Understanding ADHD Impairments: More Than Just Inattention

Facilitator: Heidi Bernhardt, RN | March 5th & 6th, 2018 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This Training is suitable for: Educators, mental health professionals, medical professionals, and direct service workers.

Description: This workshop will begin with a review of the etiology and epidemiology of ADHD, dispel myths and refocus the understanding of ADHD to that of a neurodevelopmental disorder rather than a behaviour disorder. Participants will be able to identify learning difficulties caused by ADHD and executive functioning impairments, acknowledge underlying impairments in self and emotional regulation seen in children and youth with ADHD, and will acquire strategies that can be applied in the home and school setting.

Day 1 will close with a presentation on “What Professionals Need to Know about ADHD in the Ontario school system”.

Day 2 will focus on self and emotional regulation impairment, social skill impairment and research on promising interventions. A variety of parenting and home strategies will be presented along with tips on how to develop a home care plan.

Learning objectives:
o Have a clear understanding of what ADHD is and is not.
o Be able to describe typical and atypical presentations of ADHD.
o Be able to identify learning difficulties caused by ADHD and executive functioning impairments.
o Acknowledge underlying impairments in self and emotional regulation seen in children with ADHD.
o Acquire strategies that can be applied in the home and school setting.

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