Virtual Workshop: Setting Up Your Adopted Child with ADHD for School Success in the Uncertain Covid-19 Era
In this hour and a half long virtual workshop, learn strategies to assist your adopted child or teen with ADHD for an unusual school year, with adoption expert Varda Makovsky, LCSW-C, LICSW.
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Time: 7-8:30 PM EDT
The era of Covid-19 has demonstrated the need to adapt to ongoing uncertainty and be ready for a last-minute change of plans - at any time. For children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their parents, being quarantined at home and the move to online learning poses unique challenges, including the need to adjust to a new way of learning, the loss of school-provided structure and learning support (if applicable), and the loss of extra-curricular activities and sports. How can you better prepare your children (and yourself) for an unconventional back-to-school season that feels ever-changing?
In this virtual workshop designed for adoptive parents of children and teens with ADHD, Varda Makovsky, LCSW-C, LICSW will offer valuable tools to address your family's concerns. You will learn practical and creative strategies to help setting up a successful start to the school year, including:
- Creating beneficial systems and daily routines which set your child up for academic and personal success, and enhance self-esteem and feelings of control
- Empowering your child to be better able to adapt and transition to changing school and learning requirements
- Helping your child cope with anxiety about the uncertainties in this environment
- Finding ways to keep your child productively engaged during periods of social distancing, including effective ways to reduce screen time
- Advocating effectively for your child's learning needs in this new environment
- Accessing beneficial resources for your child
Meet the Adoption Expert
Varda Makovsky, LCSW-C, LICSW (Adoption Competent Adult Therapist) is passionate about counseling and empowering adults who have been touched by adoption, including adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents. She counsels adoptees - at various life stages. She assists adopted persons, birthparents, and adoptive parents as they navigate the complexities of the search and reunion process and reconnection. Counseling with adoptive parents may focus on: developing strategies for talking to children about adoption, exploring issues surrounding race (in transracial adoptions), navigating the complexities of open adoption, enhancing family relationships, and the role adoption has played in their lives.
Varda also provides counseling services at Barker to many people who are not connected to adoption on issues related to depression, anxiety, mood disorders, relationship issues, fertility and family-building, life transitions, grief and loss, trauma, self-esteem and parenting.