Group Leaders: Diana Wallace, Mindy Schwartz, Laura McMinn-Larson and Patty Blinderman
Sessions: 60 minutes
Wednesdays: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22
Time: 12pm eastern/11am central/ 10am mountain / 9am pacific
The Parents with ADD/ADHD support group is for ADDA members needing parenting support. Topics include: Taking the temperature of the tone in your home, taming the inner critic, the power of the pause, and tips for calm confident parenting.
Group Leader Information
Diana Wallace Bio
Diana Wallace is an ADHD coach and a licensed Occupational Therapist. During the early years of her OT practice, she worked in psychiatric settings with adolescents. For 9 years she contracted her services as a music movement facilitator for early childhood development classes. During her years of practicing OT in a school based setting, she worked with many students that struggled with the symptoms of having ADHD and executive functioning issues. Her passion to understand and help individuals that struggle with ADHD, led to her to become an ADHD Coach. Diana has also had personal experience in dealing with ADHD within her family. She finds great joy and life purpose in helping people, particularly parents and children that are struggling with ADHD, reach their personal potential. Diana co-facilitates a Seattle ADHD Parent Support and an ADDA virtual support group.
Other passions: My architect husband, my three adult ADHD children, making good food that is shared, hiking on lush mountains, re- purposing anything, beautiful gardens, rich conversations, movies that inspire, listening to talented musicians, people that have the gift of finding humor in most situations, the ocean, volunteering to make a positive impact, a fresh delicious dinner made from my garden, stories that transport me to a sweet place, being authentically encouraging, creating.
Mindy Schwartz Bio
Hello! I am an ADHD coach and executive function specialist, working primarily with children and families. I was trained through ADDCA (Attention Deficit Disorder Coaching Academy), and am currently finishing an advanced specialty in ADHD family coaching. In my coaching practice, I provide parents with education about their own, and/or their child’s specific ADHD. I collaborate with both parents and child to create individualized, compensatory strategies, which help them overcome their ADHD symptoms and challenges. Humor is a big part of my practice, as it allows me to lessen the intensity and weight that so often accompanies life with ADHD. Yes, ADHD is a deficit, but I believe there are powerful strengths common to many people with an ADHD diagnosis. I help clients identify their unique strengths and utilize them to achieve their goals.
Prior to coaching, I worked for over 20 years in the not-for-profit sector, supporting under-served, inner-city children. After both my children received ADHD diagnoses, I struggled to find the right resources to help them at home and in school, but always came up short. As eager as people were to help, therapists, teachers, school psychologists, and friends , they were not able to provide the perfect tools applicable to ADHD. There was a desperate need in the community, and I decided to fill it. During my training, I discovered that I was much more impaired by my own ADHD than I had ever realized. Not only did I have to learn how to parent my ADHD children, but also how to be a parent with ADHD, which has its own demands. My personal experience enables me to be a more compassionate, empathetic coach, and each day, I enjoy sharing the knowledge I’ve accumulated with other ADHD families.
Whether you wish to be an active listener or a quiet observer, this group is here to support you in your journey to become a more educated, confident parent of a child with ADHD.
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Laura McMinn-Larson Bio
Founder and principal of The Learning Landscape, Laura synthesizes twenty-five years of experience in the fields of research
and education in working with children and their families.
Laura is professionally licensed and both director and teacher certified in Pre-K. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Gordon College and also holds an Elementary Education certification K-2. She received a Master of Education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from Lesley University.
Her collaboration on language acquisition and cerebral specialization at the Neurolinguistics Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital led to published research in the journal of Brain and Language. In the field of education, Laura has accomplished post graduate training in Fountas & Pinnell, differentiated instruction, Fundations, and Social Thinking. She has also earned her AAC from the ADD Coach Academy.
Over the past few years Laura has segued from classroom teaching to a more concentrated focus on her role as an individual and family coach. Her comprehensive understanding of child development paired with her unique expertise across fields has allowed Laura to create a solutions-based, ADHD focused practice. Her coaching program specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and the families who support them. This methodology includes educating families on how their student learns best and by helping clients develop selfawareness as well as strategies that build self-confidence, momentum, and success, especially in the area of executive functioning.
Laura is an active member of CHADD, The ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), Totally ADD, ADDA, and APSARD. She lives with her husband and two delightful children in Mansfield, MA. In addition to being a voracious reader, Laura enjoys cross country skiing, spinning, and snowshoeing.
Patty Blinderman Bio
Hello! I am an ADHD and executive function coach, as well as a mom of 4 children- 3 of whom are impacted by ADHD to varying degrees. When my oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 11, I was embarrassed that I didn’t recognize it myself. My son’s symptoms did not fit neatly into the definition of ADHD I learned while in college and during my years as a special education teacher. While not physically hyperactive, my son had cognitive hyperactivity. I had never heard of this before his diagnosis. My son’s thoughts were firing in his head a thousand miles a minute and coming out of his mouth literally faster than he could form the words.
I began learning everything I could about ADHD in order to try to help my son, which led to my ADHD coach training. Through this updated education, I not only understood my son’s challenges better, I also began the slow process of accepting what he could and could not control. This acceptance gave me an explanation (not an excuse!) when talking to family, friends and teachers about behaviors he still struggles with. More importantly, it gave me significantly more patience than I had before I understood the very real challenges he was facing with his ADHD.
Parenting a child with ADHD can be lots of fun, but if challenging behaviors are present- it can also be incredibly frustrating and isolating. My passion is to break down barriers and dispel limiting beliefs in order to best support the child where s/he is, with what s/he needs so they can reach their goals at home, at school and throughout their life!
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