Tips and Strategies for Educators to Help an Unmotivated Kid Ask The Expert

Original Air Date June 27, 2022 | 3:00 PM, EDT


Margaret H. Sibley PhD

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The biology of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can lead to an atypical response to rewards—which translates into prominent motivation deficits for many youths with the disorder.

This webinar will discuss how to maximize the motivation of young people with ADHD. We will discuss why motivation is often impaired by ADHD and what educators can to do support and empower youth who struggle with motivation.

Upon completion of this webinar you will be able to:

• Discuss communication strategies that increase youth follow-through
• Explain how to convert natural interests into productive educational and career paths
• List tips to enhance educational productivity and engagement
• Summarize the relationship between environmental fit and ADHD severity
• Determine whether rewards are an effective motivation strategy for ADHD

About the Presenter

Dr. Sibley is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2012. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Florida and Washington and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Dr. Sibley’s work focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adolescents and young adults. She developed a parent-teen therapy for ADHD (Supporting Teens’ Autonomy Daily) that combines Motivational Interviewing and skills training for parents and teens. She has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific papers on ADHD and published a book with Guilford Press on treating executive functioning and motivation deficits in teens. She holds grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Institute of Education Sciences with past projects funded by the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation and the American Psychological Foundation. She has received awards for her work from Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Sibley serves on editorial boards for the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, School Mental Health, and Assessment. She is also a member of the CHADD professional advisory board.

This webinar is provided by CHADD’s National Resource Center on ADHD and is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number NU38DD005376 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).