Who’s finding it easy to get excellent ADHD help?
…that’s what I thought.
If you’re like me, the nearest ADHD support group is a three-hour drive away, or on another planet; ADHD-knowledgeable therapists are scarcer than hen’s teeth; and getting an appointment with a doctor who knows as much as you do about ADHD is as likely as meeting the Wizard of Oz.
The answer? Online teleseminars.
While you won’t get personal face time, you will have access to a wide variety of some of the top experts in the field, including coaches, psychiatrists, authors, and more.
You can ask specific questions, and even if your question doesn’t get picked up, chances are a kindred ADHD-soul is struggling with the very same issue, and they’ll ask the question for you.
What are ADHD teleseminars?
Without getting all techie on you, webinars, teleseminars & audioclasses are opportunities to learn about various ADHD-related topics online, and to have your specific concerns addressed. For simplicity, I’ll lump them altogether and call them “teleseminars” in this blog post.
These sessions have varying degrees of interactivity, ranging from:
- text only (interactive chat where you type your questions and the presenter types her/his answer; much like chatting in real-time on Facebook or MSN, except there’s a moderator)
- audio only
- audio and video
How do I participate in ADHD teleseminars?
Go to the website that’s hosting and preregister. Usually your name and e-mail address will get you signed up.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll have the opportunity of sending in topic-related questions for a limited period of time prior to the session.
Even if you can’t participate live (or you forget to go to class!), send in your questions. Usually there’s an audio recording, transcript, or video available so you can access the session after the fact (again, for a limited period of time).
Why should I participate in ADHD teleseminars?
Here are just some of the reasons to partake:
- free access to experts (I’ve participated in sessions with Nancy Ratey, ADHD Coach, and Dr. Ned Hallowell, co-author, Driven to Distraction, and hope to jump into more sessions in the future)
- hear a broad range of opinions and experiences
- get fresh ideas and perspectives
- bridge loneliness as an ADHDer
- get help with specific challenges
- convenient access; if you can’t participate, you can listen in after the session’s over
- you don’t have to bring an apple to the teacher (you’d just forget it anyway, right?)
Topics covered in ADHD teleseminars
- ADHD and coaching
- ADHD and exercise
- ADHD, marriage and relationships
- Holistic Approach to ADHD
- Parenting ADHD Kids
…just about anything ADHD-related
How do I find free teleseminars?
I heard about Nancy’s session through a Tweet on my ADHD Twitter feed. The session was sponsored by CHADD, but I haven’t been able to find any teleseminars there since.
You can also use search engines (Google, Dogpile, etc.) with the keywords, “ADHD webinars teleseminars 2011” Be sure to put in the year or you’ll get a lot of events that are already over.
On the other hand, you might still be able to access transcripts, audio, or video of past events, so it might be worth looking up some archived sessions.
A sampling of upcoming teleseminars
Monday, March 21, 2011
Topic: The ADHD Effect on Marriage (and relationships)
Presenter: Melissa Orlov, Author
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Topic: Challenging What You Believe
Presenter: Rick Green, Director and Producer (and ADDer), ADD & loving it?!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Topic: Making decisions – why is it so hard for ADDivas like us?
Presenter: Linda Roggli, PCC (Life Coach, ADDiva website)
Sites that host ADHD Webinars, Teleseminars, and/or Audioclasses
Here are a few places to find free webinars online. Let us know about any others that you’ve found!
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
Hope that’s helpful!
Please let us know about any sites you’ve found hosting great ADHD teleseminars!
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Last reviewed: 18 Mar 2011