Helping Kids Cope with the Pressures of Middle School:
Building Those All-Important Executive Functioning Skills
Saturday, November 19, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., Director
Liz Ahmann, Sc.D., R.N., ACC, affiliated coach
Lauren Quinn, ACC, affiliated coach
from the Chesapeake AD/HD Center of Maryland
McLean School of Maryland, 8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac, MD 20854
As young people make the transition from elementary to middle school, executive function skills become increasingly important to their success. With fewer external supports, and with increasing academic and social demands on their every day lives, skills like working memory and recall, control of emotion, effort, focus, analytical thinking/problem solving, and organization often need to be explicitly taught and learned since they are not typically fully developed in young people with AD/HD. Through counseling, coaching, and parent support, students can learn strategies to help them develop these critical skills for success in middle and high school.
About the Presenters:
Dr. Nadeau is an internationally recognized authority on ADHD and has served on the national professional advisory boards of both CHADD and ADDA, the two major advocacy organizations for individuals with ADHD. She is the co-founder of the National Center for Gender Issues in ADHD, a non-profit organization dedicated to public education and professional training about the needs of girls and women with ADHD. Dr. Nadeau has appeared on the Today Show, the Morning Show, as well as on numerous radio programs and is featured in the video ADD from the Inside Out, which was broadcast on PBS. She is a frequent lecturer both in the United States and abroad and provides professional training seminars on topics related to ADHD.
Dr. Ahmann is an AD/HD coach who works with children, teens, college students and adults. Dr. Ahmann brings a wealth of education and personal experience to her expert ADHD coaching. She has worked as a nurse practitioner and a pediatric nurse. She has a masters in nursing and a doctorate in public health. She also has many years of experience working with her own gifted children with ADHD. She is experienced in parent management, executive functioning and related skills in youth, college students, and adults, and has a special interest in the writing process for individuals with AD/HD. She also organizes summer groups to help adolescents develop better executive functioning skills.
Lauren Quinn specializes in coaching teens and college students with ADHD. Not only is Ms. Quinn highly trained as a coach, she also has post-graduate training in education. She coaches students in person, online, and via phone calls. Ms. Quinn is a trained Skoach™ Pioneer, a powerful online tool co-developed by Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. Using Skoach™, she helps young adults learn to be more focused and productive. This ADHD-friendly online tool allows students to create a customized page for scheduling daily and long-term tasks, to enter tasks from anywhere via phone and email messages, to send reminders by email, and to plan complex projects by breaking them down into pieces.