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You're Invited to a Coaching Your ADHD Teen Web Chat on 10.18.12


Dear ADDConnect Members,

We are postponing the €œBe a Coach to Your ADHD Teen € Web chat. We are still working to get past the technical issues that we ran into on Tuesday when we were supposed to host the first chat in the ADHD Expert Web Chat series. To avoid the possibility of another server crash when people sign in for today €™s chat, we decided to be safe and delay today €™s chat while we put in place a better technical solution that we can be confident will be able to provide everyone with an appropriate €œcrash-free € experience. We will post a new date for this chat very soon. Thanks for your patience.

Sincerely,
The ADDConnect Team

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ADHD EXPERT WEB CHAT: Be a Coach to Your ADHD Teen

Are you parenting an ADHD teen or young adult? Join ADHD expert Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, as she hosts the “Be a Coach to Your ADD Teen” Web Chat on Thursday, October 18th, 2012, from 1p.m. to 2p.m. EST (12 p.m. to 1 p.m. CST and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PST). The Web Chat is free and open to all ADDConnect members.

This is the second of ten ADHD Awareness Week Web Chats that address topics that will help you better manage symptoms, your family, and your life. They are hosted by top experts in the field, all of whom are contributors to ADDitude magazine and ADDitudeMag.com. See the full line-up here.

To participate, you’ll need to:

1. Join ADDConnect. Signing up is free and easy (have a username, a valid e-mail address,  and a password handy). If you’re already a member, skip this step and continue on to item number two.

2. R.S.V.P. Reply to this post letting us know you’ll be there. If you can’t make it, be sure you’ve subscribed to our enewsletter so you can be notified of future Web chats—coming soon!

3. Join the Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults group (where the Web chat will take place). If you’re already a member, skip this step and continue on to item number four.

4. Reply to this post with questions you would like to have the ADD adult expert, Jodi Sleeper Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC, answer.

5. Sign in to ADDConnect any time during 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, October 18th, 2012. On the day of the event, there will be a support-group thread called “Be a Coach to Your ADD Teen Web Chat”—click on it and start posting your questions, experiences, and helpful replies to others’ questions. From time to time, you may need to refresh your Internet browser to see the latest discussion activity.

Hope to “see” you there!

Replies

I would love to be able to help out,but during that time period, I am at work. I can log on and post what I am able to. Depending on what comes up at work that day….

Posted by amber mn on Oct 05, 2012 at 7:35pm

Sign me up!
Question 1)
My 17 yo son NEEDS to GET organized. Natural consequences have shown him this (not just our nagging), but he still insists on doing everything on his own, with no fore thought or planning. He has all sorts of accommodations, but won’t use them, or uses them consistently. He has a smart phone, planner, Itouch - won’t use the reminder features.  “I’ll be fine!” is his mantra.  Help.

Posted by UnMEbabe on Oct 05, 2012 at 10:34pm

I’ll be there!  I am interested in the topic of ADHD and motivation.

Posted by BDogsMom on Oct 05, 2012 at 10:36pm

I look forward to attending.  Since an ADHD child tends to function in the here-and-now mode, what would be some ways to encourage him to set longer term academic goals and work towards them?  Are there some effective ways to get an ADHD child to be more proactive in starting his homework?  Thanks.

Posted by Lande on Oct 05, 2012 at 11:10pm

I plan to attend, but not sure exactly how it works.  ARe you saying to just go to the ADDConnect website home page or teen page?  Thanks.  I am interested in the issue of media.  How much is appropriate?

Posted by Ilana on Oct 06, 2012 at 3:21am

I hope to “attend.” My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD at the end of her eighth grade year. She did not demonstrate symptoms until she hit adolescence. She attends a Catholic school that provides her recommended accommodations (extended time and a study support class to help with organization and hw).  Her psychologist did not recommend medication as she was making As and Bs in middle school.  She is not doing so well in high school. She completes and turns in hw on time but has difficulties with tests.  I offer to help her, but she either takes my comments as criticism or becomes easily frustrated because she wants to speed through and “just get it done.”  It is difficult for her to take her time with homework, yet she spends 30+ minutes on her eye makeup to get it “just right.”  She is a generous, kind hearted , and creative young girl. She excels at drama.  She has always been a very social and happy kid with good self confidence.  She now views herself as “stupid, ugly, and weird” and seems to have difficulty “fitting in.” My question is how much do I view this self concept as due to regular “teen angst” or feelings of inadequacies due to ADD symptoms?  What recommendations would you suggest?

Posted by Amgj on Oct 07, 2012 at 1:54pm

My twin sons are ADD and dyslexic. How can I best help them? We also have so much stress around homework, school, routines. How do I implement a “strength based approach ?”

Posted by Gertie on Oct 09, 2012 at 7:50pm

sign me up.

Posted by hprabish on Oct 12, 2012 at 2:58pm

Looking forward to it!

Posted by Moles on Oct 12, 2012 at 3:20pm

Looking forward to it!  I have a 15 yr. old who doesn’t want to take medication any longer.  He states “I can’t tell the difference when I take it or not.”  I see a difference with homework when he takes his meds.  Would like feedback on whether to encourage him to continue on the meds or maybe to seek other methods of treatment.

Posted by My1Deb on Oct 12, 2012 at 3:26pm

I plan to attend the Web Chat on Thursday, October 18th, 2012.

Posted by TnTMom on Oct 12, 2012 at 3:40pm

Hoping very much to be here…...I am so overwhelmed

Posted by OopsMom on Oct 12, 2012 at 3:47pm

Planning to attend the chat next Thursday.

Posted by cianfoni on Oct 12, 2012 at 4:06pm

I am attending the chat next week!

Posted by KathySutton on Oct 12, 2012 at 4:08pm

I’ll be there.  I have a 12 year old son who refuses to follow any suggested routines for organization.  It impacts his school work and our home life as I’m placed in the role of “nagging mom”.  Help!

Posted by mawcarr on Oct 12, 2012 at 4:28pm

I hope to be there.  I am a school social worker with 5 children—2 diagnosed ADHD, 1 diagnosed Asperger’s….and two more with possible diagnoses on the way.  I’m interested in helping my 20yos in his job-searching attempts.  He has completed an associate degree but seems afraid to put himself out there to look for a related job.  I’m interested in helping my 16yod with managing emotions and time to be able to get homework completed in a timely fashion and maintain friendships.

Posted by kathyv on Oct 12, 2012 at 4:46pm

I will be there.  I have a 15 yr old who is doing very poorly in several classes.  The problem my husband and I have with him is getting him to study.  He admits he is not motivated.  He is ADHD, we have been to counseling, he takes Aderall XR 20, and he can tell a difference when he is on it.  We end up in battles most nights, and are looking for an ADHD coach in the Birmingham, AL area to teach him strategies on how to study and .info.  He has a geometry tutor and a tutor for Spanish, but he also plays football and baseball and there just aren’t enough hours in the day.  He gets overwhelmed and frustrated sometimes and just shuts down.  Sports is what motivates him to go to school and his psychologist as well as we think it is important that he feel successful in some area so we haven’t taken that from him. Any ideas on how to motivate him?

Posted by ttgolden on Oct 12, 2012 at 5:21pm

I will be there

Posted by 2wADHD on Oct 12, 2012 at 5:33pm

I’ll be there.

Posted by peguta on Oct 12, 2012 at 5:38pm

i will be there too!

Posted by lizmas17 on Oct 12, 2012 at 6:47pm

Count me in!

Posted by May on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:16pm

I will be there, with a freshman in college and a sophomore in HS….I am always trying to be a better coach. Don’t give up, my freshman is (finally) beginning to embrace structure!

Posted by addigirl on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:18pm

I’ll be there

Posted by peguta on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:22pm

I would like to be included. Thank you.

Posted by ericabuchholz on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:28pm

I will be there! :D If you are sending out email reminders, I would like one ..  Please & Thank you!!!

Posted by jnp on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:55pm

I plan to attend.

Posted by my3sons on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:59pm

I will be attending

Posted by NLG on Oct 12, 2012 at 8:54pm

mee too!

Posted by jennail on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:18pm

I will be attending.

Posted by Rice Mom on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:34pm

I will be attending.

Posted by Susan A. on Oct 12, 2012 at 9:45pm

I really need some advice/help on dealing with our 12 year old daughter’s rotten attitude and arguing. Because of her very blatant disrespect and outright defiance of my husband and myself, she is constantly getting herself grounded, having to do extra chores, having to write sentences of why she did what she did, having her ipod taken away, not being able to watch tv, or go on the computer.  But even with all of this, she still does it. So as a parent, we need some tools to be able to use to help her to be able to adjust her attitude and defiance so that she can start being able to do fun things again.  It is a daily thing with her. And it seems like the minute she earns something back, she starts up with the mouth again.

Posted by shel on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:01pm

Looking forward to it.
Lorraine

Posted by Lorraine on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:10pm

I’ll be there.

Posted by CarmenJ on Oct 13, 2012 at 12:19am

I need to get my 12 yo on board so Im doing anythign I can.

Posted by liberty10 on Oct 13, 2012 at 2:40am

planning…

Posted by kfive on Oct 13, 2012 at 5:46am

I will be there. How do I help my now private online academy homeschooled 12 yr old boy (almost 13, 7th grade) who has severe ADHD symptoms with basic life skills and school without doing TOO much for him? Where’s the line between coach and crutch?

Posted by Yogajunkeegirl on Oct 13, 2012 at 3:33pm

I plan to attend

Posted by Ninajm35 on Oct 13, 2012 at 11:24pm

I plan to attend

Posted by crazymom5 on Oct 14, 2012 at 5:34pm

I am planning on attending.

Posted by Carrie K on Oct 14, 2012 at 5:57pm

Will be there!

Posted by Kimnmi on Oct 15, 2012 at 5:51am

hoping to be there - little thing called work may get in the way. . .keeping my fingers crossed!

Posted by SAnnie M on Oct 15, 2012 at 4:37pm

I am planning on attending this webinar, I may arrive late because I have to pick up my daughter from school early that day, hoping to make it on time.

Posted by suzannevt7 on Oct 15, 2012 at 6:00pm

Will attend.
jb

Posted by jbuchbinder on Oct 15, 2012 at 6:00pm

I plan to attend

Posted by julieskaggs on Oct 15, 2012 at 6:14pm

I will be listening.

Posted by ReaderLeigh on Oct 15, 2012 at 6:16pm

I’m trying to help my son my all the paperwork for requesting admission at different colleges.  He’s a little overwhelm and I remember those days so I think is ok to have those feelings.  One question that we have is if we should go to get help with coaching, etc by letting them know that he is ADD. 
thanks

Posted by andyemma on Oct 15, 2012 at 7:22pm

I’m trying to help my son my all the paperwork for requesting admission at different colleges.  He’s a little overwhelm and I remember those days so I think is ok to have those feelings.  One question that we have is if we should go to get help with coaching, etc by letting them know that he is ADD. 
thanks

Posted by andyemma on Oct 15, 2012 at 7:22pm

Looking forward to it.

Posted by Valkyrie914 on Oct 15, 2012 at 8:12pm

I’ll try to be present.

Posted by larsenr on Oct 15, 2012 at 8:35pm

I’ll be there

Posted by Boris on Oct 15, 2012 at 9:54pm

I will log on to the webcast on October 18th.  Please be sure to retain my name.

Thank you,
Katri Boucher

Posted by Katri on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:05pm

I will attend.  My question has to do with the best ways to get your teen to understand how they are affected by ADD and how to help themselves deal better with it.

Posted by fancy nancy on Oct 15, 2012 at 10:23pm

Focusing and task completion are definitely the two areas my son struggles with if it’s something he doesn’t enjoy. He will happily spend hours researching the latest paintball guns and equipment and analyze and summarize his findings.

Getting him to focus on homework or chores is a totally different thing. There’s whining, stamping feet, comments like “Why can’t I have a LIFE?!!?!?” and so on. I think he understands why some things are more important than others, it’s just getting him actually move from understanding to accepting and carrying through that is the challenge.

Posted by DadOfOne on Oct 15, 2012 at 11:46pm

I will attend.  I also have a question about balance.  Our daughter is twice exceptional so our family struggles with the dual goals of challenging her intellect and allowing her to feel calm and confident in her life—any advice very welcome!

Posted by ukegirl on Oct 16, 2012 at 4:01am

I am planning to attend.
Question: Should 21 yos have an ADD/ADHD specialized therapist or is an LMSW with his own HFA son okay? I am worried our ‘adult son’ with HFA+ADHD, 10 college credits 3 yrs of college and $20,000 of student loans won’t become independent. Not before Mom loses it.

Posted by diggergraves on Oct 16, 2012 at 5:34am

I plan to attend.

Posted by jniels on Oct 16, 2012 at 4:23pm

I will be attending.

Posted by ppocket3 on Oct 16, 2012 at 5:17pm

My son is 14 and has recently been diagnosed with Dysgraphia. His organizational skills are his biggest obstacle. Perhaps it is because he is a male, but he seems resistant to my help with this. He realizes this is an issue, and he is a very intelligent kid. I think his Math teacher holds this against him. She expects him to be perfect because of his intelligence. How can I help him without making him feel that I too expect him to be perfect?

Posted by PaulaR on Oct 16, 2012 at 5:56pm

I hope to attend.

Posted by KathleenB on Oct 16, 2012 at 6:57pm

I will attend

Posted by tmc on Oct 16, 2012 at 7:21pm

yes, I will be there.

Posted by aloha on Oct 16, 2012 at 9:53pm

I will attend

Posted by CarmenJ on Oct 16, 2012 at 9:56pm

Please sign me up!

Posted by AtaraK on Oct 17, 2012 at 2:28am

This is very timely, as my 17 year old daughter is applying to colleges right now. She is a straight A student, but I have to wonder if she will GET UP and actually make it to class in college if I’m not there reminding her. I need to know how to help her be successful when I am no longer there to keep her on track.

Posted by Melinda Walker on Oct 17, 2012 at 2:46am

I will attend

Posted by Myrna's screen on Oct 17, 2012 at 3:34am

Count me in!

Posted by Dusty on Oct 17, 2012 at 8:12am

I will be there.

Posted by Pauline Gimbel on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:17pm

I will be there.

Posted by Pauline Gimbel on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:17pm

Time awareness & management is a big issue with my 15 yo son. He gets “lost” playing his guitar or listening to iTunes to the detriment of his studies. Ability to estimate the time needed to accomplish various assignments, as well as throughness in doing ALL of the assignment are additional issues we deal with. He is SMART, but needs assistance. Looking forward to your input!

Posted by Retta on Oct 17, 2012 at 6:07pm

Wow, such great questions and enthusiasm for our chat tomorrow. I look forward to answering as many questions as possible during our time together and will be sure to follow up with any postings later in the day.

Posted by Jodi Sleeper-Triplett on Oct 18, 2012 at 12:24am

My 14 year old is doing surprisingly well in 9th grade, but still refuses any support or structure.  He does his homework, but not as well as he could.  And has trouble with tests/quizzes.  When an upper grades friend told him the other day about the homework to expect from the Chemistry teacher, which will be a lot, but that it’s a great class and really well taught, his response was disappointment that the teacher would ruin a good subject, and that of course there’s no way he would ever do that much homework.  How do I help him see the value of engaging fully with his school work?  He is not/has never been on meds, and we’d like to keep it that way, but he’s also not very open to coaching at this point…

Posted by Dinyah on Oct 18, 2012 at 2:13am

I plan to attend.

Posted by Suzan7847 on Oct 18, 2012 at 3:27am

I will attend this chat.

My 14 year old daughter seems so unmotivated to study and keep any organization to her binders, room, etc.  The only thing that motivates her is sports.  The problem is she feels she “must be the best” on the team or she is not happy.  She has been extremely moody lately whenever the coach gives her any negative feedback.

I’m hoping to get any input on the medication Vyvanse.  I believe it is making her even more emotional.  She insists it is not the medication but I have noticed a difference since she has starting taking it.
It does however seem to help her focus more than any other meds we have tried.  (Focalin, Concerta)

Posted by khutson on Oct 18, 2012 at 3:35am

I will attend this chat.

My 14 year old daughter seems so unmotivated to study and keep any organization to her binders, room, etc.  The only thing that motivates her is sports.  The problem is she feels she “must be the best” on the team or she is not happy.  She has been extremely moody lately whenever the coach gives her any negative feedback.

I’m hoping to get any input on the medication Vyvanse.  I believe it is making her even more emotional.  She insists it is not the medication but I have noticed a difference since she has starting taking it.
It does however seem to help her focus more than any other meds we have tried.  (Focalin, Concerta)

Posted by khutson on Oct 18, 2012 at 3:35am

I plan to attend

Posted by ElRod on Oct 18, 2012 at 3:38am

I will attend

Posted by JenniferL on Oct 18, 2012 at 5:00pm

Dear ADDConnect Members,

We are postponing the “Be a Coach to Your ADHD Teen” Web chat. We are still working to get past the technical issues that we ran into on Tuesday when we were supposed to host the first chat in the ADHD Expert Web Chat series. To avoid the possibility of another server crash when people sign in for today’s chat, we decided to be safe and delay today’s chat while we put in place a better technical solution that we can be confident will be able to provide everyone with an appropriate “crash-free” experience. We will post a new date for this chat very soon. Thanks for your patience.

Sincerely,
The ADDConnect Team

Posted by ADDConnect Community Editor on Oct 18, 2012 at 6:23pm

I want to participate but having difficulty.

Posted by Cathy Miller on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:06pm

I want to participate but having difficulty.

Posted by Cathy Miller on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:07pm

still trying to participate

Posted by jnp on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:09pm

Thank you for the update.

Posted by Kimnmi on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:09pm

I suggest trying Adobe connect as an online meeting tool.

Posted by mawcarr on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:10pm

Since I don’t know when you will reschedule, I can’t be sure I can make the time you set. But unless I end up with a time conflict, I will plan to attend.

Posted by Lysbeth on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:15pm

I would like to attend too.Our 14 year old son is very bright and he is obviously making over and over the same mistakes, lacking organization skills, not learning his lessons…effort is difficult and not always rewarding because memory is not functioning so well.
Because he is so smart his teachers always see lack of efforts, which is not actually true.
How can we help him without making him feel that I too expect him to be perfect ( he thinks he is a looser), especially when he is surrounded by brothers and sisters who are straight A students?

Posted by Adelaide on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:22pm

What approaches, principles, guidelines and techniques would you recommend for those wanting to be a coach to their ADD teen? My coaching skills are pretty good, but we still find this challenging at our house. Our ADD teen doesn’t have the patience with me to go through the kind of thoughtful, methodical coaching process I would do with an adult to evaluate options and consequences, thoughtfully choose courses of action, and keep meeting on a regular basis to evaluate progress.

Posted by Lysbeth on Oct 18, 2012 at 8:22pm

Oh dear- I just found your web chat invite -three days too late. So I am wondering if you recorded it for later viewing? Thanks

Posted by miamaria66 on Oct 22, 2012 at 5:55am

Have the difficulties been fixed and is the webinar today (October 23) happening?

Posted by Merrygoround on Oct 23, 2012 at 10:06pm

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