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.

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

Podcast Transcript: 
https://chadd.org/podcasts/guidance-for-uncertain-times-alone-together-putting-an-end-to-family-chaos/  

Summary: 
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.  

Learning Objectives: 
1.  How to avoid conflicts during the quarantine 
2.  How can parents who are working, teaching, and taking care of the home get their children to contribute to effort 
3.  How to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed 
4.  Ways to reduce tension in the household

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

Podcast Transcript: 
https://chadd.org/podcasts/guidance-for-uncertain-times-mothers-and-adhd-permit-yourself-to-breathe/  

Summary: 
Women with ADHD who are mothers often have several challenges they face in their everyday life. With the current pandemic, daily life can become even more difficult with ADHD symptoms. There are difficulties of procrastination, feeling overwhelmed, being disorganized, as well as being distracted. At times, it can be difficult to even get through the day, especially when working from home. Providing care for kids with or without ADHD brings on additional challenges for mothers with ADHD.  

What are some strategies to cope with symptoms and challenges as a woman and a mother with ADHD? Terry Matlen discusses coping strategies during uncertain times and how to support children’s schooling while working from home.  

Terry Matlen, ACSW: 
Terry Matlen is a therapist, consultant, writer, speaker, and ADHD coach. She is the author of The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done, and Survival Tips for Women with ADHD. She is the director for two websites, ADDconsults.com and queensofdistraction.com. Terry served as the vice president of Attention Deficit Disorder Association and as the CHADD coordinator in Minnesota.  

Learning Objectives: 
1.  Gain an understanding of the challenges faced by women with ADHD who are mothers 
2.  Learn coping strategies for daily ADHD challenges and the challenges added by uncertain times 
3.  Understand how to support children in school while working from home 
4.  Discover how to cope when both mom and children have ADHD 
5.  Learn the importance of reaching out when help is needed

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

Podcast Text Transcript

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

Podcast Transcript: 
https://chadd.org/podcasts/guidance-for-uncertain-times-when-kids-attend-school-from-home-tips-for-parents/  

Summary: 
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.

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