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Hello from the South Bay/So Cal Chapter of CHADD

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 advice often comes from those who have "been there"...those of us who live with ADHD. We can be valuable resources for each other since practical information about ADHD is stored in our brains. Sharing, talking and networking with other ADHD adults and parents with ADHD children and teens, is a good way to learn about this "difference" and, more importantly, to learn that we are not alone. Our Chapter is dedicated to providing programs to help us all better understand this "difference," which affects our lives and our families. Join us and tap into this "brain trust" of valuable and helpful information. 


The  TEEN SUPPORT GROUP meets on Wednesday evenings, from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm.  Kyle Glassman, MA MFT is our Teen facilitator. Please note: The Teen group will take a Spring Break on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, resuming on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. 

The ADULT SUPPORT GROUP meets every Wednesday evening from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Justine Ruotolo, MA MFT and ADHD coach, is our Adult facilitator. 

The  ADULT and TEEN SUPPORT GROUP meetings are held at The Center for Learning Unlimited (CLU), 2785 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite G, Torrance, CA. 90505.

For information about our programs, email Carolyn at

The SPEAKER SERIES PROGRAM is held the first Thursday of each month (except December, July and August) and features a guest speaker and their presentation on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and related learning and mental health issues. 

TIME: Doors open at 6:45 p.m. The presentation begins at 7 pm and ends by 9 pm. 


The Del E. Webb Center for Health Education Building is located on the right corner of the Earl Street entrance to the hospital parking lot. CHECK THE BUILDING DIRECTORY TO LOCATE THE ASSIGNED MEETING ROOM.

For a map and directions, go to the Providence Little Company of Mary website (


Date:  March 2, 1017 (Thursday)
Topic:  TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation): An Alternative Treatment When Meds Don't Work
Speaker:  Tejinderpal "TJ" Rai, MD
Dr. Tejinderpal "TJ" Rai discusses NeuroStar TMS Therapy, a new treatment option cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patiences suffering from depression, who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatments. TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy was featured as a depression treatment option in an episode of the Dr. Ox Show. Is TMS Therapy a good option for patients who cannot tolerate the side effects associated with antidepressant medications? Come and learn from Dr. Rai about TMS Therapy and how it works.
Bio:  Dr. Tejinderpal "TJ" Rai is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and provides psychiatric services to children, adolescents and adults. His areas of expertise include but are not limited to, treating patients with mood disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, trichotillomania, OCD, selective mutism, panic disorder, social anxiety, ADHD, autism, Tourette's Disorder, eating disorders and addictions. Dr. Rai has been in private practice in Torrance since 2002 and is a consultant for Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Medical Stabilization Program for patients with eating disorders. Dr. Rai has served as a Clinical Instrucator on Voluntary Clinical Faculty at UCLA.

Date:  April 6, 2017 (Thursday)
Topic:  Living with ADHD
Speaker:  Kyle Glassman, MA  MFT
Kyle Glassman was the child who was always sent outside, whether it be from the dinner table or the classroom. He has taken those time-outs throughout his life to learn and understand his relationship with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Today, he has come to a point in his life where he has made a conscious decision to rejoice in his struggles and turn what he perceived and was told was a weakness into victories. Kyle states, "I have ADHD and I've made the choice to accept it; not as a downfall but as an asset to both my educational endeavors and my career. I have chosen to turn my ADHD into a positive aspect of my life and I have proven every stereotype wrong." Hyper-focusing does not have to be negative. Laziness does not have to be something you succumb to. ADHD is not an indication of a level of intelligence. Rejoice in your struggles. Use them. Turn your perceived weakness into victories and prove them all wrong. In his presentation, Kyle Glassman discusses the importance of time management, exercise, relationships and education.
Bio:  Kyle Glassman received his MA in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. He is our CHADD teen support group coordinator and is an MFT Therapist Intern for Lunada Bay Counseling in Palos Verdes, CA.  Kyle Glassman is also a tutor at Academics, Etc. Kyle's passion and specialty are children with ADHD and learning challenges and he works with at-risk children and those with special needs and is certified in many Lindamood-Bell programs. Kyle works to change how ADHD is viewed by sharing the benefits and positives of ADHD.

Date:  May 4, 2017
Topic:  Mindfulness for ADHD
Speaker:  Mackenzie Abraham, PhD
Practicing mindful awareness can be a helpful way to address a variety of issues from anxiety to depression to anger and even attention. Mindfulness is more than simply sitting still to meditate and breathe-two things that people with ADHD find it difficult to do. Using self-compassion and a non-judgmental curiosity to observe thoughts, feelings and behaviors, individuals with ADHD may find that formal and/or informal mindfulness practice can help provide improved attention and management of emotions. Dr. Abraham will discuss the basics of mindfulness theory and practice, focusing specifically on why mindfulness can be helpful for ADHD. Mindfulness strategies that address issues related to ADHD will be shared, along with experiential exercises to give participants a greater understanding of what mindfulness looks and feels like in practice.
Bio:  Dr. Mackenzie Abraham is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Redondo Beach, CA., providing therapy and assessment for adults. She specializes in providing both therapy and comprehensive psycho-educational assessment for individuals who present with learning and attention concerns, as well as other issues such as anxiety, grief and loss, and low self-worth. Her approach to therapy is integrative, incorporating concepts of mindfulness, cognitive therapy and interpersonal theory. Dr. Abraham is also an adjunct professor for graduate and undergraduate students of psychology and counseling. Dr. Abraham received her degree from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California and completed her training at various college and university counseling centers and disability service programs in Southern California. Dr. Ellis completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Southern California (USC) in college mental health and disability services.

Date:  June 1, 2017 (Thursday)
Topic:  Research and Parental Perceptions on the Effectiveness of Exercise for Adolescents with ADHD
Speaker:  Robert Rhodes, MA, PsyD Candidate
Does regular physical activity decrease the severity of ADHD symptoms and improve cognitive function? Can exercise help an individual function and feel better? Can exercise be good for focus? According to Dr. John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and author of "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,"  "Exercise turns on the attention system, the so-called executive functions - sequencing, working memory, prioritizing, inhibiting and sustaining attention." In his presentation, Mr. Rhodes shares current research on exercise as an ADHD treatment and how parents view the use of exercise as a treatment option for their adolescents with ADHD.
Bio:  Robert (Robby) Rhodes is a 4th year PsyD candidate in Clinical Psychology with Health Psychology Emphasis, at California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles. Robby Rhodes' dissertation was on the topic "Parental Perceptions of Utilizing Exercise as a Treatment Options for Adolescents with ADHD."  He also has experience in the field of Sports Psychology, and has worked with student athletes as a practicum trainee and a psychological assistant. Mr. Rhodes is currently doing his internship at the University of Southern California, Student Psychological Services in an APA-Accredited Doctoral Level Clinical Internship Program.

All are welcome to attend our Speaker Series Program, Adult Support Group and Teen Support Group Meetings.

A $5.00 donation is requested for non-CHADD members.

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

Do you need immediate assistance? 

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.

Volunteer Opportunities:

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This information was last updated on: 03/01/2017

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