Presented by Heidi Bernhardt, RN

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Heidi Bernhardt, RN, is a psychiatric nurse by training, mother of three grown sons with ADHD and the founder of the Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (CADDAC), a Canadian charity dedicated to awareness, education, and advocacy for ADHD. Heidi served as the National Director of CADDAC from 2005 to 2012 and then as the Executive Director and President until the end of 2019. Heidi continues to represent CADDAC in advocacy and awareness initiatives in her role as President of the organization.

Heidi also served as the Executive Director of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA), a national not-for-profit organization of the leading clinicians and researchers in ADHD in Canada for 6 years. Over the past 28 years, Heidi Bernhardt has helped raise awareness and understanding of ADHD among parents, those with ADHD, educators, health care professionals, industry leaders, government officials and the public through presentations, conferences, media interviews, and advocacy work.

Documents used in PREP:

Note: The videos should be watched in order as they build on the presentations before them.

Day 1

Session 1:

ADHD Overview

Presentation | Presentation with Notes

  • What ADHD is and is not
  • Symptoms of ADHD as defined in DSM 5, how these present and can be misinterpreted
  • Primarily inattentive ADHD (ADD) and how it presents differently
  • Why ADHD in girls is often underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed
  • Commonly occurring coexisting disorders
  • What is involved in a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of ADHD

Session 2:

ADHD and Learning

Presentation | Presentation with Notes

  • Past studies and what they tell us about academic outcomes
  • Executive Functioning (EF)impairments and ADHD
  • How EF impairments impact children with ADHD
  • Other common cognitive impairments in children with ADHD
  • Common classroom presentations of EF impairments

Session 3:

ADHD and Self-Regulation

Presentation | Presentation with Notes

  • Common social and emotional impairments in children with ADHD
  • How these impairments present
  • Research on social skills training
  • Parent Friendship Coaching
  • Self-regulation and why it is impaired in children with ADHD
  • How these impairments present

Session 4:

ADHD and Emotional Dysregulation

Presentation | Presentation with Notes

  • Symptoms of emotional regulation impairment
  • How this differs some mood disorders
  • Why this is so common in children with ADHD
  • How we regulate emotions
  • The emotional regulation fuel tank

Session 5:

The Treatment of ADHD

Presentation | Presentation with Notes

  • The multimodal treatment of ADHD
  • Medication
  • Psychosocial
  • Alternate treatments

Day 2

Session 6:

ADHD and the family

Presentation | Presentation with Notes

  • Parental impact and stages of acceptance
  • Impact on siblings
  • Impact on the child with ADHD
  • Impact on the family as a whole

Session 7:

ADHD Parenting and Behavior Intervention

Presentation | Presentation with Notes

  • Parents with ADHD
  • Parenting Tips
  • External reminders
  • Organizational strategies
  • How to correctly use consequences
  • External rewards
  • Token reward systems
  • Behavioural Contracts

Session 8:


Presentation | Presentation with Notes

  • What is ODD
  • Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

Session 9:

School Observations, Classroom Strategies and Accommodations

Presentation | Presentation with Notes

  • Questions to ask about your child’s functioning at school
  • Classroom accommodations and strategies
  • Communication between home and school
  • Daily report cards
  • Self-monitoring systems
  • Homework issues

Session 10:

School Advocacy


  • Understanding your province’s Special Education System
  • What is an IPRC?
  • What is an IEP, IPP, etc?
  • Required documentation
  • Roadblocks