Thinking Ahead: The VMS Speaker Series



Skills for Success: What Every Parent Needs to Know about Mindset and How Learning Really Happens
When: November 6, 2019- 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Where: Library
Audience: Open to the public but geared to parents of students who learn differently
Topics: Students with learning differences

About the Presentation
Research has shown us that how we perceive our ability to learn greatly impacts our confidence, motivation, and perseverance.  Executive Functions are the cognitive skills needed for academic performance, social skills, and life skills. Commonly, these are the skills utilized to organize, plan, initiate, manage emotion, shift maintain focus and use working memory.  They govern the HOW you do what you DECIDE to do. This presentation will start off by briefly explaining how Executive Function skills are developed including tips, tools, and strategies parents can use to promote optimal success in all aspects of life. I will then explore how to best help children see themselves as learners and how to best support them in developing perseverance in the face of challenge.

About the Speaker
Cindy Goldrich is an author and academic coach specializing in ADHD and executive functioning. She works with students, parents, and teachers with the ultimate goal of empowering students to succeed in the classroom and in life. She characterizes her philosophy as follows: "In working with parents, my philosophy is, ‘Parent the child you have.’ Not the one you thought you would have or that others tell you that you would have if you just parented THEIR way. I help parents and professionals nurture children through tolerance, empathy, and support, with a healthy balance of guidance, structure, and discipline. As I say to parents: ‘Don’t bend the Universe – too much.’ Prepare them for the real world, but know when to give them that extra chance they may need."

Cindy received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College and her ADHD Coach Certification from the Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching. She has trained with Dr. Edward Hallowell and Dr. Ross Greene.

Cindy’s award-winning book, 8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD, offers science-based insights and systems for parents to develop a deeper understanding of what ADHD is, beyond the most common characteristics (impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness). Cindy's book provides different perspectives and techniques for parents, that will dramatically improve family relationships.

Related Resources
Cindy Goldrich Videos & Media
8 Keys to Parenting Children with ADHD by Cindy Goldrich