Is ADHD a disorder, a difference, or a gift? And how does our response to that question inform our clinical work with clients presenting with different attentional and executive functioning?
Powerful collaboration with clients who are not neurotypical requires cultural competency and a willingness to learn on the part of clinicians. Best-fit intervention for brain differences like ADHD may include behavioural change on the part of the client - but when is the better course of action to identify meaningful environmental changes, schedule changes, or to expect change on the part of the people who work and live and learn with the neurodiverse client.
In this session we will begin to unpack our language around brain differences associated with the ADD/ADHD symptom constellation, and identify harm done by pathologizing terminology. We will consider “bottom-up” and “top-down” approaches to ADHD support and intervention, recognizing that success and well-being for our clients with these brain differences may include environmental/workplace/classroom accommodations as well as mindfully chosen efforts to “fit in” with a largely neurotypical population.
Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships
All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners. For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.
This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.
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|Manual - ADHD, Neurodiversity, and Clinical Practice (3.3 MB)
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|Transcript - ADHD, Neurodiversity, and Clinical Practice (129.7 KB)
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David Nowell, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Northborough, Massachusetts. He offers consultations to patients on an inpatient rehabilitation unit and is an adjunct instructor in neuropsychology to graduate students in the Clark University psychology program. He serves as a physician advisor with the University of Massachusetts Medical School Disability Evaluation Service where he was the former clinical director of the Learning Disability Assessment Program. Dr. Nowell writes a popular blog at Psychology Today on motivation and time management and speaks internationally to clinicians on such topics as executive functioning, non-medication management of ADHD, and applying findings from Positive Psychology.
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