Please note: I am currently living in Portugal so am only available for speaking events if they coincide with trips back to the UK or you are happy to pay travel expenses from Portugal!
Are you looking for an ADHD speaker to talk to your group, charity, organisation or conference about ADHD and its effects on children and their families?
I am on a mission to help parents and educators support children with ADHD. As an ADHD speaker, I want to dispel the myth that ADHD doesn’t exist. It IS a real condition and it has a huge impact of the lives of those it affects.
I can talk to any audience, large or small, about childhood ADHD and how it can be managed by the child, their parents and their teachers. I normally begin by sharing my own story. My son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of six following his first permanent school exclusion. Since then, life has been a rollercoaster of emotions for our family. He is now 18 and life is still challenging, in different ways, but we have overcome many of the negative effects of ADHD such as meltdowns and defiant behaviour.
Following publication of my book The Boy From Hell: Life with a Child with ADHD in March 2013 I was invited to speak at several conferences, and my career as an ADHD speaker has grown from there. Although I have done some public speaking training I’m not your typical polished conference speaker. As an ADHD speaker my talk is raw and authentic, and it comes from the heart. My story is an emotional one and by sharing it, it often enables other people to share their own stories, which can be a cathartic experience. Tissues are optional, but often essential!
My talk can be tailored for any audience, and the elements below can be combined to make your presentation unique and perfect for your needs. I can include:
- General information on what ADHD is and how it affects children, their families and the wider community
- My personal story
- The ten life lessons I learnt along the way
- Practical advice for managing ADHD symptoms and challenging behaviour
- Tips for educators on how to best support ADHD kids in the classroom
- How to apply for benefits for your ADHD child
- Advice for parents of children with specials needs, or carers generally
- Why I decided to make my story public, and how you can help other people by sharing your own story
I am located in Portugal but am happy to speak at your event wherever it is located, subject to a fee and travel expenses. Please contact me for more information and to discuss your requirements for an ADHD speaker for your event.
It was a pleasure to have you at our Conference. We have had a lot of feedback and many people mentioned how inspiring and powerful your speech was.
Beverley Hitchcock, Team leader – Research and Education, Cerebra
Alison Thompson spoke at our AGM. She recounted her experience as the mother of a child with ADHD and was an inspiring speaker. Her problems were daunting and she showed great courage and imagination in dealing with them. She explained her few mistakes and the lessons she learned from them. She also explained her successes and how she achieved them. Her presentation was lively and enhanced by endearing flashes of humour and self deprecation. I would warmly recommend Alison as a speaker to any audience of carers, related professionals and authorities.
Bob Ely, Chairman, South and Vale Carers Centre, Oxfordshire
A BIG THANK YOU for coming along to our group! You were inspirational, encouraging and informative.
Mary Austin, ADHD Oxfordshire
I thought you gave an excellent talk – the content was moving, practical and positive. I very much hope that you get the opportunity to speak more about your experience – without doubt it would be a great help to so many people who are facing similar scenarios.
Dorothy Burrows, Member of the 2013 Wantage (not just Betjeman) Literary Festival Committee
Thank you so much for speaking – your talk was very powerful and the feedback from delegates was very positive indeed.
Tony Lloyd, CEO, The ADHD Foundation
Events I’ve been a speaker at include:
- Online Special Education Expo, February 2016
- Inclusion Conference, Romford, Essex, October 2015
- One Education 15th annual conference, Manchester, March 2015
- SPACE Chesham, February 2015
- Sonning Common Primary School, Twilight INSET session, December 2014
- Chilworth House School, November 2014
- ADHD Inspiration Day, Swindon, October 2014
- Abingdon Library, Oxfordshire, October 2014
- Cerebra Annual Conference, Royal Society of Medicine, London, October 2014
- Vale and South Carers Centre AGM, Oxfordshire, November 2013
- ADHD Oxfordshire Support Group, Oxfordshire, October 2013
- Wantage Not Just Betjeman Literary Festival, Oxfordshire, October 2013
- ADDISS 11th International Conference: Teachers’ Day, Liverpool, October 2013
- ADHD Foundation 1st Conference, Liverpool, October 2013
- Cerebra seminar on Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Children with ADHD in the School Setting, Bristol, September 2013
- Oxfordshire Local Library Author Talks: Faringdon, Didcot, Wantage, Witney, Bampton, summer 2013