The early part of my clinical research was spent on learning about what was going on "physically" in kids and adults with ADHD. Together with my colleagues Dr. Joel Lubar and Dr. Michael Linden, we learned a lot about the physical causes of ADHD. However, I felt like I was spending all my time focusing on helping people learn how to pay attention without really targeting the big question: What are the values, the traits, the skills that are actually worth our time and attention?

So, we spent a decade or so finding out. We decided that we needed to go "Beyond Attention" and teach essential life skills. We talked to thousands of families, learning what was important. Based on these conversations, we developed a 15 session "Life Skills Program", and were honored to have our program published by the American Psychological Association in the book: Teaching Life Skills to Children and Teens with ADHD: A Guide for Parents and Counselors.

The Life Skills Class is intended to build life skills, one step at a time. Dr. Monastra guides each class of parents and their child through a 15 step process and hopefully helps kids develop the kinds of social networks that are essential for practicing and developing essential life skills
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