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Online Course: How to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development

Course Objective and Description

NOTE: This course has been dis­con­tin­ued

In order to suc­cess­ful­ly pro­mote children’s healthy brain devel­op­ment, every par­ent whose child has been diag­nosed with ADHD should learn how to sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly nav­i­gate and mon­i­tor the range of poten­tial ADHD treat­ments based on the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence. This course aims at pro­vid­ing the nec­es­sary infor­ma­tion, frame­works and toolk­its to make well-informed deci­sions, in con­junc­tion with pro­fes­sion­al advice, about med­ica­tion, behav­ioral ther­a­py, exer­cise, neu­ro­feed­back, work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing, med­i­ta­tion, diet and sup­ple­ments.

By the end of this 6-hour online, self-paced course par­tic­i­pants will have gained the under­stand­ing and infor­ma­tion required to nav­i­gate, pri­or­i­tize and mon­i­tor ADHD treat­ments, both con­ven­tion­al and com­ple­men­tary, to max­i­mize short-term and long-term healthy brain devel­op­ment for chil­dren with ADHD.


Who this is for

Com­bin­ing the lat­est evi­dence-based guide­lines and  reviews put for­ward by the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Pedi­atrics with the inde­pen­dent research analy­sis and exper­tise by the Fac­ul­ty, this new course can be a valu­able resource for par­ents whose child has been diag­nosed with ADHD and also for pro­fes­sion­als seek­ing to stay updat­ed.

The Fac­ul­ty

Dr. David RabinerDr. David Rabin­er, founder of the Atten­tion Research Update, is an Asso­ciate Dean and a Research Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­o­gy and Neu­ro­science at Duke Uni­ver­sity. His research cen­ters on the impact of atten­tion dif­fi­cul­ties on children’s aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ment, improv­ing com­mu­ni­ty care for chil­dren with ADHD, the mis­use of ADHD med­ica­tions by col­lege stu­dents, and inter­ven­tions to improve aca­d­e­mic per­for­mance in chil­dren with atten­tion dif­fi­cul­ties. He has pub­lished over 50 sci­en­tif­ic papers in peer reviewed med­ical and psy­chol­o­gy jour­nals and received fund­ing for his research from the Nation­al Insti­tutes of Men­tal Health, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, and the US Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion. Dr. Rabin­er start­ed pub­lish­ing the Atten­tion Research Update e-newslet­ter in 1997 to pro­vide par­ents, edu­ca­tors, and health care pro­fes­sion­als with a con­ve­nient and inde­pen­dent source to stay informed about the lat­est research on ADHD pub­lished in lead­ing med­ical and psy­chol­ogy jour­nals.

Alvaro FernandezAlvaro Fer­nan­dez, named a Young Glob­al Leader by the World Eco­nom­ic Forum, is the co-author of the acclaimed book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (2013). He runs Sharp­Brains, an inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm track­ing health and well­ness appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence. He is a nation­al­ly-known speak­er and expert, and has been quot­ed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, New Sci­en­tist, CNN, and oth­er media out­lets. Alvaro, who holds an MBA and an MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, pro­duces the annu­al Sharp­Brains Sum­mit, the largest glob­al and vir­tu­al con­fer­ence where sci­en­tists, inno­va­tors and pro­fes­sion­als dis­cuss the lat­est devel­op­ments in the field.


Course out­line



Course reg­is­tra­tion includes:

  • One-year access to two record­ed lec­tures and Q&A ses­sions, each of them last­ing two hours and a half.
  • One-year access to an online library with addi­tion­al resources
  • One-year access to treat­ment mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem: The course includes a com­ple­men­tary treat­ment mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem for 1-year to course par­tic­i­pants. Based on Dr. Rabiner’s guid­ance, a soft­ware ven­dor has devel­oped an online sys­tem that enables health pro­fes­sion­als and par­ents to track children’s progress via the online dis­tri­b­u­tion and scor­ing of behav­ior rat­ing forms. Course par­tic­i­pants will receive a cer­tifi­cate that their child’s clin­i­cian can use to receive sys­tem­at­ic, reg­u­lar feed­back on how the child is doing at home and school for 12 months at no charge. The val­ue and impor­tance of treat­ment mon­i­tor­ing is one of the impor­tant top­ics that will be address in the course.
  • One-year access to a pri­vate online com­mu­ni­ty to enable reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants to inter­act with the Fac­ul­ty and with each oth­er.

Note: Reg­is­tered course par­tic­i­pants can access these resources by log­ging in HERE.


This fast-paced online course will cov­er the fol­low­ing top­ics:

1. How to har­ness Med­ica­tion, Lifestyle and Neu­ro­plas­ti­ciy for Life­long Brain Devel­op­ment

2. What is research sup­port, and what are its lim­i­ta­tions? How can par­ents thought­ful­ly eval­u­ate the claims made by pro­po­nents of dif­fer­ent treat­ments, and suc­cess­ful­ly advo­cate for their chil­dren?

3. ‘Con­ven­tion­al’ ADHD treat­ments: Med­ica­tion and Behav­ior Ther­a­py

4. Alter­na­tive and com­ple­men­tary treat­ments



Work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing

  • What is work­ing mem­o­ry and what does it have to do with ADHD?
  • What does work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing involve?
  • What is the cur­rent evi­dence base for work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing for ADHD?]
  • Things to con­sid­er when think­ing about work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing.
  • Read­ingIs work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing the pri­or­i­ty for ADHD patients?



  • What kinds of diets have been test­ed as treat­ments for ADHD?
  • How strong is the research sup­port for dietary inter­ven­tions for ADHD?
  • Things to con­sid­er when think­ing about a dietary inter­ven­tion.
  • Read­ingWest­ern’ Style Diet Increas­es Risk of ADHD


5. How can a par­ent nav­i­gate these options and obtain, mon­i­tor and help iter­ate the best care for a par­tic­u­lar child

  • How to pri­or­i­tize and sequence most-like­ly-to-help inter­ven­tions, both con­ven­tion­al and com­ple­men­tary
  • How to mon­i­tor their short-term and long-term effec­tive­ness
  • How and when to com­mu­ni­cate with health pro­fes­sion­als to iter­ate and refine care


iPadRequired tech­nol­o­gy

  • All that is required to par­tic­i­pate in the course is a com­put­er or a tablet with Inter­net access


If you have any ques­tions or would like fur­ther details about the course please Con­tact Us.