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Archive for May, 2017

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Help a child with ADHD Manage Screens and Stress

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Parenting Kids with ADHD / Executive Function Challenges

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7 Tuesday sessions beginning May 30th, 2017 11:30am -1:00 pm (No session July 4) at The Hallowell Center NYC.
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Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

ADHD is not a Disorder – It’s as a Trait

Even though the country seems preoccupied by presidential politics, there are other topics we can turn to, should turn to, and want to turn to.  That’s one of the great beauties of living in this country and of being human, really.  We can turn to, focus on, talk about, and get involved with whatever we want to.  Even though various forces try to control and manipulate us, we are, or at least can be, free.

And that’s what I want to talk about in this note.  Freedom.  I’ve been thinking about freedom a lot these days.  Since I am embarking on a new book about ADHD (to come out in 2019, likely), I’ve been thinking about the essential qualities of this condition.  In the new book I am going to recast ADHD not as a disorder but as a trait, composed of a vast array of elements, some helpful, some harmful.  I’ve been trying to distill my thinking so when I start writing I can be as concise and sharp as I can possibly be.

At the very core of ADHD (a term I want to replace with a more accurate term in the new book…if you have any suggestions, please email me, drhallowell@gmail.com) beats a desire to be free.

We people who have this condition demand, crave, and thrive on freedom.  We bristle at being told what to do.  We resist requirements and often find an alternative way to get to where we are going.  We are pathfinders, not path followers.

We are often entrepreneurs.  I’ve worked with, treated, and studied entrepreneurs for decades.  The most defining characteristic of an entrepreneur is a desire to be free.  Ask an entrepreneur what he or she values most and you will likely get one word for an answer: freedom.

Just as freedom is the value our country was founded upon, along with equality, freedom is the value that entrepreneurs protect most jealously and use to greatest advantage.  Being free, an entrepreneur can roam far and wide, change goals in mid-sentence, overturn convention with a flick of the wrist, and produce the most amazing results when least expected.  Like people who have ADHD, entrepreneurs are unpredictable, unprogrammable, and unforgettable!

But we have to be careful with our freedom.  We can get carried away, doing everything “our way,” resisting advice, scorning regulations and directions, defying authority, and going off on the wings of our latest ideas.  This can lead to disaster.

As much as I love having ADHD myself and being an entrepreneur myself, I also have learned to love advice, to love structure, to thrive on following certain directions, and succeed best with an advisor who can keep me in line.

My latest example is working with the editor of the book I’m just completing.  It is a memoir entitled, “Because I Come from a Crazy Family: The Making of One Psychiatrist”.  It will come out early next year.  My editor, Nancy Miller at Bloomsbury Press, is a dream-come-true.

When I handed in the book it was 149,000 words, which is WAY too long.  While she loved what I had written, she told me it would have to be cut.  I knew that.  She managed to cut some 35,000 words without my weeping.  Indeed, I was most grateful.  had I insisted on my freedom to write as much as I wanted to, the book would have suffered.  I took Nancy’s direction with gratitude.  She improved my book enormously.

This is a hard lesson for many of us with ADHD to learn, as well as for entrepreneurs to learn.  We love, cherish, and need our freedom, but to use our freedom best well, we also need guidance, structure, and supervision from the right people.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Summer Academic Support with CogMed

How can Cogmed Working Memory Training over the summer help my child do better next semester?

Cogmed Working Memory Training® at The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest is a web-based and coach-supported intervention for attention problems caused by poor working memory. Working Memory is the ability to hold on to information while we use it in our thinking. It is the basis for mental math, reading comprehension, managing big projects and problem solving – any task that requires mental multi-tasking. We combine cognitive neuroscience with innovative computer game design and close professional support to deliver substantial and lasting benefits to our users. The vast majority of users improve in the ABC’s of Cogmed: Attention, Behavior and Capacity to learn.

Cogmed is the most researched working memory program in the world today.

With 40+ published studies to date and over 80 ongoing studies taking place, research finds that:

Working memory is a key success factor in the ability to pay attention and learn.

Working memory can be improved by training and using the right tool and protocol: Cogmed is that tool.

Training-related effects have been shown as changed brain activity, improved outcomes on neuropsychological testing, and improved behavior.

To learn more contact Rebecca Shafir M.A. CCC at the Hallowell Centers 978 287 0810 x117, HallowellReferralsSudbury@gmail.com or 978 255 1817.

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Best of ADHD Blogs

We are thrilled that the Dr. Hallowell Blog has been selected as one of the best ADHD Blogs of 2017 for the fourth year in a row!

Read more at Healthline.com

 

 

Friday, May 12th, 2017

ADHD Summer Camp

Dr Hallowell’s ADHD Family Summer Camp

July 17 – 21 2017, Glen Arbor, MI

www.hallowellsummercamp.com

Tel: 781-820-0881

Help Your child create their best future and help them improve:

•Organization

•Time management

•Advocacy skills

•ADHD management

Dr. Hallowell shares his 30+ years of experience with parents while kids (ages 8-18) engage in learning adventure activities with built in executive function strategies. Camp for siblings too.

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