With an adult volunteer client with ADHD, David Giwerc will demonstrate how the coaching process integrated with an individual’s VIA Character Strengths can naturally shift the brain’s negative bias tendency and refocus on positive emotions to provide immediate access to one’s best qualities, attributes, and capacities. After a debriefing of the client session, and if time permits, there will be a final discussion of the strategies and rationale for the use of specific coaching competencies and strategies. To get the most out of this life-changing session every attendee needs to go to www.viacharacter.org and take the free fifteen-minute character strength survey. Upon completion, you will receive an email with your own personalized profile which you can bring to the session. Prior to the live demonstration, Giwerc will describe what your profile means and how you can use it in productive ways.
Most adults diagnosed with ADHD in later life are stunned, then relieved: at least it’s not the dreaded, early-onset dementia. But is there a correlation between dementia and ADHD? Does ADHD “get worse” with age? There is a sense of urgency among ADHD seniors: their life clock is ticking and they need to make up for the decades without ADHD treatment. This session turns its bifocals on the special challenges of ADHD adults diagnosed at age 45, 55, 65, and beyond. It explores the connection between menopause and ADHD for midlife women and examines peer-reviewed studies on the intersection of aging, ADHD, and memory. This lively session offers research-based education plus practical strategies specifically designed for older ADHD adults.
Job accommodations can be vital for the successful employment of individuals with ADHD. Knowing how, when, and why it might be necessary to disclose a disability is the first and often most difficult part of the accommodation process. This session will provide useful and practical information on the disclosure of ADHD in the workplace, the limitations associated with this impairment, and accommodations on the job that might be needed. Real-life accommodation situations and solutions will be interspersed throughout the session. A question-and-answer session will be included at the end. The information presented here will be helpful to working individuals, those looking for employment, parents, service providers, and employers.
Is walking into a business party stressful? Is it an effort to start a conversation and fit in with the group? Stop struggling with social interactions. Learn how to interpret the hidden rules and social cues in any situation or environment. Many adults with ADHD struggle with social skills but do not know what to do. This presentation will focus on how adults with ADHD can learn to self-evaluate and improve their self-awareness to create an appealing social approach for any situation. Attendees will learn how to improve their ability to read the room and interpret social cues to create socially expected and appealing behaviors.
This session is an up-to-date review of the available ADHD treatment medications, presented in practical terms by a physician with ADHD himself, experienced in treating nearly 4,000 ADHD patients.