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First Person

Here is an eloquent first person account of one person's experience of having ADHD.It is so worth reading....

What is standing in the way of your Happy New Year?

Happy New Year!“Tell me, what is it you plan to dowith your one wild and precious life?” ― Mary Oliver, New and Selected PoemsI hope that each and every one of you had a beautiful holiday season and is optimistically looking forward to 2013.  January brings a sense of...

This is how you do it!

I applaud the brilliance and practicality of this mother's response to her daughter's sensitivities.  This is a perfect example of what is meant by creating accommodations in the environment to encourage success.  She has one lucky...

Attending to Something Exquisite: Try This!

Here is an exquisite 6 minute and 10 second video filled with images of beauty, and poetic language narrated in the soothing voice of Brother David Steindl-Rast.  Are you able attend to this without interrupting yourself by reading email or visiting other...

Gratitude and Peace

It’s not happiness that creates gratefulness. It’s gratefulness that creates happiness. --Brother David Steindl-Rast, The Grateful HeartHere we are, the holidays already upon us!  Culturally, we associate words such as gratitude and peace with the winter holidays, and...

Teaching Peace

"If we are to teach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with children" - Gandhi

The Great News Is That…

This is a brilliant and inspiring talk about what goes on in the developing adolescent brain, specifically the pre-frontal cortex.  It is important to keep in mind that the executive functions spoken of here challenge those with AD/HD and also take place within the...

Think Different

(Thank you to one of my amazing clients for reminding me!)"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status...

The Wisdom of Children

“My mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I was five years old I went to school, and they asked me to write down what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they...

Layers of Transition: Areas Ripe for AD/HD Coaching

We are all always in transition, even as we are often unaware of it.   We experience small, personal transitions on a daily basis as we move from one activity to the next, and from place to place – home to school, home to work, to the grocery store and other errands,...

Rethinking the Expectations We Place On Our Children

I am so happy to read about Madeline Levine’s new book, Teach Your Children Well.  This is a much needed discussion about our value system in this country, how it affects our parenting and, therefore, the lives of our children.  It is time we stop to consider what we...

Prophetic!

It is amazing to read this article about the writings of Ray Bradbury.   He talked about many of the distractions we deal with today. ...

This has been one of my favorite quotes for years.I just came across it again and feel it is so worth sharing. "A human being is part of a whole... [but] he experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... This delusion is a kind...

Modern Life!

Tim Krieder's article, The 'Busy' Trap, presents an interesting point of view.  Reading it in conjunction with the responses --which mostly disagree with what he presents-- brings to mind some interesting and valuable questions.  I think it is always useful to ask...

AD/HD Coaching is one process that teaches executive functioning and study skills to adults and children dealing with AD/HD.  So often we read articles that propose teaching of such skills versus taking medication.  I see no need to choose one potential solution over...

Brilliant and Practical!

Here is a wonderful, brilliant and one of the most practical articles I have read about dealing with AD/HD.  As an AD/HD Coach and a former Special Education Teacher, I highly recommend reading Katherine Ellison's article, We're Not Paying Enough Attention to AD/HD.My...

Novelty Seeking – Balancing Traits

Here is a wonderful article by John Tierney in the New York Times.So often, people with AD/HD struggle with impulsivity.  Mr. Tierney talks about balancing this trait with persistence and by connecting what you do to the larger world.Important line pertinent to those...

Is AD/HD Real?

I am often asked by parents and teachers if AD/HD is real.  It is most definitely a real neurobiological condition that interferes with an individual's executive functioning skills.  The more we recognize and understand what these skills are and how to teach them, the...

Happiness…

“My mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.When I was five years old I went to school, and they asked me to write down what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’.They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they...

What Do Our Brains Need In Order To Learn/ Work Well?

Reading this site --and the book it refers to: Brain Rules by John Medina-- backs up my observations from years of working with children in classrooms, families, and adult clients.  Specifically, it details the ways our brains learn and function best, which is not at...

College App Time!

I often receive questions from clients and their parents about whether to disclose their AD/HD and/or learning disabilities while applying to colleges.  This is always an individual decision and several things are important to consider.  Here is some very practical...

From the NYT

This is a heartbreaking story. This is a story about love. There is so much truth here.  And, beauty....

Strenths-Based and Needs-Driven

I work using a strengths-based and needs-driven model.  We all have great strengths, as well as our individual needs or challenges.  This article is a beautiful example of a woman who builds on her strengths while addressing her particular challenges.  ...

iPad App for Autism

My earliest memories are of teaching my deaf brother to speak.  As a toddler, I understood intuitively that Don was locked inside himself because he did not have the language to describe --to himself or anyone else-- his inner experience.  He was unable to identify...

Personal Best by Atul Gawande

My favorite line from this wonderful and very meaty New Yorker article about coaching: "Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance."  Well worth the read! ...

A Beautiful Quote

"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places."                                                                  Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

Go For It!

This inspirational speech by Steve Jobs is important for all of us.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA

A Change in Perspective

This is a beautiful article by Sally Quinn describing her coming to see her son and his struggles with learning in a new way, and the effect her change in perspective had on her...

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