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Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Dr. Hallowell is the Keynote for the 9th Annual ADHD Awareness Expo

October 1-31, 2018,  Online

Dr Hallowell is the Keynote and will be opening the month long 9th Annual Online ADHD Awareness Expo. This is a great opportunity to gather information for FREE during ADHD Awareness Month, find out more and simply interact with the ADHD community from the comfort of your own home. Register  here!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Top 10 Tips for Parents, Children, Teachers and Students of all ages – how to make school rewarding and successful!

Here we are, the start of another year of school. Our children, my wife Sue’s and mine, are now 29, 26, and 23, so their years in school have come to an end.  Still, between the 20 years I, myself, spent in school, and the combined 54 years (that includes pre-K and K) our kids spent in school, you could say my brain has been conditioned to the school calendar.

For people with ADHD, the start of school sends off of an array of alarms, signals a wide range of possible demands and impending points of critical decision, and in general dominates September as much as crisp air, foliage in New England, and the start of football do as well.

Let me take this space to offer my Top Ten Tips to parents, children and students of all ages, and teachers as well on how to make school, college, and even graduate and medical school as rewarding and successful as you can:

  1. Make a friend at school. You gotta have someone you’re looking forward to seeing.
  2. Find something you like to do at school. You gotta have some activity you look forward to, even if it’s just recess.  But you gotta have something, a subject, a sport, an instrument, some activity that draws you through the day.
  3. Find the person who can give you extra help. The logical person is the teacher in the course, but if that’s a bust, find an alternative source.  If you’re young, mom can help you with all of these.
  4. Make friends with at least one teacher. This is not kissing-up.  This is being a smart student.  Tons of research show that one mentor changes lives.  Find one teacher you click with and build on that click.  My 12th grade English teacher changed my life forever.
  5. Kids of all ages do not get enough sleep.  Turn of electronics and try to get at least 8 hours.
  6. Stay on top of assignments and work load from day one. DO NOT LET YOURSELF FALL BEHIND. If you can’t take care of this on your own, hire a coach.  A coach does what mom does minus the nag factor.  A coach can totally make your academic career and save you from the down side if ADHD.
  7. Make sure you are working with a doctor you like and who understands the strength-based approach to ADHD, also who is available when you need him/her.
  8. Start every day with an encouraging word—from yourself, from your parent, from your mate, from a friend, from a prayer, from a lick from your dog, from all of the above.  The worst of ADHD comes from negative self talk.  Counter this at the start of the day and throughout the day.  Not silly stupid positive self talk, but strong, confident positive self talk, like “You’re gonna crush it today!” or “Shut-up with the put-downs; don’t feed the beast!”
  9. Stay in the game. Don’t use avoidance as a coping tool.  Never give up.  Keep at it.  Ask for help when you are stuck, but never, ever walk away.
  10. Never worry alone. There is always a way to attack a problem if you reach out to the right people.
Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Parenting Your Child with ADHD – Group for Education and Support

Parenting Your Child with ADHD – Group for Education and Support

Fridays 10:30- 12pm

8 weeks 10/19/18 – 12/14/18 (No session on 11/23)


Hallowell Center Sudbury

Topics include:

• Understanding ADHD and the impact on executive functions

• Fostering self-esteem and effective family communication

• Addressing challenging behavior

• Helping your child enhance social skills

• Developing positive working relationships with schools

Most importantly, connect (and learn & laugh) with other parents of children with ADHD aged 6-12.

Contact Shelley MacLeod, LICSW to register

978-287-0810 x119              shelley.macleod@gmail.com

Parenting Your Child with ADHD – Group for Education and Support

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Managing the Racing Mind

by Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC Personal Development and Executive Functioning coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest

Emotional regulation is a core executive function. Regular meditation and a good sleep regimen, among other methods, foster the emotional competency needed for successful decision-making and execution of tasks. A common complaint among my clients is their struggle with “a racing mind.” A racing mind jumps from one thought to another at random, making it seemingly impossible to let go of fears and worries. Meditation, or attempts to fall asleep at a normal hour can be maddening for some. Perhaps this is why many folks keep the noise and distractions alive well into the wee hours of the morning because “quiet” for them is a breeding ground for worry.

For a person suffering from anxiety or depression, worry finds an opening in a vacuum of quiet. Real concerns and irrational imaginings can flood your mind filling every nook and cranny with fear. If not managed, a mind out of control can lead to panic attacks, chronic insomnia and/or depression. To naturally slow down your mind and steer it in a more positive direction, try these methods:

1) Before bedtime or prior to an attempt to meditate, write down all that’s bothering you. List the things you can control, and accept the ones you can’t control. Include any solutions to these problems. Putting them in writing helps you address them and move on, hopefully to less worrisome thoughts.

2) Have ready some “detours” for your mind when worry intrudes. In advance, create a gratitude list, an outline for your next blog, or prepare some mantra-like affirmations using your name, for example: Carole, everything is OK, or Tom, you’re doing the best you can; it’s all you can do.        

3) Repeat a favorite prayer over and over.

4) Shift to a breath pattern that takes up a lot of mental space. Choose a breathing pattern that requires enough focus to overwhelm negative thoughts: Lie on your back with one hand on your chest and another on your midsection. Inhale and exhale audibly through your nose for 3 slow counts in, hold your breath for 2 counts and breathe out for 4 slow counts. Feel your heart beat slow down as your midsection rises and falls.

Let me help you find a non-medication approach to managing your racing mind. Contact me at the Hallowell Center 978 287 0810 or RebeccaShafir@gmail.com  


Friday, August 10th, 2018

8 things I wish teachers knew about my child with ADHD

Dr. Hallowell is a featured expert on this important subject.

Of all the problems your kid could have, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder seems relatively benign. But the potential long-term consequences of ADHD are scary.

One parent made it her mission to ensure her son’s teachers knew what interventions were working at home and what could help at school. Here’s what she has learned, and what she thinks every teacher should understand, too.

To read the full story, visit: www.BostonGlobe.com.

If you’d like to learn more about ADHD and Students, CLICK HERE!

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

ADHD and Back-To-School Tips

Hear how to set students up for success during the first few weeks of school whether your child has ADHD or not. Dr. Hallowell speaks with ADHD parent coach, Cindy Goldrich about ways to get the family back into the swing of things.

If you’d like more tips and resources for your ADHD student, click here.
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