Coming This Week: Expert Tips on Teaching Kids With ADHD

I’m pleased to announce that Karen Sunderhaft, nationally recognized teacher, author and ADHD expert will be guest blogging for me this week on Wednesday, and possibly Friday as well.

Karen has been a teacher for 16 years. She has been spending time learning, writing and speaking about ADHD since 1999.

After completing an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Philosophy at Boston College and receiving two awards upon graduation. Karen earned a special education degree with a concentration in learning disabilities at Northern Michigan University.

Over the years, Karen has taught at prominent private schools such as Laurel School and University School in Shaker Heights, Ohio and Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware. Karen currently teaches 7th grade special education for an on-line public/charter school in Ohio.

For three years, Karen ran the academic learning center for the Cleveland Clinic’s 8 week summer treatment program for children whose primary diagnosis was ADHD.  She has been educated by some of the most important people connected to the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and learning disabilities. Some of these people have included Dr. William Pelham, Ned Hallowell and Mel Levine.

For four years, Karen was also one of only two teachers asked to be part of the ADHD Experts on Call, a national call-in campaign to provide general advice and referrals regarding ADHD, where she and I had the opportunity to serve together.   She has been a regular contributor for ADDitude Magazine, a national magazine for and about families with ADHD, since 2003.

In addition to Karen’s professional contributions to the field of ADHD, she volunteers as the coordinator of the respite outreach offered through her home church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio that Key Ministry was honored to lend a hand in developing.

Some of the topics Karen plans to address this week include:

Helpful hints for children’s/student  pastors and leaders for effective communication to kids who have ADHD  in a large group setting.

Suggestions on designing ministry environments for kids, taking into account the needs of kids with ADHD.

Ideas for the volunteer Sunday School teacher or small group leader with a couple of kids who can’t still, keep their hands to themselves or stop talking during the lesson/group.

Suggestions for parents of a child with ADHD who want to have a meaningful experience at church, but have to take kids into worship services designed for adults.

Strategies to help kids with ADHD to memorize Bible verses, prayers or worship songs in churches where they’re expected to do so.

Advice for moms and dads who want to instruct their child in the family’s faith, but are worn down from struggles to complete schoolwork common among kids with ADHD.

We’re honored to have Karen join us this week. Please check back with the blog on Wednesday, October 6 and Friday, October 8, and forward the link to any interested friends in children’s ministry, student ministry or interested parents.

About Dr. G

Dr. Stephen Grcevich serves as President and Founder of Key Ministry, a non-profit organization providing free training, consultation, resources and support to help churches serve families of children with disabilities. Dr. Grcevich is a graduate of Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), trained in General Psychiatry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University. He is a faculty member in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at two medical schools, leads a group practice in suburban Cleveland (Family Center by the Falls), and continues to be involved in research evaluating the safety and effectiveness of medications prescribed to children for ADHD, anxiety and depression. He is a past recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Dr. Grcevich was recently recognized by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers in children’s mental health. His blog for Key Ministry, was ranked fourth among the top 100 children's ministry blogs in 2015 by Ministry to Children.
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5 Responses to Coming This Week: Expert Tips on Teaching Kids With ADHD

  1. Karen is awesome…and as kind as she is smart. Can’t wait to read her posts!


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  5. Joni MacLean says:

    Looking for a prayer for an educators workshop on adhd. If you have one to share that would be awesome.


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