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General Conference - Saturday , November 11


SA01/Advocacy Issues for Children and Adults with ADHD- New Developments Under 504 and the IDEA
Presenters; Matthew Cohen, JD Paul Grossman, JD

Session will address the 2016 OCR Policy Letter clarifying the rights of children with ADHD, rights of adults under Title II and III of the ADA, and impact of the new Supreme Court standard for FAPE and strategies for advocating for people with ADHD.

SA02/Diminishing Anger in Relationships Impacted by ADHD
Presenter: Melissa Orlov

Couples impacted by ADHD often struggle greatly, with difficulty in both marital satisfaction and functioning. Over time, chronic anger can develop, impacting all areas of a couple’s life together. This presentation focuses upon effective therapeutic strategies couples can use to (a) understand the different types of anger in their relationship; (b) understand the extent to which their interactions reinforce that anger and how to “step out of the cycle of anger” and (c) choose appropriate strategies for specific anger situations. The goal is to provide couples with new insights about their anger and tools they can use immediately to calm their relationship.

SA03/How to Get Your Child Off Technology Without Threatening, Yelling, or Pulling Your Hair Out
Presenters: Diane Dempster, Elaine Taylor-Klaus

With homework and school assignments online, and a computer in every pocket, managing technology—for kids (and spouses) of all ages—is potentially the biggest challenge facing parents today. Developing a healthy relationship with technology isn't easy, especially when we spend so much time there, ourselves. This interactive workshop will help you understand what's going on for you and your kids, and how executive function and motivation are contributing to the struggle. And it will offer practical, hands-on strategies that you can use right away to begin to shift the control technology have in your home.

SA04/Assistive Technology 101: Begin With the End in Mind
Presenters: Samantha Peters and Maria Kelley

Welcome to the assistive technology revolution! Assistive technology developments have been a catalyst for producing life-changing results for individuals with ADHD. In this session, presenters will share helpful advocacy tips, AT solutions/strategies, and information on AT trends to watch.

SA05/"Guy Stuff"-A Puberty Education Program For Boys Diagnosed with ADHD and Their Parents.
Presenter: Ryan Wexelblatt

Many boys diagnosed with ADHD also struggle with navigating the social world around them. Given that social expectations increase with age, many boys struggle with understanding the increased social expectations during puberty. Guy Stuff is a hygiene and puberty education program taught from a social learning perspective and designed for boys and their parents. Designed for the YouTube generation, Guy Stuff provides boys with the education they need, and their parents with the information they need, to communicate about these topics effectively.

SA06/“The Earlier The Better: Diagnosis and Treatment of ADHD and Comorbid Disorders in Preschool-Age Children”
Presenter: Vera Joffe, PhD, ABPP

.This session will present fictitious clinical vignettes of preschool children presenting symptoms of various mental health disorders, such as disruptive pediatric, bipolar disorder, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and anxiety disorder, in order to illustrate the empirically based protocols for diagnosis and treatment of such conditions for preschoolers. Dr. Joffe will illustrate how such conditions would be treated in children who are diagnosed later in life (such as later elementary school to high school), and the severity and complications of clinical presentations of such cases. She will discuss the advantages of diagnosing and treating children earlier in life, such as during preschool years, presenting modalities of treatment for preschoolers such as PCIT and behavior therapy.

SA07/The Fundamental Power of Anticipation
Presenter Bill Flynn

The purpose of this session is to demonstrate the effective use of applying emotional purpose within task management planning. Students with ADHD have a strong emotional connection to time and motivation. This session will discuss not only the important relationship between time and emotion, but also the value of helping students process and practice this connection. Using examples, this session will also highlight the effectiveness of creating short term and long term academic plans than fuse task management with the emotional rush of anticipation into the space between beginning a task and completing a task. This connection acts as a means of helping students with ADHD stay focused, motivated, and present in their academic work.

SA08/Ready for Take-off: Preparing Teens with ADHD/LD for College
Presenter: Theresa Laurie Maitland

The numbers of college students with ADHD/LD have mushroomed in the past decades on campuses across the nation. Yet, despite efforts for early identification, more services at the K-12 level, and mandated accommodation in colleges many do not succeed in college. Unfortunately, few graduate in four years, many take a year or two longer and some do not graduate at all. This workshop will shed light on why youth diagnosed with ADHD/LD are at greater risk for college transition difficulties. The presenter will share the literature on the common challenges teens with ADHD/LD tend to encounter during their transition, as well as strategies that can increase their chances of success. The session will also include a discussion of typical non-productive parenting patterns that can inadvertently lead to a lack of college readiness and how these can be modified to better prepare teens for being independent in college and life. The workshop will touch upon the differences in laws governing accommodations and services at the college level and ways to better prepare college bound teens to adjust to these differences. Participants will be given opportunities to discuss and apply the information presented in the workshop to teens in their own lives.

SB01/Aging with ADHD
Kathleen Nadeau, PhD

This presentation will highlight information drawn from the personal interviews of numerous men and women with ADHD over the age of 60. They have chosen to share their stories in order to further our understanding of ADHD in later years. Adult ADHD burst forth upon the scene in the mid-1990s. Those with ADHD that were in their mid-40s at the time are now in their mid-60s. The boomer generation is heading toward retirement and many are already in retirement, yet so little research has been done on their issues and needs. What little research has been done so far will be discussed, but the bulk of this presentation will focus on the information that is being gathered in an ongoing project to document the process of aging with ADHD.

SB02/ADHD Coaching: Using an Appreciative Approach and Process
Presenters: Nora Mislolek, Alan Graham, Naomi Zemont

Appreciative inquiry is an organizational development process that can be readily adapted to ADHD coaching. Appreciative inquiry coaching focuses on exploring and amplifying a client’s strengths to help motivate behavior change. In this presentation, the AI model will be explained along with its adaptation to ADHD coaching. Participants will then have an opportunity to learn appreciative coaching techniques and practice them.

SB03/Reduce the Battle of Homework Time: Strategies for Parents and Teachers
Presenter: Jill Linkoff

Homework time is often full of stress and conflict for parents and students. While most parents and educators want students to be organized, efficient, and independent learners, students with ADHD/executive function challenges often struggle to stay engaged, motivated, and effective when approaching their homework. Sometimes it’s due to the academic demands, but often it’s due to their ability to manage the demands placed upon them. Parents are often ill-equipped to know how to best intervene, and some end up unintentionally exacerbating the problem as a result. This presentation will explore how to reduce the challenges of homework time by tackling three factors: setting the stage for learning, managing the expectations on the student, and the role the parent should play in the process.

SB04/College Transition: Correcting the Myths and Misunderstandings to Help Students Be Successful in the Post-Secondary Environment
Presenter: Elizabeth Hamblet, M.S.

Myths about college disability services and accommodations can leave students without the critical knowledge they need. Thinking that colleges don’t offer anything may discourage students from attending college, and believing that they provide every service that students had in high school might not properly prepare students for the transition. Laws and expectations at the college level are different, but with the proper preparation and understanding, students can be successful. Learn what really happens at college and what skills students need to do well in this exciting new environment.

SB05/ What Works in Assistive Technology: Student Perspectives
Presenter: Carolyn P. Phillips

Come learn from our Students what Assistive technology solutions and strategies are working (and not working) for them. In this session, we will explore the collective role each of us play in promoting student success within and beyond the educational environment and the powerful role of AT in this process. We will examine positive outcomes that can occur when self-advocacy and AT are integrated into the learning environment and how these successes transfer into other areas of life. We will provide participants with helpful tips, opportunities to explore emerging trends in technology and identity specific AT strategies and resources that can ultimately assist with smoother transitions in the workplace and community.

SB06/“Takes One to Know…” How to Teach One!
Presenter: Billie Abney

As a student who struggled terribly in elementary school, the speaker, now a veteran teacher and retired chiropractor, will share tips that make her a highly effective teacher.

SB07/Contemporary Adult Treatment of ADHD: The New ADHD Lifestyle
Presenter: Jodi Klugman-Rabb

This course examines creating a sustainable lifestyle for ADHD by using research derived from multimodal treatment combining psychoeducation, medication, psychotherapy, behavioral/self-management skills, technological tools, coaching, self-advocacy, and appropriate workplace accommodations. The result is an improvement in self-esteem and productivity through concrete, practical interventions increasing organization and follow through, learning to work with symptom manifestation, and recognizing mindful application of their strengths. It also creates the channels for communication of the eventual resistance and regression that so often defines living with ADHD. Paramount to creating a successful ADHD lifestyle is the ability to communicate when you are symptomatic, overfocused, or coaching loved ones on the best ways to interpret behaviors and miscommunications.

SB08/ More Than Just Medication: Proven Non-Medication Treatments for ADHD
Presenter: Stephanie Sarkis, PhD

In your practice, you will find clients/patients with an ADHD diagnosis who prefer not to take medication. There are various reasons for this, and in this seminar, you will learn these reasons and discover what other treatment options are available. The more you know the “whys” of your client’s choice of treatment, the better quality of care you can provide them. Medications available for treating ADHD, including the benefits and side effects, will be discussed. You will learn the myths surrounding medication and how to help your client or patient make the most informed choice about their treatment. Not only will you walk away with knowledge of the most common non-medication treatments for ADHD, you will also know the safety and efficacy of each treatment. You will learn how much these treatments cost and whether the possible benefits outweigh the financial impact. The use of nutraceuticals and supplements will be discussed, both how they can impact the central nervous system and why it is important to find a producer with good quality assurance. Diet can make a difference in treating ADHD—but not in the way you might think. You will leave with more knowledge about the research purporting a link between pesticides and ADHD. With more than 15 years of experience in treating ADHD, Dr. Sarkis will show you the path to determining the best treatment.

SC01/ Distracted and Disorganized: Sure-Fire Strategies to Empower Women with ADHD
Presenter: Terry Matlen, MSW, AC

Women with ADHD have specific and often debilitating challenges. Society expects them to juggle it all: home responsibilities, parenting, work, and social connections, all while keeping everyone in the family (including themselves) in balance. Problems with executive functioning and working memory, which play out in procrastination, disorganization, memory issues, hyper-reactivity and more, make it a huge challenge to stay “on top of their game.” Such frustrations often lead to anxiety, depression, failures in relationships and tremendous stress. This combined lecture and interactive session will discuss the challenges women with ADHD face, but will also offer specific strategies on organizing/clutter control, time management, meal planning, parenting, self-care and more. - Presentation Sponsors by Shire

SC02/Self Determination Pathway for Young Adults with Learning and Social Differences
Presenter: Michele Joseph

Each step provides the student and family a framework of support and guidance through the challenges of establishing independence in young adulthood. Attention to training for skill acquisition, expectations for frequent social course corrections, and close connection to a supportive adult are common accountability components with vocational coaches. Learning to “recover well” from challenges, increasing vocational opportunities prior to graduation, and expanding social programming significantly foster early adult productivity and reduce opportunities for isolation.

SC03/What Does The Future Hold For Children with ADHD? A Personal 50-Year Informal Longitudinal Study Of Children And Adults with ADHD
Presenter: Chris Zeigler Dendy

What does the future hold? Join Chris Zeigler Dendy, veteran parent, CHADD advocate, and prolific author, for this reassuring session regarding long-term ADHD outcomes she has personally observed over a 50-year time span. Additionally, an overview of research on outcomes plus common challenges and intervention strategies will be reviewed.

SC04/Couples with ADHD: Creating Caring Connection amid the Chaos
Presenter: Carol Robbins, PhD

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

SC05/Perfectly Imperfect: Reclaiming and Reframing the ADHD Label. We Are Attention Different, Not Deficit!
Presenters: Stephen Tonti, and Aaron Smith

As the title suggests, Aaron Smith and Stephen Tonti are ADHD and proud. They understand that folks with ADHD did not choose to be ADHD, however, ADHDers CAN choose how they internalize the condition. Tonti and Smith argue for the importance of adopting a more life-affirming and uplifting approach to the way ADHD is diagnosed, treated, and ultimately understood by the individual living with the condition. In this talk, they will explore the controversial concepts of Radical Acceptance, Positively Reframing ADHD, and Leveraging Advantageous Mirror Traits for Success.

SC06/Harnessing the Power of the Emotional Brain: "Game Changers" from Affective Neuroscience
Presenter: Rebecca Resnik, PsyD

New research from affective neuroscience teaches us that everyday tasks, from solving a math problem to striving for college acceptance, are all governed by emotional responses in our brains. Individuals with ADHD are often impacted just as much, if not more so, by their emotional responses to day-to-day challenges. Thus, for interventions to be effective, we need to address not just the cognitive symptoms of ADHD, but to understand the emotional foundations beneath the surface. This presentation integrates exciting new brain research with practical, real-world strategies for promoting motivation, resilience, and perseverance.

SC07/Your FBA is a Fantasy:
Presenter: Doris Bowman

Your FBA is a Fantasy: Why Conventional FBAs, BSPs and School Discipline Systems Aren't Getting Results for the Kids Who Need Them Most, and How to Create Ones That Will Traditional approaches to making behavioral change through the use of functional behavioral assessments and behavior support plans have long fallen short, and school discipline systems continue to fail those children to whom their “consequence systems” are applied most. With our conclusions about the “why” of behavior being based in something kids want to “get” or “avoid,” we are left with little to do but attempt to externally motivate through rewards and consequences. Come learn how the Collaborative Problem Solving Model and the pediatric neuroscience research of Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy, can inform the creation and use of FBAs, BSPs and overall discipline systems that are brain-based and skill-focused. Learn what these two evidence-based approaches tell us about how you can stop chasing “temporary compliance” and start building skills.

SC08/A Novel Smartphone-Based Assessment of Parent-Child Dynamics: External Validity and Clinical Applications for Psychosocial Interventions for ADHD
Presenter: James Li

This session will introduce a novel assessment approach, using patients’ smartphones, to assess daily interactions between parents and children and its implications for psychosocial treatments for ADHD. Developing (and validating) a standardized, smartphone-based approach for measuring progress and outcomes in ADHD is crucial. First, smartphones are widely owned, thus offering impressive and easy access to patients. Regarding interventions, smartphone technology may pave the way for drastically improving the assessment of the patient’s individual context, such that information gathered from a daily assessment can be used to tailor the treatment characteristics more precisely. Furthermore, once in treatment, smartphones can be used to monitor the family’s progress during the treatment, and enhance the family’s engagement in the intervention. Considering that most psychosocial treatments for childhood ADHD focus on child behavior modification through parent training, having improved methods to assess and monitor progress may help to more precisely identify what’s working, and what’s not. In this session, we will discuss the limitations of traditional assessments approaches in ADHD (i.e., interviews, questionnaires, observations), and present brand new research from our laboratory to show that next generation assessment approaches (i.e., mobile data collection) may yield important information about our patients that have might otherwise been undetected using traditional assessment approaches.

SD01/ "Why are You Yelling at Me?" Tame the Triggers & Turn the Family Volume Way Down
Presenters: Diane Dempster, and Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Yelling is one of the side effects of ADHD that the textbooks may not mention, but which can be positively crazymaking. As parents, no matter how hard we try, sometimes we end up yelling—because we don’t know what else to do, or because it works (and we hate that), or because we can’t help ourselves. Our kids end up yelling for similar reasons. Based on a coach-approach to parent management, this interactive workshop will help you understand the nuances behind the “yelling” in your home, and offer strategies for calming everyone down. If you came to this conference because you want to shift the tone of your home from a hot mess to a calm, peaceful family life, then this is the workshop for you.

SD02/The Latest Procrastination Science: Your Ambassador from the July 11 & 12, 2017 10th Biennial Conference on Procrastination Research.
Presenter: Kim Kensington, PhD

What does the latest science on procrastination teach us, and how can we use it to help folks with ADHD get more done? While much delay starting, continuing, and finishing tasks results from executive function issues, not all of it does. Generally procrastination researchers don’t mention ADHD, and they think about delay differently. Dr. Kim Kensington will bring the latest research from that world and add it to the information and strategies we currently have so that attendees can get be more effective at starting and finishing projects.

SD03/ Collaboration Between Parents and Schools… Be Confident, Firm, AND Nice!
Presenter: Sandra Mislow, M. Ed.

This session focuses on strategies to overcome and avoid the breakdown of communication and lack of collaboration which often occurs between parents of children with ADHD and school staff. During the session, we will examine the roots of this conflict and discuss the detrimental impact it has on children. Various strategies for facilitating collaboration and positive communication will be presented, including the concept of principled negotiation, which combines psychological principles and therapeutic communication within conflict resolution.

SD04/ The Three Common Mistakes People Make About Time Management and How They Are Preventing You from Finishing Your Work
Presenter: Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton

Are you tired of setting goals to be more productive and feeling like that never happens? This session will leave you with strategies that you can implement right away to change how you plan your time, manage your tasks, and remind yourself on how to get it all done.

SD05/It’s All About The Delivery System—How Different “Systems” Get Medication to Your Brain at Different Rates
Presenter: Cathi Zillman

You’ve heard of stimulants versus nonstimulants, methylphenidate versus amphetamine, and immediate release versus time release; but these are just the beginning of the differences among the various medications used to treat ADHD. The delivery system is the material in which the medication is prepared. It controls the speed and timing of the delivery of the medication into your system. We will discuss the various delivery systems that are available and the benefits of each.

SD06/ Who’s the Adult in this Relationship? Using Organization to Help Neurologically Diverse Couples Reconnect and Recharge
Presenter: Nathalie Pedicelli

Roughly 50% of marriages today end up in divorce. Add a powder keg of ADHD to the mix and 85% of couples split up. It’s almost impossible to stay married when you have ADHD. This session will expose the significant negative impacts that ADHD has on marriage when it is not decoded for the neuro-typical spouse. Despite their best intentions to organize their ADHD spouse, neuro-typical partners end up making their ADHD partner feel like they are the problem in the relationship. Accused of being careless or lazy, the ADHD spouse often shuts down or avoids confrontation. On the flip side, the frustrated neuro-typical partner increasingly feels like s/he is the only adult in the relationship. This session is geared for organizers, coaches and therapists who want to improve the lives of their clients through proven yet simple to implement organizing strategies. These techniques will significantly reduce the nagging and blaming by the neuro-typical spouse while increasing the reliability and productivity of the ADHD partner. Communication differences and organizing styles that move the relationship from conflict to comprehension will be discussed. Techniques to overcome ADHD indecision, procrastination, perfectionism, forgetfulness and clutter will be introduced. An overview of ADHD thought and sensory processing styles will explain why traditional space organization methods don’t work. In addition to using her client experiences as examples, Ms. Pedicelli will share her own experience in having ADHD and being in a relationship with the same spouse for over 20 years

SD07/Learning to Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes: Teaching Parents How to Promote Improved Social Awareness and Understand Someone Else’s Perspective
Presenter: Caroline Maguire, PCC

Let’s face it—it’s frustrating when you witness your child doing and saying things that can make them seem rude or insensitive. This workshop will present techniques proven to help ADHD children learn how to recognize other people’s point of view (perspective taking), gain greater social self-awareness, change the messages they telegraph to other people, self-evaluate their behavior, and adapt their behavior depending on the unspoken rules, context, people, and situation, in order to develop and improve their perspective-taking skills. Participants will leave with step-by-step techniques to address tone, unexpected social behavior, misguided humor, continual monologue, and other common ADHD social challenges that make children seem insensitive or rude.

SD08/ Finding Quiet in a Noisy Place: Going In and Out of Your Mind
Presenter: Jane Massengill

Do you ever feel like there’s so much chatter in your head that you can’t hear yourself think? Overwhelm, cloudy thinking, fear and self-doubt all take over and before you know it, you are headed to anywhere other than where you need to be to pay your bills, do your homework, or write a proposal. The self-sabotaging voice in your head works to define who you are, what you are capable of and even what career path to take. This lively, experiential session will teach you specific steps to help you identify and quiet that internal noise, so that you can get on with the business of not only being yourself, but your best self. Whether you are a coach, therapist, parent or adult with ADHD, you will leave this session with tools you can use immediately to help yourself, your clients or your kids face struggle, tap resourcefulness, and find the inner beauty under all that chatter.

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