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2014 Annual International Pre-Conference

CHADD’s Pre-Conference Institutes present in-depth information of specific interest to health and mental health professionals, educators, attorneys, advocates, families, caregivers, coaches, partners, adults, and young adults with ADHD. Available at an additional fee (unless otherwise noted), Institutes provide an opportunity to sharpen knowledge, meet colleagues, and obtain CE/CME/CEU credits.

2014 CHADD Annual International Conference

CHADD’s Annual International Conference is the major research, practice and public information conference dedicated to ADHD. Conference session will focus on providing the up-to-date science-based information and the impact of this information on treatments for individuals with ADHD. The conference will bring together researchers, clinicians, educators, adults, parents and others who are seeking more in-depth materials Major goals for the conference are to: •Disseminate the latest developments in research; •Facilitate an ongoing exchange about issues related to ADHD;Increacrese public understanding of the disorder and its impact, and •Offer solutions and tactics to make life with ADHD easier to manage. Come soar with CHADD.

ADHD, Eating and Weight Regulation

Dr. Roberto Olivardia

People with ADHD find it very difficult to maintain a healthy diet, as well as regulate their weight. Parents of children with ADHD often engage in many battles at the dinner table and seek a nutritional approach to managing ADHD symptoms. Studies have demonstrated that those with ADHD are predisposed to obesity, as well as eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. There are various cognitive, emotional and neurobiological factors that explain why having ADHD can lend itself to problems with achieving healthy regulation of food and weight. These issues carry significant medical and psychological consequences. ADHD-friendly treatment strategies and nutritional recommendations for achieving healthy eating habits and proper weight regulation will be discussed. A holistic approach that promotes a positive and respectful relationship with food and one's body will be emphasized.


1) Learn about the relationship between ADHD, obesity and eating disorders.
2) Describe the cognitive, emotional and neurobiological factors that make it challenging for those with ADHD to maintain healthy eating and/or proper weight management, as well as predispose them to eating disorders.
3) Explain ADHD-friendly treatment strategies for promoting healthy eating and weight, as well as ADHD treatment for eating disorders.
4) List nutritional approaches that have been shown to be helpful for ADHD.


Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Clinical Associate at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of ADHD, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He also specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men. He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in males. He has taught courses at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston College. He has appeared in publications such as TIME, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and has been featured on Good Morning America, EXTRA, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox and Friends, and VH1. He has spoken on numerous international radio and webinar shows and presents at many talks and conferences around the country, including the CHADD conferences annually.

CHADD Regional Education Conference on ADHD - September 2013

Complete Health and Wellness Series

Complete Health and Wellness Series includes:

1. Exercise and ADHD with John Ratey, M.D. (July 15)
2. ADHD, Eating and Weight Regulation - Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D. (July 22)
3. Mindfulness and ADHD: Practical Tools for Daily Life - Mark Bertin, M.D. (July 29)

Exercise and ADHD with John Ratey, MD


John Ratey, MD

John Ratey, MD is the nation’s expert on exercise and the impact on ADHD. Exercise is essential in achieving optimal mental and physical health, and maximizes cognitive functions. Exercise enhances neurogenesis; the essence of brain growth and it primes nerve cells to connect with each other. In addition, exercise promotes neurotransmitter activity affecting mental health by moderating mood and anxiety. In the body/brain/mind relationship, contracting muscles trigger chemical messengers that regulate the brain and mind. Exercise activates brain systems that enhance learning; the brain is engaged and motivated which enables the individual to process new information. This presentation will discuss how exercise can play a significant role in treating ADHD, as well as providing benefits in preventing and treating addictions, depression, and mood disorders. We will explore how exercise is similar to medicine, how to prescribe it; how to recognize risks of exercise; and how to use exercise to reach our optimal level of wellness physically and mentally.

1) Explain the correlation between exercise and ADHD and which exercises affects brain functioning.
2) Describe the changes that occur in the brain because of routine physical aerobic exercise and how mood and cognitive functions are improved.
3) Explain to patients how exercise is beneficial in preparing the brain for learning, and changing, motivational, and impulsive control levels.
4) Identify aerobic exercise regimens for patients to maximize their emotional health and cognitive function.


John J Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Research Synthesizer, Speaker, and Author, as well a Clinical Psychiatrist maintaining a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has lectured throughout the world and published 60 peer-reviewed articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry. Dr. Ratey has authored A User¹s Guide to the Brain (2000) and co-authored Shadow Syndromes (1997) with Catherine Johnson, PhD. From 1994 to 2005, he co-authored Driven to Distraction (1994), Answers to Distraction (1995) and Delivered from Distraction (2005) with Edward Hallowell, MD, all published by Pantheon/Random House. Additionally, he has edited several books including The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders (1994), published by Blackwell Scientific. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, released in 2008, published by Little Brown. In Spark, Dr. Ratey guides the reader to an understanding of neurobiology and inspires the reader to reach for their potential, and embrace exercise that is crucial for the brain and body to operate at peak performance.

Mindfulness and ADHD: Practical Tools for Daily Life

Mark Bertin, MD

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.

Decades of research suggest that mindfulness-based techniques can support children, adults and families with ADHD by reducing stress, improving cognitive flexibility in problem solving, and facilitating the growth of healthy relationships. A growing body of research links mindfulness to direct improvement in attention and executive function. This workshop will review research into the science of mindfulness, including how it relates to ADHD, and provide practical tools for stress management in daily life.

1.To describe mindfulness as a common-sense approach to living accessible to anyone.
2.To cite research suggesting that mindfulness has distinct benefits for both physical and mental health.
3.To explain the unique impact of ADHD on stress, and stress on overall well-being.
4.To review the potential impact of mindfulness on various aspects of ADHD including stress, attention, and resilience.
5. Discuss practical, easy to implement mindfulness exercise for getting started in everyday life.


Mark Bertin, MD is a board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician. He attended UCLA Medical School, completing residency at Oakland Children's Hospital and fellowship in developmental pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Bertin is an assistant professor pediatrics at New York Medical College, on faculty for the Windward Teacher Training Institute and the Common Sense Media editorial advisory board, and leads mindfulness classes for parents. Dr. Bertin's book “The Family ADHD Solution” integrates mindfulness into ADHD care, and his blog is available on both Huffington Post and Psychology Today.

Parent To Parent On Demand

This seven-session class includes a state-of-the-art curriculum with training provided by an experienced, certified Parent to Parent teacher. Each of the two-hour sessions covers an area of information absolutely essential to the successful management of ADHD. And best of all, the training is from a parent’s perspective, brought to you by experts who have faced the same struggles, questions, and challenges you face.

Teacher to Teacher Complimentary Training

Join us for a FREE day-long workshop that identifies common ADHD-related learning problems plus practical classroom techniques, interventions, and the latest research to enhance school success for students with ADHD. Designed for mainstream classroom teachers, Teacher to Teacher will provide best practice strategies in an interactive, hands-on format. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss solutions to common academic and behavioral problems in a "case-based" format. Each attendee will also receive the CHADD Educator’s Manual on ADHD: An In-Depth Look from an Educational Perspective.

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