ADHD 360°: Optimizing Success with ADHD

New! Filmed Summer 2020

Presented by Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych

On-Demand | Available Now


12 Hours  |  Pre-approved for 12 CEUs


This is an On Demand course. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until June 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on May 1, 2021.

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex, heterogeneous disorder. When left unmanaged, ADHD is associated with long-term pervasive impairment across all areas of functioning. Recent models of ADHD have conceptualized ADHD as a disorder of behavioural inhibition, impairing executive functioning (EF), which lead to difficulties with self-regulation, organizing and planning behaviours, attention, and distractibility.

Given the substantial risk for students with ADHD, conducting valid and collaborative assessments, as well as developing effective interventions to promote student success, are critical to mitigate associated impairments and long-term risks. In this learning series, clinicians, educators, and families will develop a 360° understanding of ADHD to promote student success in all areas of functioning. Participants will learn more about the ADHD brain, how EF deficits manifest, self-regulation, effective teaching practices, and practical strategies to optimize the ADHD brain and the child’s overall social, emotional, and behavioural functioning. Practical case-base material is presented so participants can easily adapt strategies to meet the unique needs of their students.

Importantly, there are essential components to optimize assessments and interventions that are not widely known. This webinar is therefore vital for anyone working with children with ADHD. Participants will learn the critical steps to take to address the shortcomings of diagnostic assessments. Further, participants will learn imperative approaches to overcome the gaps that medications and behaviour modification cannot address.

When managed effectively, ADHD is an asset that supports individuals’ successes. There are so many positive qualities of ADHD that need to be celebrated, which are also addressed.  By the end of the webinar, participants will have a renewed outlook on ADHD, and they will be better equipped to identify ADHD and design and implement effective intervention programs for children with ADHD.

Learning Series #1: Optimizing our Understanding of ADHD & its Complex Nature

  • Deconstructing ADHD myths
  • Understanding the ADHD brain
    • Teenage brain considerations
  • ADHD & Executive Functions
  • Assets of ADHD


Learning Series #2: Optimizing ADHD assessments for effective intervention

  • Evidence-Based+ Assessment of ADHD
    • Complexity, purpose, & comorbidities
    • Moving beyond textbook assessments: The missing link
    • Integrating results and linking to intervention
    • Communicating the diagnosis effectively


Learning Series #3: Optimizing & Supporting the ADHD Brain

  • Multimodal interventions
  • Executive functions considerations & interventions
    • Optimizing EFs
    • Teen considerations
  • Medications


Learning Series #4: Optimizing Self-Regulation & Managing Big Emotions

  • Self-regulation & understanding stress behaviour vs. misbehaviour
  • SR Pyramid for intervention
    • Environment
    • Connections & co-regulation
    • Opportunities
    • Individual


Learning Series #5: Optimizing Adaptive Behaviours & Social Success

  • Understanding behaviours & Functional Behavioural Assessments
  • Foundations for positive behaviours
    • Skills for adults
  • Behaviour Management
  • Social skills & beyond: Why social skills training is not enough


Learning Series #6: Beyond Executive Functions: Optimizing Prosocial Emotions

  • Cognitive vs. Emotional brains
  • Interventions targeting the emotional brain to build perseverance, delayed gratification, & cooperation
  • Using stress to our advantage
  • Develop a 360° understanding of ADHD and executive functions
  • Identify key assets of ADHD and how to optimize them
  • Identify associated comorbidities and how they complicate the presentation and treatment of ADHD
  • Implement strategies to conduct effective assessments and obtain valid diagnostic results
    • Address shortcomings of assessment practices and to promote accurate results and parents’ acceptance of their child’s diagnosis
    • Integrate assessment data to highlight areas of strengths and challenges and inform effective intervention
  • Create a toolbox of practical strategies they can individualize and use immediately to help kids with ADHD in all areas of functioning, including at home, at school, and within relationships

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.

Caroline Buzanko, Ph.D., R. Psych. is a licensed psychologist and clinical director of Koru Family Psychology. She has worked with children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families for over 20 years, with a focus on maximizing connection, confidence, learning success, and resilience. In her clinical work, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, ASD, learning difficulties, anxiety, and behavioural disorders. Through her specialized assessments, she helps parents and teachers understand kids’ strengths, areas of challenge, what makes learning easy, and how to best support them. She also offers therapeutic interventions to support children, teens, and their families.

Dr. Buzanko is a sought-out speaker who has been featured in various media platforms as an expert on child and teen development. She has developed training programs and workshops for parents, medical doctors, allied mental health professionals, and school professionals on topics related to ADHD, behaviour management, anxiety, autism, and learning difficulties. Her research interests focus on positive child and youth development and resiliency, as well as parent-child relationships, disruptive disorders of childhood, treatment of childhood disorders. All of her research to date has directed informed clinical practice, including the development of the Amazing Sibs! support program for siblings of children with autism and informing clinical practice as it relates to the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$449.00N/A
Full-Time Student$359.00N/A

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