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Archive for February, 2016

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Dr. Hallowell ADHD in Kids: Diagnosis, Medication and more in Washington Post

Dr. Hallowell is quoted in the February 7, 2016 edition of Washington Post Education editor Valerie Strauss.

Dr. Hallowell answers questions about what parents and teachers need to know — but too often don’t understand — about how ADHD affects young people.

Read the article in the Washington Post

Excellent follow up to the February 7, 2016 Washington Post ADHD column.

Dr. Hallowell answers questions on diagnosis, anxiety, boys vs girls, medication, non-medication treatment and more. Read the article in the Washington Post.

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

We Must Capture the Necessary Brilliance of people with ADHD and LD

I want to introduce all who read my newsletter to an amazing resource for people who have ADHD but don’t fit into the traditional college or grad school setting. It is called InventiveLabs.

As Rick alludes in his TEDx talk, InventiveLabs is changing lives and I see InventiveLabs as the training ground for X-men and X-women, like the Xavier Institute. Hugely needed, InventiveLabs can change the world by giving these young people the starting point they need.

Located just north of Boston, occupying an entire floor of a renovated mill building, it is a breeding ground of new ideas, new companies, new visions, and dreams-come-true.

The brainchild of two successful entrepreneurs in their 50’s, Rick Fiery and Tom Bergeron, Inventive Labs should be the first in a chain of such launching pads for entrepreneurs.

Please join me in rising up and spreading this TEDx talk: tweet it, link it, email it, blog it, like it, comment on it.
This message needs to get out.

People with ADHD are not stupid or lazy! They think differently. We must capture the Necessary Brilliance of people with ADHD by defining a new path for them to achieve success.

And it is working! 2 ADHD superhero success stories:

New Fashion Label – Rebecca, an Australian who was desperate to find a way out of a dead end job, finished a one-year internship program focusing on fashion design. At InventiveLabs, she acquired the tools to launch a new label in beachwear fashion. Mentors helped her identify and work with industry contacts to learn the industry and educated her on the business concepts she would need to understand to produce her line. She also acquired seed funding sourced by the Lab to produce her samples and create her specs for manufacturing. She now has the knowledge to source a manufacturer, get the garments produced and start selling.

The APP Company – 3 guys, none had made it through college, and yet they created a new company, Hyperapptive (you have to love the name)! They met at InventiveLabs, quickly realized they have complimentary skill sets, came up with a bunch of ideas and one rose to the top, but they can’t disclose what it is yet… it is first to market and unique. They were concerned because they didn’t have money, but they learned all the elements of creating a pitch deck, a very detailed business presentation, while at the Lab and presented to investors in Washington DC. The team practiced their pitch many times to business contacts the Lab brought in, and they prepped them with possible questions. They stood their ground for 40 minutes, and raised $270K from the investors and their friends and family that were excited by their idea.

Other Inventives are working on things such as graphic and fictional novels, board game stores and travel businesses, just to name a few. Rick and Tom follow each Inventive’s lead and connect them up with people in the business community that have volunteered to help out at the Lab. Some of these successful businesspeople are ADHD themselves and derive tremendous satisfaction from helping the Inventives at the Lab. It is quite a symbiotic and fulfilling relationship for all involved.

The business and broader community is starting to take note and Rick Fiery was selected to present a TEDx talk at TEDx AmoskeagMillyard last November. It is now available to see on the TEDx YouTube Channel TEDx talk and I highly recommend all of you to listen to the message and stories told by Rick. It is truly inspiring.

In the TEDx talk, Rick describes how they take their Inventives through a process of passion exploration and then attempt to align that passion with a way to forge a livelihood. They provide them with just enough learning, at the right time, to allow them to go create a business, invent something that can be licensed, or possibly even discover that they should enter or re-enter the right college in the right major. It can be a truly life-changing experience for the right person.

So this amazing place is up and running and creating results. I ask you all to rise up and support them by spreading this TEDx talk far and wide. This message needs to be heard, and more of these types of alternatives need to exist, for the Superhero in us all.

Monday, February 8th, 2016

ADHD in kids: What many parents and teachers don’t understand but need to know

Dr. Hallowell is quoted in the February 7, 2016 edition of Washington Post Education editor Valerie Strauss.

Dr. Hallowell answers questions about what parents and teachers need to know — but too often don’t understand — about how ADHD affects young people.

Read the article in the Washington Post

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Hallowell ADHD Coaching Outside the U.S.

Live Outside of the U.S. and Need Coaching?

As I have grown my practice over the years, I have discovered the need to provide consulting and coaching services to many clients who reside outside of the United States. ADHD Coaching is a very specialized area and I often speak with people who have been frustrated by their diagnosis and the inability to find appropriate resources or expertise in their own communities.

How would ADHD Coaching be performed if you live in the United Kingdom, for instance? We could either “meet” via Skype, Facetime or phone on a weekly basis at a scheduled time. Many of my clients, even if based locally, prefer to conduct their appointments via technology. Most report that the sessions are equally effective and the distance sessions alleviate the stress and travel time to meet in person.

My role as a certified coach is to bring another perspective to daily challenges presented with ADHD or a learning difficulty. We will strategize, prioritize and brainstorm your short and long term goals, whether business or personal. I work in a highly interactive and purpose driven manner that will help decrease your existing frustrations of the present and turn those challenges into defined action items that are truly attainable and measurable.

Often times we can find a convenient time to “meet” even with the challenges of navigating the local time differences! I maintain a flexible schedule and will do my best to accommodate a convenient appointment during the week along with limited weekend availability.

For a complimentary phone consultation, please call Christine L. Robinson, M.Ed. Certified ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant at 617-842-0634 or Christine@HallowellCenter.org Skype or Facetime sessions are also available.

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