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Archive for November, 2017

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Holidays and ADHD

For someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, stress this time of year can multiply. “While people with ADHD love the intensity and excitement, things get can overwhelming,” says Dr. Edward Hallowell.

“It’s easier to become angry, alienate people and say things you don’t mean.” While it’s always beneficial for someone with ADHD to have plenty of structure, he says it’s especially important this time of year. “More than ever, structure matters,” he says. “Take control of the chaos around you.”

Read more at U.S. News and World Reports


Monday, November 20th, 2017

Dr. Hallowell’s Thanksgiving Message

Each Thanksgiving I compose a note from me to the readers of this newsletter in which I try to highlight one or two reasons I feel thankful, and offer some reason(s) we all might feel thankful.

But why bother?  Well, the fact is that feeling grateful is actually good for you.  Studies have shown that people who take the time regularly to take stock of the positives in their life and make it a daily practice to offer expressions of gratitude not only feel good for having done but enjoy better health and longer lives than people who don’t.

It turns out that being grumpy, bitter, cynical, and pessimistic are bad for you, not to mention the people around you.

But you don’t have to be Polyanna to feel grateful.  You say quite honestly that your life is very hard, and yet you are grateful to able to live it.  You can say quite honestly that you’ve suffered more losses than you care to count, but you are grateful still to be in the game.  You can feel disappointed in humanity in general, but love and feel grateful for the good and generous people you do know.

So what’s one specific reason I feel grateful right now?  What’s something in my life right now I am especially thankful for?

Right off the bat I think of my son, Jack, and the fun we are having developing a business right now. Jack graduated last June from Elon and he got a job working for New York Life.  They put him in their Boston office, which is actually in Waltham, near where we live, so Jack is living at home.

As Jack became excited about his work in the world of numbers and financial planning, I said to him, “Boy, do I wish I ever had your help when I was younger.  I never figured out how to manage money.”

With that remark, our business idea was born.  It turns out MOST people who have ADHD, like me, have a terrible time managing money.  Jack inherited ADHD from me, but he actually is very good with managing money.

Jack proposed that he work up some plans to offer a specialized financial management and planning service aimed at people who have ADHD.  I loved the idea right away because I knew what a great need there was for it.

Once he’d put enough thought and planning into the idea, we told people about it on my podcast (“Distraction” is the name of the podcast) and we received an enthusiastic response.  If you’d like to listen to the actual podcast, just go to this link.

Out of nowhere, a new project was born.  Jack, age 25, and me, about to turn 68, combining our skills and experience to offer a much-needed service to a group of people we understand very well.

I am sure you have some specific project, person, or other blessing for which you feel thankful.  To add another item to my list, I am grateful to all of you and the support you give my work.

This is the best of life: connecting with others in useful, warm, and unexpectedly rewarding ways.

  With all the blessings this season and the expression of gratitude can bestow, I wish you all bounty and good cheer.


Monday, November 20th, 2017

The Power of Connection

We live under the influence of a dangerous paradox: while we are far more connected electronically than ever before in history, we are disconnecting with each other as well as with the many other connections that give meaning to our lives. Connection, which Dr. Hallowell calls the other vitamin C, is as essential for health, success, joy, and longevity as ascorbic acid.

Dr. Hallowell believes in the power of connection. So when he heard about Andrew Forsthoefel’s incredible cross-country trip with just his backpack, an audio recorder, and a sign that read, “Walking to Listen,”   he knew he had to learn more. So he interviewed him for his DISTRACTION podcast.  CLICK  HERE to learn about Andrew’s challenges, amazing experiences and what is possible when you stop to listen.

Five suggestions for improving family and community connections here!


Monday, November 13th, 2017

The Compound Effect 6 Week Webinar Coaching Book Club

Stop sabotaging your new intentions, projects or plans for 2018 with quick fixes that don’t stick. If you want to create and sustain new habits, I know of no better way than by using Darren Hardy’s method called The Compound Effect. Just as you accrue money in your bank account with small and steady deposits, in the same way you can make significant, noticeable improvements in your life. It’s practical, do-able and extremely effective approach utilized by highly successful people…with or without ADHD!

Using the book, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy, Get a practical head start on a New Year’s Resolution to:

be more productive

take control of your time and money

accomplish your personal goals in 2018   

Title:  CoreCoaching Book Club: The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Coach: Rebecca Shafir, speech pathologist, author and personal development coach at the Hallowell Center in Sudbury.

Cost: $400 per person

Dates: January 11 – March 22, 2018. We convene LIVE every other Thursday (every 2 weeks) at noon -1:00pm. Two weeks in between sessions gives you time to apply the strategies from the previous chapter and prepare for the next session. If that pace is too quick, you can download each session at your own pace.

The recorded sessions can be downloaded anytime thereafter for participants who missed their session and for those who purchase the webinar later.

Register via email to rebeccashafir@gmail.com

How it Works:

Ps (participants) preparation:

1) Get a paperback copy of the The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. We want to refer to specific pages together, and you can take notes in the paperback.

2) Prior to the first session Ps will read pages 1-22 (Intro and Chapter One)

Session format:

1/11/18  Session One:  Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 1-22 Chapter One

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Preview the next chapter pp 23-54

1/25/18  Session Two: Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 23-54

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Preview the next chapter pp 55-92

2/8/18   Session Three: Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 55-92

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Preview the next chapter pp 93-117

2/22/18   Session Four: Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 93-117

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Preview the next chapter pp. 118-140

3/8/18      Session Five: Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 118 -140

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Preview the next chapter pp 141-158

3/22/18     Session Six: Shafir will provide a brief Review pp 141-158 conclusion

  • Ps Report progress
  • Discussion and Coaching (comments and questions)
  • Wrap up and Review Quiz (results will not be shared among Ps)  
















Monday, November 13th, 2017

ADDitude Magazine is an Advocate and Community for Folks with ADHD

       For many years now I have both subscribed to and written for ADDitude Magazine (for more information or to subscribe go to: additudemag.com).  I put a handful of copies out each month when it arrives on the table in the waiting rooms of all my offices and a copy is always being read by the people waiting for an appointment.

         The magazine was founded years ago by Ellen Kingsley as a labor of love.  She wanted to create a publication for the ADHD community that would include the latest information in a user-friendly format and also provide a compendium of resources. She reached out to many professionals, including me, and put together a top-notch advisory board, found excellent people from all disciplines including parents to write for the magazine, and managed to build it up into a viable venture.

          When she tragically died too young, her devoted and brilliant colleague, Susan Caughman, took over and, with the help of a hugely dedicated and creative editor, Wayne Kalyn, continued to build and develop the magazine.  Here is how Susan puts it now:

           “At ADDitude magazine, we remain committed to the mission of visionary founder Ellen Kingsley. Launching ADDitude first as a website in 1998 and soon thereafter as a print magazine, Kingsley believed that parents and adults living with ADHD and related mental health conditions, and the professionals who serve them, deserve scientifically accurate information presented in helpful, practical, and empathetic formats. ADDitude serves as an advocate for those living with attention deficit disorder as well as a community in which readers feel understood, often for the first time. In the almost 20 years since ADDitude began, it has grown to reach over a million readers each month online. The quarterly print magazine reaches over 300,000 readers with each issue. Like Kingsley before us, the editors and staff at ADDitude are personally committed to serving ADDitude’s readers as both reliable advisors and a source of inspiration and hope.”

         I love it when each new issue arrives in the mail. The magazine is colorful and chock-full of articles that immediately grab my attention. Susan, Wayne, and their team really understand their readers and manage to provide them (us) with new and fascinating material with each new issue. Keeping people with ADHD interested in no small achievement, and the people at ADDitude do it masterfully.

        With this note I am not writing a commercial so much as writing a note of heartfelt thanks to Susan, Wayne, and their team.  Truly, truly, thank you for this great gift to the community of ADHD.

        I am also encouraging any reader of this newsletter who does not know about the magazine (both print and online) call ADDitude to learn about it and—if it strikes your fancy as I am pretty sure it will if you have any interest in ADHD—then to subscribe to it right away.  I can promise you, you will be glad you did!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

How to Study For Students with ADHD, Learning Differences

Do you know someone who struggles with schoolwork and studying? Jessica McCabe from How to ADHD joins Ned to share study tips for students who learn differently in this special episode sponsored by Landmark College.

Listen to the Distraction Podcast.

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