Date(s) - 02/22/2014 - 09/26/2017
8:00 am - 11:09 am
Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall
The 13th Annual ADHD Conference
ADHD and the Brain: Knowledge Matters
Topics include: ADHD Across the Lifespan, ADHD and the Brain – What You Need to Know About Treatment and Management, ADHD and Social Interactions, Mindfulness Meditation and ADHD, Becoming Successful in College and Early Career, Facilitated activities.
Registration begins at 8:00 am. Arrive early for best parking
8:30 Welcome/Opening Remarks
8:45 9:15 a.m.
ADHD Across the Lifespan
Marilyn Benoit, M.D.
Research has proven that ADHD does not end with childhood. Over the course of a lifetime, the scenarios change, but the struggles might not. What does ADHD look like at each stage of life and what is the impact? This fast-paced-but-thorough presentation will help attendees learn more about this complex disorder and will provide a summary of current treatment and management options. Don’t miss this valuable session to gain a better understanding of childhood, teen, and adult ADHD.
9:15 10:30 a.m.
ADHD and the Brain What You Need to Know About Treatment and Management
David W. Goodman, M.D.
Those with ADHD express frustration with the disorder’s symptoms: trouble focusing, procrastination, forgetfulness, and difficulty filtering out distractions. Some people have a slower processing speed and others struggle with impulsivity. To make things even more complex, many people with ADHD will have a co-occurring condition like learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, or autism. The good news is that treatment is available, and there are strategies to counteract these challenges. Dr. Goodman will provide an overview of medications and pro-social treatments for ADHD and discuss common co-occurring conditions in this valuable presentation. Children and adults report that they receive unhelpful advice like “try harder,” “start applying yourself,” and “pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” Attend this session to learn about evidence-based treatments for ADHD and how they make a difference.
10:45 11:30 a.m
ADHD and Social Interactions
Jesse Matthews, Psy.D.
Social interactions can consist of anything from a casual conversation with an acquaintance to daily communication with loved ones. This can present challenges for both children and adults with ADHD. Those with ADHD may feel isolated and disconnected from others. They may find that executive function challenges can cause them to misinterpret social cues, which are usually unspoken or vague. The invisible challenges of impulsivity, forgetfulness, and an inability to regulate emotions can have a negative effect on forming and maintaining friendships. Fortunately, new information and strategies are available through the field of social learning and social cognition. Attend this session to learn more about this exciting topic and how to apply it to everyday life.
Mindfulness Meditation and ADHD, Marjorie Johnson, LCSW, PCC Mindfulness meditation is a way to calm the mind and relax the body while increasing the ability to sustain attention and manage distractibility. Hear about compelling research and daily applications of mindfulness meditation. Practice it to experience the deep relaxation it generates
11:45 a.m. 1:00 p.m
Becoming Successful in College and Early Career
ADHD and Career Success
Career development is a life-long process, involving decision making, self-awareness, exploration, preparation, and experience. What tools are available to help students successfully navigate this territory? This brief presentation will provide an overview of resources and strategies.
WCU Student Panel
Sharon Watson, facilitator
Current students at West Chester University who have “been there, done that” tell it like it is. Their transitions, challenges, and routes to where they are today provide a look at what real students face in college.
Facilitated activity: ADD and Loving It?! This video blends humor, hope, and science to dispel the myths about adult ADHD. Comedian Patrick McKenna seeks a diagnosis for adult ADHD and learns the facts from an impressive array of experts. Funny, moving, and transformative, this fascinating documentary will hold you spellbound!