Best of 2022: Must-Watch ADHD Webinars from ADDitude

From love bombing to time blindness to hoarding, ADDitude hosted 52 ADHD Experts webinars in 2022. Here are your favorites, plus bonus resources and honorable mentions.

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1. “Focus on Inattentive ADHD: The Under-Diagnosed and Under-Treated Subtype”

The symptoms of Primarily Inattentive ADHD — distractibility, failure to complete work, forgetfulness, and disorganization — are often overlooked because they don’t typically cause the same behavioral and learning challenges that symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity do. These symptoms may be easier to overlook, but they can lead to significant functional impairment as well as distress in school, the workplace, and social interactions.

In this webinar, Mary V. Solanto, Ph.D., highlights inattentive ADHD’s distinctive features and challenges, and sheds light on why early diagnosis and effective treatment are so critical.

Testimonial: “I listened to this and it described me! I feel like someone has opened the curtains and allowed me to see through the windows.”


Inattentive ADHD: Additional Resources

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2. “Anxiety in Children: Overlooked Signs and Effective Supports”

Anxiety is the most common mental health concern among children and teens. If untreated, it can lead to depression and other social, emotional, behavioral, academic, and health difficulties in adolescence and adulthood. If treated, it is highly manageable.

In this webinar, Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., explains how to identify anxiety in children and differentiate it from normal worries. She shares proven strategies for helping children manage anxiety with courage and confidence.

Testimonial: “This webinar was so great. I've spent years searching for information and I got it all in just one hour! Wow.”


Anxiety in Children: Additional Resources

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3. “Why Is Time So Slippery? Understanding Time Blindness in People with ADHD”

Time management is a formidable challenge for people with ADHD, who struggle with deadlines, lateness, and procrastination. In order to master time management, says Ari Tuckman, Psy.D., MBA, you must first understand how ADHD affects the way you see time and feel the future.

In this webinar, Tuckman builds this understanding, sharing fundamental information about the consequences of ADHD’s impact on time management, before offering effective strategies for tracking tasks, meeting deadlines, and increasing motivation.

Testimonial: “I would recommend this webinar to anyone who has ADHD, as well as to anyone who cares about a person with ADHD.”


Time Blindness and ADHD: Additional Resources

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4. “What Is Your Child’s Sensory Profile? Strategies for Supporting Children with ADHD and SPD”

Parenting a child with ADHD and sensory processing disorder (SPD) requires an understanding of your child’s sensory needs as well as the tools to support those needs. In this webinar, pediatric occupational therapist Candace Peterson, M.S., OTRL, explains how parents can determine their child’s sensory profile, lean into their child’s strengths, and support their sensory systems. She also imparts practical strategies for helping to foster a child’s self-regulation over time.

Testimonial: “I cried several times during this presentation realizing that years of criticism and struggles were not because I was ‘a bad child’ but because I just have greater-than-average sensory needs. Life changing.”


Sensory Processing Disorder: Additional Resources

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5. “Perfectionism and ADHD: Making ‘Good Enough’ Work for You”

Teens and adults with ADHD who grapple with perfectionism can become so determined to do things flawlessly that they struggle to start (and complete) tasks, assignments, and projects. Though perfectionism can be motivating, it can also increase anxiety and hinder the natural process of learning that is part of daily living.

In this webinar, Sharon Saline, Psy.D., reveals the root causes of perfectionism, examining the role of imposter syndrome and relaying techniques for stress management and for improving the executive functioning skills related to procrastination and productivity. She goes on to equip viewers with strategies to stop reflexive shame, decrease negative self-talk, and increase personal compassion.

Testimonial: “Today's presentation was not only informative, but therapeutic as well, filled with empathy and validation. For those of us who have little, no, or inadequate support, this is like a lifeline.”


Perfectionism and ADHD: Additional Resources

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6. “How Emotional Dysregulation & ADHD Transform Teen Relationships from Messes to Minefields”

Emotional dysregulation is one of the most common and impairing symptoms for teens with ADHD, who are twice as likely to struggle with big emotions as are their neurotypical peers. In fact, emotional dysregulation has been shown to decrease the quality of life for these teens more than ADHD symptoms alone.

In this webinar, Ellen Littman, Ph.D., explores the relationship between emotional regulation and executive functions, and explains why teens are most vulnerable to dysregulation during adolescence. She elucidates the ways emotional dysregulation can impair teen socialization and describes evidence-based interventions that have been shown to help.

Testimonial: “The presenter was superb. She compiled a host of information and presented it in such a logical, meaningful, and thoughtful way. Most of all, she was understanding and positive. We will watch again and again.”


Emotional Dysregulation: Additional Resources

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7. “Gaslighting, Love Bombing & Beyond: How to Recognize (and End) Toxic Relationships with ADHD”

Are toxic relationships more common among adults with ADHD? According to some research — and plenty of anecdotal evidence — the answer is yes. People with ADHD may be particularly susceptible to gaslighting and love bombing, making it critical for them to learn the signs and patterns of emotional abuse.

In this webinar, Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D., reveals why people with ADHD are more vulnerable to unhealthy relationships, what these unhealthy relationships look like, and how to identify toxic traits and red flags in prospective partners. By exploring how emotionally abusive people use gaslighting, love bombing, hoovering, and flying monkeys to keep partners hooked into a relationship, Sarkis equips you with the tools to shield yourself and your children from emotional abuse

Testimonial: “It was so good it left me speechless! Thank you for the amazing insight and advice.”


Toxic Relationships and ADHD: Additional Resources

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8. “Nurturing Resilience and Motivation in Children with ADHD: The Search for ‘Islands of Competence'”

Low self-esteem and a pessimistic outlook can lead people with ADHD to adopt self-defeating coping strategies to manage negative feelings and thoughts. To help children and teens with ADHD develop more constructive coping strategies, parents, educators, and professionals must adopt a strength-based approach.

In this webinar, Robert Brooks, Ph.D., dives deep into the components of this approach, describing how parents can help kids with ADHD build “islands of competence,” encourage “contributory activities,” and reinforce a “resilient mindset” to deal more effectively with setbacks.

Testimonial: “What a terrific webinar! Great insights and practical suggestions for raising our ADHD kids to be resilient. And, frankly, teaching us how to be more resilient ourselves!”


Motivation and ADHD: Additional Resources

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9. “What Is Hoarding vs. ADHD Clutter? Defining Characteristics and Strategies to Help”

How can providers, families, and individuals distinguish between ADHD clutter and a hoarding disorder? Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., and Randy O. Frost, Ph.D., help answer this question by describing the etiology of hoarding disorder, from both a cognitive-behavioral and a neurobiological perspective, detailing diagnostic criteria, exploring the role of co-occurring conditions, and explaining treatment options.

Testimonial: “I wish my whole family could have watched this 20 years ago!”


Hoarding Disorder: Additional Resources

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10. “Why Will No One Play with Me? Social Emotional Training for Teachers and Parents of Kids with ADHD”

The executive dysfunction and impulsivity challenges associated with ADHD may make it inordinately difficult for kids to find and befriend like-minded peers. Though we know there’s a fine line between interfering and supporting, this begs the question: When should a parent step in to help with social skills? And how?

In this webinar, Caroline Maguire, M.Ed., ACCG, PCC, teaches parents evidence-based coaching techniques to boost the social skills of children and teens with ADHD. These include strategies to help kids initiate connection and express needs with peers and adults, as well as ways to harness their special talents to problem solve, make friends, and build self-confidence.

Testimonial: “Thank you for offering so many supportive strategies and materials. It helps us find a clearer way forward."


Social Emotional Learning for Kids with ADHD: Additional Resources

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Honorable Mentions

"Build Your ADHD Emotional Resilience: Strategies for Adults Who Feel Things Deeply"

Even minor frustrations and interruptions can cause adults with ADHD to react with an outburst or meltdown, making it hard to complete tasks and maintain relationships. While we can’t always stop intense emotions from spilling over, we can learn to minimize the damage they cause to others and ourselves. In this webinar, Tamara Rosier, Ph.D., provides a roadmap to do exactly that.

In addition to relaying techniques for monitoring emotions and a two-part strategy to release big ADHD emotions effectively and healthily, Dr. Rosier explains how to bounce back from emotional outbursts and how to repair damaged relationships.

Testimonial: “This was my first ADDitude webinar, and 10 minutes in I was good-crying. Thank you so much for offering this invaluable resource for free!”


Emotional Resilience with ADHD: Additional Resources

"Dyslexia and Its Overlap with ADHD (Overlooked Symptoms, Misconceptions, Coordination)"

About half of people with ADHD also have a learning disorder, the most common of which is dyslexia. A language-based learning disability, dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition, spelling, and reading decoding. Although dyslexia and ADHD share some common traits, they are distinctly different, and it’s critical to identify and differentiate both conditions.

Here, Cheryl Chase, Ph.D., shares key signs and traits of ADHD and dyslexia, and clarifies how children with both conditions differ from those with just one or the other. She also details effective interventions for children with co-occurring ADHD and dyslexia.

Testimonial: “I learned a lot and the information gave me a place to start with getting my son the help that he needs.”


Dyslexia and ADHD: Additional Resources

"Why Adults with ADHD Abandon Medication — And How to Improve Treatment Outcomes"

The stimulants and the alpha agonists used to treat ADHD are some of the most effective treatments in medicine and, if properly fine-tuned, they have virtually no side effects. Yet the vast majority of adults who start ADHD medication stop taking it within a year, either because of poor follow-through due to executive function challenges or concerns about safety, born of persistent myths.

In this webinar, William Dodson, M.D., LF-APA, shares research about the efficacy of medication, explains how to fine-tune ADHD medication to avoid side effects, and offers strategies to address medication reluctance and lack of adherence.

Testimonial: “A very insightful webinar. I feel reassured, better equipped and more confident to continue my medication titration.”


Medication and ADHD in Adults: Additional Resources

"Nail Biting! Skin Picking! Hair Pulling! Understanding Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors with ADHD"

Body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB) include nail biting, hair pulling, skin picking and cheek biting, and they are often chronic behaviors commonly comorbid with ADHD. Although many people with BFRBs want to stop these behaviors, they feel compelled to perform them.

Here, Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D., helps viewers take the first step toward recovery by explaining symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and the physical and the emotional consequences of BFRBs. He also details the wide range of treatment strategies used to break the impulse to pick, pull, or bite.

Testimonial: “So honest and helpful. I really appreciated the way Dr. Olivardia shared such specific details and ideas about how to handle/manage these behaviors. I felt a little less ashamed of myself and worried for my son after watching it.”


BFRB and ADHD: Additional Resources

"The Power of Positive Reinforcement — Why Rewards Trump Punishments for Children with ADHD"

Research shows that positive reinforcement, rather than punishment, inspires more consistent motivation and better learning outcomes for children with ADHD. Yes, punishment may keep a child with ADHD on task in the short term but it may carry serious long-term consequences if the child’s emotional regulation skills are weak.

In this webinar, Gail Tripp, Ph.D., explains how to use positive reinforcement to help children transition from one activity to another, to learn a new skill, to complete homework, and to build stamina for waiting. She also addresses how to respond when a child’s task persistence drops away and they respond impulsively or emotionally.

Testimonial: “One of the best ADDitude webinars I've attended.”


Positive Reinforcement: Additional Resources