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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects our lives in different ways. Symptoms are not the same for everyone and can appear differently over time. The best support often comes from those who have "been there"...those of us who live with ADHD. Sharing, talking and networking with other ADHD adults and parents with ADHD children and teens and young adults, is a good way to learn about this "difference" and, more importantly, to learn that we are not alone. Our Chapter's mission is to provide ongoing support programs to help us all to better understand this "difference" which affects our lives and our families.

The ADULT SUPPORT GROUP  meets every Wednesday evening from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm.    This meeting is held in a classroom at The Center for Learning Unlimited (CLU), 2785 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite G, Torrance, CA. 90505. Justine Ruotolo, MA MFT and ADHD coach, is our Adult facilitator.  For more information about our Adult Group or to RSVP, contact Justine @ 310-735-5874.

The WOW SUPPORT GROUP for mothers/grandmothers meets once a month (October thru June) on a Saturday evening. Special guests include professionals, who work with families and children with ADHD. 

DATE:  December 1, 2018 (Saturday @ 6 pm)

TOPIC:  Transitions

SPECIAL GUEST:  Kathleen Whelan Gioia

BIO:  Kathleen is a diagnostic educational specialist serving on the trans-disciplinary assessment team at the Diagnostic Center of Southern California. She holds an M.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed. in Special Education. Kathleen has been a Special Day Class Teacher, Resource Specialist, Special Education Mentor, and a Support Provider for the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Program (BTSA). At the graduate level, she has taught classes in the field of Teacher Education. Kathy has extensive experience developing successful educational programs for students with a varietyof disabilities from preschool age to young adulthood. Kthy is especiall proud of her work in documentation approaches and techniques, IEP best practices and evidence-based strategies to support ADHD.  Kathy specializes in the area of Transition Planning, with a focus on creating positive secondary outcomes for all students. Ardent about post school success, Kathy has developed a year-long Transition Project offered through the Diagnostic Center of Southern California. The Project provides supports to several school districts by aligning mandated Levels of Assessment to compliment indicator 13 requirements via person-centered-planning activities. Kathy has presented at numerous conferences and conventions throughout the state on the topics of Documentation, ADHD, Parent Training & Support and Transition. Kathy also serves on the California Department of Education (CDE) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC)...and she is a valued member of our WOW Group.

TOPIC OVERVIEW: Transitions are hard for all of us! Transition is change and change is difficult for children and adults with ADHD. As a parent of an ADHD child, we are often dealing with "transition trauma" in the form of tantrums, regressive behavior, procrastination, whining and defiance. Transitions come in all sizes and shapes. The big transitions include:  starting KDG or starting in a different grade each year; getting to know new teachers; transitioning from elementary to middle school to high school to college or to a job...all these transitions can be traumatic and bring out behaviors that illustrate difficulty adjusting to transitions and change. An ADHD individual mayhave a harder time processing experiences quickly or be able to shift to new tasks and situations. Transition is usually much more stressful and anxiety provoking for the ADHD individual. Come learn about transitions and how to help your child learn ways to cope and hopefully embrace change in their lives.

Our WOW Group is at maximum attendance, but if you are interested in being placed on a waitlist, please email Carolyn Kelly at 

For more information about our chapter, email Carolyn Kelly at



There is no cost to attend our programs and you do not need to be a CHADD member. ALL ARE WELCOME! If you would like to help defray our costs, we suggest a $5 donation. We encourage you to become a CHADD member. For about $1 a week ($53 Annual Family Membership or $130 Annual Professional Membership), you would help support your local chapter and CHADD's national advocacy efforts for information, services, support and accommodations in the schools and in the workplace.

FOR MORE INFORMATION and to receive monthly meeting reminders, email Carolyn Kelly at

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As a volunteer, I may not be able to get back to you if you need immediate assistance. 

If you are seeking information for something that is time-sensitive (such as an IEP/Section 504 meeting at your child’s school), or are looking for a local  professional with AD/HD expertise, please contact CHADD’s National Resource Center on AD/HD (NRC), online at or by phone toll-free at 800-233-4050 (press option 2, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Eastern time). 

The NRC is staffed by trained health information professionals who can answer many of your questions about AD/HD and provide other helpful information and resources. (NOTE: the NRC does not provide legal or medical advice, but can offer ideas and suggestions to help you find what you are looking for).

CHADD does not endorse or represent products, services, publication, medications or treatments. Meetings are free and open to the public, although membership with CHADD is strongly encouraged, since your local group will receive a portion of your dues to continue supporting your community.

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This information was last updated on: 11/13/2018

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