Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)
Parenting a Child with ADHD and Dyslexia

Parenting a Child with ADHD and Dyslexia

May 28, 2020

Dr. Roberto Olivardia shares his experience growing up with ADHD and being a parent of a child with ADHD and dyslexia. This episode, Parenting a Child with ADHD and Dyslexia, is an up-close and personal journey of a parent balancing his own difficulties with ADHD while equipping his child, who has a severe form of dyslexia, with education, learning tools, and self-assurance to help him succeed in life.

Bio: 

Roberto Olivardia, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and lecturer in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in the treatment of ADHD, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and body dysmorphic disorder. He serves on the professional advisory boards for CHADD, ADDA, and the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders.

 

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Alone Together-Putting an End to Family Chaos

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Alone Together-Putting an End to Family Chaos

May 20, 2020

Millions of families across the world are faced with new and unexpected disruptions to their lives. The lengthy stay-at-home restrictions and days without structure could lead to stress and anxiety, which can be a recipe for chaos for parents and children affected by ADHD.

 Christine Kotik, PCC, gives advice to help parents and children learn how to coexist "alone together" by creating expectations, using the ladder technique to gauge anger, learning effective communication strategies, and more.

 

Christine Kotik, PCC

Christine Kotik is the coordinator of the Columbus, Ohio Chapter of CHADD and a facilitator of CHADD's Parent to Parent program. She is also a member of the ADHD Coaches Organization, where she serves on the board of directors as treasurer. Her training includes certification through the Coach Training Alliance, JST Coaching & Training, and Coach Approach for Organizers.

 

****Note on audio quality: This podcast was not recorded in a studio. The audio was captured and edited from a video conferencing interview.

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Mothers and ADHD—Permit Yourself to Breathe

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Mothers and ADHD—Permit Yourself to Breathe

May 12, 2020

Mothers, are you taking care of your mental and physical health during COVID-19? Parenting children with ADHD can be demanding; compound it with work, school, and a family confined under one roof, and self-care is paramount.

 It's time to stop the madness and not feel guilty when you take time for yourself. You can't do it alone. It's time to permit yourself to breathe.

 Terry Matlen explains how mothers who have ADHD and parent children with ADHD can learn to balance home, work, and school while regaining a sense of self—regardless of the current crisis. 

 Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW, is a psychotherapist, consultant, writer, and coach who specializes in adult ADHD, with a special interest in women with ADHD. She is the author of two books: The Queen of Distraction and Survival Tips for Women with ADHD. To learn more about her, visit addconsults.com.

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Navigating Teens at Home During COVID-19

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Navigating Teens at Home During COVID-19

May 5, 2020

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Parenting a teenager with ADHD who's confined at home during COVID-19 may present some challenges. How can parents and teens adjust to these circumstances?  Some teens with ADHD find the restrictions suffocating and don’t want to adhere to safety protocols. The disruption to their lives may worsen or cause anger and behavior issues. Should parents be more forgiving of bad conduct or attitudes because of the pandemic?

What does Allison Dankner, family behaviorist and learning specialist, have to say about navigating life with teens during this crisis? In the latest ADHD 365 podcast, she gives guidance to parents and teens on ways to communicate and coexist under one roof during COVID-19.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how parents can support their teens during this crisis.
  2. Get suggestions for conversing with frustrated teens.
  3. Find out how to help teens create new habits with schoolwork and social life.
  4. Get suggestions for creating a new schedule.
  5. Find out how to give teens autonomy and collaborate with them.

 

Allison C. Dankner, MS Ed, PSY BS—

Family Behaviorist and Learning Specialist

To learn more about Allison Dankner, visit ALLISONCD.com

Guidance for Uncertain Times: When Kids Attend School from Home—Tips for Parents, featuring Ann Dolin, M.Ed.

Guidance for Uncertain Times: When Kids Attend School from Home—Tips for Parents, featuring Ann Dolin, M.Ed.

May 4, 2020

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Are you a parent now faced with supervising while your child with ADHD attends schooling from home? We know that COVID-19 has caused households to reprioritize family life. It’s no longer business as usual. You, like many other parents, are balancing work, home, and your child’s remote learning. This “new normal” comes with numerous challenges and requires patience, preparation, and structure. You need strategies that will make managing your child’s learning at home less stressful and overwhelming.

 In the latest ADHD 365 podcast, Ann Dolin, M.Ed. offers expert advice on creating a framework for an ADHD-friendly learning environment. She provides tools that increase your child’s self-sufficiency and suggests communication techniques for discussing concerns about schoolwork. 

Ann Dolin, M.Ed.

Ann Dolin, M.Ed. is the President and Director of Educational Connections. She holds a B.A. in Child Psychology/Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Special Education, with a concentration in Learning Disabilities, from Boston College.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn strategies parents can use to help their kids with schooling at home.
  2. Learn how to collaborate and talk with children about their schoolwork.
  3. Learn how to implement accommodations if the child has a 504 or IEP plan.
  4. Get suggestions for taking breaks, handling distractions, and maintaining motivation.
  5. Learn strategies for parents who work at home while their children attend school from home.
Guidance for Uncertain Times: Mindful Parenting

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Mindful Parenting

April 21, 2020

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ADHD often disrupts family life. Compound those disruptive patterns with the pressures of COVID-19, and you may find parenting wildly stressful and overwhelming, which in turn affects your child's behavior. None of us are at our best when we’re tapped out. Your parenting approach could make all the difference in the world during a tense situation. Is mindful parenting the right approach for your family’s needs? Could it improve your parenting skills?

 Board-certified ADHD and executive function coach Pat Hudak is the president-elect of CHADD’s board of directors. She gives us insight into the power of mindful parenting and shares useful techniques that families can incorporate in daily life to achieve positive outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an understanding of the components of mindful parenting.
  2. Learn strategies for improving mindful communication and listening skills.
  3. Understand how co-occurring conditions may affect teenagers.
  4. Get suggestions parents can use while sheltering at home with children.
  5. Learn how to have mindful and meaningful conversations with children and teens.
Guidance for Uncertain Times: Tips to Help You Manage and Avoid Family Conflicts

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Tips to Help You Manage and Avoid Family Conflicts

April 17, 2020

This podcast is about helping families coping with ADHD with strategies and tips to help manage and avoid potential conflicts due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Parenting Children With ADHD During a Crisis

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Parenting Children With ADHD During a Crisis

April 17, 2020

Parenting a child who has ADHD can be stressful, but a national health crisis can increase those stress levels in unanticipated ways. Parents can set the emotional tone for their families, help to manage children’s fears and anxieties along with their ADHD symptoms.

 Dr. Andrea Chronis-Tuscado shares with parents what they can do during this time to answer children’s questions about COVID-19, keep a family routine while using behavioral strategies to address children’s ADHD symptoms and co-occurring conditions.

 Dr. Chronis-Tuscano's research focuses broadly on understanding early predictors of developmental outcomes for children with ADHD, including depression and alcohol/substance use, and developing novel treatments that target these early risk and protective factors.

 Dr. Chronis-Tuscano is the president of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, an associate editor of the Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, and a member of the CHADD Professional Advisory Board. Dr. Chronis-Tuscano currently serves as ADVANCE Professor for the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSOS) at UMD.

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Ways to Stay Healthy During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Ways to Stay Healthy During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 17, 2020

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Are you among the nearly 90 percent of Americans living under stay at home orders? It can be difficult to maintain healthy eating and sleeping routines when you’re not able to leave home or when daily life is stressful because of the complete change in daily routine.

 Dr. Roberto Olivardia provides information on designing a healthy routine, planning simple and nutritious meals, and getting enough exercise when your opportunities for movement are limited. Supporting your good health now is critical for lowering feelings of stress and maintaining a good sense of well-being.

 Roberto Olivardia, PhD, 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, executive functioning issues, and issues that face students with learning differences. He also specializes in the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men.

He currently serves on the professional advisory boards for CHADD, ADDA and the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders. He is a member of the International OCD Foundation, International Dyslexia Association, Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association and the American Association of Suicidology.

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Navigating Relationship Challenges

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Navigating Relationship Challenges

April 9, 2020

When dealing with uncertain times, people search for ways to cope with feeling a lack of control. Learning to manage those feelings and recognizing that each person reacts differently becomes immensely important to their closest relationships. As a couple, or as a family, the need to handle the situation together is paramount.

Dr. Ari Tuckman offers tips and strategies to maintain healthy relationships during a time of crisis.

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, is the author of Understand Your Brain, Get More Done, More Attention, Less Deficit, and Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD. He is a psychologist in private practice in West Chester, Pennsylvania, a former member of CHADD’s board of directors and co-chair of its conference committee.

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Managing Anxiety

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Managing Anxiety

April 3, 2020

If you’re struggling emotionally over the global pandemic, you are not alone. We talked with Craig B. Surman, MD, who offers calming tips and a guided meditation adapted for those with busy minds.

Guidance for Uncertain Times: How CHADD Is Supporting the ADHD Community

Guidance for Uncertain Times: How CHADD Is Supporting the ADHD Community

March 26, 2020

We know how difficult this time might be for you and your family, and we will face the COVID-19 crisis as a community. CHADD wants you to know you are not alone. We are here with support and information about keeping your family safe and meeting your ADHD needs. CEO Bob Cattoi shares what CHADD can do for you during this challenging time.

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Tips for Creating an ADHD-Friendly Home Environment

Guidance for Uncertain Times: Tips for Creating an ADHD-Friendly Home Environment

March 26, 2020

While schools are scrambling to finalize online curriculum plans, Maggie Sibley, PhD, a member of CHADD’s professional advisory board, offers a few ways parents can help set up their children for success and transform their home into a school environment.

Helping African-American Students with ADHD Succeed

Helping African-American Students with ADHD Succeed

February 27, 2020

The African-American community is affected by ADHD at the same rate as other communities in the United States. However, barriers to evaluation and treatment for children with ADHD remain.

 Dr. Anita Stoddard is the principal of Doswell E. Brooks Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Maryland, a predominantly African-American school. In this podcast, she shares her perspective on how ADHD affects her students and community.

What Should Parents Look for in a Good Evaluation for ADHD?

What Should Parents Look for in a Good Evaluation for ADHD?

February 12, 2020

Do you know what to look for in an ADHD evaluation? How do you know if your child is appropriately diagnosed? In this episode, we learn what to look for in an assessment and how to use the findings to seek school accommodations. When you better understand your child’s learning abilities, you can help to ensure your child’s success.

Harris Finkelstein, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice located in Wilmington, Delaware, and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults, and provides evaluation and treatment to families in transition by request of attorneys and the family courts.

What is MeHealth for ADHD?

What is MeHealth for ADHD?

December 16, 2019

It's important to have clear communication with all parties involved when you're seeking diagnosis and treatment for ADHD. Is MeHealth for ADHD the breakthrough assessing and treating tool that will help make communication between physicians, parents, and teachers better? How can it be used to optimize medication treatment and minimize side effects? These and more questions will be answered by the guest, Dr. Tanya Froehlich.

Tanya Froehlich, MD, MS, is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and an ADHD clinical specialist and researcher who strives to improve ADHD care in numerous ways. She is a member of the board of directors for the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and for the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders. Dr. Froehlich currently serves on national ADHD clinical practice guideline development committees for both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Development and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Froehlich earned her medical degree from Yale University.

Can ADHD Symptoms be Treated by Stimulating the Brain?

Can ADHD Symptoms be Treated by Stimulating the Brain?

September 30, 2019

Can ADHD symptoms be treated by stimulating the brain while someone sleeps? The Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS) System, a new device recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration offers that possibility. Some parents on social media say they’re ready to sign up their child for testing. Is it too soon for people managing ADHD to jump ship from their current treatment regimen?  We will hear from Dr. Max Wiznitzer, an associate professor of pediatrics, neurology, and international health at Case Western Reserve University. He serves on CHADD's board of directors and the editorial advisory board for Attention magazine, as well as the editorial boards of Lancet Neurology, and the Journal of Child Neurology. Dr. Wiznitzer lectures nationally and internationally about various neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Holding Teens With ADHD Accountable

Holding Teens With ADHD Accountable

September 1, 2019

In this episode, we're talking with Jodi Sleeper-Triplett about holding teens with ADHD accountable. She gives us insight into how ADHD coaching may help with executive functioning and coping skills and shares advice to help first-year college students succeed.

 

Executive Functions and ADHD in Childhood

Executive Functions and ADHD in Childhood

August 1, 2019

Mark Bertin, MD, gives us insight about the role of executive functioning in child development and the importance of self-care for parents. He shares many tips for parents and pediatricians who care for children with ADHD.

Video Games, Screens and ADHD—A Potent Mix

Video Games, Screens and ADHD—A Potent Mix

July 11, 2019

This podcast looks at how children and young people use technology and what that means when they also have ADHD. While there are many helpful apps for children and families, sometimes choices can be overwhelming when deciding how best to use technology at home.

Randy Kulman, PhD, is the founder and president of LearningWorks for Kids, an educational technology company that specializes in using video games to teach executive-functioning and academic skills. For the past 30 years, Dr. Kulman has also been the clinical director and president of South County Child and Family Consultants, a private practice that specializes in the assessment of children with learning disorders and attention difficulties.

Additionally, Dr. Kulman is the author of numerous essays and book chapters on the use of digital technologies for improving executive-functioning skills in children. His current research projects include the development of a parent and teacher scale for assessing executive-functioning skills in children and a large survey study examining how children with ADHD and Autism use popular video games and apps. He is an adviser and occasional writer for Commonsensemedia.org, and Toca Boca. He is the author of two books; Train Your Brain for Success: A Teenager’s Guide to Executive Functions and Playing Smarter in a Digital World.

Managing Challenging Classroom Behaviors in Early Elementary Students with ADHD

Managing Challenging Classroom Behaviors in Early Elementary Students with ADHD

July 11, 2019

Managing Challenging Classroom Behaviors in Early Elementary Students with ADHD by CHADD

Couples with ADHD: Creating Caring Connection Amid the Chaos

Couples with ADHD: Creating Caring Connection Amid the Chaos

July 11, 2019

This podcast will review the common relationship impacts of ADHD on couples and present solutions and strategies to overcome them. Learn the three golden rules to repair and retain connection in a relationship and manage reactivity. Experience the benefits of using the Couple’s Dialogue to deepen communication and create emotional safety. Useful apps will be recommended to coordinate tasks, lists, and routines.

Understanding the ABCs of ADHD Medications with Max Wiznitzer, MD

Understanding the ABCs of ADHD Medications with Max Wiznitzer, MD

July 1, 2019

The decision to medicate a child with ADHD is a difficult choice for many parents. The news and social media have accounts of people benefiting from medication, while there also are stories of grave dangers associated with these drugs. What are the benefits and risks of taking ADHD medication? How do you know what’s right for your child?

Executive Functions and Impulsivity in Children with ADHD

Executive Functions and Impulsivity in Children with ADHD

May 23, 2019

In this podcast, Connor Patros, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow in the department of psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and CHADD's 2018 Young Scientist Research Awards post-doc winner, discusses his interest in looking at how neurocognitive factors (or executive functions) are related to symptoms of impulsivity in ADHD, and also the interventions that can strengthen executive function deficits.

Students with ADHD Transitioning from High School to College

Students with ADHD Transitioning from High School to College

April 17, 2019

For teens with ADHD, finishing high school and preparing for college can be exciting and daunting at the same time. How do parents and students seek a college in getting the appropriate accommodations to ensure success? Listen to CHADD's ADHD 365 podcast on Students with ADHD Transitioning from High School to College, featuring Certified Educational Planner Judith Bass, for tips and strategies that may help your child succeed in college.

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