The ADHD Kids Can Thrive Podcast

Join Kate of ADHDKidsCanThrive, LLC as she explores and learns more about ADHD from thought leaders, experts and advocates. Kate hopes to engage parents, educators and the general community to help ADHD people reach their highest potential. Kate is a parent, author of How We Roll -A Parent’s Journey of Raising an ADHD child, founder of and former media executive. Have a question or topic you’d like to see covered on this podcast? Go to

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2 days ago

My guest is Paul Reddick, accomplished baseball coach, mentor, speaker and author. He is also an ADHDer and ADHD advocate. I invited Paul on the podcast because Paul's tweets are very inclusive on what works and doesn't work for ADHD kids playing a sport like baseball. I asked Paul to join me to share his own story about growing up with ADHD and how best to support ADHD kids in athletics. You can learn more about Paul at
In this episode, Paul and I discuss the following:
Paul’s personal story of growing up with ADHD
How hurtful words from authority figures growing up and get stuck on replay
How Paul locked-in after high school to thrive as a baseball coach
Why his brain loves baseball and baseball coaching?
How he manages his ADHD to this day?
How his brain thrives on “danger” (in a healthy ways)?
How a parent can advocate for their ADHD child with an athletic coach?
How exercise and music helps him with focus?
Paul’s words of wisdom for ADHD kids involved in athletics
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Tuesday Mar 14, 2023

My guest is Melanie Hempe, founder and speaker of was created to empower families to reclaim their kids from toxic screens that include social media, video games and porn. She is also a retired RN and mom of four kids, one who overcame a severe addiction to video games. I invited Melanie on the podcast to share her personal journey and educate us how to help protect kids and families from the harmful effects of screens.
In this episode, Melanie and I discuss the following:
-Melanie’s personal parenting journey of navigating her oldest son through an addiction to video games
- #1 reason boys drop out of college?
- How this led to Melanie making changes in her family and creating
- Screen culture is hurting our kids
- Parents must become empowered when it comes to their kids and screen use
- Parents think they can manage their kids screen use as they grow-up
- This is a dopamine addiction reward pathway problem
- How Melanie created a game free and porn free home
- The problem is kids are detaching from their families and real-world
- Kids think they can multitask and they simply can’t
- Screen use tears down their grit, problem solving skills and confidence
- Screen detox to get a kid to re-engage in their life
- Why social media companies declare age 13 as age appropriate? The answer does not have your child’s interest at heart, at all!
-  Kids are becoming more and more anxious and depressed
- The answer when a parent feels like their child will be left out socially if they don’t have access to screen time
- The real cost of addiction and mental health problems for kids
- Melanie’s mission to support parents to help kids grow up and thrive
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#anxiety #depression #dysregulation #screentime #porn #socialmedia #videogames #addiction

Tuesday Mar 07, 2023

My guest is Jan Ellison Baszucki, founder of Jan is also a parent, author, mental health advocate and aspiring citizen scientist. Her husband,  David Baszucki and Jan Ellison Baszucki launched, an initiative of Baszucki Group, to share information and resources about the emerging field of metabolic psychiatry. Their family experienced the challenges of a mental health crisis firsthand when the eldest of their four children, their son, Matt, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 19. After battling bipolar illness for five years, Matt achieved a full recovery from his condition using a metabolic ketogenic diet therapy.
I invited Jan on the podcast to share her personal journey as a parent with a child who was struggling with a serious mental health crisis. She shares her insights and learned know-how with us. Even though her son isn’t diagnosed with ADHD, there is so much education, insight and resources packed in this episode to support a parent or expert who is supporting a person with ADHD.
In this episode, Jan and I discuss the following:
- Jan’s personal family story navigating her son who was diagnosed with bipolar 1
- They tried everything from functional medicine, supplements, RTMS, DBT, CBT, sobriety, meds, exercise, mediation, weekly therapy.
- Then came trying a Keto Diet
- Introduction to Dr. Chris Palmer and his findings
-  Keto diet helped resolve son’s Bi-Polar
- Differences in diets- what makes Keto work for improved metabolic & mental health
- Georgia Ede’s work and her findings
- How mood is effected by brain running on glucose vs. ketones
- Keto Diet is low carb, keeping track of carbs
- What foods are considered carbs?
- How does Keto Diet calm the brain?
- What healing your gut really means when it comes to eating?
- Metabolic Mind’s mission
- Resources to learn more at, Nichole Laurent at and  
- Jan’s shared wisdom to parents who are raising a child who is struggling with mental health.
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#anxiety #depression #keto #metabolicpsychiatry  #ketones #ketodiet #bipolar #dysregulation #mentalhealth

Tuesday Feb 28, 2023

My guest is Dr. Sarah Cheyette, Pediatric Neurologist. In this episode, Dr. Sarah Cheyette discusses how anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation and ADHD can be related. Dr. Sarah Cheyette graduated cum laude in Cognitive Neuroscience from Princeton University and received her medical degree from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.  Following specialty training in pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and in pediatric neurology at Seattle Children’s Hospital she settled with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area. She practices at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation where she focuses on treating ADHD in both children and adults.  She is the author of three books on ADHD: ADHD and the Focused Mind, Winning with ADHD, and ADHD & Me as well as a book on headaches (Mommy My Head Hurts). In this episode, Dr. Sarah Cheyette discusses how anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation and ADHD can be related. 
In this episode, Dr. Sarah Cheyette and I discuss the following:
How is anxiety and depression and ADHD related?
How being able to focus builds our self-esteem?
How too much in an unfocused state can lead to bad feelings?
How emotions turn off the thinking part of our brain?
Symptoms of anxiety and/or depression is an individual experience
What are treatments for an ADHD person that struggles with anxiety and/or depression?
How to help an ADHD child manage school life and keep anxiety and/or depression in check?
The role electronics plays in our kids
What to do when a child’s anxiety or depression leads them to avoidance or isolation?
When suicidal ideation becomes a factor with an ADHD child?
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#anxiety #depression #suicidal ideation
#screentime #electronics #avoidance #adhd treatments

Tuesday Feb 14, 2023

My guest is Pen King Jr. , General Partner at Innovative Capital, co-founder & CEO of Bonding Health, and ADHD'er. I invited Pen to join me on the podcast today to share his own personal story of growing up with ADHD. His personal journey has led him to innovating and creating a company in the health space to support parents who are raising ADHD kids. Learn more at
On this episode, Pen and I cover the following:
His personal journey of growing up with ADHD as a high energy young boy
What was his experience growing up with ADHD and on medication?
What structures and support he needed to help him get through school?
What worked to help him mature into himself as a person with ADHD?
How did he integrate other tools into his life to manage ADHD that went beyond medication?
What tools does he use today to support better organization in life?
What and how will his new company called Bonding Health support parents of ADHD?
His words of lived wisdom for parents who are raising next generation of ADHD kids
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Tuesday Feb 07, 2023

My guest is Cynthia Hammer. She has her masters in social work, is an author, advocate and founder of the Inattentive ADHD coalition (  The mission of the Coalition is that children with Inattentive ADHD are diagnosed by age 8 and adults with inattentive ADHD are readily and correctly diagnosed when they seek help.  She started this non-profit two years ago when she realized inattentive ADHD was still under diagnosed or incorrectly diagnosed.  She knows, from her personal experience, how critical diagnosis and treatment of ADHD is and how it can transform lives.  In this episode, Cynthia discusses Inattentive ADHD and why it’s important to diagnose and treat.
In this episode, Cynthia and I cover the following:
What is Inattentive ADHD?
The negative impacts of not diagnosing it
How to work with weak memory, immaturity and trouble with peers?
How do some Inattentive ADHD kids make it through school?
The burden of feeling like you don’t fit in
Cynthia shares her own story with Inattentive ADHD 
Why is it important to figure out if you have ADHD?
Steps parents should take to support their ADHD child?
How teachers may see signs of Inattentive ADHD first?
How to help a child that goes beyond medication?
Wrap -up with Cynthia’s wisdom
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Tuesday Jan 31, 2023

My guest is Ilana Winter, New York City based  Child Therapist and School Social Worker who coaches parents all over the country on how to balance screen time in their homes. Most of the parents she works with have a child with ADHD who is showing signs of a screen addiction, so she teaches them step by step how to help their child become screen resilience so they can thrive in the modern digital world. Ilana can be found on instagram @modernparentingmethod and in her private facebook group called Modern Parenting Method where she does free live training every week. In this episode, Ilana shares a wealth of information about why and how we can  parent wisely when our child is accessing a phone or any other type of digital device.
 On this episode, Ilana will cover:
 -How true self regulations doesn’t develop in the brain until we are in our 20’s
- How to help kids develop discernment
- How kids with ADHD are prone to excessive screen use
- How excessive screen use impairs structural and functional in the brain
- How kids can be super focused on screens doesn’t translate to others of their lives
- Recommended limits for screen use by age
- Taking a screen detox
- What are the concerns with using social media?
- Parent considerations when giving a child a phone?
- Tips for parental controls on the phone
- Parents using screen time as a reward for their child? 
- Phone contracts between parents and child?
- Guidance for device use in the bedroom?
- Checking your child’s text messages?
It's worth your time to listen! Thank you for listening and pass it on to anyone you think it might help!

Tuesday Jan 24, 2023

My guest is Scott Spradlin, a therapist and team lead at Wichita DBT at NorthStar Therapy. He is knowledgeable of DBT, ADHD, mindfulness, mental health and psychotherapy. I invited Scott  to join me on this episode to help us understand and become more educated in DBT therapy as a tool for those who struggle with ADHD. You can find Scott at
 On this episode, Scott and I cover the following:
- What is DBT Therapy?
- How is DBT a viable treatment for someone who struggles with ADHD?
- How is DBT orientated towards skill building?
   - mindfully being attentive
   - deregulating strong emotions
  - distress tolerance in a crisis
   - building resilience
   - interpersonal effectiveness 
-Mindfulness of learning self acceptance and letting go of judgment
- How parents regulation of their emotions plays a role
- How DBT can help navigate interpersonal relationships
- What are DEAR MAN skills?
- What are FAST skills?
- When we are more skilled we are able to see more options for solving problems
- When should parents or an individual consider seeking out a DBT as a therapeutic option?
It's worth your time to listen! Thank you for listening and pass it on to anyone you think it might help!
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Tuesday Jan 17, 2023

My guest is Sean G. McCormick, an executive function specialist. Sean guides students to overcome procrastination, disorganization and anxiety by teaching time management, prioritization and communication skills so they feel motivated, prepared and empowered.  You can learn more about his services at In this episode, Sean shares a wealth of information about why and  how executive function skills impact a child with ADHD. He shares insights, resources and tips on how a parent can help an ADHD child.
 On this episode, Sean will cover the following:
- How all ADHDer's struggle with EF, but not everyone with EF struggles have ADHD
-  Why are EF skills important life skills?
- What are EF skills?
- Why do we need to develop EF skills?
 - What does the POSITIVE acronym mean?
- Are EF skills teachable?
 - How to help a child when EF skills aren't coming naturally?
- The school/life years that our biggest transition times for ADHD kids
- How can parents support their child?
- How to navigate school to help support an ADHD child?
 - When to seek outside support to help an ADHD child?
- Differences between an EF Coach and tutoring?
- Tips to get homework done and turned in?
- Sean wraps up with more tips and insights and reveals he also has ADHD
It's worth your time to listen! Thank you for listening and pass it on to anyone you think it might help!
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Tuesday Jan 10, 2023

My guest is Kristen Nazzaro, a certified parent coach helping parents with ADHD kids.  She also was a special needs paraprofessional for several years and is currently working on getting her Masters in School Psychology. Kristen is an ADHDer' herself. You can learn more about her services at On this episode, Kristen shares her personal journey with ADHD and then we dive right into what and how an ADHD Coach can help a parent who is raising an ADHD child. #adhd #adhdparenting #adhdsupport 
She shares all kinds of stories, insight and tips:
- Personal journey of getting through school including college with ADHD
- Advice she shares with parents with a child with ADHD that goes beyond behavior
- What an ADHD Parent Coach does to help parents
- How an ADHD Parent Coach can help parents
- How an ADHD Parent Coach is different than a therapist
- How an ADHD Parent Coach can support parents learning how to advocate for their child at school
- At the end Kristen shares her top two pieces of wisdom as an ADHD Coach for parents
It's worth your time to listen! Thank you for listening and pass it on to anyone you think it might help!

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