Unlearning biases about ADHD in early childhood education[Webinar]

In this webinar we were welcomed by Monica Maddison, director of specialized education and founder of Bloom Behaviour! Monica joined us to discuss a foundational understanding of ADHD executive functioning and the impact on early childhood classrooms. We explored the stigma behind ADHD diagnosis, how it fits under the “neurodiversity umbrella” as well as how children with ADHD may interact differently with their environment. We dove into self-regulation, impulsivity and the implications ADHD has for learning. This is not a webinar to miss! Keep reading to access the recording and the slides!

🎤Our Special Guests:

Monica Maddison – Owner & Founder of Bloom Behaviour!

Monica Maddison is a Director of Specialized Education and Inclusion, former college instructor, and a professional speaker. She brings her twelve years of experience and extensive education background to educate educators on best practices for supporting and caring for neurodiverse learners. When she isn’t advocating for her students in the classroom , providing one-to-one therapy for home based clients, or public speaking across Canada, she’s a mother to three children herself. Monica uses attainable explanations with actionable strategies within each session to guide educators through self reflection and greater understanding of all children. Her company, Bloom Behaviour, is creating a movement of inclusion driven practices for intentional educators.. because as we already know; we’re better when we’re together.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes from Monica!

  • ADHD is a neurodevelopmental, life-long disorder. It is not a dysfunctioning brain. Neurodiversity is an expected and natural variations in human brains.
  • Our understanding of ADHD has shifted radically from the 80’s and 90’s and educators need to “unlearn” the past stigma and beliefs.
  • ADHD learners are accommodated in our classrooms easily – and we all benefit from their presence. ADHD brains thrive in novelty, movement and with multimodal approach to instruction, especially in the early years.
  • There are multiple presentations of ADHD, and these brains are supported best in environments that remove distractions. Stimulant medication (which is not harmful or addictive) brings the ADHD brain to near equivalent functioning levels as neurotypical brains.


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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Content Strategist for HiMama!

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