Join us for this upcoming event on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
How to Create Positive Family Dynamics in the ADHD/LD Household
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Presenters: Susan Bauerfeld, PhD and Jennie Klein, PhD
Managing the dynamic variations and conflicts of needs among family members can be challenging under the best of circumstances. ADHD and LD in one or more family members often adds layers of challenge that can feel disruptive, engulfing, overwhelming, and disheartening. In this workshop, Jennie Klein, PhD and Susan Bauerfeld, PhD will present the following: the keys to maintaining positive family dynamics; the ways in which ADHD and LD can complicate family dynamics; and concrete, practical strategies for creating a positive family climate in a household impacted by ADHD/LD.
Dr. Bauerfeld’s passion is teaching skills that lead to positive, connected relationships, especially skills of self-regulation, anxiety management, and effective communication. Combining the experiences and challen...
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