An Interesting Party: ACO’s ADHD Professionals Conference


“If you want an interesting party sometime,” Robert Fulghum wrote, “combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.” The author of the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, noticed what many of us who are ACO members already know about our conferences – great events have interesting combinations. And when they create magical moments. Our ACO conferences are more like parties that blend learning, friends, and fun. The result is that we leave on Sunday feeling refreshed and revived.


Most past participants agree that ACO conferences combine elements that create an “interesting party”. It is a place where learning meets fun, creativity joins with strategy, and relationships create support. Individuals who have attended our conferences in the past describe them as a “place where friends meet” and “full of useful coaching strategies.”


Great parties like the ACO conference often have impromptu moments of joy. One of my indelible memories from last year’s conference was when Harold Payne, Award-Winning Songwriter, performed his custom and spontaneous songs that he created for ACO. His ADHD song, “Adults Doing Happy Dance” energized the entire room, causing a long conga line to form and weave about the room. The simple ingredients of wonderful music combined with the natural enthusiasm of the participants and created an interesting, heart-warming moment.


Our conference coordinators, DeShawn Wert and Kirsten Miliken have worked diligently to plan a great party for us. Both have approached planning this conference as a creative challenge, wanting us to be delighted with the product of their efforts. ACO’s ADHD Professionals Conference will have a great variety – business development, effective ADHD coaching strategies, connecting with other professionals, and fun events. It will be engaging as well as interesting.


I look forward to seeing you at our very interesting party. Haven’t sent your RSVP yet? Sign up soon at


Tamara Rosier, Ph.D., President-Elect