ADHDKCTeen meetings are free and open to the public. A diagnosis of ADHD is not required, since anyone can learn from the information provided. Who doesn’t want self improvement?
We’re always looking for therapists, coaches, nutritionists, teachers, and other professionals who work with people with ADHD and the conditions commonly associated with it. If you want to help, just let us know!
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We ask all teens who participate in our meetings and events to register as members each school year. This not only helps us keep in touch with those who are interested in our group, but also ensures that they see our behavior expectations and agree to the conditions set forth on the application form. We want everyone in attendance to feel secure that that others will not talk about things learned about specific individuals with others. This means no gossiping! We will remind everyone of this very important issue at each meeting.
September 6, 2019
Local psychologist and author, Dr. Tish Taylor, will speak to our parent group about her new book. From Dr. Taylor: “Parenting ADHD with Wisdom and Grace was written to help provide parenting tips for ADHD.
We do not offer babysitting, but parents sometimes bring younger children if they feel that they will not be disruptive. Please bring quiet activities for them to do independently. If they become disruptive, we respectfully ask that you remove them from the room.
Our teen leaders will lead an ice breaker game for anyone who wants to play from 6-6:30 pm.
The meeting will run from 6:30 – 8 pm in the Community Center building at St. Joseph’s Medical Center (just off of I-435 and State Line). You can see this building from the highway. Enter the St. Joseph Medical Center campus, drive past the ER entrance and down the hill. Park in front of the building on the right (Community Center Building).
We appreciate your RSVP so we can arrange for seating!
If you can’t make it…
If you cannot make it but are interested in getting online access, please fill out the Membership Agreement if you haven’t already. All members of our group receive a password to gain entry to our Member’s Only Page. All events that have been recorded will be posted to this page.
The Chadd disclaimer prior to meetings:
August 6, 2019
Sarah led a series of games and tasks that were designed to help students develop communication skills and teamwork. They played Zip Zap Zop, Animal Farm, Human Knot, Alphabet Actors, and more. During some of the games the kids were not able to use certain forms of communication to see what problems developed from this omission, then worked on ways to improve the communication. Other games used teamwork techniques. All of the games were fun.
In the parent room, Dr. Katrina Ostmeyer talked to parents about ways they could help their kids learn to be independent.
July 2, 2019
May 7, 2019
Melissa Mereghetti and Nicole Jennison, both Registered Dieticians at Children’s Mercy, talked about nutrition and ADHD. They started with parents and students together. After a brief introduction, Melissa took the students to a separate room, where they each had time to put together balanced meals and snacks and discuss how to construct a healthy plate. The parents stayed in the main room with Nicole to learn more in-depth meal planning and nutrition tips.
The recording of this talk was not adequate for publishing.
April 2, 2019
Paula Smith-Culp from ADDvantagekc and Jonathan Kindler, a local therapist at Serenity Life Resource Center, shared their journeys from childhood to adulthood living with ADHD and how they both came to help others with ADHD.
March 19, 2019
Our Senior Teen Leaders, Connor and Sarah, talked about their experiences living with ADHD. They shared some of the troubles they’ve overcome and what they’re still working on.
A follow up to a question: If you’re interested in learning more about 504 Plans and IEPs, check out Understood.org.
A recording of their talk is available on the Member’s Only Page for our members. If you’re not a member but want access, fill out our Membership Agreement on the Membership Page.
March 5, 2019 Meeting
Lindsay Ryan and two of her interns from Great Oaks Counseling had us play some games and participate in discussions about what keeps us from getting tasks done and how to finish what we start with the ADHDKCTeen group (and their parents). One tool they discussed was the Promodoro Technique. Members can view the recording of the meeting on the Member’s Only Page.
Cindy Brennan from Healthy Roots Counseling talked to parents of young children about Parent Child Interaction Therapy. Stay tuned for some handouts and suggested links. MPACT, a Missouri resource for educational services was mentioned.
During the PCIT talk, a lot of Dr. Russell Barkley’s work and in particular his YouTube video was mentioned.
- The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel as a GREAT resource for all kids, but especially for understanding the brain and how to help regulate kids with ADHD
- A great putty for kids who need a fidget
February 2019 Meeting
Natalie Bergman from Horizon Academy helped us identify what skills we need to live independently then shared tools to help us be successful in that transition. Parents joined the student group due to bad weather.
January 2019 Meeting
Our January meeting kicked the year off right with Lindsay and Michelle from Great Oaks Therapy. They lead our group through several activities to teach us about improving communication in families. This was recorded so that our members who were unable to attend can view it on our Member’s Only page. Membership is free, see our Membership page for details!
December 2018 Meeting
ADHD Coach Diane McLean and her lovable lab, Digby, helped us prepare for some holiday baking by using a backwards planning technique.
November 2018 Meeting
Rachel Nagy from Visionary Life Counseling and Gateway of Hope talked about mindfulness at “How Do I Get Stuff Done?”
October 2018 Meeting
Psychologist Stella Fernandez and Kristin, an intern, discussed navigating friendships and peer relationships.
September 2018 Meeting
Katherine Melton presented “Building a Resilient You” after our Teen Leaders lead everyone through several rounds of a fun game. We experienced technical difficulties with the online viewing so it is not available.
Before the speaker’s presentation we played a fun ice breaker – collecting clothespins without getting hit by the pool noodle.
We had a table at the KC Public School’s annual Summerfest! Sarah, Connor, and Anna helped answer questions and spread the word about our group.
Midwest ADHD Conference
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