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ADDitude’s 10 Most Popular Webinars of 2017

From motivation to meditation to medication, our ADHD expert webinars covered essential topics with insight, understanding, and practical advice. Look back on some of our most popular webinars of 2017 — and expand your toolkit for the year ahead.

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“How ADHD Shapes Your Perceptions, Emotions & Motivation” with William Dodson, M.D.

Have you heard of “rejection sensitive dysphoria,” or RSD? It was one of ADDitude’s top search terms of 2017, and this expert webinar with Dr. Dodson was in the year’s Top 10 because it shines a spotlight on RSD — the acute emotional response that’s triggered when people with ADHD face failure or feelings of inadequacy. Here, Dr. Dodson outlines the root causes of RSD and provides concrete solutions for mitigating its debilitating feelings of shame. If out-of-control emotions number among your ADHD symptoms, use this webinar to better understand your brain and find balance.


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“Beyond Genes: Parts 1 and 2” with Joel Nigg, Ph.D.

Every year, new research challenges old theories and provides fresh insight on ADHD, a complex condition that we’re just beginning to understand. In this engaging two-part webinar series, clinical psychologist (and leading ADHD researcher) Joel Nigg, Ph.D., demonstrates how environmental factors — not just genes — contribute to ADHD symptoms, and how patients can use this to their advantage. You can’t change your genes, but you can change your lifestyle — and exercise, sleep, and the right eating habits may improve symptoms over the long term. This webinar duo explains how to get started.


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“Your Teen Is Not Lazy! How to Best Motivate an Adolescent with ADHD” with Adam Price, Ph.D.

More than 10,000 ADDitude users registered for this teen motivation webinar, which reveals the most powerful tool at parents’ disposal — the parent-child relationship — and explains how to harness it to boost a teenager’s drive and determination. Expert Adam Price succinctly explains how motivation works (and malfunctions) in an ADHD brain, and why — despite parents’ best intentions — standard motivational strategies don’t always work for teens with ADHD. Understanding your teen’s needs and neurology is a critical step toward becoming a more effective ally in her drive for independence, and this expert resource will set you down on that path to success.


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“It’s About Time: Understanding the Science of Time Management with ADHD” with Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., MBA

Was 2017 rife with tardiness, time blindness, and missed deadlines? You’re not alone — many people with ADHD report regrets about mismanaged time and bungled responsibilities. Fix those lingering challenges with this expert webinar, led by psychologist and ADHD time guru Ari Tuckman. In it, you’ll learn why your brain struggles to connect “knowing” with “doing,” and what steps you can take to (finally) see time clearly and use it wisely.


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“Stronger Than You Think: A Guide to Empowering Women with ADHD” with Linda Roggli

The symptoms of ADHD in women are too often overlooked, ridiculed, or misunderstood. Even when the right diagnosis is made, daily life with attention deficit is particularly depleting for women striving to “have it all” — a perfect family, a rewarding career, and a spotless home. In this candid webinar, the original ADDiva Linda Roggli talks candidly about being a woman with ADHD, and presents strategies for rebooting your confidence and jumpstarting your dreams. Whether you were diagnosed yesterday or 30 years ago, this empowering webinar is a must-listen.


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“How to Support (Not Enable) Your Student with ADHD” with Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Every parent of a child with special needs fears becoming an “enabler,” or encouraging dependence from a child by giving her more help than she needs. But the truth is, kids with ADHD often do need targeted assistance from their parents and educators. This evergreen webinar aims to answer many parents’ burning question: Where (and how) do we draw the line between necessary support and counter-productive enabling? Parenting coaches Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster team up to help you assess your child’s need for independence vs. support, and to pass her the reins at an appropriate pace.


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“Lighten Up: ADHD-Friendly Strategies for Healthy Bodies” with Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.

ADHD and obesity are highly correlated. Unfortunately, most slim-down strategies are designed for neurotypical brains. In order to find and maintain a healthy BMI, people with ADHD must view the challenge through a unique lens — and in this expert webinar, Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., applies an apropos microscope. He uses his extensive research on both ADHD and eating disorders to explain why the ADHD brain seeks out unhealthy foods, why maintaining an exercise routine is challenging for someone with ADHD, and what concrete steps you can take to set up a nutrition and exercise plan that sticks.


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“You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?! New Empowering Lessons for Adults with ADHD” with Peggy Ramundo

By the time they enter the real world, many people with ADHD feel burdened and haunted by a lifetime of mistakes — and spend way too much time beating themselves up and wallowing in self-doubt. In this uplifting webinar — gleaned from more than 30 years of personal and professional experience — ADHD coach and speaker Peggy Ramundo helps you stop the cycle of negativity. Break free of shame to feel better about yourself, better manage your time, rebuild your relationships, and kick start career success. What do you have to lose?


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“Mindfulness Goes to School: How Meditation Helps Students with ADHD Thrive” with Elliott Buck, M.Ed.

Mindfulness was a trending topic in 2017 — and for good reason. According to research and anecdotal evidence, this basic meditation technique helps many individuals with ADHD manage symptoms, reset emotions, or calm a whirring mind. Parents and teachers looking to meditation to students with ADHD can start with this webinar, which outlines simple, engaging ways for children to tap into the superpowers of mindfulness, in and out of the classroom.


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“Overcoming Dysgraphia and Writing Challenges: A Guide for Teachers and Parents” with Kendra Wagner

For kids with dysgraphia — a learning disability that affects written expression — even the briefest writing assignment can feel like torture, and parents seldom know the best way to help. Luckily, this expert webinar — filled with easily applicable strategies for managing dysgraphia at home or in the classroom — helps parents and teachers provide accessible, specialized instruction to help students master the written word.


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