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ADHD & AUTISM EXPERT SESSIONS
Executive Functions are the skills that help us plan and do — to get things done. When a child has executive functioning deficits, the day-to-day becomes harder to manage and expectations harder to achieve. It’s important for parents, caregivers, and teachers to understand the root of the struggles and provide structured support.
This collection of expert sessions features 10 different experts in the fields of ADHD, autism, executive functioning, and education. The sessions will help you understand executive functioning, teach executive function skills, develop tools and strategies to help your child, and know how to support your child so they can get things done!
Join us to learn all about executive functioning, including how to help, how to accommodate, and how to teach the missing skills. Our goal is to help you understand what your child is struggling with while sharing strategies that will help you with:
It can look like laziness or disinterest, but it's not. Learn what executive functioning is and why kids with ADHD and/or autism often struggle with these every day skills.
Learn what will help with the different types of executive functions so your child can avoid sabotaging their success by working with their challenges instead of against them.
Your child can learn how to improve their executive functioning skills. Our experts share tried-and-true methods for teaching EF skills to those that don't come by them naturally.
Teaching skills and providing tools and strategies will definitely help your child with executive functioning challenges. That said, these kids also need compassion, understanding, and support from the adults in their lives.
Monica Adler Werner, M.A.
Executive Function and Parent Coach, Co-Author of Unstuck & On Target
Some kids really struggle to be flexible, even when they WANT to be! Listen in as Monica Werner, one of the coauthors of the Unstuck & On Target intervention, describes how to help our kids learn about what being stuck feels like, its impact, and how to get through it. By increasing self-awareness and thinking through problems ahead of time, kids will find it easier to do the hard work of getting unstuck. Learn about the changes in the newest edition of the curriculum (2018), and get ideas to help your child navigate challenging situations.
Seth Perler, M.Ed.
Executive Function & 2e Coach, Former Gifted Educator
If your child is struggling — to get things done, to get started, to manage their time, to meet your expectations — executive functioning deficits are likely the underlying reason. Executive Functioning Coach, Seth Perler, explains what executive functioning is, how to know when poor executive functioning skills are to blame for things that look like behavior challenges and laziness, and how to create the systems, mindset, and habits and routines necessary to overcome the day-to-day executive functioning challenges many kids with ADHD and/or autism face.
Randy Kulman, Ph.D.
Founder and President of LearningWorks for Kids, Clinical Director
Screen time is a challenge for many families, especially so with kids with ADHD and/or autism. Trouble with executive functioning skills like transitioning and time blindness can cause challenging behavior and a power struggle between parent and child. Dr. Randy Kulman discusses the challenges that come with screen time and how to effectively manage your child’s electronic world, while also touching on the benefits of screen time, like using games to teach and improve executive functioning skills.
Former Special Ed Teacher, Homeschooling Mom, Author of Different By Design
When your child struggles with executive functioning, the little parts of day-to-day life can be a real struggle. Getting ready for school in the morning, getting ready for bed at night, getting out the door on time, getting homework done… success in all those areas depends on solid executive functioning skills or tools, strategies and work-arounds in areas of weakness. Homeschooling mama, Shawna Wingert, shares how she keeps her neurodiverse family on track and what helps her boys succeed despite some executive functioning deficits.
Parenting Coach for Neurodiverse Families, Award-Winning Author, Speaker
Poor working memory, executive functioning deficits, and lagging skills like time blindness can lead to much nagging and many family battles. You can combat these deficits and delays while creating opportunities for independence. It all comes down to creating external structure for your child and within your family — through schedules and routines. Once they are habits, there is no longer a need to depend on executive functions to complete a task successfully. Learn why external structure is such a powerful parenting tool, how to create schedules and routines, and what tools and strategies will lead to more success and independence for your child.
Kathy Dow-Burger, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist/ Associate Clinical Professor
We sometimes think of speaking, listening, reading, and writing as skills that are separate from other aspects of dealing with the world, but everything is interrelated. And it turns out that some of the core challenges of autism and ADHD are also reflected in language use. In this practical and comprehensive talk, speech language therapist Kathy Dow-Burger describes how to provide opportunities that will allow your child to develop awareness of their executive functioning challenges in a structured and manageable way, and explains how to help them come up with their own ways of solving problems and understanding others.
Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S.
Executive Function Consultant, Veteran Educator
Executive functioning skills are among the the most misunderstood of challenges, while also being among the most important components of day-to-day functioning and success in all aspects of life. Learn exactly what executive functioning is and how to spot executive functioning struggles in your child. You can also learn about the many tools and strategies that will help you to improve executive functioning skills and reduce the impact of these challenges on your child’s life.
Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., M.B.A.
Psychologist, Author of 3 Books Including Understand Your Brain, Get More Done
Many individuals with ADHD or autism don’t have a good grasp on the concept of time. They may overestimate or underestimate the time it takes to complete a task. Or, they may not be able to see the bigger picture. This is called “time blindness” and it can be crippling. We discuss the concept of time blindness — what it may look like in your child and how to teach time-management to kids who don’t have the skill intuitively, as well as strategies to improve your child’s awareness and management of their time.
Owner of Order Out of Chaos, Creator of the Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management®
Is your child’s messy disorganization making life harder and driving you crazy? You know it’s their brain, and not a choice, but that doesn’t make it easier to live with… or succeed with. Learn about how to help disorganized kids to get more organized — through teaching skills, but also by using specific products. Leslie shares what works, and why it works — you will hear ideas you never thought of, and those ideas can make a huge difference for your child and your family.
Jim Forgan, Ph.D.
School Psychologist, Advocate for Children
Executive functioning deficits are among the most devastating struggles for children with ADHD and/or autism. Yet, these skills (or lack therof) aren’t part of the diagnostic criteria for either disorder, so few parents know what executive functions are and why they’re so important. Because executive functions can make or break your child’s ability to succeed, identifying and supporting them is crucial to your child’s success. In this talk, Dr. Jim Forgan defines the executive functions, describes what they look like both at home and at school, and outlines the Quadruple P approach to supporting and improving executive functioning skills in your child.
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Meet the coaches and special needs moms who created the parenting summits and experts libraries
Parent Coach. RDI® Consultant. Special Needs Care Navigator.
Sarah Wayland, Ph.D. founded her company, Guiding Exceptional Parents, to help parents learn how to confidently and effectively help their children with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, and other brain-based differences at home, at school, and in the community.
In addition to hosting trainings, lecturing, and working with individual clients, Sarah is co-editor of the book Technology Tools for Students with Autism, and has written articles for the 2e Newsletter, Washington Parent Magazine, and the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum.
Parenting ADHD/Autism Coach. Award-Winning Author. Speaker.
Penny Williams trains and coaches parents raising kids with ADHD and/or autism. She’s the parent of a son with ADHD and autism, and the award-winning author of four books on parenting kids with ADHD, including Boy Without Instructions.
Penny is the founder of ParentingADHDandAutism.com, Founder and Instructor for the Parenting ADHD & Autism Academy, host of the Parenting ADHD Podcast, facilitator for the Happy Mama Retreat, and a frequent contributor on parenting and children with ADHD for ADDitude Magazine.
Get 10 expert video sessions for just $47 U.S. That’s less than $5 per session!