“Nurturing Resilience and Motivation in Children with ADHD: The Search for ‘Islands of Competence'” [Video Replay & Podcast #408]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#408), download the slide presentation, and learn how to get a certificate of attendance for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on June 28, 2022.

Episode Description

Children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD often confront feelings of low self-esteem and a sense of pessimism about succeeding in a variety of domains, including in school and outside of school, and in friendships with peers and adults. In an attempt to manage negative feelings and thoughts, they often engage in self-defeating coping strategies that serve to further exacerbate their problems and distress.

To help these children and adolescents develop constructive coping strategies that enhance motivation, learning, caring, hope, and resilience, it is important for parents, educators, and professionals to adopt a strength-based approach. This kind of approach highlights each youngster’s interests and “islands of competence” and serves to reinforce a “resilient mindset” with accompanying resilient behaviors.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Serve in the role of “charismatic adult” to become a source of strength for children and teens with ADHD
  • Use certain exercises to strengthen empathy in ourselves so that we can more effectively help children and teens with ADHD
  • Identify and reinforce the key components of a “resilient mindset”
  • Identify and reinforce each youngster’s “islands of competence”
  • Develop strategies that provide opportunities for “contributory activities”
  • Assist children and adolescents with ADHD to deal more effectively with setbacks and mistakes

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Obtain a Certificate of Attendance

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Meet the Expert Speaker:

Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty (part-time) of Harvard Medical School and former Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in the Boston area. He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about such themes as resilience across the lifespan, education, children and adults with special needs, psychotherapy, parent and family relationships, and creating positive school and work environments. He is the author or co-author of 19 books including Raising Resilient Children (#CommissionsEarned); The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life (#CommissionsEarned); and Tenacity in Children: Nurturing the Seven Instincts for Lifetime Success (#CommissionsEarned). Dr. Brooks has received many awards for his work, including Hall of Fame Awards from both the Connecticut Association for Children with LD, and CHADD. Most recently, he was given The Mental Health Humanitarian Award from William James College in Massachusetts for his contributions as an educator, clinician, and author. He has also served as a consultant for Sesame Street Parents Magazine. Additional information about Dr. Brooks may be found on his website www.drrobertbrooks.com.

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Listener Testimonials

“What a terrific webinar! Great insights and practical suggestions for raising our ADHD kids to be resilient. And, frankly, how to be more resilient ourselves!”

“I could have listened for hours!”

“One of the best presentations I’ve seen. Concise, excellent suggestions, no filler.”

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