Do I Have to Talk to My Parents? ADHD, Adulting, and Conversations That Help, Not HurtCHADD Webinar

Original Air Date June 24, 2021 | 6:00 PM EDT

Rick Silver, MD

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Parents have an important role for us as we transition to independent adulthood.  Though, sometimes the conversations are not always easy or comfortable — especially when you have ADHD or another neurodiverse brain. This webinar will provide emerging adults with basic skills to have necessary talks with parents that are also supportive and productive as possible. Participants will learn how to have an active role in conversations that help make “getting to grown-up” a smoother process.

Topics include:

  • ADHD on the Inside: Helping Parents Understand What It Feels Like to Live Inside My Head
  • Talking Without Yelling: Please Don’t Make Me Feel More Anxious Than I Already Do
  • Finding the Right Balance: Getting Off My Back While Still Giving Me Help

Advocating for Myself:  My Voice Is Important, My Perspective Is Valid

Learning Objectives:

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain to their parents how their ADHD experience affects their emotions, thoughts and actions, and how these may be different from what is expected.
  2. Ask their parents for specific kinds of help, including emotional support and resources for improving executive functioning.
  3. Request that the family have calmer, mutually respectful conversations that lead to good problem solving about your life challenges;
  4. Set boundaries with your parents so you have the right amount of freedom to experiment with your life and learn from your own mistakes.
  5. Manage your own distress as you navigate through your own development into a competent young adult.

Speaker Bio:
Richard Silver, MD is a psychiatrist and director of Thrive | Emerge, an outdoor life skills program that helps neurodiverse (ADHD, ASD) teens, young adults and their parents make the transition to independent adulthood.  He has trained at the University of Michigan, The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and at the University of Maryland Medical Systems.  His experience with the neurodiverse population comes from his personal experience raising three daughters, two of whom have ADHD and learning disabilities; and his professional work with ADHD and ASD patients.  His work has focused for several decades on the creation of health care delivery approaches that speak to the whole person by providing comprehensive, wraparound programs addressing the complex needs of neurodiverse patients.
He believes that, as serious as the work is, the healing process also needs to be filled with playfulness, humor, joy and love, since we heal in connection and community, not alone.


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