When I start working with a new ADHD client, my first step is to share resources that will help them, their family and their colleagues understand more about ADHD and brain based conditions. I am a student of all things ADHD. I love gathering practical tips, information and resources. Sharing ADHD resources is what I do!
It was exciting to attend the CHADD and ADDA conference, known as the International Conference on ADHD. It’s billed as “your one-stop shop for a world of expert insight on the latest in ADHD treatments, advancements, research, and more.” It was a 3 days of powerful learning from authors, consultants, researchers and professional organizers. Attendees are clinicians, social workers, productivity and organizing professionals, and those with ADHD. I’d like to share a bit of what I learned and some resources for you to learn from as well. Each of these presenters offers programs, books and other options for learning more about your ADHD.
Ellen Littman, PhD spoke on the topic of Females with ADHD Across the Lifespan. The presentation focused on women’s research and the interplay of neurology, genetics, hormones and social conditions. Her research highlighted how executive function, the ability to organize, plan, initiate and complete tasks was different than the same scenario for men. As a practitioner, this information explained much. My takeaway was how important it is to share with my clients that the ADHD brain is different in a good way.
Stephanie Sarkis, PhD talked about More Than Just Medication. Ms Sarkis shared how nutrition and exercise play important roles in self care. If you have not had success with your medication, follow Ms. Sarkis to learn more about cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and healthy supplements.
Melissa Orlov presented the topic Diminishing Anger in Relationships Impacted by ADHD. Ms. Orlov is a well known author on marriage and relationships. The presentation focused on communication, strengths and practical tools. Ms. Orlov shared practical ways to diminish feelings of anger and improve communication. Here I learned that by focusing on how to best communicate is based on how two individuals weave their partnership.
Judith Kohlberg, shared information about ADD and Digital Distraction. Here Judith shared proactive tips to work productively with alarms, structured work spaces and technology that helps. Ms Kohlberg reminded me the power of timers. There are many different fun timers on your phone, such as the bomb alarm and the AidaReminder that can help remind you, help you transition or help you create a new routine. Ms Kohlberg also reminded us to expand your idea of organizational support to include other people, such as a professional organizer, body double, tech tamer or ADD coach.
Terry Matlen MSW presented Distracted and Disorganized. Ms Matlen asked audience members to share their own sure fire ways to conquer distraction and disorganization at home and at work. Audience members appreciated learned from each other. In Ms Matlen’s audience, I learned that my clients with ADHD are resourceful, creative and can get the job done. It’s up to you to set the structure that works best for you.
Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton CPO presented Three Common Mistakes People Make about Time Management. Cris’s engaging presentation included time for the audience to review their best work time and slot in how to be more productive. It’s much easier to accomplish more by using your high energy time, setting boundaries on distractions and helping others set up these systems in compliment to your productivity.
Want to be immersed in learning about ADHD? The International Conference on ADHD is the place to go!
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