Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD)
Overcoming Myths and Mistrust About ADHD in the Black Community

Overcoming Myths and Mistrust About ADHD in the Black Community

July 23, 2020

African American parents often question the validity of their child’s ADHD diagnosis. For them, past experience with the medical community did not always include appropriate evaluation and correct diagnosis. What steps should they take to ensure their child is getting a proper assessment? Psychologist Nekeshia Hammond explains what parents need to know about ADHD and the elements of a comprehensive evaluation. She gives insight into the common myths about ADHD in the Black community and explains why healthcare professionals and educators need culturally competent training.

 

Featured guest:

Nekeshia Hammond, PsyD

 

Nekeshia Hammond, PsyD, is the founder and owner of Hammond Psychology and Associates, PA. She is an author, speaker, and authority -on child psychology, with a specific mission to support parents of children coping with ADHD.

 

https://hammondpsychology.com/dr-nekeshia-hammond/

 

Guidelines for ADHD Treatment, featuring Max Wiznitzer, MD

Guidelines for ADHD Treatment, featuring Max Wiznitzer, MD

July 9, 2020

Podcast transcript and description are coming soon.

A comprehensive treatment approach for children and adolescents with ADHD will ensure the greatest opportunities for success. After your child or teen has completed a thorough assessment process by an ADHD-trained mental health or healthcare provider, you will be informed of the key areas of concern that affect your child’s functioning. These areas can include school challenges, self-esteem or anger management issues, co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety, any learning concerns, and peer and family relationships.

Max Wiznitzer, MD, gives guidance to help parents understand treatment options that are most suited to the unique needs of your child and family.

Building Better Executive Function Skills

Building Better Executive Function Skills

July 1, 2020

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How does executive functioning relate to ADHD? How can you help children and teenagers build better executive function skills? Cooper-Kahn shares insight, practical strategies, and interventions you can use in your daily life.

 Joyce Cooper-Kahn

 Joyce Cooper-Kahn, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist and author who specializes in direct services and consultation for youth, families, and schools dealing with ADHD and executive functioning weaknesses.

Treatment of Complex ADHD

Treatment of Complex ADHD

June 16, 2020

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Complex ADHD is ADHD that co-occurs with one or more conditions that can complicate the symptoms of ADHD. Two-thirds of children with ADHD have at least one coexisting condition. These coexisting conditions may include oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), anxiety disorders, depression, learning disorders, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, and tics (Tourette Syndrome).

Treatment of complex ADHD begins with treating the condition that is most prominent and may involve behavior therapy, parent training, or medication. When medication is used, stimulants are the first line of treatment. Non-stimulant medications may be considered when stimulants do not work. If learning disorders coexist with ADHD, academic interventions are needed.

In this ADHD 365 podcast, Dr. Tanya Froehlich offers expert information on complex ADHD, focusing on the conditions that often coexist with ADHD. She discusses the recommended treatments based on research for each of the conditions, and the options available when first-line treatments don't work.

Tanya Froehlich, MD, MS.

Dr. Tanya Froehlich is a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and an ADHD clinical specialist. Dr. Froehlich serves on the national ADHD clinical practice guideline development committees for both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Development and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What is complex ADHD?
  2. Conditions that often coexist with ADHD
  3. Recommended behavioral treatment including behavior therapy and parent training
  4. Treatment for coexisting learning disorders
  5. Medication options available for complex ADHD

 

 

Health Disparities: Barriers to ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment

Health Disparities: Barriers to ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment

June 9, 2020

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What are the consequences of late diagnosis and treatment for ADHD in underserved and disenfranchised communities? Brandi Walker, PhD, shares her insights into what healthcare providers, parents, and educators can do to decrease health disparities in the United States.

Brandi Walker, PhD

Major Brandi Walker is an active-duty officer in the Army’s Medical Services Corps, serving as a clinical psychologist at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She is a recent graduate of Howard University's clinical psychology program, where she specialized in children, adolescents, and families. She obtained a master’s in rehabilitative counseling from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has held licensure as a graduate-level, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, and certified rehabilitation counselor. An advocate for research, Walker currently leads a nationwide community health study on ADHD and sleep in the pediatric population.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn potential diagnosis and treatment barriers for different communities.
  2. Learn how barriers affect African-American, Latino-American, and immigrant communities.
  3. Understand how access to care impacts academic achievement, relationships, and quality of life.
  4. Learn common gaps for school-aged children with ADHD and how it follows into adulthood.
  5. Understand how parents, teachers, and medical personnel can collaborate.

 

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.

Roberto Olivardia, PhD

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

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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

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.

Allison C. Dankner, MS Ed, PSY BS. Family Behaviorist and Learning Specialist

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.

 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, MEd (ADHD 365 Podcast)

Guidance for Uncertain Times: When Kids Attend School from Home—Tips for Parents, featuring Ann Dolin, MEd (ADHD 365 Podcast)

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, MEd 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, MEd

Ann Dolin, MEd is the President and Director of Educational Connections. She holds a BA 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.

Patricia M. Hudak, PCC, BCC

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

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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.

Margaret H. Sibley, PhD

Dr. Sibley is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Research Institute.

Learning Objectives

  1. How ADHD impacts conflict at home during COVID-19
  2. Strategies for families to decrease conflict
  3. How to managing stress as a parent
  4. Strategies for managing sibling conflict
  5. How to handle teenagers during COVID-19

 

 

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

Podcast Transcript: coming soon

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. Andrea Chronis-Tuscado

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

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

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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

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

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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.

Craig Bruce Hackett Surman, MD

Dr. Surman is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the Scientific Coordinator of the Adult ADHD Research Program of the Clinical and Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research strives to improve the assessment and treatment of self-regulatory disorders, including ADHD, in adulthood. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston, as well as a fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also in Boston. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented internationally. Dr. Surman has directed or facilitated over fifty studies related to ADHD in adults. He is co-author of “FASTMINDS: How To Thrive If You Have ADHD (or think you might)” and editor of “ADHD in adults: A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Management.”

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

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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.

Robert Cattoi, CHADD Chief Executive Officer, Ex-Officio

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

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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.

Margaret H. Sibley, PhD

Dr. Sibley is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children's Research Institute.

Helping African-American Students with ADHD Succeed

Helping African-American Students with ADHD Succeed

February 27, 2020

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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.

Anita Stoddard, PhD

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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.