Rethinking ADHD: What Works, What Doesn’t and Why

Many believe that children with ADHD suffer from poor parenting or lack the moral fortitude to behave appropriately. Nothing could be further from the truth. ADHD is a physiological disorder of the brain with definite, predictable behavioral consequences. This workshop uses brain scanning technology to illustrate the physiological differences in the development of brains with and without ADHD. Equipped with this new knowledge on the nature of ADHD, this seminar explores how the ADHD brain works differently from non-ADHD brains and provides scores of practical interventions for improving learning and behavior. Participants learn how to become “the surrogate frontal lobes” for their ADHD students and how to change their view of ADHD from a purely behaviorally disorder to a unique brain construct that can be accommodated with highly successful outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn what is ADHD and how to screen for it.
  2. Participants will compare scans from non-ADHD brains and ADHD brains and discuss the differences in frontal lobe performance.
  3. Participants will identify the processes and tasks performed by the frontal lobes and discuss the implications for dysfunction or underdevelopment in this region of the brain.
  4. Participants will learn the Tasks and Behavior Challenges with ADHD and how to overcome those challenges.
  5. Participants will describe 14 intervention techniques that either augment or substitute for ineffective frontal lobe performance in ADHD students.
  6. Participants will compare and evaluate intervention techniques based on assumptions of ADHD as caused by poor parenting, inadequate discipline of insufficient moral character.