options for digital play, exergames/active games and programs and apps that, when used conscientiously, can be played to both have fun and improve executive skills.  

 

Panel Presentation: The Journey from the Teenage Years to Young Adulthood with ADHD - Chris Dendy and a Panel of Young Adults with ADHD

A panel of young adults will discuss how ADHD has impacted their lives and review strategies that have helped them compensate for this challenging condition. Topics to be addressed include a discussion of strengths, getting medication right plus challenges they face at home and work as they transition into young adulthood.  Time will be allowed for questions from the audience.

 

Moving from Good Intentions to Positive Actions - Geraldine Markel, PhD

This session provides an in-depth description of the barriers to action and productivity confronted by adults with ADHD in the work environment.  A plan of action and practical strategies to stop the "I’ll do it later” response and other nonproductive behaviors is demonstrated.  Participants receive checklists and charts to increase timeliness and productivity and to reduce stress.

 

"ChemoBrain”: Medication Treatment for Adult ADHD with Application to Cancer Chemotherapy - Philip Parker, MD

A complicated case of adult ADHD that includes a coexisting psychiatric and/or medical condition complicates the medical treatment of each.  Understanding the interactions of the treatments of coexisting ADHD with other psychiatric and/or medical conditions can have great application to successfully diagnosing and treating various combinations.  Recent increases in cancer survival have increased coexisting cognitive symptoms in these survivors.  For example, cancer chemotherapy can present such sever fatigue it results in symptoms of cognitive impairment ("chemobrain” AKA "cancer chemotherapy related cognitive impairment—CRCI”).  We can learn from our experience treating complicated ADHD patients.

 

The ADHD Corrections Project: Unlocking Potential Through Group Coaching and CBT - Patricia Wood and Caitlyn Jackson

At least 25 percent of incarcerated adults in the United States are affected by ADHD. Many are undiagnosed and unaware of the ways it influences their behaviors and choices.  With proper treatment and support however, inmates with ADHD can learn to manage their symptomatic behaviors, thus increasing the likelihood they can successfully reenter society.  ADDA’s ADHD Corrections Project, based in Wilmington, DE, has been working to identify, educate, and empower inmates who are affected by ADHD.  At the end of this workshop, attendees will leave equipped with introductory skill-sets to address ADHD within incarcerated populations and will know how to maximize ADHD group coaching sessions for incarcerated populations with ADHD.

 

Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 3:30 – 4:45

 

The Top Three ADHD Medication Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them - Laurie Dupar

The right ADHD medication can be one of the most effective strategies to minimize the symptoms of ADHD.  Unfortunately, many people taking ADHD medications are not getting its full benefit.  Even when working with a professional psychopharmacological prescriber, people with ADHD are still often confused about their medication options, how to know if their medication is "working right” or what to do about it if isn’t.  Laurie Dupar, trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Senior Certified ADHD Coach, helps listeners finally understand the three most common reasons that prevent them from experiencing the full effectiveness of their ADHD medication and what to do about it.  Laurie will take the mystery out of these pitfalls and provide listeners with valuable strategies, tools and resources they can use right away.

 

Overcoming the Chronic Overwhelm Associated with ADHD - Jennifer Koretsky

Adults with ADHD often become trapped in a cycle of overwhelm and burnout.  Distractibility and poor planning skills, combined with a tendency towards stress and frustration, leave many adults with ADHD struggling to manage their day-to-day lives.  We’ll explore stress in the context of ADHD and discuss how to break the cycle by balancing pace of life with self-care. Participants will create a personalized action plan of small, practical changes that they can immediately apply to their lives in order to overcome the chronic overwhelm associated with ADHD.

 

Panel Presentation: For Non-ADHD Spouses Only! Creating a Strong Relationship with Your ADHD Spouse Non-ADHD Spouses Share Their Recipes for Success - Linda Walker, Moderator; Panelists:  Linda Anderson, Ava Green and Bruce Greenfield

In this moderated panel discussion, four non-ADHD spouses of a mixed couple (ADHD and non-ADHD) relationship will briefly explain their experience and struggles with ADHD. Then, in a panel discussion, these non-ADHD spouses who combined, have 110 years of wisdom in how to have a successful long-term relationship with an ADHD spouse, will share their secrets to success in living with and loving an ADHD spouse.  A moderator will take questions from the audience and manage interactions with the panelists to ensure addressing as many of your issues as possible.

 

Why Connect Self-Compassion to Willpower? What Neuroscience Research Can Do for the Adult with ADHD - Virginia Hurley

In this session, we’ll look at new ways to coach adults with ADHD in self-compassion and willpower by looking at how the ADHD brain works.  Learn two antidotes to the "flight or fight" neurotransmitters: the "pause and plan" response, and the "tend and befriend" response.

 

Just What Do You Mean, Better Organized? - Barbara Luther

ADHD clients often think a few organizational strategies will solve their challenges without understanding or appreciating what’s really underneath being "better organized.”  Inattentive clients, particularly, can benefit from learning how our brains work before we design strategies and tools specifically for them. This session will explore best coaching practices for assisting inattentive clients to become "better organized.”

 

Timers and Reminders: Smart Tools and Brain Wise Strategies - Eric Tivers

Adults with ADHD frequently struggle with complex issues related to executive functioning including time management, focus, memory, motivation, prioritization, and organization.  Learning to live well with ADHD is an ongoing process of creating a strategy-based life that may encompass many specific strategies, but can be distilled into just two basic concepts – setting timers and reminders. These strategies bridge our intentions to our actions.  We will bridge research to practice by demonstrating numerous examples of ADHD-friendly tools and brain-wise strategies and feature app demonstrations.  Audience members will have an opportunity to share with others their personal favorite apps.

 

Sunday, July 21, 2013 -  9:00 – 10:15

Smooth Stimulants - "May I Please Use My Brain All Day?" - John Bailey, MD

This presentation is a review of available stimulant meds and the practical differences in how they start and stop and how long they last; how they ebb and flow through the day; and how they can be timed, mingled, and adjusted to allow the patient the same high level of function all the work and play day.  It will be practical, interesting and useful, not only for the patient but also for the coach, therapist, and prescriber.

Career Choices with ADHD: How to Choose Better, Work Easier and Enjoy Your Career More - Wilma Fellman

This workshop will explore the complex facets of what goes into a good career decision for an adult with ADHD.  A lecture and Q & A session will enable you to ask the questions you need answered.  Participants will learn how to assess their strengths and offset their challenges in making good career choices, as well as ways to modify and adapt current work situations for maximum effectiveness in existing careers/jobs.

 

Succeeding in Relationships and Marriage with ADHD - Arthur Robin, PhD

Dr. Robin will provide the audience with tips and strategies to improve their relationship, coping with ADHD.  Topics include how to optimize ADHD by adjusting attitudes, using organizational tools, establishing a daily check-in, improving communication and problem solving, maximizing medication and cultivating romance.

High Risk to High Potential: Transition Issues for High School and College and Students with ADHD - Robert Tudisco, JD

While students diagnosed with ADHD face continual difficulty addressing transitions, none prove more difficult than the transition from high school to college.  This transition is difficult because there are social and legal changes many students and parents are not equipped to address, which put them at high risk despite their high potential.  This workshop will help attendees plan ahead to address many of the social and legal changes and discuss practical strategies for students to reach their full potential.

 

ADHD in the Age of Technology: The Power and Peril - Kevin Roberts

 

We will discuss the allure of the cyber world for people with ADHD, including smart phones, video games, social networking and the Internet.  Converging neurological evidence regarding cyber addiction and ADHD will be discussed, including the dopamine-deficit and reward-deficit theories for both conditions we see in scientific literature.  Participants will be armed with an understanding of this issue, awareness of the warnings signs of problem use, and tools to deal with a cyber-addicted ADHDer.

Undiagnosed and at Risk - Reaching the 85% - Alan Brown

Annual medical costs of $100,000,000: That statistic gallivanted support for U.S. legislation against Big Tobacco in the late ‘90s.  And the resulting legislative effort was boosted by awareness among tobacco’s users, their families and peers as to its costs.  Yet ADHD has costs far exceeding that figure and begs for more awareness and action.  As many as 85% the estimated 9 million adults with ADHD are in the dark about the condition – which is found in up to 71% of alcoholics, 25% of drug abusers and 45% of the prison population.  It’s associated with higher unemployment and personal medical costs, and lower high school completion and lifetime income.  In women, we find increased eating disorders, obesity, unplanned pregnancies, prescription drug dependence, higher divorce and suicide rates. With stats like these for all adults with ADHD – aware and treated or not – imagine the misery experienced every day by the unaware 85%.  In addition to a personal account of the human costs of undiagnosed ADHD, topics will include an explanation of why the condition is under-served; how treatments can fail those trying to deal with it and things we can do to help fix this drag on society, businesses and personal fulfillment.   

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