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Program description: Helping students with learning and thinking differences navigate mental health and emotional challenges.

Understood.org’s Neurodiversity and Stigma Study found that kids with learning and thinking differences, like ADHD and dyslexia, are 2-3x more likely to struggle with managing emotions, anxiety about going to school, and self-confidence compared to their neurotypical peers.

Many of the mental health and emotional challenges neurodivergent kids face are often linked to day-to-day situations and feelings they encounter – stigmas associated with their learning differences, academic challenges, and increased challenges with processing and managing emotions. But the current events and tragedies in our world paired with the ongoing impact of the pandemic are also increasingly and acutely affecting the mental and emotional well-being of children who learn and think differently. And in many instances, these events are making it more difficult or scary for kids to talk about their mental health.

In this session, Dr. Andrew Kahn will share data, factors contributing to neurodivergent kids’ mental health challenges, and tangible strategies and tips for parents and educators to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the intersection of neurodiversity and mental health and ways to help children navigate different emotions and situations. Participants will walk away from the session with:

  • Recent and relevant data that underscores the realities of what neurodivergent kids are facing emotionally and socially, and showcases the disparities between neurodivergent and neurotypical children
  • Recommendations and tips for parents on how to support their neurodivergent child and help them navigate challenges with mental health (i.e. self-calming strategies, tracking/log best practices, when it’s time to seek additional support, etc.)
  • Recommended strategies for educators on how to support neurodivergent children emotionally and mentally in the classroom (i.e. simple but impactful accommodations, how to implement life skills like managing emotions into the classroom learning, conversation-starters, etc.)

Presenter: Dr. Andrew Kahn, Expert in Psychology and Learning, Understood.org

  • Licensed psychologist with 20 years experience in the public school system
  • Specializes in ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, general learning and behavioral challenges, and social-emotional functioning

 

Professionals: CEUs are available for a $10 fee.

 

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