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Free Webinar Replay: Having the Talk: How to Best Explain ADHD to Your Child, Family, and Friends

In this hour-long webinar-on-demand, learn strategies for talking about ADHD with your child, family, and friends with Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW.

Part 2 of ADDitude’s 3-part ADHD Awareness Month Webinar Series

When a child receives an ADHD diagnosis, they often take home a prescription for medication, maybe a handout titled “What Is ADHD?”, and that’s it. Rarely do they get a clear, fact-based explanation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. As a result, many kids — and parents — feel unnecessarily ashamed of the diagnosis.

ADHD Awareness Month is a perfect time to address this prevalent and persistent problem. The gains to a child’s self-esteem and self-understanding are huge when a caregiver works to gain deep knowledge and insight about attention deficit disorder (ADHD) — and the words to explain it effectively to a child, family members, and friends. Helping your child explain his own ADHD to peers and teachers is empowering and the most effective form of self-advocacy.

In this webinar you will learn

  • How to help kids at various ages explain their ADHD diagnoses to peers
  • How parents can explain the condition to extended family members and friends who may see ADHD as a “character flaw”
  • How to explain ADHD specifically to fathers who may not believe in the diagnosis or think that their child’s ADHD behaviors are intentional
  • The downside of “sugarcoating” ADHD by calling it a “superpower” or “gift”

Webinar replays include:

  • Slides accompanying the webinar
  • Related resources from ADDitude
  • Free newsletter updates about ADHD
  • An opportunity to receive a certificate of attendance

Certificate of Attendance
Attendees who successfully complete a survey after watching this webinar will be eligible to receive a one hour certificate of attendance. ADDitude does not offer CEU credits.

This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on October 10, 2019.

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Meet the Expert Speaker:

Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified School Social Worker and the creator of the ADHD Dude YouTube channel and Facebook group.  Ryan specializes in working with boys diagnosed with ADHD and their families.  He provides coaching through ADHD Dude Coaching and is the Director of Ride the Wave Counseling and Summer Trip Camp in Margate, New Jersey.  Ryan also creates content for ADDitude Magazine’s ADHD in Boys section.  Ryan’s videos for kids can be found under the Dudes Learn Social playlist of the ADHD Dude YouTube channel.

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  1. “How to explain ADHD specifically to fathers who may not believe in the diagnosis or think that their child’s ADHD behaviors are intentional”… I needed this 22 years ago when my daughter was diagnosed. My husband was so afraid of our daughter being “labeled” in school. Oh how I wish I had been more insistent! At 27 years old her anger is out of control. Her anxiety is controlling her life. I know now that she needed to medicated at 5 years old to help her get control of how to process everything coming at her. It breaks my heart to see her so unhappy. She’s seeing a therapist and is on ADHD meds now, but it’s been such a struggle.

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