Lifestyle Interventions for ADHD with Dr Leila Masson

Lifestyle Interventions for ADHD – a review of the research on the powerful effect of nutrition, sleep & exercise with Dr Leila Masson

Lifestyle Interventions for ADHD – a review of the research on the powerful effect of nutrition, sleep and exercise with Dr Leila Masson, Paediatrician

Dr Leila Masson is a consultant paediatrician who specialises in nutritional and environmental medicine for children.

She is the mother of two wonderful, grown-up boys. She had a busy clinic in Auckland, New Zealand, for 14 years before moving to Sydney in 2016. She received her medical doctorate from the Free University of Berlin and did her paediatric specialist training at the University of California in San Francisco. She received her Master in Public Health from Harvard University and her Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Masson lectures internationally on the subject of children’s nutrition and an integrative medicine approach to paediatric issues, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, behaviour issues, allergies, recurrent infections and autoimmune diseases.

She is the author of “Children’s Health A-Z”, a parent’s practical guide to natural and effective therapies for the most common health issues in childhood.

This talk will be highly relevant to adults with ADHD, parents, family members, teachers and other professionals working with children/teens with ADHD or behavioural and other learning difficulties.

Professionals attending will receive a Certificate of Attendance to help them keep track of their professional development.

To find out more/book tickets visit the website

Unable to attend and would like to see a recording of this and past talks?

Check out our Patreon membership site:

Join our Newsletter list to receive news of events/meetups/slides:

The talk commences 7pm AEST (Sydney time) so if you are not in this time zone please check using this link what time this will be for you.

I look forward to seeing you there – Vivian

Parenting Your ADHD Child 6-week Course – ONLINE (Interactive – 6 weekly group with Zoom calls) Term 4 Starting 10th October 2022

PARENTING CHILDREN WITH ADHD 6-WEEK ONLINE (INTERACTIVE – Includes 6 weekly group Zoom calls – TERM 4)

INVESTMENT: $349

6-week ONLINE course developed specifically for parents/carers managing children with ADHD

STARTS 10th October 2022

The course has been developed specifically for those managing children with ADHD.

The goal is to inform and empower you to work with your child to cope with the many difficulties of ADHD by passing on practical, workable strategies that will make a difference in the lives of all family members.

The course environment promotes engagement through non-judgment, empathy and acceptance.

You’ll find greater empathy & understanding for your child’s perspective and with effective strategies on board you’ll increase confidence in your parenting skills.

This course has been running face-to-face in Sydney since 2015, and now I have been able to move it online so that everyone can have access to these important resources!

You’ll learn…

  • To understand your ADHD child’s world
  • Why & how it affects your family
  • Reasons for challenging behaviours
  • Learn practical behaviour management strategies
  • How to become a good child manager
  • How to create better routines & relationships
  • Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model
  • How to use rewards & consequences appropriately
  • How to manage difficult behaviour
  • Tools to help decrease stress & anxiety in your home
  • More about treatment options & medication
  • How to optimise sleep
  • How to work with your child’s school
  • How to build your child’s self-esteem
  • Effective self-care practices
  • Improved family problem-solving

You’ll enjoy…

  • 6 x 1 hour Weekly Group Zoom calls to ask questions & discuss the week’s module with other parents in the course
  • Supportive Facebook group exclusive to this term’s course
  • Videos, audio snippets, PDF handouts and worksheets in easy-to-access bite sized modules
  • Weekly handouts and lifetime access to course information
  • A parenting ADHD Action Plan e-work book
  • Less stress & more parenting confidence

The course is presented by Vivian Dunstan – Founder of the ADHD Support Australia, qualified teacher and course facilitator, Certified PEERS Teens & Young Adults Social Skills Coach, Student ADDCA ADHD Coach, former RAISE mentor and, most importantly, an experienced ADHD parent and adult with ADHD.

Parenting Children with ADHD Course is based on a course developed by the Institute of Family Practice but contains so much more from Vivian’s own personal experience and research with ADHD.

For more details contact Vivian on vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au

REGISTER NOW

Parenting Your ADHD Child 6-week Course – ONLINE (Interactive – 6 weekly group with Zoom calls) Term 3 Starting 1st August 2022

PARENTING CHILDREN WITH ADHD 6-WEEK ONLINE (INTERACTIVE – Includes 6 weekly group Zoom calls – TERM 3)

INVESTMENT: $349

6-week ONLINE course developed specifically for parents/carers managing children with ADHD

STARTS 1st August 2022

The course has been developed specifically for those managing children with ADHD.

The goal is to inform and empower you to work with your child to cope with the many difficulties of ADHD by passing on practical, workable strategies that will make a difference in the lives of all family members.

The course environment promotes engagement through non-judgment, empathy and acceptance.

You’ll find greater empathy & understanding for your child’s perspective and with effective strategies on board you’ll increase confidence in your parenting skills.

This course has been running face-to-face in Sydney since 2015, and now I have been able to move it online so that everyone can have access to these important resources!

You’ll learn…

  • To understand your ADHD child’s world
  • Why & how it affects your family
  • Reasons for challenging behaviours
  • Learn practical behaviour management strategies
  • How to become a good child manager
  • How to create better routines & relationships
  • Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model
  • How to use rewards & consequences appropriately
  • How to manage difficult behaviour
  • Tools to help decrease stress & anxiety in your home
  • More about treatment options & medication
  • How to optimise sleep
  • How to work with your child’s school
  • How to build your child’s self-esteem
  • Effective self-care practices
  • Improved family problem-solving

You’ll enjoy…

  • 6 x 1 hour Weekly Group Zoom calls to ask questions & discuss the week’s module with other parents in the course
  • Supportive Facebook group exclusive to this term’s course
  • Videos, audio snippets, PDF handouts and worksheets in easy-to-access bite sized modules
  • Weekly handouts and lifetime access to course information
  • A parenting ADHD Action Plan e-work book
  • Less stress & more parenting confidence

The course is presented by Vivian Dunstan – Founder of the ADHD Support Australia, qualified teacher and course facilitator, Certified PEERS Teens & Young Adults Social Skills Coach, Student ADDCA ADHD Coach, former RAISE mentor and, most importantly, an experienced ADHD parent and adult with ADHD.

Parenting Children with ADHD Course is based on a course developed by the Institute of Family Practice but contains so much more from Vivian’s own personal experience and research with ADHD.

For more details contact Vivian on vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au

REGISTER NOW

PEERS Social Skills for Teens Online Program (13-17)

PEERS Social Skills for Teens Online Program

ADHD Support Australia is excited to be offering two PEERS® Social Skills for Teens groups via Telehealth.

PEERS® stands for Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills.

The PEERS® program is an internationally acclaimed, evidence-based social skills group program for adolescents and young adults with social challenges.

Originally developed by Dr Elizabeth Laugeson at the University of California (UCLA) PEERS®, the programme has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with Aspergers/ASD, but is also highly appropriate for those with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, those who may be twice exceptional or gifted and talented or indeed anyone experiencing social challenges.

The program assists motivated teens and young adults with social challenges who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.

Explicitly teaching how to navigate common social challenges allows the formation of more positive relationships.

Teens learn how to …

* Develop & maintain friendships
* Improve conversational skills
* Choose appropriate friends & find common interests
* Appropriately use electronic forms of communication
* Appropriately use humour & assess humour feedback
* Start, enter & exit conversations between peers
* Organise successful get-togethers with friends
* Be a good sport when playing games and/or sports with friends
* Handle arguments & disagreements with friends
* Handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumours/gossip & cyber bullying
* Change a bad reputation

PEERS® social skills for teens program details

PEERS® Social Skills for Teens is a 16-week online program for teens aged 13-17 who experience social challenges and are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends.

In weekly 90-minute online small group sessions, teens are taught important social skills and given the opportunity to practise these skills during socialisation activities in the session.

Parents or caregivers attend online 90-minute weekly small group sessions separately to their teens and are taught how to become their teen’s social coach – supporting them in practicing their new skills at home, coaching them during their weekly socialisation homework assignments and providing feedback.

Sessions are relaxed & fun whilst using evidence-based skill-teaching methods …

* Small group (7-10 participants)
* Safe environment where everyone finds success
* Didactic instruction (concrete easy to follow rules & steps)
* Socratic questioning method (a question/answer dialogue to draw out ideas)
* Teaches ecologically valid skills (skills that socially successful people use)
* Correct/Incorrect role play examples
* Role-playing and modelling practice of correct skills (behaviourial rehearsal)
* Perspective-taking questions targeting social cognition
* Social coaching from both course facilitators & parent(s)/carer(s)
* Homework exercises (with parent/carer assistance)
* Each session builds upon the previous week

Meet your social coach

Vivian Dunstan

* Certified PEERS Adolescent & Young Adult Social Skills course provider
* Masters of Teaching (Primary)
* Facilitator of Parenting Children with ADHD 6-week course since 2015
* Former RAISE mentor
* Founder & Organiser of ADHD Support Australia
* Advocating for & supporting the ADHD community since 2013
* Organiser of 80+ expert ADHD talks
* Author of ADHD Support Australia’s website
* Experienced Mum who’s navigated 23 years with an ADHD child, teen and now young adult

Is PEERS right for my teen?

Teens must …

* be between 13-17 (for the duration of the course)
* have social challenges
* be interested in attending the program
* agree to participate in the program voluntarily
* consistently attend the program; and
* a parent/carer must be willing to participate as the teen’s social coach

I want to help my teen improve socially – what now?

To help your teen improve their confidence socially and go on to create and maintain more meaningful connections email me vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au and leave your number and best time to be contacted and I will call you for a confidential 15-minute phone screen to assess suitability for the program and to answer any questions.

Following this call, to ensure the PEERS® program is a good fit for your teen and that they will feel comfortable attending and have positive outcomes, I’ll meet you and your young person one-on-one to understand their needs as well as what your family are seeking to achieve before you enrol in the program.

Parent Session:  Mondays from 25th July 2022 @ 7-8.30pm

Teen Session: Tuesdays from 26th July 2022 @ 4.30-6.00pm

For 16 weeks finishing week beginning 8th November 2022

So your investment for the July 2022 intake is $2,640 (incl. GST) & includes:

* 1hr intake interview
* 16 x 90 min parent sessions
* 16 x 90 min teen sessions
* Weekly handouts/homework assignments
* Teen incentive prizes ($10 voucher for the weekly winner)
* Support throughout the 16-week program

Great value at $165 per week for the 2 x 90 minute sessions!

NDIS funding is available for this program depending on your particular plan.

If you’re not able to attend on the above dates/times but are interested in joining on a different day/time or a future course, please leave your details here or email me.

If you’d like to join the program in July 2022 please send me an email @ vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au.

 

PEERS Social Skills for Young Adults Online Program (18-30)

PEERS Social Skills for Young Adults (18-30) Online Program

ADHD Support Australia is excited to offer PEERS® Social Skills for Young Adults via Telehealth.

PEERS® stands for Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills.

The PEERS® program is an internationally acclaimed, evidence-based social skills group program for adolescents and young adults with social challenges.

Originally developed by Dr Elizabeth Laugeson at the University of California (UCLA) PEERS®, the programme has a strong evidence-base for use with adolescents and young adults with Aspergers/ASD, but is also highly appropriate for those with ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, those who may be twice exceptional or gifted and talented or indeed anyone experiencing social challenges.

The program assists motivated teens and young adults with social challenges who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends.

Explicitly teaching how to navigate common social challenges allows the formation of more positive relationships.

Young adults learn how to …

* Develop & maintain friendships
* Improve conversational skills
* Choose appropriate friends & find common interests
* Appropriately use electronic forms of communication
* Appropriately use humour & assess humour feedback
* Start, enter & exit conversations between peers
* Organise successful get-togethers with friends
* Be a good sport when playing games and/or sports with friends
* Handle arguments & disagreements with friends
* Handle rejection, teasing, bullying, rumours/gossip & cyber bullying
* Change a bad reputation
* Dating etiquette/skills

PEERS® Social Skills for Young Adult Program Details

PEERS® Social Skills for Young Adults is a 16-week online program for those aged 18-30 who experience social challenges and are interested in learning new ways of making and keeping friends.

In weekly 90-minute online small group sessions, attendees are taught important social skills and given the opportunity to practise these skills during socialisation activities in the session.

Parents or caregivers or elected social coaches attend online 90-minute weekly small group sessions separately to the young adult and are taught how to become a social coach – supporting them in practicing their new skills at home, coaching them during their weekly socialisation homework assignments and providing feedback.

Sessions are relaxed & fun whilst using evidence-based skill-teaching methods …

* Small group (7-10 participants)
* Safe environment where everyone finds success
* Didactic instruction (concrete easy to follow rules & steps)
* Socratic questioning method (a question/answer dialogue to draw out ideas)
* Teaches ecologically valid skills (skills that socially successful people use)
* Correct/Incorrect role play examples
* Role-playing and modelling practice of correct skills (behaviourial rehearsal)
* Perspective-taking questions targeting social cognition
* Social coaching from both course facilitators & parent(s)/carer(s)
* Homework exercises (with parent/carer assistance)
* Each session builds upon the previous week

Meet your social coach

Vivian Dunstan

* Certified PEERS Adolescent & Young Adult Social Skills course provider
* Masters of Teaching (Primary)
* Facilitator of Parenting Children with ADHD 6-week course since 2015
* Former RAISE mentor
* Founder & Organiser of ADHD Support Australia
* Advocating for & supporting the ADHD community since 2013
* Organiser of 80+ expert ADHD talks
* Author of ADHD Support Australia’s website
* Experienced Mum who’s navigated 24 years with an ADHD child, teen and now young adult

Is PEERS right for my young adult?

Young adults must …

* be between 18-30 (for the duration of the course)
* have social challenges
* be interested in attending the program
* agree to participate in the program voluntarily
* consistently attend the program; and
* a parent/carer/social coach must be willing to participate as the young adult’s social coach

I want to help my young adult improve socially – what now?

To help your young adult improve their confidence socially and go on to create and maintain more meaningful connections email me vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au and leave your number and best time to be contacted and I will call you for a confidential 15-minute phone screen to assess suitability for the program and to answer any questions.

Following this call, to ensure the PEERS® program is a good fit for your young adult and that they will feel comfortable attending and have positive outcomes, I’ll meet you and your young person one-on-one to understand their needs as well as what your family are seeking to achieve before you enrol in the program.

Parent Session: Mondays from 25th July 2022 @ 5-6.30pm

Young Adult Session: Tuesdays from 26th July 2022 @ 6.30-8.00pm

For 16 weeks

So your investment for the July 2022 intake is $2,640 (incl GST) & includes:

* 1hr intake interview
* 16 x 90 min parent sessions
* 16 x 90 min young adult sessions
* Weekly handouts/homework assignments
* Support throughout the 16-week program

Great value at $165 per week for the 2 x 90 minute sessions!

NDIS funding is available for this program depending on your particular plan.

If you’re not able to attend on the above dates/times but are interested in joining this or a future course, please leave your details here or email me.

If you’d like to join the program in July 2022 please send me an email @ vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au.

 

Rejection Sensitivity Resulting from ADHD with Dr Caroline Stevenson

Dr Caroline Stevenson discusses Rejection Sensitivity resulting from ADHD and offers some strategies to overcome this challenging experience

Feeling rejected by friends, family members or romantic partners is a painful experience for any of us but some individuals have a more acute emotional reaction to rejection than others and also have a greater fear of being rejected.

Especially high levels of rejection sensitivity are known as rejection sensitive dysphoria or RSD. People with ADHD often struggle with emotional regulation, and it is thought that, perhaps for this reason, RSD frequently co-occurs with ADHD. For some adults with ADHD their RSD can be severe enough to interfere with their daily life and relationships.

Dr Caroline Stevenson

Dr Caroline Stevenson is a Clinical Psychologist located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Caroline studied at the University of Sydney in 1999 with a Masters degree and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Caroline’s PhD focused on making a treatment plan for adult ADHD and by doing this Caroline created the first adult behavioural treatment program.

Caroline continues to grow her knowledge in the area as well as striving to help people with ADHD. Her unrivalled experience in the area gives her the knowledge and experience to give her patients the help they need.

Caroline has written many papers and chapters on the topic of ADHD and her work has been cited in national and international guidelines on the management and assessment of ADHD.

Caroline’s array of knowledge in the areas of learning disorders and ADHD make her a great source of support and information.

This talk will be highly relevant to adults with ADHD, young adults, teens, parents, family members, teachers and other professionals working with people with ADHD

To find out more/book tickets please scroll down this page to the grey block.  There’s an error I can’t figure out at the moment and there’s no obvious button for booking so please navigate to where it says ‘website’ and you see an Eventbrite link.  Click on that link and it will take you to Eventbrite where you’ll be able to book your ticket.  Or just click here!

Unable to attend and would like to see a recording of this and past talks? Check out our Patreon membership site

Join our Newsletter list to receive news of events/meetups/slides

The talk commences 7.00pm AEST (Sydney time) so if you are not in this time zone please check using this link what time this will be for you.

I look forward to seeing you there – Vivian

GET YOUR TICKET HERE!!

 

Working in Partnership with Your Child’s School

Working in partnership with your child’s school with Dr Samantha Hornery

Working in partnership with your child’s school with Dr Samantha Hornery

You’re in this together!

You and your child’s teachers need to be working alongside each other throughout your child’s education to ensure your child can enjoy school, participate in school and finish school ready to take on their next adventure.

Many things will change throughout your child’s schooling – their teachers at least once a year, their school at least once – but what remains constant is you, their parent and holder of all the knowledge and history of your child’s successful experiences in learning.

In this workshop Samantha will provide practical strategies to help parents and schools work together in partnership, to divvy up the support and help each other help the child at the centre of this relationship.

About Dr Samantha Hornery

Dr Samantha Hornery is a primary and special education teacher who has worked in school and community settings teaching, developing and managing educational programs for students with learning difficulties.

She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of professional learning opportunities for teachers and health professionals.

Samantha appeared as an educational advisor in the ABC documentary, Kids on Speed? supporting children with ADHD and their families.

She completed her PhD evaluating Learning Links’ Reading for Life Program and won the NSW Institute for Educational Research Outstanding Thesis in 2012.

Samantha is strongly committed to the improving the educational outcomes of children with learning difficulties and ensuring they have every chance of finding success in life.

This talk will be highly relevant to parents, family members, teachers and other professionals working with children/teens with ADHD and other learning difficulties.

Professionals attending will receive a Certificate of Attendance to help them keep track of their professional development.

I invite you to join me in talking about this most important topic.

To find out more/book tickets visit the website

Unable to attend and would like to see a recording of this and past talks?

Check out our Patreon membership site:

Join our Newsletter list to receive news of events/meetups/slides:

The talk commences 7pm AEDT (Sydney time) so if you are not in this time zone please check using this link what time this will be for you.

I look forward to seeing you there – Vivian

Parenting Your Child with ADHD 6-week Online Course (Start Anytime)

PARENTING CHILDREN WITH ADHD 6-WEEK ONLINE (START ANYTIME)

INVESTMENT: $165

6-week ONLINE course developed specifically for parents/carers managing children with ADHD

STARTS ANYTIME

The course has been developed specifically for those managing children with ADHD.

The goal is to inform and empower you to work with your child to cope with the many difficulties of ADHD by passing on practical, workable strategies that will make a difference in the lives of all family members.

The course environment promotes engagement through non-judgment, empathy and acceptance.

You’ll find greater empathy & understanding for your child’s perspective and with effective strategies on board you’ll increase confidence in your parenting skills.

This course has been running face-to-face in Sydney for around 4 years, and now I have been able to move it online so that everyone can have access to these important resources!

You’ll learn…

  • To understand your ADHD child’s world
  • Why & how it affects your family
  • Reasons for challenging behaviours
  • Learn practical behaviour management strategies
  • How to become a good child manager
  • How to create better routines & relationships
  • Collaborative and Proactive Solutions model
  • How to use rewards & consequences appropriately
  • How to manage difficult behaviour
  • Tools to help decrease stress & anxiety in your home
  • More about treatment options & medication
  • How to optimise sleep
  • How to work with your child’s school
  • How to build your child’s self-esteem
  • Effective self-care practices
  • Improved family problem-solving

You’ll enjoy…

  • Videos, audio snippets, PDF handouts and worksheets in easy-to-access bite sized modules
  • Weekly handouts and lifetime access to course information
  • A parenting ADHD Action Plan e-work book
  • Less stress & more parenting confidence

The course is presented by Vivian Dunstan – Founder of the ADHD Support Australia, qualified teacher and course facilitator, PEERS Social Skills Coach, former RAISE mentor and, most importantly, an experienced ADHD parent and ADHD adult.

Parenting Children with ADHD Course is based on a course developed by the Institute of Family Practice but contains so much more from Vivian’s own personal experience and research with ADHD.

For more details contact Vivian on vivian@adhdsupportaustralia.com.au

Register Now

The Trouble with Getting Started: ADHD & Procrastination

It’s hard to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Incorrectly known as attention deficit disorder (ADD), ADHD is partly an attention disorder that affects people in different ways.  Some adults with ADHD never received clinical diagnoses as children in their school years.  Adult ADHD is often misdiagnosed as depression or an anxiety disorder and can be overlooked as the source of such symptoms. 

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Where Do I Find ADHD Support Online?

COVID-19 has unfortunately impacted many services and you may be asking where do I find ADHD Support online?  Thankfully the foundations laid over the last year or so at ADHD Support Australia in creating an online platform to serve the ADHD community across Australia, means that during this time of social distancing and restrictions, ADHD Support can be easily accessed online, including the monthly expert speaker evenings that were previously held at Pittwater RSL. 

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