KidThink ConnectCare

Understanding ADHD

This workshop, aimed at caregivers, is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of ADHD in children. The 6-part ConnectCare series on ADHD equips caregivers with a comprehensive understanding of ADHD in children, its effects on executive functioning and emotional well-being, and practical strategies to support children in overcoming challenges related to attention, self-regulation, time management, emotional control, motivation, planning, problem-solving, and communication.

Completing all 6 parts will grant the participant a certificate of completion. Please note that ConnectCare does not provide continued education credits for mental health professionals.

The Video Content (ConnectCare) is provided solely for educational and informational purposes.

The Video Content is not meant to replace professional mental health services, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your mental health professional, physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding mental health concerns. Never disregard expert counsel or delay getting professional services because of what you have read, heard, or seen in the Video Content.

Permission to redistribute audio or video recordings and make digital or hard copies of portions of this work for personal or classroom use is not permitted without the express permission of Kidthink Children’s Mental Health Centre Inc.



Part 1 - Understanding ADHD and Executive Functioning

Length: 8 minutes

In this lesson, you will learn the fundamentals of ADHD in children as part of our 6-part ConnectCare series. Specifically, we will cover the definition of ADHD, examine the different types of ADHD, and investigate the concept of executive functioning. Additionally, we will discuss the impact of ADHD on a child's life and provide strategies for caregivers to better support their child.

Part 2 – Self-Awareness and Inhibition

Length: 13 minutes

In this lesson, you will learn about the influence of ADHD on self-awareness and inhibition, two of the seven areas of executive functioning outlined by Dr. Russel Barkley. We will examine the connection between these areas and common ADHD behaviors, including attention dysregulation, impulsivity, and both physical and mental hyperactivity. Furthermore, Dr. Klassen will offer strategies like transition planning to assist children with ADHD in handling difficult situations more effectively.

Part 3 – ADHD and its Impact on Memory

Length: 12 minutes

In this lesson, you will learn about the effects of ADHD on visual imagery/non-verbal working memory and internal speech/verbal working memory. Dr. Klassen will explain the challenges faced by individuals with ADHD, such as difficulties in time management and retaining information while performing tasks. To assist children with ADHD, she will share techniques for externalizing time and off-loading working memory content, which include employing visual reminders, creating "when-then" plans, and breaking tasks into smaller, more manageable steps.

Part 4 – Emotional Control and Self-Motivation

Length: 15 minutes

In this lesson, you will learn about the influence of ADHD on emotional control and self-motivation. We will discuss the common struggles children with ADHD face, such as difficulty with emotional regulation and a weaker internal reward system. To help address these issues, we will introduce strategies like co-regulation for emotional control and an external home token system to enhance self-motivation. By comprehending these challenges and applying supportive techniques, parents and caregivers can more effectively guide their children with ADHD through emotional and motivational hurdles.

Part 5 – Planning and Problem Solving

Length: 8 minutes

In this lesson, as part of the KIDTHINK ConnectCare Series on ADHD, Dr. Gillian Klassen investigates the executive function of planning and problem-solving, along with the difficulties children with ADHD typically encounter in these domains, like disorganization and forgetfulness. Moreover, she will emphasize the idea of the executive functioning fuel tank and provide recommendations on how to restore a child's capacity for tasks demanding executive functioning.

Part 6 – Emotional Connection and Effective Communication

Length: 12 minutes

In this lesson, the final installment of the KIDTHINK ConnectCare series on ADHD, Dr. Gillian Klassen highlights the significance of nurturing emotional connections and promoting efficient communication with children who have ADHD. These children frequently experience more corrective feedback compared to their peers, which can affect their self-esteem. To enhance emotional connections, caregivers will learn to apply the principles of an emotional


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