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Live Webinar on July 29: Family Ties: Managing and Advocating for Your Child with ADHD in the Extended Family

Register below for this free expert webinar to learn how to advocate for your child with ADHD in your extended family, on Thursday, July 29 at 1 pm ET.
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As parents we want to help our children become well functioning and socially successful people, but our own anxieties are sometimes triggered when they act out and get into trouble. We are often unaware of our own feelings of ADHD-related shame, embarrassment, and fear when we are faced with our child’s dysfunctional behavior in settings outside of our home. We desperately want our children to behave appropriately and to be accepted at school, in the neighborhood, and by our extended family. So how do we help grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins understand — and respond helpfully — when ADHD symptoms flare during holiday gatherings or family celebrations?

You may feel embarrassed when grandma reprimands your child for grabbing a cookie out of a cousin’s hand. You may become defensive when your brother judges your parenting skills and calls your child “spoiled.” That is understandable. There are many heartbreaking stories of family ostracization for disruptive or inappropriate behaviors related to ADHD. Such occurrences can leave us feeling misunderstood and our children mistreated, which is why parents need strategies to support and advocate for children with ADHD in social settings, as to engage extended family members in more constructive ways.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Identify misconceptions and misinterpretations of ADHD behavior within your extended family
  • Explore strategies for improving interaction patterns within your family
  • Learn effective advocacy skills for family situations
  • Establish a toolkit of coping strategies for family functions, such as reunions, Thanksgiving, and other holidays


Have a question for our expert? There will be an opportunity to post questions for the presenter during the live webinar.

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Janette Patterson, MSW, LMFT, has been practicing for the past 30 years, offering individual, couple, and family therapy in non-profit agencies and private practice. As a marriage and family therapist she specializes in LD/ED and ADHD issues, as well as anxiety disorders and addiction disorders in adolescents and adults. She is a consultant to private schools and other educational facilities and lectures and presents regularly. In addition to her work as a therapist, Janette has worked for the past 20 years in a variety of school settings, as administrator, teacher, mentor to other teachers, and consultant to other schools. Currently, Janette works in private practice in West Chester, Pennsylvania, offering marriage and family therapy and DBT therapy and skills training.

Certificate of Attendance: For information on how to purchase the certificate of attendance option (cost $10), register for the webinar, then look for instructions in the email you’ll receive around 1 hour after it ends. The certificate of attendance link will also be available here, on the webinar replay page, several hours after the live webinar. ADDitude does not offer CEU credits.

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