Conference Chair Has Expansive Vision

The Many Faces of ADHD

My passion for ADHD Coaching relates to people with undiagnosed ADHD and to the importance of diagnosis and treatment. I have a profound desire to communicate to ACO members an understanding of the social injustice that occurs as a result of undiagnosed ADHD.

 Whether it is:

  • The hyperactive, impulsive boy who is not diagnosed until fifth grade, forced to live through repeated failures and bullying experiences resulting in loss of self-esteem.
  • The quiet girl sitting in the back of the classroom feeling different and alone, isolating herself from her peer group further and further as she grows.
  • The minority child in the inner city school who drops out as soon as he is able because school has become a debilitating experience, and he begins to self-medicate to feel some normalcy.
  • The young man who moves from job to job continuing to underachieve, feeling stupid and less than all of his life.
  • The brilliant woman who cannot connect with her dream because of her overwhelming disorganization.
  • The mother parenting three children, unable to keep up with school and home activities, constantly feeling inadequate and depressed.
  • The couple who fall in love and end in divorce unable to understand the challenges that undiagnosed ADHD presents in their lives.
  • The teen in a residential juvenile justice program, who has no idea how to control his impulsive anger.
  • The adult in prison for the third time, unable to successfully reintegrate into the community through systems that do not understand his differences.

I want the ACO Conference to further the importance of the message that undiagnosed and untreated ADHD is a social injustice for so many individuals and groups.

I affirm that I will bring together a brilliant group of coaches, clinicians, scientists and individuals with ADHD to teach us about the effects of undiagnosed ADHD, and the most recent research on the condition.

At the 2012 conference, ACO members will learn:

  • New ways to educate their communities so there is a greater understanding of ADHD as a neurobehavioral condition
  • How to incorporate education and advocacy in to their coaching practice and
  • Of the many forms of social injustice that occur as a result of undiagnosed ADHD.

All of this learning can create new business opportunities. An effect of every new business opportunity or educational program will be an increase in the awareness of the efficacy of ADHD coaching, resulting in a continued growth in our profession and a reduction in the number of undiagnosed, untreated individuals with ADHD.

Get all the info about the conference here.

by Judith Champion, ACO Conference Chair