Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Optional Workshop D
Far more than a disorder of attention, ADHD is a heritable developmental disorder that affects executive function, a set of cognitive abilities responsible for managing our lives. Living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is often challenging, increasing stress and reactivity, straining relationships, and hindering the ability to address issues both creatively and consistently as they arise. The fact alone that ADHD uniquely causes stress undermines the abilities of parents and teachers to support children living with it.
The practice of mindfulness potentially supports all of ADHD care. Mindfulness benefits children, adults and families with ADHD by reducing stress, improving cognitive flexibility in problem solving, supporting habit change, facilitating communication and the growth of healthy relationships, and more. A growing body of research even links mindfulness to direct improvement in attention and executive function. This workshop will provide an accessible overview of the science of ADHD and mindfulness, including how mindfulness relates to ADHD, and emphasize practical tools for getting started for parents, teachers and providers.