Conference Poster

University College, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Education are pleased to present the 3rd Annual ADHD Conference. This conference is designed for students, parents, teachers, administrators, and professionals who are interested in learning about ADHD, treatments, education and family life, available services, and practical resources.

We invite you to listen to leading experts in ADHD, and join in the breakout sessions instructed by a multidisciplinary group of professional that will share their research and best practices.

This is a great opportunity to come together as a community and broaden the awareness of ADHD. Please join us in the Student Center at Utah Valley University on September 26, 2014. Conference check-in open at 8:00am, the keynote session begins at 9:00am, and all breakout sessions will conclude at 4:00pm. We look forward to seeing you.


2014 ADHD Committee

Conference Sponsors:

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Sari SoldenSari Solden, MS LMFT, a psychotherapist and consultant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has counseled adults with AD/HD for over 25 years. She is the author of the pioneering books Women with Attention Deficit Disorder and Journeys Through ADDulthood, as well as a prominent keynote speaker because of her strength-based approach to adults with ADHD. She presents at national and international AD/HD conferences, and serves on the professional advisory board of the National Association for Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADDA) and was a past recipient of their award for outstanding service by a helping professional. Ms. Solden’s areas of specialization include women's issues, inattentive ADHD, and the emotional consequences and healing process for adults who grew up with undiagnosed ADHD.

Ms. Solden's presentation is entitled:

Uncovering and Unleashing Your Power: Valuing Your Differences Is The Key To Constructing A Successful Life With ADHD

Whether you are a mental health professional, a student, an adult with ADHD, a parent, or an educator, it is vital to understand the importance of moving away from simple strategies and easy solutions and instead to focus on the power of valuing and developing your uniqueness. Disowning oneself, trying to blend in and get over who you are is much more destructive to you and your life than the challenges of ADHD!

In this keynote, psychotherapist and author Sari Solden, discusses the perspective she has gained in 25 years as a counselor to men and women with ADHD . She emphasizes the importance of learning to see your self whole and to focus on hopes and dreams instead of overfocusing on your deficits.

Contact Sari at, visit, or, her online ADHD community. 

Session Presenters

Robyn ChidesterRobyn Chidester

Robyn Chidester and her husband Gene are the parents of five children and fifteen grandchildren. Their youngest son Matthew has Down Syndrome. Matthew has given them the opportunity to learn the value of the individual and to celebrate the joy of life’s journey. She has served on various councils and committees on a local, county and statewide basis. Robyn is currently employed by the Utah Parent Center as a parent consultant. 


Collette DawsonCollette Dawson-Loveless, LCSW, RPT

Collette has a Masters Degree in Social Work from BYU. Collette is practicing individual therapy for adults and teens, play therapy for children, EMDR, art therapy and marriage and family therapy and has been instrumental in establishing those resources here at the Green House Center. Her passion for helping individuals, families and children drove her to partner with Guerry and Elsebeth in founding The Green House Center in the fall of 2004. As Program Director, Collette manages the groups, classes and Neurofeedback team at the agency. Collette also supervises the therapists associated with these programs and Bachelor level interns.

Russell GaedeRussell Gaede, PsyD

Dr. Gaede holds a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, a post-master’s certificate in marriage and family therapy, and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. He is the Executive Director of Life Enhancement Center (, former chair of the Utah licensure board for Counselors, and has taught psychology classes at UVU. Dr. Gaede received the 2009 Professional Contributions to the Field award from the Utah Mental Health Counselor Association.


Frank GarrettFrank Garrett

Frank Garrett, M.Ed. is currently the special education, early childhood coordinator for Alpine School District and teaches as an adjunct professor at UVU.  He has an extensive background in the field of learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, autism, early childhood and educational assessment.  This is his 35th year in education.  Frank has presented for district, state and national conferences during his educational career.  He currently serves on the boards for USU’s alternative teacher prep program, Giant Steps, (Preschool for children with autism), district transition coordinator for Kids on the Move (13 years) serves as the district LEA for Mountainland Headstart and Utah School for the Deaf and Blind. 

Brandon HeuglyBrandon Heugly, MSW

Brandon Heugly has been working with children and families for nearly a decade in various settings. He is currently the director of a summer treatment program "Camp Takoda" that provides intense behavioral treatment  for children who have a current diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or other related disorders. He also works as an elementary school social worker for Granite School District. Brandon has a special interest and specialty in working with children with executive functioning disorders and runs a private practice along with Sherrie Sanchez, LCSW. He brings a very energetic, funny, and engaging style of presenting along with powerful anecdotes from his private practice and personal history. He earned both his undergraduate degree and graduate degree at the University of Utah in Psychology, and Social Work respectively. Brandon has presented at a number of different conferences specifically for ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Adoption, and also provides weekly parent trainings and support groups. Brandon's hobbies include singing, playing guitar, and jumping on trampolines. 

Dustin HammersDustin Hammers, PhD, ABPP (CN)

Dustin Hammers, Ph.D., ABPP is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor for the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University, and then a Clinical Neuropsychology post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. He received Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2014. He currently practices neuropsychology for the Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research at the University of Utah. His clinical interests include memory and executive declines in the elderly, and assessment of adult Attention Deficit/ Hyperactive Disorder.

Jaydra HymerJaydra Hymer, Author and Founder of Brainpower Unlimited

Jaydra Hymer has spent over 30 years as an educator, behavior specialist, child and family consultant, and ADHD expert. Her professional career includes teaching college courses such as Educational Psychology, Behavior Management, Human Development, and Cognitive Development. She also owned multiple Child Development centers. In addition, she was contracted by Social Service agencies to teach court-ordered parenting classes for parents struggling with children with challenges, including ADHD. Jaydra is the author of Turn Your Child’s ADHD Stress into Success. And, propelled by her own children’s ADHD, she founded and directed a private school for children with ADHD and academic, behavioral and emotional difficulties. Jaydra is currently the owner and director of Brainpower Unlimited— a peak performance center for children and adults with ADHD and other challenges. Jaydra believes that BRAIN POWER IS LIFE POWER. It is Jaydra’s mission to help people of all ages, minimize their ADHD challenges, and maximize their brain power to enhance their cognitive performance, emotions, behavior, relationships, accomplishments, and joy in life. 

Jason KingJason King, PhD

Dr. King holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. He is the Clinical Director of Life Enhancement Center (, the current chair of the Utah licensure board for Counselors, and has taught psychology classes at UVU. Dr. King received the 2011-2012 Mental Health Counselor of the Year award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association. 


Kimber NelsonKimber Nelson, CPC

Kimber Nelson is a Certified Professional Coach specializing in ADHD Coaching. She trains other coaches to coach teens and college students with ADHD as a JST trainer. Kimber is also the creator of Actions Hero, a time management and prioritization app designed for those impacted with ADHD. Actions Hero placed as a finalist in the Shire ADHD Transitions Health 2.0 Developer Challenge last fall. 


Mark PateyMark Patey

Mark Patey is currently the owner of BlueStep Technologies, 4Care Pharmacies, Prodigy Engineering and Growth Climate Education and Therapy Centers. He was the host of his own motor sports show on ESPN and is consistently rated as one of the top presenters and trainers in the country. He enjoys collecting, building and racing airplanes. He donates his time and personal helicopter to the Utah County Search and Rescue. Mark is an identical twin and lives in Spanish Fork Utah with his wife and four sons. 


Greg PavichGreg Pavich, MD

Greg Pavich is a Board Certified Pediatrician since 2000. He attended medical school at the University of Utah and fulfilled his residency program at Keelser Airforce Base in Biloxi Mississippi. For the last 15 years he has served the special needs of kids with behavior health issues. 


Tyler PurdyTyler Purdy, CSW

Tyler received his MSW from the University of Utah. He has worked at the Green House Center for Growth and Learning in Pleasant Grove, UT, since 2011 and is currently the lead therapist for Neurofeedback. He has received extensive training in the Othmer Method for Neurofeedback and has been using it as a therapeutic treatment for over 2 years. Tyler’s clinic work focuses on adolescents and children using different treatment modalities that include: Biological Neurofeedback, EDMR, Play Therapy, Art Therapy as well as CBT.


Matthew RollerMatthew Roller, DC

Dr. Matthew Roller, D.C is a provider trained by Dr. Ned Hallowell M.D. to provide drug-free therapy to children and adults. Dr. Roller has been in private practice for over 10 years. 



Adam SchwebachAdam Schwebach, PhD

Dr. Adam Schwebach is the director of Neuropsychology Center of Utah. He completed his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Eastern Kentucky University specializing in pediatric psychology and autism and a doctorate degree in educational psychology from the University of Utah specializing in neuropsychology. Dr. Schwebach is a part time School Psychologist with the Weber School District.  He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Utah State University in the Department of Psychology .  Dr. Schwebach speaks internationally to parents and educators on topics, including ADHD, executive functioning deficits, Autism, Dementia and effective behavioral management strategies and has co-authored several professional articles and book chapters on similar topics.  Dr. Schwebach is the co-founder of and, interactive websites that provide diversion programs to adolescents on topics related to cell phone safety and sexting.  

Jodi Sleeper TriplettJodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC is the foremost expert on ADHD youth coaching. She is a master coach, speaker, trainer and author. Her company, JST Coaching, provides training programs to coaches, educators and mental health professionals worldwide. Her first book, Empowering Youth With ADHD (2010), is the core of the JST Coach training programs and a highly acclaimed tool for parents and professionals alike. Jodi is an active member of ICF, ADDA, CHADD, and ACO.


Melissa WarnerMelissa Warner

Melissa Warner is a health consultant who owns WellnessMel and is CEO at NatureOptimized. Melissa was fortunate enough to be a student-athlete at the University of Utah, where she received biochemistry and nutrition degrees as well as earned accolades as an All-American soccer player. After training with the US National Team and playing professionally in Norway, Melissa came back to the United States to get a ‘big-girl’ job and has since started two companies focused toward empowering better health. A large focus of Melissa’s work has been teaming with drug rehabilitation centers to create nutrition programs meant to correct the dysfunctional physiology of substance abuse in those with addictions. In an addition to her love of eating healthy and being active, Melissa also enjoys traveling, reading, being in nature and her cloth diapering experiences as a first-time mom. 


Kristen WrightKristin Wright, MEd

Kristin Wright hails from New York and New Jersey, but has been a professor in the UVU School of Education since 2002. She teaches future teachers about students with exceptionalities, and also teaches creative arts methods for the classroom. 



Session Descriptions

Keynote Session • 9 - 9:50 AM

Uncovering and Unleashing Your Power: Valuing Your Differences Is The Key To Constructing A Successful Life With ADHD

Sari Solden, MS LMFT, Psychotherapist, Author

Grande Ballroom – Sorensen Student Center

Whether you are a mental health professional, a student, an adult with ADHD, a parent, or an educator, it is vital to understand the importance of moving away from simple strategies and easy solutions and instead to focus on the power of valuing and developing your uniqueness. Disowning oneself, trying to blend in and get over who you are is much more destructive to you and your life than the challenges of ADHD! In this keynote, psychotherapist and author Sari Solden, discusses the perspective she has gained in 25 years as a counselor to men and women with ADHD . She emphasizes the importance of learning to see yourself whole and to focus on hopes and dreams instead of over-focusing on your deficits.

10 - 10:50 AM Sessions

Parenting Kids with ADHD

Greg Pavich, M.D.

Ragan Theater

Finding power with ADHD begins as a child. Figuring out how to parent kids with ADHD so that we can emphasize the positives and redirect the challenges is imperative in order to improve outcomes as they transition to adulthood. Dr. Pavich will discuss perspective and concepts of finding ways to positively parent kids with ADHD. From that framework, he will discuss practical issues that most families face in dealing with ADHD.

This session will be of most interest to educators and parents. 

Download presentation notes here.

Increase Resiliency & Well-Being in Young Adults and College Students with ADHD 

Jodi Sleeper Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC

Centre Stage

The groundbreaking two-year research study on coaching for college students with ADHD (Field, Parker, Sawilowsky & Rolands 2010) clearly shows an increase in skill, will & self-determination in all the research subjects who received direct one-on-one ADHD coaching services. In this workshop, Jodi will focus on the importance of increasing resiliency in young adults with ADHD, addressing the questions: “What do young adults with ADHD need to become more resilient?”  And “How can coaching become an integral part of this process?  When coaching is added to the treatment plan for individuals struggling with ADHD/EF/LD and co-existing conditions, those individuals feel more self-confident, self-reliant and prepared to move forward in their lives. In this workshop, participants will learn how coaching provides techniques for focus and organization, goal setting and skills for increased resiliency and effective daily living. Core areas of discussion include transitions, self-awareness, self-confidence, well-being and life skills, all of which can be fostered through the ADHD coaching process.

This session is applicable to all audiences – parents, educators and professionals. 

Download presentation notes here

Fuel Your Mind Right

Melissa Warner


The ability to be fully alive, engaged and productive occurs naturally when the brain has enough of the nutrients necessary to manufacture all of the neurotransmitters needed to communicate every message of life. Thus, healing the physiological imbalances in the ADHD brain should be the main focus of any treatment. The safest, most effective, and most convenient way to restore brain physiology and chemistry is by implementing a specific nutrient-rich diet and nutritional supplementation program. Melissa will review the nutritional principles that will provide the body and mind with the fuel needed for optimum performance. 

The Role of Neuropsychological Assessment in a Comprehensive ADHD Evaluation

Dustin Hammers, PhD, ABPP (CN)  

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As ADHD is diagnosed based on a constellation of behavioral symptoms, some have questioned the value that neuropsychological assessment has when evaluating children and adults with ADHD. It can be argued, however, that neuropsychology has the potential to play a vital role in improving treatment for individuals with ADHD and subsequent daily functioning. It is generally agreed that optimal treatment requires both comprehensive pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions. Neuropsychological evaluation has the capacity to assess ADHD patients unique collection of skills, identify comorbid conditions associated with development or mood/conduct, and allow for the consideration of personalized treatment plans. This breakout session proposes to shed light on the value that neuropsychology can have in optimizing the potential for patients and families with ADHD, as well as enlighten about neuropsychology’s role in a multi-disciplinary treatment process. 

This session is applicable to all audiences – parents, educators and professionals. 

Download presentation notes here.

11 - 11:50 AM Sessions

Using the DSM-5 to Harness the Power of Adult ADHD

Jason King, PhD and Russell Gaede, PsyD 

Centre Stage

The DSM-IV-TR minimally addressed adult presentations of ADHD in the symptom criterion and descriptive examples. In this workshop, participants will learn about the expanded coverage of adult ADHD symptoms in the new DSM-5. This will include discussion and rationale about the new diagnostic threshold for adults, the three “presentations” of inattentiveness, hyperactivity/impulsivity, and combined, the new symptom examples for adults, how to use the acronym F-I-S-C-A-L-D-R-O-P to identify ADHD in adults, and how to properly assess for the increased suicide risk for adults with ADHD.

Download presentation notes here

Biological Neurofeedback as an Efficacious Treatment for ADHD

Tyler Purdy, CSW and Collette Dawson-Loveless, LCSW, RPT

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Over the course of the presentation, Tyler will offer an overview of what biological neurofeedback is and how it can be an effective treatment for children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with ADHD. This will include research that has been conducted regarding the effectiveness of neurofeedback on ADD symptoms, as well as anecdotal and client stories about positive results. There will also be a live demonstration of Biological Neurofeedback during the presentation.

This session is applicable to all audiences – parents, educators and professionals. 

Download presentation notes here

Quick Tips for Teachers: Effective Classroom Behavioral Management Strategies

Adam Schwebach, PhD

SC  213 AB

Children with ADHD often exhibit difficult and challenging behavior in the classroom environment.  For example, children with ADHD may be forgetful or have trouble being able to follow through with basic tasks. They can be oppositional, have limited motivation to complete tasks, be excessively disorganized and easily distracted.  In many cases these behaviors are unintentional, but can lead to deficits in their academic performance. There are many interventions teachers can implement to help reduce the severity of such disruptive behavioral issues in the classroom. This session will provide participants with an open discussion as to why many children with ADHD display such difficulties at school.  Effective strategies that can be implemented in the classroom to help prevent and improve such behavioral problems will be discussed.

This session will be of most interest to educators and parents. 

3 Easy Positive Parenting Techniques for Daily Implementation

Brandon Heugly, CSW 

Ragan Theater

With all of the research and abundance of parenting classes and curriculum on how to manage children with behavioral or emotional disorders, sometimes it is easy to forget the simple things that will improve behavior, performance, and environment at home. Fortunately, all of these approaches are focused around changing parent behavior rather than changing child Behavior. Join Brandon as he presents three key elements found in all of the literature, which will be synthesized and presented in an energetic and practical way. 

This session will be of most interest to parents. 

12 - 1:00 PM Lunch & Exhibit Fair

Grande Ballroom and Ballroom Commons Area


1 - 1:50 PM Sessions

Women with ADHD: Under Diagnosed and Overwhelmed

Sari Solden, MS LMFT, Psychotherapist, Author

Ragan Theater

Sari Solden, psychotherapist and author of Women with ADD, begins this Q and A session with a brief overview of the special challenges for women with ADHD. The executive function and organizational challenges for women with ADHD who are primarily inattentive, are often masked until they leave home for college, begin to work, get married, or have children at which time their capabilities are overwhelmed by the increased demands. These young women may have gone undiagnosed or misdiagnosed because they compensated by overworking, by their high IQ or creativity, and because they did not look like stereotypical hyperactive little boys, internalizing their difficulties in the form of anxiety or depression instead of acting out. As women with ADHD continue on in their lives, their executive function challenges conflict directly with the gender role expectations they internalize, idealize, and compare themselves to, resulting in feelings of failure and impacting their self-concept, achievement, mood, and relationships. Sari shares the strength based perspective she’s developed during 25 years experience counseling women with ADHD and discusses how women can begin to redefine what it means to be a successful woman even when your difficulties persist.

Dealing with Digital Distractions

Adam Schwebach, PhD

Centre Stage

Advances in technology, particularly in mobile technology, has brought about many new challenges. Research reports that youth in our country spend approximately 8-9 hours a day in front of a screen.  Excessive screen time can lead to increased aggression, limited social interaction and obesity.  There is increased concern that some children are becoming “addicted” to technology.  This session will explore the many facets that contribute to excessive screen time, the effects on children - including the neurological, behavioral and social effects - and what parents can do to set appropriate boundaries and limits on how much time their child spends in front of a screen. 

This session is applicable to all audiences – parents, educators and professionals. 

The Power of Positive Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD

Matthew Roller, D.C.

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As a follow-up to Dr. Ned Hallowell’s keynote address during last year’s conference, Dr. Roller will review Dr. Hallowell’s positive approach to ADHD and treatment. This presentation will cover the philosophies of the program including such concepts as ‘ADHD is a gift, not a curse’ and ‘The Ferrari engine with bicycle brakes’. Two ADHD treatment case studies will be reviewed. Participants will learn practical strategies they can implement immediately.

This session is applicable to all audiences – parents, educators and professionals. 

ADHD Coaching: What’s it all about?

Jodi Sleeper Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC

213 AB

This one hour presentation will give the participants an opportunity to learn about the ADHD coaching process and benefits.  There will be a brief coaching demonstration and a Q&A period.  Join Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, world-renowned expert in ADHD youth coaching and find out if coaching is right for you, your child or your family.  

This session is applicable to all audiences – parents, educators and professionals. 

Download presentation materials here


2 - 2:50 PM Sessions

The 3 Keys to Overcoming ADHD’s “Sabotages to Success”

Jaydra Hymer, Author and Founder of Brainpower Unlimited

Ragan Theater

The challenges of ADHD have the potential to sabotage success in multiple areas of life. In this breakout session, you will learn the 3 keys to overcoming ADHD’s sabotages to success, which will help you decrease ADHD characteristics and increase cognitive and academic performance, emotional mastery and resilience, social proficiency and positive relationships, stress busting skills, and the success of ‘Achieving meaningful progress, contribution, fulfillment and joy in life’. ADHD doesn’t have to equal a life of doom and gloom. Life can be full and rewarding – IF you know how to overcome ADHD’s sabotages to success.

Technology and ADHD: Harness the Power of Technology so Actions Meet Intentions

Kimber Nelson, CPC

Centre Stage

Electronics and the internet are integral parts of our modern day to day life. When ADHD is part of the equation- they are also more likely to be a sucking black hole of distraction and wasted time. It is unrealistic to shut out all things virtual, so how do you harness the power of technology to support instead of getting in the way of your goals?

Join us to find out more about the variety of mobile Apps and online tools specifically designed for ADHD. Learn how to take back the power and effectively integrate this technology into your plans and processes.

This session is applicable to all audiences – parents, educators and professionals. 

Planning for the Future: Employment and Higher Education

Robyn Chidester

213 AB

Many families wonder if their son or daughter will be successfully employed. A recent study by the National Institute of Health found that adults with ADHD have higher than average rates of unemployment. School age youth and young adults need help and supports to successfully get and keep a job. This workshop will help families, students with ADHD and professionals understand the realities of today’s work world and the supports available to help youth with career planning and further education. Family who understand the world of work, who maintain high expectations of their youth, know about employment and educational services play a pivotal role in the successful employment of youth and young adults with ADHD. 

Download presentation materials here

When “Sit Down, Be Quiet & Pay Attention” Doesn’t Work: Strategies for Teachers and Parents in Working with Children and Adolescents with ADHD

Kristin Wright, Med

Frank Garrett

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Join Kristin and Frank as they present useful methods and strategies to help teachers and parents keep students with or without ADHD actively involved in learning activities. Specific detailed discussion of the following methods/strategies will be covered: Small group projects, Frequent rotation of learning centers, Students using technology to demonstrate what they’ve learned, Using music – art – drama – and movement to spark interest and creativity with academics, ADHD ‘toys’ to help calm the fidgets. 

 Download presentation materials here


Closing Keynote Session • 3 - 3:50 PM

Death of a Superhero

Mark Patey

Grande Ballroom – Sorensen Student Center

The fastest way to destroy a superhero is to get them to believe they are not one. What if you were a gifted sprinter, but were told that because of a condition found in a very small percentage of the population, your legs run too quickly and you’d have to learn to live without them. For many children and adults with ADHD that scenario is all too real. The world at large often asks them to limit the power of their sprinting or ‘hyperactive’ brains, when perhaps all they need is a bigger track to run on. This entertaining and informative closing session will investigate how we can ‘free the superhero within’ by learning 5 ways to unleash the strength of an ADHD brain.

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5.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available through NASW. See registration site for details.

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Event Details:

Toni Harris
Assistant Dean
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Utah Valley University

Sponsor & Vendors:

Ashley Santillana
Associate Director of Development
School of Education and University College
Utah Valley University