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ADHD & AUTISM EXPERT SESSIONS
School is extra challenging for most kids with ADHD and/or autism. The consistent inability to meet the expectations of public schools designed for neurotypical children has huge social, mental, and emotional consequences for neurodivergent kids. Their inability to fit into this mainstream education box causes friction and disruption to the family. But kids with learning differences have rights and you can advocate for your child’s successful school journey.
This collection of expert sessions features 10 different experts in the fields of ADHD, autism, parenting, and education. The sessions will help you understand learning challenges, offer tools and strategies for neurodiverse learners, teach you how to advocate for your child at school, and offer additional insights and strategies for twice-exceptional students.
Join us on a journey of discovery where you will learn how to nurture your child with ADHD and/or autism while bringing peace to your entire family. Our goal is to help you understand your child while sharing strategies that will help you:
Learning challenges stem from neurological differences. They may look like laziness or defiance, but those behaviors just tell you that your child is struggling to learn in traditional ways.
Choosing the appropriate tools and strategies to accommodate learning challenges will depend on the needs of the individual student. These sessions are filled with ideas to try with your child.
In the U.S., there are laws that protect the rights of students with disabilities. Understand your child's rights and learn how to successfully and effectively advocate for your child with teachers and administrators.
Many students with ADHD and/or autism are also gifted. This asynchronicity can lead to serious challenges. Learn how to support your 2e child by addressing both the gifts and the challenges.
Susan Hopkins, Ed.D.
Executive Director of The MEHRIT Centre
How can we create a learning environment for children where they are excited to learn, and willing to make mistakes? Listen to Dr. Hopkins as she describes the four components of the Energy-Centered Teaching Model (ProtECT, ConnECT, CollECT and DetECT). You will learn about “blue brain, red brain, and brown brain” and how these brain states explain dysregulated behavior. You will also learn about how to help kids feel safe and connected so they can learn.
Former Special Ed Teacher, Homeschooling Mom, Author of Different By Design
The nervous systems of students with ADHD and autism work differently than those of neurotypicals when it comes to motivation. The neurotypical brain is motivated by interest, urgency, and importance, where many neurodiverse brains are motivated only by interest and urgency (and NOT necessarily by importance.) For this reason, parents and teachers must use interests to engage neurodiverse students. Shawna Wingert offers practical insights and strategies to take what we know about neurodiverse brains and what you know about your individual child to engage your child in the things that need to get done, and in learning and exploration in general.
Rachel Kapp, M.A., ET/P & Stephanie Pitts, M.ED., ET/P
Educational Therapists, Hosts of the Learn Smarter Podcast
One of the most common challenges for parents raising kids with ADHD and/or autism is the homework battle. Stephanie Pitts and Rachel Kapp, educational therapists and hosts of the Learn Smarter Podcast, share the most common causes of homework struggles and how to address them effectively. They also discuss how to preserve your relationship with your child, one of the most common casualties of the battle between parents and kids over schoolwork.
Debbie Steinberg Kuntz, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Founder of Bright & Quirky
As parents, we are trained to focus on the things we need to fix so our kids can be successful. Unfortunately, that means that neurodiverse kids spend a lot of time feeling like they are broken. In this interview, Debbie Steinberg-Kuntz explains the importance of fanning the embers of your child’s gifts. She also talks about the power of shared interests, and ways to use them to address the challenges.
Julie F. Skolnick M.A., JD
Founder of With Understanding Comes Calm
Everyone has strengths, even kids with neurodifferences. When we focus on strengths and use them to overcome the challenges brought along by weaknesses and differences, we boost confidence and help kids with ADHD and/or autism succeed. In this session, Julie defines a strengths-based perspective and shares how you can implement it to help your child in the classroom, and beyond.
Colleen Kessler, M.Ed.
Educator, Writer, Creator, Advocate for the Needs of Gifted and 2e Kids
Many kids with ADHD and/or autism are twice-exceptional (2e) — they have very high IQs AND a disability. Often the ability (giftedness) hides the disability, or the disability hides the ability. And many schools do not have programs that address both, which means parents must take on the job of enrichment. In this presentation, you will learn what giftedness really is and the strengths, weaknesses, and challenges that are part of being gifted. Learn how to advocate for your child’s 2e needs in school and how to understand and nurture those needs, both in school and in the community.
Education Writer, Former Classroom Teacher, and Early Intervention Specialist
It’s tough for parents to help teachers with their child’s school behavior when parents aren’t in the classroom when it’s happening. However, you can share insights about your child and how they best learn, as well as tools and strategies with your child’s teachers and school administrators. Learn how to build a good relationship with your child’s teachers, how to advocate for your child, and explore some tools and strategies that are often useful for kids with ADHD and/or autism in the classroom.
Sasha Long, BCBA, MA
Behavior Analyst, Former Special Ed Teacher, Founder of The Autism Helper
Our modern classrooms can be distracting and overwhelming for all students, but they are even more so for kids with learning challenges. In addition, many students with ADHD and/or autism struggle with language — both communication and processing — which have an impact on their classroom experience and their ability to succeed in school. Learn about a number of tools, strategies, interventions, and advocacy strategies that can help your child find success at school.
Former Special Ed Teacher, Homeschooling Mom, Author of Different By Design
It’s common for parents to consider homeschooling their child with ADHD and/or autism when mainstream school isn’t a good fit. That said, the idea of homeschooling can be overwhelming and daunting. Join Shawna Wingert and Penny Williams as we discuss the basics of homeschooling, how to get started, and some of the pros and cons of homeschooling your child. Learn the truth about homeschooling — positive and negative — so you can make an informed decision.
Debrah Martin, M.A.
School Psychologist, Advocate for Children
Your child spends half of their waking hours during the week in school, so you want to be sure that time is well-spent. Sometimes that means altering the classroom or assignments to support and accommodate their learning differences, and sometimes that means providing additional services to teach missing skills. Either way, the relationship between families and educators can have a big impact on a child’s experience. In this presentation, Ms. Martin describes the differences between 504 Plans and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and how to gather evidence of measurable progress to help a team decide on appropriate supports and interventions. Learn how to document your child’s story, and how to involve the school team in understanding your child. You will also learn about the importance of written documentation in building this understanding, and the legal processes and timelines that will help you get support for 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!