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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. We know that 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." More importantly, we learn that we are not alone.
Our Chapter's mission is to provide ongoing support to help us understand this "difference" which affects our lives, our children and our families. With the current concerns about mental health, in addition to the daily social demands among our youth and their families, we recognize a need to support families with hands-on strategies and practices.
Introducing our CHADD FRIDAY NITE LIVE MEET-UP FOR TWEENS AND TEENS (Ages 11-14) AND THEIR PARENTS. These are in-person and monthly on a Friday night, from 6 pm - 7:30 pm. Doors open at 5:45 pm. We enjoy Pizza and a healthy treat together. Tweens/Teens begin their Meet-up and their parents move to an adjacent room for their Meet-up.
The ultimate goals of the Friday Nite Live Meet-up are to help strengthen resilience, teach self-advocacy and foster mental wellness in a confidential and safe space. It is important to learn how to better communicate within families to build trust, improve social skills and advocacy.
Our Tween & Teen Meet-up provides opportunities to share their internal struggles and successes with others and develop positive strategies to navigate their feelings, improve social skills, and communicate effectively.
Our Parent Meet-up provides opportunities for parents to learn and support each other and their children. Parenting is quite challenging under the best of circumstances. And when our tweens/teens struggle, parents struggle and parenting can be overwhelming and isolating.
Here are our 2022-23 CHADD Friday Nite Live Meet-up dates:
June 24, 2022.....July 15, 2022..... August 19, 2022..... September 23, 2022..... October 14, 2022..... November 18, 2022..... December 16, 2022..... January 20, 2023..... February 17, 2023..... March 17, 2023..... April 14, 2023..... May 19, 2023.
Introducing the CHADD Friday Nite Live Meet-up Team:
Erin Hansen, an educator and coach, who works with parents and children on how to communicate and connect. She has worked with over 1500 parents, taught over 2000 students and presented workshops to 450 educators.
Dr. Christine Jaynes-Bell is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate in Psychology and certified in Psychopharmacology. Dr. Jaynes-Bell is in private practice and specializes in working with families and has facilitated many parent and teen support groups. Dr. Jaynes-Bell brings years of experience working with families to the team.
Kathy Whelan-Gioia is an Educational Advocate and Diagnostic Educational Specialist, now retired from the State of California. Ms. Whelan-Gioia continues to work with parents, children and educational professionals as an advocate. Ms. Whelan-Gioia is a member of numerous educational associations and is co-facilitator of the CHADD WOW Group for Mothers and Grandmothers.
For information about our CHADD FRIDAY NITE LIVE MEET-UP FOR TWEENS AND TEENS (ages 11-14) and our MEET-UP FOR PARENTS OF THOSE TWEENS AND TEENS, contact Carolyn Kelly, Chapter Coordinator @ email@example.com.
IT'S OUR 6TH PROGRAM YEAR!! The CHADD WOW (WISDOM OF WOMEN) GROUP FOR MOTHERS & GRANDMOTHERS begins on Saturday, September 10, 2022. Here are the 2022-23 dates for our Zoom meetings on Saturdays from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm:
September 10, 2022 (Effective Strategies to Connect Home, Students and School Demands...Kathy Whelan Gioia, MS, M.Ed, Educational Advocate)
October 15, 2022 (Topic: TBA Special Guest Nguyen Nguyen, MD)
November 12, 2022 (The ADHD Toolbox for Life...Scott Gutentag, PhD, School Psychologist, Diagnostic Center, California Dept of Education)
December 10, 2022 (Communication with the ADHD Family Dynamic...David Simmons, MFT)
January 14,2023 (How Anxiety Affects Executive Function Deficits...Justine Ruotolo, LMFT, ADHD, Life & Executive Function Coach)
February 11, 2023 (ADHD in Women and Girls: Indicators, Symptoms, Coexisting Conditions, Later Diagnosis, & Useful Strategies-Part 2...Joanne Norris, Ed.D, Educator, Advisor, Speaker and Trainer, ADHD Specialist & ASC Coach)
March 11, 2023 (ADHD Meds: Stimulant vs Non-Stimulant Meds...Jessica Kiss, DO, Family Medicine Specialty)
April 8, 2023 (Topic TBA, Valerie Maxwell, PhD)
May 6, 2023 (Teens and Mental Health Issues...Special Guest Kelly Baranick, M.A., Head School Counselor)
June 10, 2023 (Setting up for Success! It is NOT too Late...Erin Hansen, Educator & Middle School Life Coach & Parenting Expert)
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 INFORMATION, email Carolyn Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.help4adhd.org/ 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.
Local Volunteer Opportunities
CHADD Local Support Groups and Affiliates Need Your Support
CHADD has local support groups in every state in the United States. Each group offers programming or information specific to their geographic area. These groups offer assistance for parents, children, young adults, adults and other stakeholders (psychologists, teachers, doctors, etc.). These groups provide advocacy, support, networking and information to those affected by AD/HD in their communities.
Ways you can support these efforts are as follows:
Donate to this effort
Contact your local CHADD group to advocate for support groups
Contact your school district to host and support newly forming or current groups
Contact your local community foundation or other foundations in your area to support this effort
For questions on these, or any options to support CHADD please visit our web site at https://chadd.org or contact the CHADD National office at (301) 306-7070.