Saturday October 20th, Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue - 8:30-5:30
Discovering strategies that work best for time and goal management can be a challenging and lifelong quest, but it doesn't have to be.
Dr. Nowell PhD - Lend me your brain keynote
Lend Me Your Brain dynamically presents a comprehensible approach for supporting children and adults with ADD/ADHD. It provides a basic formula that can be adapted to any individual and situation. Using this approach, changes can be made as the individual grows and progresses in managing his/her focus and energy. The talk includes an overview of the brain science supporting nonpharmacological treatment interventions targeting focus, distractibility, and behavioral management.
In this keynote, we review the neuroanatomical basis of reward and motivation as well as the executive functions of choosing, planning, inhibiting, and prioritizing. After a review of the normal developmental trajectory of executive functions, we consider the impact of those disorders which impede attention and organization. Based on this overview of ADD/ADHD and executive dysfunction, we move on to practical application of strategies for managing the real-world challenges which people with ADD/ADHD face on a daily basis.
David Nowell, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist interested in motivation, focus, and fully engaged living. His passion for teaching has its roots in his work with disorders which limit an individual’s ability to apply self-understanding to day-to-day organization and planning. Dr. Nowell speaks internationally to clinicians managing ADHD/Processing Disorders, and applying findings from positive psychology.
Conference Breakout Speakers
TEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE ADHD BRAINS
DON BAKER, MA, LMHC
Until recently, it was believed that as we aged, the connections in the brain became fixed. Research has shown that, in fact, the brain never stops changing and that indeed, the brain is “plastic” and is forever changing. Brain plasticity is the capacity of the brain to change with experience and learning. It is therefore essential that we provide the optimal environment for the brain to change.
Make a commitment to familiarize yourself with Ten Habits to a Highly Effective ADHD Brain by attending this presentation. Learn how you can optimize your brain and identify strategies you’re likely to implement and sustain over time.
Don, a Seattle area native, is an inspiringand passionate speaker with an expertise in ADHD. He has a unique way of making the difficult understandable and offers practical guidance, clear strategies and a unique optimistic perspective based on a wealth of personal and professional experience and education. Don’s presentation style is relaxed, inspiring, educational, and he brings energy and insight to his presentations. Don is a former Board President of ADD Resources and continues to provide mentorship and advocacy to our support groups and their leaders. www.donbakerma.com
Learn how to THRIVE in your work environment!
Locate your elements for success and begin developing your plan to overcome workplace challenges. Dr. Payne is the President and CEO of Payne and Associates and is internationally recognized for more than 35 years of work with individuals and families who have non apparent disabilities particularlyAD/HD.
JOURNALING THROUGH ADHD
DAVID MESSERSCHMIDT, MPA
Living with AD/HD is a living challenge to understand, choose and potentially act on all the possibilities created by the way our minds take in the world. While most of us live without a sense of time bound to our actions, our focus can be intense, and it is likely to be directed at the most interesting idea, event, or distraction within our immediate environment. This workshop will focus on personal journal writing as a way to capture, review and reflect on our thinking and to show how sharing our writing with others improves planning, organizing and the potential for action. David Messerschmidt is a writer, journalist, media consultant, web producer, and AD/HD coach. www.coachingtothrive.com
Visual Journaling for an ADD person offers a chance to relax the body and strengthen focus by practicing awareness, reducing the bodies stress and encouraging the gentle exploration of breathing, movement, stillness and visualization. For those of us with ADHD, slowing down our minds to become aware of our behavior is a formidable task. If we use breath, movement, mindful body scanning and guided meditation, it's easier to do so. Gail Baker is a professional artist and teacher for over 30 years. She has worked with children and adults emphasizing safe and contemplative work environments and has been a popular presenter at past conferences! www.gailbakerartmaker.com
EXPLORING EXECUTIVE FUNCTION
SUSAN SMALL, SHARON, DUVALL, CHRIS LINDBLAD
Susan, Sharon and Chris work together at Yellow Wood Academy (formerly ETC). As a team they have spent over 10 years working on research and development in delivering ground breaking educational approaches with youth with Executive Function challenges. Learn classroom techniques and methods for delivering optimal lesson plans and developing communication techniques. www.yellowwoodacademy.org
ORGANIZING THROUGH ADHD EXECUTIVE FUNCTION
DENISE ALLAN, CPO, CPO-CD
You have such good intentions but actualizing them is so tough! Organizational coping strategies and techniques will be shared along with the latest applications to help you keep organized for success. Denise Allan is the most accredited Professional Organizer in the Pacific Northwest. She has been a frequent guest on King 5/Kong television and has been featured on the television series A&E Hoarders. Denise is the past President of the Seattle Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers. www.simplifywithdenise.com
OUTLINES, DEADLINES AND LIFELINES - KENDRA WAGNER
Do you have great ideas to express but can't focus long enough or have individual roadblocks to getting your ideas down on paper in a clear and organized way? Writing is a multi-faceted task that provides strategies for action. Kendra provides concrete tools to help you get started and learn how to track your thoughts with proven methods for success. Kendra Wagner is an experienced tutor, literacy specialist, and author who has extensive experience developing educational programs for students with a large cross section of challenges including AD/HD. www.readingwritingthinking.net
SOCIAL AWARENESS AND ADHD
Learn more about ADHD and your social awareness with popular AD/HD therapist. How is your self awareness effected by AD/HD? Develop strategies to communicate to friends, family and co-workers. therapistseattle.net
IN A DIFFERNT VOICE: AD/HD FROM A WOMEN'S PERSPECTIVE
MARY RAWSON FOREMAN, PhD
Understanding the Unique Challenges and Strengths of Women with AD/HD.
Women with AD/HD have their own unique experiences with their world and the diagnosis. In this presentation you will more about how biology, social/ cultural expectations of women interact to with the their experience of AD/HD. Also learn how women with AD/HD may benefit from know about female-specific treatments.
Dr. Mary Rawson Foreman is a clinical psychologist and a therapist with private practice locations in both Kirkland and Seattle, Washington. Her practice focuses on adults with AD/HD and she runs groups for women with ADHD. www.maryrawsonphd.com
COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR ADHD TEENAGER
If your teens talk to you, you have the opportunity to know what is happening in their lives. If they listen to you, you have the opportunity to become a resource for them.
Communication forms the basis of any successful relationship. As parents, we want to hear about the good things in our children’s lives. However, what we really need to be able to hear about are the hard things and these are the things that our teens need to talk to us about. It is important to realize that the more you talk (lecture) the less they listen (tune you out). Learn how to listen so that your teen feels safe enough to talk and is inspired to open up to you. When you learn how to ask really good, thought-provoking questions your teens will not only talk to you, they will learn to think for themselves.
Learn more at www.consciousparentingproject.com