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Archive for July, 2017

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Vacations are Over-Rated

     Note from Ned

         It’s summer.  When you read this note, you will likely be on a vacation, looking forward to a vacation, returning from a vacation, or wishing you’d done better in planning for a vacation.

           Personally, I’ve become convinced that vacations are way over-rated.  I am sure most of you will howl in disagreement, and you will cite valid statistics that show we Americans work too hard, do not take the vacations due us, and fail to pause long enough to appreciate the love and finery down time provides.

           People ask me all the time, “When will you be taking time off?  Where do you go to get away?  When is your vacation?”

           The fact is I have not had a vacation in years.  We do go away, my wife, my family, and me, but I always build writing into that time.  I do not like the idea of a vacation.  That’s because I love my work, I love my family, and I have no special desire to “vacate” all of that in some kind of supposedly idyllic state of leisure.

           Don’t get me wrong.  Those of you who love your vacations, bless you all.  My wonderful assistant, Dianne, goes off to France every year with her husband for weeks of pleasure, pleasure that I would not enjoy but they most certainly do.  In fact, one year her husband tried to engineer such a vacation for my family and me, but, thank goodness, in the end it fell apart.

           Certainly my kids and my wife do love vacations.  And I wish I could afford to send them on more.  But I am secretly glad I can’t because I do not like sunning on the beach, even though I grew up on the beaches of Cape Cod, and sunning on the beach is what they all would like to do.

           I do find ways to provide them access to sunny beaches by arranging every summer a week  on a beautiful beach in Michigan and a beautiful beach on Cape Cod where I teach courses and they can relax under the sun.

            Perhaps I am a curmudgeon.  But I don’t see it that way.  I think I am a man who loves what he does, and one of the things he (I) don’t love is stopping doing what I love so I can vacate that and do…..nothing.

            Relaxing, walking hand in hand, reading, eating well, drinking good wine—these are the ingredients of a good vacation.  What kind of alien am I not to like them?  I do like them.  I just tend to do them every day, instead of saving them up for vacation.

             So, with this note, I wish you all a wonderful summer, and should it happen to include a vacation, you have my sympathy.  (smiley face).

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

CORE Coaching for ADHD, Executive Function in HS & College Students & Entrepreneurs

Hallowell Center CORE coaching program with speech/language pathologist and executive functioning coach Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC

CollegeCORE coaching (by phone, Skype or in person) provides effective, practical and non-medication solutions to help high school upperclassmen and college students conquer problems associated with ADHD or Executive Dysfunction. Rebecca has worked with ADHD students and entrepreneurs for over 20 years. Her coaching and training approach builds the core skills and routines that enable success in school and greater marketability for the workplace.

CollegeCORE students will learn:

core skills and routines for managing anxiety and improving focus, follow through and communication

why it’s necessary to be the CEO of YOU, even if you don’t plan to be an entrepreneur

ways to clear the endless chatter and worry that inhibits successful executive functioning

problem-solving skills

compensatory  strategies as needed

ways to naturally improve concentration and focus

why good sleep is a major ally for the ADHD student, and sleep’s powerful role in learning and ways to improve sleep quality

how and what kind of exercise regimen best promotes clearer thinking and improved productivity

how to apply Rebecca’s most popular method for procrastination –“the 80-20”

why not all procrastination is bad

how and why to advocate for yourself – a competitive life skill.

To set up CollegeCORE coaching sessions with Rebecca Shafir, contact the Hallowell Center in Sudbury MA at (978) 287-0810 for Tuesdays and Thursdays, or at her West Newbury office (978) 255-1817 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays by phone or Skype.


CORE FOUR EXECUTIVE FUNCTION COACHING & TRAINING for Entrepreneurs with ADD/ADHD or Attention Deficit Traits           

Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC, author and speech language pathologist with over 25 years experience helps business people and entrepreneurs with ADD/ADHD move forward with their projects. The CORE FOUR method addresses the four skills and routines needed to excel as an intrapreneur or an entrepreneur:

Emotional flexibility

      Focus and Follow Through

    Communication Competence

    Shark Readiness

Following a 90 minute interview a customized program is designed with your personal objectives in mind. Some of your objectives may include:

Managing procrastination

Improving  attention, sustained concentration, learning and memory

Ways to organize    

Time management

Planning  and prioritizing activities   

Getting started and following through


Speaking with Power and Persuasion

Sessions are offered at the Hallowell Center in Boston MetroWest or West Newbury, MA.  Call (978) 255-1817 or email Rebecca (RebeccaShafir@gmail.com)  for a complimentary inquiry call to learn more about how she can help you get more done with less effort, gain more confidence and be happier





Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Hello Brains! Dr. Hallowell and HowToADHD Delve Into ADHD and the Best Jobs for an ADHD Brain!

Watch these 2 youtube videos with Dr. Hallowell and How To ADHD’s Jessica McCabe to learn more about ADHD, and listen to Jessica and Dr. Hallowell in this Distraction Podcast:

Youtube Part 1 – Honest talk about how to amply the positives of ADHD and minimize the negatives such as insecurity, impostor syndrome, and our overly giving nature (we’re soft-touches & can be taken advantage of, and we must try to learn to get as much as we give). Watch the HowToADHD episode Part 1.

How to ADHD with Special Guest Dr. Hallowell!!!!


Youtube Part 2 – Those of us with ADHD can THRIVE with the RIGHT job! But in the wrong job – it’s HELL! Which jobs match with your brain? Are you getting adequate channels for your creative energy? Watch the HowToADHD episode Part 2.

How to Grab the Best Job for an ADHD Brain!

Distraction Podcast – Jessica McCabe of How to ADHD joins Dr. Hallowell to talk about the unique struggles millennials with ADHD face in our crazy-busy 24/7 world. Diagnosed as a teen, she now helps others understand their ADHD brains through her wildly popular YouTube channel, How to ADHD.  Listen to the Distraction Podcast.



Friday, July 21st, 2017

Dr. Hallowell’s Week Long ADHD Course for Adults

Dr. Hallowell’s Week Long ADHD Course for Adults, August 7-11, 2017, Cape Cod

My Cape Cod Institute course is great for people who have ADHD or have an interest in ADHD (teachers, parents, spouses) and professionals can get continuing education credit. 

The course is rooted in my hallmark strength-based approach, meaning that I see ADHD as a trait, not a disorder, which, if managed properly can become a true asset, as it has become for me. If managed poorly, though, it can be a terrible problem. 

It is for adults only, although many people bring their families for the week. It runs mornings from 9 – noon; 3 hours with me and the rest of the day on the beach, on a sailboat, or curled up with a book.

Over the week we will develop a deep understanding for ADHD!  Learn More Here.


Friday, July 21st, 2017

How to Live a Happy Life!

“Happiness consists in having what you want and wanting what you have.”

Happiness is big business in the United States, but ironically we’re less happy than ever. According to the United Nations’ 2017 World Happiness Report the U.S. doesn’t even make the top 10 list!  In his podcast, Dr. Hallowell interviews Bob Waldinger, the man who is running the longest study on happiness ever recorded to find out what secrets they’ve uncovered about living a long and happy life. Listen now and learn some of the keys to happiness that Dr. Hallowell and Bob prescribe.

Click here for Dr.Hallowell’s advice on How to Live a Happier Life.

Learn more about raising happy children in, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness.

Friday, July 14th, 2017

ADHD Treatment: Medication, Doctor Training, the Right Diagnosis, etc.

“Until you are diagnosed and treated, you are driving on square wheels,” Dr. Hallowell shares in this Kids in The House video. Find out more on medication, treatment, over and under prescribing and much more.







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