Optimizing Success with ADHD in children and teens

Dr. Caroline Buzanko, Psychologist

Design and implement effective intervention programs for children and teens with ADHD.


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  • 6h of continuing education
  • 36 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee
  • 95% of participants who completed the satisfaction survey declare they would recommend this course to a colleague


Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex, heterogeneous disorder of behavioural inhibition that impairs executive functioning, which leads to difficulties with self-regulation, organizing and planning behaviours, attention, and distractibility. When left unmanaged, ADHD is associated with long-term pervasive impairment across all areas of functioning.

Given the substantial risk for children and youth with ADHD, developing effective interventions to promote success is critical to mitigate associated impairments and long-term risks. In this workshop, clinicians will develop a comprehensive understanding of ADHD to promote student success in all areas of functioning. Participants will learn more about the ADHD brain, how executive functioning deficits manifest, self-regulation, 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 children and youth.

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 worshop, participants will have a renewed outlook on ADHD, and they will be better equipped to design and implement effective intervention programs for children and teens with ADHD.

About the expert

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Dr. Caroline Buzanko is a licensed psychologist, mother, and international speaker. She is the clinical director of Koru Family Psychology based in Alberta and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Calgary. She works with kids, teens, and their families to maximize confidence, forge resilience, and foster strong connections. With over twenty years working with families, her focus is on developing long-term success and well-being by creating meaningful change. She also trains other mental health professionals and educators to optimize their effectiveness working with children and teens.

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Learning objectives

  1. Develop a deep understanding of ADHD and executive functions and how to optimize key assets
  2. Understand self-regulation, stress behaviour, and misbehaviour
  3. Implement strategies to support positive behaviours and effective behaviour management
  4. Implement practical strategies help ADHD children and teens in all areas of functioning.

Learning material

A theoretical course illustrated with clinical examples. This course is composed of videos of 5 to 15 minutes each. The PowerPoint of the course to download.


  • PowerPoint
  • Understanding the ADHD Brain and Executive Functions

  • 1. Presentation
  • 2. The ADHD Brain
  • 3. ADHD A disorder of executive functions
  • 4. Executive Functions (EF)
  • 5. Developmental transitions and progression
  • Teenagers with ADHD: Challenges and Interventions

  • 6. The ADHD brain of teenagers
  • 7. The flipside of what adults see as problematic
  • 8. Intervention
  • 9. The role of emotions
  • 10. The right environment
  • Communication, Learning, and Building Skills

  • 11. Connection and communication styles
  • 12. Validation and effective communication
  • 13. Externalize motivation
  • 14. Effective teaching
  • 15. Perception and understanding
  • Promoting Independence, Productivity, and Self-Regulation

  • 16. Optimizing architecture
  • 17. The video game model
  • 18. Key to success- self-efficacy
  • 19. Closing the EF gap
  • 20. Capitalize on EF skills
  • 21. Behavior inhibition
  • 22. Working memory
  • 23. The problem of sequencing and dependency
  • 24. Promoting learning
  • 25. The big picture
  • 26. Scaffold to independence
  • 27. Becoming time masters
  • 28. Individual worl system
  • 29. Improving productivity and motivation
  • 30. Teaching focus
  • 31. Optimizing self-regulation
  • 32. Managing big emotions
  • 33. Co-regulation and self-regulation
  • 34. Self-monitoring
  • 35. Goal setting
  • 36. Conclusion
  • Bibliography

CE Credits

Download a certificate of successful completion.


This training is intended for mental health professionals.

What our customers are saying

« The course was very detailed and offered many strategies to use with children and youth. »

A mental health professional (Canada)


  • 6h of continuing education
  • 36 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee

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