Learn ADHD from the experts in Toronto

I am heading to the CADDAC conference this weekend in Toronto to hear Dr. Ross Greene, noted author of Lost at School and The Explosive Child.

We are lucky to live in a large urban centre which can attract experts on child development and related issues such as adhd in children. This is the 3rd annual conference for CADDAC. Dr. Greeene will be speaking with Dr. Anthony Rostain, a developmental neuropsychiatrist. The session is for parents and the medical community.

Often, well known trainers come to Toronto as part of large educational conferences for professionals, but often tack on a low-cost session for parents. They are often delivered with less “techno-babble”, and are a great way to learn up-to-the-minute information about your child’s issues.

The two will speak on Neurodevelopmental Disorders in the Home and Community.

I’m also planning to catch Dr. Rostain speak on Adult ADHD: Treatments and Strategies. He will address the combined use of medication and cognititve behavioral therapy, which has shown promise in recent research. He will address how CBT can improve the daily functioning of adults with ADHD.

Cognitive Behavioral Training is one of the treatment services I am trained to provide.

There will be other presentations this weekend relating to adults, including coaching, ADHD in the workplace, relationships, and parenting when you have ADHD.

The fee for the one day session on Adult ADHD is also reasonable. For more information, contact www.caddac.ca – space is limited!

I have also had the opportunity to hear Dr. Russ Barkley speak this fall in Toronto, another noted expert and author of Taking Charge of ADHD. He spoke on the key importance of emotional regulation as an area that has been overlooked in the understanding and treatment of ADHD in children and ADHD in adults. Dr. Barkley has conducted and published a huge amount of research in the field, and has graciously posted most of it at www.ADHDlectures.com.

I find it very helpful to listen to these experts speak on topics they are so knowledgable about, but in a way parents can relate to.  Sessions such as these allow you to become more informed, and meet others who are parenting similar children, or face the same adults issues as you do. Parent education is the second most important treatment for adhd in children, after medication!

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  • PTC,You’re right, the recovery stats are disieartenhng. But please don’t give up. Full recovery IS possible. Recovery takes so long, and so few pepole recover, because they haven’t gotten the appropriate treatment. NOT because they don’t want to recover or because they can’t recover. Your inability to recover is not your faut; it is our fault.I don’t think you need to figure out if you really want to change. Your ambivalence about recovery is a symptom of ED. Motivation to change is not a prerequisite for recovery. Insight and desire for wellness are the natural results of good treatment and improvement in brain functioning. It is your ED that doesn’t want you to change. I genuinely believe that if clinicians stopped waiting for adult patients to choose recovery, treatment would not take 5-7 years. Further, if clinicians did whatever they could to insist on full nutrition, cessation of binge/purge/excessive exercise behaviors, and weight restoration to the patient’s ideal body weight (NOT to some arbitrary minimal weight) as non-negotiable first steps in recovery, a lot more adults would actually recover.In my experience, the biggest hurdle to helping adults recover is enlisting people to provide consistent meal support and insist upon full nutrition until weight restoration is achieved. With teens, this is relatively easy because parents have complete financial, emotional, and practical control. With adults, parents, spouses, significant others, and clinicians will intervene only when a patient is in danger, but they are very reluctant to assume a zero-tolerance policy towards malnutrition. The end result of their reluctance is a patient who lingers in a partially-recovered state, who is no longer emaciated or medically unstable and can usually pass for normal but is tortured constantly by ED thoughts. In sum, please don’t give up! Seek out high-quality, evidence-based treatment. Surround yourself with supportive people who will help you fight against ED.

    March 9, 2012

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