Highlights from Springboard Clinic’s “TED-style” talk!

In honour of our fifth anniversary, Springboard Clinic held a "TED-style" talk on February 5th, 2015. We talked about ADHD, what we've learned as a clinic, and thoughts on future directions for research and treatment.

Each of our five amazing speakers gave talks based on their unique experiences and expertise as coaches, educators, researchers, and even individuals going through the journey of learning how to thrive with ADHD. We also had a chance to hear opening remarks from our own Dr. Gray, who has put her heart and soul into Springboard Clinic since opening our doors.

Here are some takeaways from each of the talks:

  • Laura MacNiven, our Director of Health Education/Coaching, spoke about how individuals with attention issues can thrive by first and foremost understanding the way their brain works. She taught us that by gaining knowledge about the root of our difficulties, we can strategically focus on strengths, and ultimately find some version of peace.

  • Noah Jonsson, our youngest speaker at 11-years-old, started off his talk by encouraging us to run on the spot for 30 seconds so we could focus better on what he wanted us to hear! Using personal anecdotes, Noah inspired us all to use exercise as a way to help manage focus and mental health challenges.

  • Roberta Longpre, the Head of Student Support and Wellness at Branksome Hall, shared her thoughts on a new model of “wellness”- one that focuses on finding satisfaction, happiness, and well-being now, instead of focusing on wellness as a consequence of “working hard” and achieving success. She also reminded us of the importance of both sleep and play as part of our well-being, no matter what age!

  • Barbara Csenge, the Director of the Learning Enrichment Centre at St. Michael’s College School, shared her innovative work in the area of concussion management. As part of her talk, she helped us understand the link between brain injury, attention issues, and well-being, and made us think even more about the importance of making healthy decisions in all aspects of life.

  • Anne Bailey, a coach/therapist/assessment consultant at Springboard, helped simplify the complex field of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, and how it can impact opportunities for behavioural change. She also challenged us to “outsmart our brains” in three ways: 1) By building habits that can lead to changes in the brain. 2) By knowing what your brain usually does in situations (and changing the outcome). 3) By questioning what your brain tells you every once and awhile!

We’re going to be posting video of this evening in due time, so look out for it in the coming weeks! We look forward to continuing the dialogue of ADHD, innovation in the brain, while working to support individuals in our care.

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