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Happy New Year from The South Bay 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 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 has dedicated itself to providing programs to help us all to better understand this "difference" which affects our lives and our families and...together, we make a difference.

We are no longer doing our Speaker Series Program at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital. We are focusing on our weekly ADULT and TEEN SUPPORT GROUPS and we added a third group for Mothers and Grandmothers of children with ADHD...our new WOW SUPPORT GROUP.

WOW SUPPORT GROUP meetings are held once a month on a Saturday evening. Participants included mothers and grandmothers of children with ADHD, educational, clinical and learning therapists and an organization expert. Special guests will include professionals who work with families and children with ADHD. Our next WOW SUPPORT GROUP meeting will be held on:

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 6 pm.                                                                               

Topic:  Mindfulness and Meditation

Justine Ruotolo, LMFT & ADHD/Life Coach, is our special guest.  Justine will discuss mindfulness and meditation and how these disciplines have changed her life, enabling her to take control of her executive function issues. Justine will guide us through mindfulness exercises and meditation that can be used at home and with your children.  Justine embraces her own ADHD and raised her two boys with ADHD, now grown men. Justine uses mindfulness and meditation in her practice to help her clients see their gifts and talents and to help them embrace their creativity. Justine's practice is located in Torrance and she works with children, adolescents, adults and couples, struggling with executive function issues associated with ADHD.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 6 pm.

Topic:  Navigating Higher Education with a Disability

Dr. Shirag Shemmassian grew up with Tourette Syndrome and was often mocked by peers and teachers and discouraged from applying to elite colleges. He shares his story growing up with a disability. What role did his parents play and what support and advocacy did they provide for him. How did he learn to accept himself and discover his passions in terms of interests and careers. Knowing what he knows today, is there anything he wants to share that may be helpful to the mothers in our group. What is the process - grades, test scores, applications, etc? Can a child with ADHD and other learning issues apply for college and more importantly, succeed in college. Are there helpful guidelines to prepare for this future possibility. Dr. Shemmassian taught himself what he needed to know in order to graduate debt-free from Cornell with his B.S. in Human Development and his Ph.D. from UCLA in Clinical Psychology. A college admissions expert, he has helped hundreds of students get into top schools such as Yale and MIT. Dr. Shemmassian will be joining us via Skype. 

The  TEEN SUPPORT GROUP meets every Wednesday evening from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm.  Kyle Glassman, MA MFT is our Teen facilitator. 

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 in classrooms at The Center for Learning Unlimited (CLU), 2785 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite G, Torrance, CA. 90505. 

For information about our ADULT, TEEN and WOW SUPPORT GROUPS, 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

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.

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If you would like to volunteer your talents to this group, please send us an e-mail at or


This information was last updated on: 02/21/2018

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