The material contained within this programme has been developed in collaboration with ADHD-Europe and an expert European ADHD Awareness Taskforce. Between them, the members of these two groups have a wealth of personal experience and professional expertise, meaning that the material and practical advice has been developed for parents and teachers by their peers.
Current members of the European ADHD Awareness Taskforce
Mr Fulgencio Madrid Conesa (Spain)
Murcia Social and Economic Council
Fulgencio is a Doctor of Law, teaching Criminal Law at the University of Murcia and working for the Social and Economical Council of this Spanish Region. He is married with three children and his two boys both have ADHD. The disorder was almost unknown in Spain, so he worked to help raise awareness of ADHD-specific problems. As a result, he is one of the founders of the Spanish Federation, which was a founding member of ADHD-Europe. He is very proud of all the work he is doing with both of these organisations.
Professor Fiona McNicholas (Ireland)
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Fiona has been a Consultant in Child Psychiatry in Ireland since October 2001 and works in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin and Lucena Clinic, Rathgar, with an academic chair at University College, Dublin. Previously, she has worked in Columbia University, New York, Stanford University, California and as a Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist in Guy’s Hospital, London. She has a particular interest in increasing public awareness of child psychopathology and developing early intervention and screening at a primary care level. She is committed to teaching both medical and non-medical colleagues. Her research interests include ADHD, eating disorders and psychopharmacology.
Dr. Ed. Joanne Norris (Belgium)
A former educator, Special Needs Teacher Trainer, and ADHD-ASC-Dyslexia Coach, Joanne has championed underprepared students at primary, secondary and university level for most of her professional career. As President and Education Chair of ADHD, ASC & LD Family Resources Belgium, she now advocates on behalf of children and adolescents with ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, and also on behalf of their parents and teachers, in Belgium. Her duties include training volunteers and interns, forming partnerships with the International and European schools in Belgium and other organisations both nationally and internationally, mentoring graduate students and meeting with parents and students to evaluate their needs. She is a Graduate Fellow of the Children’s Literature Center at USF School of Education, San Francisco and an inducted member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was elected to the Board of ADHD-Europe in 2007 and has been actively involved in the formation and development of this organisation ever since.
Mr Fintan O’Regan (UK)
Behaviour Management Consultant
Fin is a former science teacher and has taught in the UK and in the USA in both mainstream and specialist schools. He was the Headteacher of the Centre Academy from 1996-2002. Centre Academy was the London branch of a number of specialist schools, based in Florida, USA, for children with ADHD and co-morbidities. He is currently a SEN and Behaviour Consultant for the Schools Network and an associate lecturer for Leicester University, the National Association of Special Needs and the Institute of Education. He is currently the Vice Chairman of UK ADHD Partnership and member of the European ADHD Alliance, and is a former chairperson of the European ADHD Taskforce.
Publications include the T,E,S, award-winning book Educating Children with ADHD (2000), How to Teach and Manage Children with ADHD (2001), Surviving and Succeeding in SEN (2005), ADHD: Impact and Intervention (2005), Troubleshooting Challenging Behaviour (2006), Challenging Behaviours (2006), the Small Change: Big Difference series of three books, Inattention, Hyperactive and Disorganised (2008) and the forthcoming Taking Charge of ADHD (2013).
Former members of the European ADHD Awareness Taskforce who contributed to the original ADHD Together, formerly known as ADHD Partnership Support Pack
Ms Rita Bollaert (Belgium) – Co-ordinator ADHD-Europe
Dr Eric Dickhaus (Italy) – Former Research Director Fondazione Attento
Ms Agneta Hellstrom (Sweden) – Director, ADHD Centre, Stockholm
Ms Lisa Mangle (UK) – ADHD Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sheffield
Dr Kirsten Stollhoff (Germany) – Consultant Neurologist, Child and Youth Paediatrician and Neuropaediatrician
Ms Anne Worning (Denmark) – Former Executive Director, ADHD Association