A Day in the Life of ADHD – Dr Michele Toner – ADHD goes to Work




‘A Day in the Life of ADHD’ is the conference organised by ADHD WA. It took part on September 17th, 2016. During the conference, the ones affected by ADHD were invited to join ADHD WA Team for a morning of presentations by leaders in all aspects of ADHD treatment.

Learn how to manage the symptoms of ADHD at home, work and school. 

Dr Michele Toner focuses towards ADHD in a workplace

Research tells us that ADHD causes problems in the workplace for many. Common challenges include frequent distractions, missed deadlines, hyper-focusing on one task to the detriment of other more important work, procrastination with tedious tasks, and mental & physical restlessness.

On the flipside, there are strengths associated with ADHD when it is diagnosed and properly managed. Mental restlessness becomes a lateral-thinking brainstorm of ideas; risk-takers become successful entrepreneurs; day-dreamers become innovators.  Hyper-focus becomes a creative flow.

Michele provides useful strategies aimed at uncovering and honing strengths in the workplace, as well as accommodating challenges – with or without disclosing your diagnosis.

Dr Michele Toner:

  • Trained as a high school teacher, Michele was awarded a Master of Special Education Degree with Honours in 2001 and won the University of WA prize for Best Research in Special Education.  Entitled “Adults with ADHD; living in chaos and striving for control”.
  • In 2009 she completed her PhD, entitled “University Students Diagnosed with ADHD and their first year at university: a theory of developing empowerment”. This was awarded the Cameron Prize for best research in the education faculty for that year.
  • Michele now works in private practice.