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Friendships: Why Are They So Hard?

Making friends can be hard and keeping friends is even harder. But it doesn’t have to be! Understanding the problems our children face, can open the door to teaching valuable relationship building strategies that will not only help them make friends but also keep those friendships. John Willson presents  “Friendships: Why are they so hard?” to discuss the challenges our children face and strategies to help master the art of making and keeping friends.


GRIT: Nurturing Perseverance

Supporting Document: GRIT: Nurturing Perseverance

Help children develop grit and nurture resilience. We will review strategies designed to develop compensatory skills in children diagnosed with LD & ADHD to learn how to press forward when faced with adversity. Concepts we will review include: how to nurture passion; maintaining a focus on your strengths; developing a mindset that allows individuals to “Fail Forward”, and being purposeful in developing strategies that help us overcome obstacles.

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Understanding Your Child’s Love Language 

Supporting Document: Understanding Your Child’s Love Language Presentation

Understanding both your own and your child’s love language can open the doors for better communication, connection, and an improved relationship. We will explore Gary Chapman’s work on the Five Love Languages as we also examine specific strategies to strengthen your relationship with your child.

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Finding Gifts in the Challenge

Supporting Document: Finding Gifts in the Challenge Presentation

This webinar will examine strategies to help youth diagnosed with attention and learning challenges understand their strengths and abilities, and become aware of ways to overcome obstacles. Techniques and strategies will be explored which help to bring out the best in these young people, enhance the gifts they already have, and maximize coping mechanisms which foster resilience and empowerment.

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Make it a Quest: Nurturing Goals for You and Your Family

Supporting Document: Make It a Quest Presentation

We don’t always follow through with the resolutions we set in the new year, but when we break things down and “make it a quest” great things can happen! When setting yourself a goal, remember you cannot achieve it overnight. Instead, think about the journey it takes to achieve your goal. This webinar will discuss the steps you can take, and help your children take, to make goals achievable. As you strive to complete each component of your journey, you are able to remain engaged and committed to what you are trying to achieve! Come explore how we can take otherwise mundane resolutions and turn them into a journey filled with small individual quests that lead to your ultimate goal!

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The 4th Option: Creative Behavior Management

Using creative problem solving can be a wonderful tool when helping children diagnosed with learning differences and AD/HD develop important life skills. We will explore ways to help children develop strategies to overcome obstacles and setbacks, focus on their strengths and create emotional coping mechanisms. We will discuss the process of developing an awareness of personal strengths and abilities along with creating support networks critical to life success. Let’s have some fun and share our most creative parenting successes!

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It’s All About Time, with guest Joan Teach!

In our helter-skelter world, time and time again we struggle at being on time, knowing how much time it would take, anticipating how to manage our time. Come enjoy a walk with your alarm clock into the frustrations of time and how to change and cope with time. We promise you, we’ll have a good time!

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The Doctor Is In! With Dr. Roy Sanders

As we start the new school year, we wanted to hear your questions about the ADHD community. Executive Director, John Willson, who was joined by Dr. Roy Sanders, both experts in this field, sat down to answer questions submitted by parents. From medications, organization, to helping your child succeed, watch this webinar to see what they had to say!

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Finishing the Academic Year Strong

As the school year comes to an end, a year like no other, how do we help our children finish the academic year strong?  We will examine ways to support the transition to summer, strategies to help maintain energy to complete the school year and look for opportunities to learn from this extraordinary year while thinking towards next year.

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Family Constitutions

Does it sometimes feel like every member of the family is going in a different direction with their own agenda and you don’t know how to pull it back together? Or does it ever feel like every time you ask a family member to help out and take a little responsibility for things around the house they rebel, ignore you, or just plain forget? Dr. Liz Simpson discusses a way to get everyone working together toward a common goal and outcomes.

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Mindset: A Strengths-Based Path to Success

Dr. Liz Simpson discusses mindset theory created by Carol Dweck’s research. She distinguishes a growth mindset—one that embraces challenges, sees efforts as a path to mastery persists in the face of challenges, learns from constructive criticism, and finds lessons and inspiration in the successor others—vs a fixed mindset—one that avoids challenges, gives up easily, sees the effort as fruitless or worse, ignores constructive negative feedback, and feels threatened by the success of others—and how these relate to the success of children with ADHD and other LDs.

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Building a Balance: Balancing Parent Support & Student Independence

We discuss the answers to the following common questions you may ask yourself: How involved do I need to be in my child’s life? How long will I need to provide support? When should I let them sink or swim? Will they be living at home when they are 30?

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Podcast: Transition to Summer

The school year is coming to a close and summer is fast approaching. As we move from the structured routines that schools provide to the lazy unpredictable days of summer, anxieties may be running high. How can we make these transitions smoother for ourselves and our children? Joe Geier, Head of School for the Academy at SOAR, joins Dr. Liz Simpson to offer some advice on how to make this transition successful and how to develop a summer routine that works for everyone.

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Creating Structure the SOAR Way

Supporting Documents: They’re Home, Now What? and SOAR’s Role Card

Executive Director, John Willson, talks about how to create structure during this unprecedented time. He will go over family deadlines, the full value contract, how to make a family name and flag, roles and responsibilities for everyone in the family, structuring meals and meal planning, how to implement an evening meeting, setting a schedule, and finally, John will share some fun activities to do that’s suitable for the whole family.

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Family Date Night: How To Play Together as a Family

Supporting Document: Family Date Night

John Willson offers some advice on what to do at home together as well as what to do once the smoke clears and you can get outside again. He’ll share some fun activities for family date night. But why have a family date night at all? Family date night helps one another discover strengths, recognize common interests, practice leadership, responsibility, teamwork, and planning, and encourages bonding. Tune in to get some ideas on some fun family activities for a rainy day or any day of the week!

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The 5 Critical Ways to Create Structure in Your Home

Supporting Document: The 5 Critical Steps in Creating Structure at Home

Executive Director, John Willson, reviews 5 critical steps in creating structure at home: family deadlines, the full value contract, roles and responsibilities for everyone in the family, structuring meals and meal planning, how to implement an evening meeting, and setting a schedule. You’ll find that setting a specific mealtime plan will help everything fall into place a little easier since you will be spending more time prepping, cooking, and cleaning more than anything else you’ll be doing while at home.

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Salting the Hay: Motivating the Non-Compliant Child

When we take a closer look at the nature of non-compliance, it’s easier to understand why children with ADHD or LDs aren’t motivated. For example, if your child has low self-esteem because they feel like they haven’t been able to do anything right, it can be hard to feel motivated to do something a parent asks them to do. Also, if your child has a lot of anxiety, it may be hard for them to do something because it hasn’t worked out the way your child was expecting in the past. Those two things can sometimes lead to a fixed mindset. So how do you shake things up and motivate a child that runs up against these challenges? Dr. Liz Simpson and John Willson discuss.

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The Art of Negotiation

Supporting Document: The Art of Negotiation

In this webinar, Dr. Liz Simpson talks about the art of negotiating with your child. She’ll cover the basics of communication, how arguments get started, how to approach communication to avoid arguing, how to avoid being drawn into the weeds, and recaps on the proposal system, which can come in handy when negotiating.

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Why is My Child Addicted to Video Games?

Supporting Document: Why is my child addicted to video games?

Video games have seemed to take over this generation of children. But why? SOAR’s Family Support and Alumni Coordinator, Dr. Liz Simpson goes over 10 things kids crave that parents can learn from video games.

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5 Ways to Help Your Child Adjust to Doing School at Home

Dr. Liz Simpson shares the 5 ways you can help your child adjust to doing school at home: empower your child, implement the learning diet, how schedule and structure their day, celebrate and evaluate their accomplishments, and, the big takeaway, make it fun!

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6 Critical Social Skills to Practice at Home

Supporting Document: 6 Critical Social Skills

Humans are social beings and to be social is a basic human need. When you see your child struggle with being social, it typically means that they lack the social skills needed to make connections, not that they don’t wish to be social. Dr. Liz Simpson reviews 6 critical social skills to help your child make connections and have a sense of belonging in their community.

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Water or Gas

SOAR’s John Willson and Dr. Liz Simpson talk about triggers, agents, signs, and symptoms of anger, and how to manage situations at different points in the escalation process—from onset to the aftermath. First, we want to understand how and why our kids become angry and what their triggers are. Then we can access how to redirect and negotiate in order to deescalate the situation.

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Ask the Experts

SOAR’s panel of experts—John Willson, Dr. Liz Simpson, Dale Sparacino, Rick Lavoie, Jeremy Neidens, and Joe Geier—answer your questions about bullying, lying, stealing, phone usage, gaming, setting schedules, responsibility, effective communication, and much more.

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Empowerment, Relationship, Transition: How to Power Your Child Toward Independence

Dr. Liz Simpson talks about how to understand the development trajectory of your child better, how to understand the developmental nature of parenting, and finishes up with some tools on how to help your child at every stage of adulthood and into independence.

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ADHD Entrepreneurial Spirit & Superpowers!

There is no such thing as normal. We are all wired differently and ADHD can be a great asset in the right environment. Dr. Liz Simpson gives 10 ways ADHD supports innovation and leadership.

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The Power of Choice: How to Help Your Child Make Good Decisions

Making a good decision or choice seems somewhat obvious when in fact it is not. Making good choices is a lifelong process of making both good and bad choices and seeing/experiencing the outcomes. How can we steer our children to make better decisions? But first, we should examine how we as parents make good choices? And under what circumstances, how have we made poor choices?

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Nature Nurtures your Child with ADHD

Supporting Document: Nature Nurtures Your Child with ADHD

Why does time outdoors matter? For starters, it soothes the soul. But it can also get your child away from screen time and societal pressures that come from that. John Willson and Dr. Liz Simpson talk about the benefits of getting your children out in nature by touching on circadian rhythms, different ways of experiencing nature and stoking the inner adventurer in your child.

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 How to Unleash The Power of Play

Supporting Document: Your Turn, Here’s Your Quest

All the world’s a game. All the people are merely players. They have their quests, strengths, and challenges. And one man in his time plays many levels, his levels being seven quests! Sure it’s a spin on a famous Shakespeare quote, but Dr. Liz Simpson’s focus on games pins down how to create a playful atmosphere to promote productivity in your child.

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 Motivation with Rick Lavoie

Rick Lavoie discusses how to motivate your child with John Willson. John kicks things off with this question: What is the parent’s role in this process of motivation? Well, for a lot of parents, motivation is an extremely frustrating and confusing topic. How can I as a parent motivate my child when I’m not present? Rick talks about the key to reframing motivation and how important it is to realize that every human behavior is motivated. Watch the webinar to get more key insights on human development, consequential thought, and more to help you motivate your child.

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Ask the Experts with Dr. Roy Sanders

Parents rounded up their questions for this Q&A with Dr. Roy Sanders, John Willson, and Dr. Liz Simpson. SOAR covers motivation, jobs, lack of insight from adults with executive function issues, social cues, Failure to Launch, self-esteem, and much more.

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How to Grow Your Child’s Strengths!

What are your beliefs about your child’s potential? What are your beliefs about your child’s strengths? And what are your beliefs about your child’s challenges? Dr. Liz Simpson talks about taking a step back as a parent and really looking out for motivational cues your child is giving you—whether the cue may or may not be what the parent thinks is possible for their child—and how you can support them in unlocking a hidden (or not so hidden) strength.

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Deciphering What Your Child is Really Saying: Increasing Communication & Relationship

Supporting Document: Emotional Literacy Chart

Dr. Liz Simpson talks about how emotions can affect communication for the child with ADHD and how you as a parent can better decipher what they are trying to tell you. She breaks down emotions for kids with ADHD, ways they communicate, and emotional literacy.

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My Wild and Passionate Child: 5 Tools for Success

What does wild mean to you? Are you okay with it? Our children are being the best they can be in the environment they are in, and while they may act a little “undomesticated” at times, it’s really just the way they are experiencing the world in a passionate way. Dr. Liz Simpson gives you 5 tools to help you understand, accept, and support your child with ADHD and other LDs.

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Challenging Assumptions Regarding Challenging Behavior with Holly Blanc Moses

Holly Blanc Moses discusses the “whys” of challenging behavior to help you support your child. To begin, we need to examine our own behavior as a parent. Check-in with yourself. Do you need a break? Are you in a place to be supportive of your child or not? If not, be compassionate to yourself and for others. Holly touches on a framework for you to better understand your child and reminds you to remain curious with your child.

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Nurturing Maturity: The Path to Independence

It’s natural to think that our kids are going to go on and be independent, do great things, and see the world, but sometimes it’s not that easy of a trajectory. In this webinar, Dr. Liz Simpson gives some tips on how to nurture your child’s success as they reach maturity and independence.

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The Power of Productivity: Help Your Child Set & Meet Goals

Goal setting and achieving require a very complex set of skills that can vary for each task. However, the structure of the process is the same each time. In order to have a goal, one needs to desire something, envision something, plan how they’re going to reach it, and commit to striving towards the goal. But what we can do as the support system recognizes what causes our kids to stumble through a goal, then support them through that, and help lead them to success.

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Why Won’t They Talk to Me? Unlock the Power of Rapport

Sometimes it’s difficult for our kids to trust close communications. About 50% of the ADHD/LD community has a communication disorder and most are not receiving specialized services. Dr. Liz Simpson breaks down how using developmentally appropriate language can help bridge the gap by supporting autonomy and independence.

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“It’s Not Fair”: 5 Ways to Overcome a Limited Perspective

Our kids have a wonderful righteous sense of justice and injustice. But it’s important to react to “it’s not fair” the same way every single time with honesty. Executive Director John Willson talks about how to overcome a limited perspective and how to consistently create a boundary while being fair and thoughtful.

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The Art of Self Advocacy: Finding your voice

Supporting Document: The Art of Self Advocacy

John Willson talks about the importance of teaching your child how to advocate for themselves. He’ll cover how your child can become more self-aware, how you can create the environment they need, how they can foster self-reliance, how to manage support systems, and how to develop effective communication strategies, and fine-tune the art of negotiation.

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Stubborn or Tenacious: The Power of Persistence

Supporting Document: Stubborn or Tenacious

Executive Director, John Willson talks about how proactivity and perseverance can shift stubborn behaviors into tenacity. The fact is, children with ADHD and LDs persevere through life given the challenges they face day in and day out. But stubborn behavior can be a symptom of having to face so many challenges. How do we loosen up that behavior and make our children more flexible and proactive?

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Support Systems: They Make All the Difference with Susan Simon

Support systems are truly one of the most important things in a child’s life. SOAR’s Executive Director, John Willson is joined by Susan Simon, parent of a SOAR alumni who talks about the importance of communicating and demonstrating unconditional love and acceptance, and minimizing the cost of failure. Tune in to get more insight on how to build healthy support systems for your child.

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Urgency Driven: Unlocking The Power Of Procrastination

Supporting Document: Urgency Driven Unlocking the Power of Procrastination

What if we told you that procrastination is a strength? If you are urgency driven you are still driven—it doesn’t matter where you get the motivation from, the key point is that you are motivated. Actually, the right amount of arousal and stress can improve performance. SOAR’s Executive Director, John Willson, talks about the strengths behind procrastination in this presentation he finished 5 minutes before going live.

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 Organization Strategies: Tackle The Beast One Pile At A Time

Supporting Document: Organization Strategies

In order to set you and your child up for organizational success, you want to first make sure that you have a stable working environment. How do you do that? Think about how to control your environment. Are neighbors being too loud? Instead of asking them to be quiet, consider putting on noise-canceling headphones. Once you have control of the environment it becomes easier to create structure around time management by making lists, using software, breaking up projects into manageable tasks, and more. SOAR’s Marketing Director, Brittney Howell, takes you through these organizational strategies in more depth.

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Guest Speakers from ImpactADHD®: How to Reduce Stress for You & Your Child

Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Dianne Dempster, founders of ImpactADHD®, join us for this webinar focused on the requested topic of stress management. They focus on two parts: stress management of the parents and the child’s stress management. They help you learn what you need for yourself as a parent so you can empower your children to reach their full potential.

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Family Strategies: 10 Tips To Keep The Family From Going Bonkers

In this short webinar, we give you our rundown on how to keep from going bonkers at home. Tips include making sure adults have a united front on how to handle difficult situations, outline responsibilities and rotate them on a regular basis, involve your child in decision making and problem-solving, prepare your child for transitions, and more!

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The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with Elaine Taylor-Klaus

Eliane dives right into 6 key challenge areas: organization, logistics, relationships, the impact that raising these kids has on us as adults, school and home issues, and emotional issues. She also touches on the idea of the “parenting police” and how their advice is intended to be helpful, but at the end of the day, they just don’t understand what unique challenges you have as a parent with a child with ADHD, anxiety, and more.

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General Strategies: Maximizing the Creative Art of Strategy

Supporting Document: SOAR Behavioral Management Response Ability


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 Individual Strategies: Customizing Your Connection

Supporting Document: Customizing Your Connection

As the parent, you have a huge role to play in how a conversation or connection can be steered with your child. John Willson talks about some strategies you can use to form deeper connections by diverting negative comments with natural and logical consequences, role-playing, redirecting, and more.

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Communication Strategies: Avoiding the Failure to Communicate

Communication is such an important part of how your child can feel supported. John Willson reiterates how spinning encouragement in a positive light can make your child have better self-esteem, and in turn, become more independent. When we do give consequences, it’s important to give them in a calm and quiet voice. John gives some more strategies for dealing with agitation, eye contact, different forms of communicating, and more.

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The Power Of No Power: How To Unplug And Get Outside

What is the problem with screen time? On average our kids are spending 6 hours a day in front of a screen as opposed to 3 hours a day in 1995. This leads to a decrease in sleep, an increase in snacking, and an increase in irritability. What can nature do for our children? Studies show they perform better in school, have higher levels of self-discipline, are more cooperative, feel more connected with nature, and become tomorrow’s conservation stewards. So how do we get them to put the screens down and head outside? John Wilson discusses.

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Real Learning in Virtual Class with Kathy Kuhl

John Willson seeks guidance from Kathy Kuhl, an author advising parents who homeschool their children, on how to actually learn from home effectively. As students and parents alike are grappling with adversity, it’s been difficult to make a meaningful transition to online learning. Kathy offers up some advice from her years of homeschooling that can help you and your child transition into a productive at home learning routine.

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Turning No into Maybe and Maybe into Yes, Part 1: Enhancing Behavior Development by Managing Noncompliance, Accountability, and Impulsivity

Supporting Document: Turning No Into Maybe and Maybe Into Yes

When met with a disagreement, there are ways in which agreements can be reached. Having a proposal and a contract can help map out concerns, reasoning, goals for both the parent and child. In the example of John’s own son, John wanted his son to go to bed earlier. But when his son came up with a proposal to address his dad’s concerns—even using information from one of these webinars as a part of his argument to stay up later—John agreed that his son could stay up late as long as he met certain objectives. However, if those objectives aren’t met, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board.

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Turning No into Maybe and Maybe into Yes, Part 2: Enhancing Behavior Development by Managing Noncompliance, Accountability, and Impulsivity

Supporting Document: Turning No Into Maybe and Maybe Into Yes

In Part 2, we focus on the nature of you, the parent to recognize your own issues of power and control. Do you want to be the boss or do you want to reach the goal? It’s a question we should ask ourselves all the time. It’s important to be able to identify what you can and cannot control. We can control money, items in the house, transportation, phone use, etc. But we cannot control freedom, personal choices, their level of commitment or investment in what we want them to be committed and invested in, etc.

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Year In Review & Quiz the Wiz!

John does a year in review, covering his favorite moments during the webinar series, including challenges associated with learning and attention issues, the 6 life success attributes series, building a balance, the problem with screen time, family constitution, the proposal system, and much much more!

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Success for a Lifetime

Along the way, we have learned some important lessons regarding managing the challenges associated with learning and attention challenges. In this webinar, we will discuss how to create a structure that allows each of us to be the best version of ourselves on a daily basis. We will review nutrition, sleep hygiene, managing leisure, self-awareness, and self-advocacy, utilizing support networks, and working towards solutions to common challenges.

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Why They Lie and What to Do About It

Supporting Document: Why They Lie Handout

ADHD can make life harder in many ways, including how it affects truthfulness which can cast a long shadow in family relationships. In this webinar, we will discuss why people lie, describe the different types of lies, and explain how ADHD makes lies more tempting. More importantly, many strategies will be shared to increase honesty and disclosure in your family. This includes breaking the connection between ADHD and lying, managing emotional reactions (in both people), addressing unresolved disagreements, managing expectations, knowing when objective truth matters (and doesn’t), fixing a lie, making amends, and more.

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Gaming Overload with Dr. Randy Kulman

Supporting Document: Randy’s Gaming Overload

Creating boundaries around screen time is certainly not a new issue, but it has become more blurry during the pandemic. Dr. Kulman discusses whether gaming is an addiction, problem, passion, or normal interest. What are some of the real issues behind it? At what point do we need to be concerned? But screen time is also not all bad. Children are also using online forums to build communities.

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Failure to Launch

Supporting Document: John’s Failure to Launch

When does adolescence end? Is it defined by age, or is the defining component of the end of adolescence when the purse strings are finally cut? More and more we are seeing that timeframe creep into adulthood. This webinar will explore this trend, look at causes, and examine strategies that empower young adults to embrace adulthood.

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Success for a Lifetime: Exploring and Developing Life’s Success Attributes

Supporting Document: Success Attributes Resource Packet

Along the way, we have learned some important lessons regarding managing the challenges associated with learning and attention challenges. In this webinar series, we will discuss the 6 Life Success Attributes created by the Frostig Center.