Dr. Sarah Wayland - We Are All Part of the Treatment Team: The Importance of Parents, Doctors & Educators Working in Harmony

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Sarah is most known for being the co-organizer of the Parenting ADHD Summit.

These are the exact same strategies Sarah used with thousands of families, including her own, to best support families and their children and help them get the most out of their resources.

Something about Sarah that really impressed me is her comprehensive understanding of the factors that drive professionals in different professions as well as her deep understanding of the parents’ experiences trying to get support for their children

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When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, their parents/caregivers must assume the role of a case coordinator. Because they will support their child throughout the child’s journey from childhood to adulthood, they are concerned with the long-term view. They are also living with their child, navigating the day-to-day.    

During this interview, Dr. Wayland will talk about the different goals of members of your child’s “treatment team”. Teachers are concerned with the academics that the child must master for the year. Parents are concerned with making sure their kids are able to navigate adulthood by the time they leave home. 

Clinicians are concerned with addressing the specific challenges they are trained to address. And doctors are thinking about how the child’s disability will impact them over the long haul.

Sometimes these goals conflict. What do team members need to know about each others’ perspectives? How can we structure the conversation so the child gets the maximum benefit?

After this conversation, you will have a framework for discussing your child in collaboration with other team members - and with this framework in place, you can maximize your child's ability to take advantage of the available support.

Dr. Wayland has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and she has spent the last 30 years building on that knowledge base through a wide range of work in the disability support field.

She helps families supporting kids with invisible disabilities as a parent coach, Certified RDI consultant, and Special Needs Care Navigator.

In her work with families, she draws on her deep training in a range of professional approaches including – RDI (Relationship Development Intervention), the Parent-Child Journey course developed by Dr. Dan Shapiro, M.D., Ross Greene’s Collaborative, and Proactive Solutions model; and PEERS social training.

Dr. Wayland has been deeply involved with disability support organizations including The Arc, the Parents Place of Maryland, and the Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee in both Prince George’s County and in the State of Maryland. 

She has organized numerous conferences, including the popular online Parenting ADHD Summit and co-edited a book on Technology Tools for Students with Autism.

Last, but definitely not least, Dr. Wayland is the parent of two wonderfully exceptional children.

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