Parenting Group: Supporting Your Child’s Executive Functioning

Date: Sept 30th, Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18, Nov 25, (10th session TBD) total (10 sessions)

Time: 6:30pm – 8pm EST

Fee: $100 for 1 parent $150 for two parents + HST

Register Course Outline

Session Description

Purpose:
This group program will provide parents and caregivers with important information about executive functioning and how it impacts children and teens with ADHD. Group members will learn tools and strategies to help them support their children with the areas of executive functioning that are challenging for them, and practice applying them in their homes. Through a combination of psychoeducation, self-reflection, role-play, and real-life practice and experimentation, group members will gain insight and skills to help their young people be more successful.

Participants:
Parents and caregivers of children 6-18 with executive functioning difficulties associated with ADHD.

Format:
10, 90-minute weekly sessions.

Materials:
Group members will receive a package of materials that will include information about the group, critical information about each area of executive functioning discussed, core strategies for each skill area, relevant tools, and weekly homework assignments.

SPEAKER BIO

Dr. Megan Smith, Ph.D., C. Psych

Dr. Smith has her Ph.D. in Child Clinical and School Psychology, is a registered psychologist in Toronto. She has worked with diverse client populations in community, outpatient, residential, and inpatient settings at Youthdale Treatment Centres, the Toronto District School Board, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and in private practice. She has had the opportunity to provide a wide range of services, including assessment (e.g. psychoeducational, complex, and differential diagnostic assessments), and therapy (e.g. individual, group, and family therapy). Dr. Smith’s areas of interest include ADHD and areas of functioning related to ADHD (e.g. sleep, diet, exercise, social skills, and executive functioning), as well as self-regulation, “behaviour,” learning disabilities, Autism, mood/anxiety disorders, self-harm, and eating disorders. She uses an integrative approach to treatment and intervention, utilizing strategies drawn from the fields of child development, neurodevelopment, self-regulation, mindfulness, and collaborative problem-solving, as well as cognitive-behavioural, dialectical behavioural, and family therapy. She is also an advocate for those affected by ADHD, as well as for children and families experiencing other mental health issues that negatively impact behavioural functioning.