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Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Dr. Hallowell Camp Early Bird Special if registered by February 28th!

July 14 – 19, 2019,  Dr Hallowell’s Summer Adventures ADHD Family Camp

CLICK HERE to learn more about this week-long camp. Now in it’s 13th year, parents participate with Dr. Hallowell in highly interactive, discussion-based seminars, while children ages 8-18 work and play with Rob Himburg in highly experiential, adventure-learning programs. Early Bird Special if registered by February 28th!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

Leveling – and Financing – the Entrepreneurial Playing Field for People with Learning Differences

$100,000 investment

Over the years you have heard stories from me about how the positive traits of ADHD can provide entrepreneurial superpowers when managed correctly. Traits such as creativity, empathy, risk tolerance and the ability to hyper-focus on a task are all valuable in the entrepreneurial and business world.  David Neeleman, founder of Jet Blue, and Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, are clearly success stories demonstrating what can be accomplished through grit and determination despite – or because of – having learning differences.

I also have heard from many, many people with learning differences that they have numerous great ideas that could become great businesses. They truly aspire to become that next iconic success story but, they lack the know-how to get their business off the ground or to get it to the next level. In reality, the biggest issue is they do not have the funding to make a go of it. Many have been unable to accumulate enough assets in their career or are unable to tap family members for investment. Banks or traditional investors can be risk averse and may not relate well to the ADHD entrepreneur.  Consequently, there remains this dream business that is tantalizingly out of reach. This dream that won’t go away, and they can’t get anyone to listen, let alone write a check to fund it.

Well, that’s about to change. The folks over at InventiveLabs, Rick Fiery and Tom Bergeron, continue to plow forward with their vision of enabling and leveling the playing field for people with learning differences. They have been able to work with an amazing investment group that is focused on funding businesses that are associated with their program. This investment group’s mission is to create successful businesses and they want to give back to the learning differences community. The group is offering an astonishing $100,000 investment for InventiveLabs annual Pitch Competition this spring.  It is not all just about money, it is also knowledge – selected teams will be able to attend the InventiveLabs Accelerator at no cost to prepare their pitch deck for their presentation to investors.  At a minimum, you will learn how to get you business funded if it is not quite ready for prime time. And, you may just win that investment and get a team of mentors to help you grow your business to the next level.

Rick and Tom tell me this is not a charity, they are looking for real businesses with real potential. In fact, if you already have a business up and running with revenue, you will have a leg up on the competition. But, if you have that truly game changing idea, they would love to see those too. The purpose is to give people an avenue for funding that may not exist. To get venture capital these days, having an MBA from Wharton or Harvard is almost a requirement. This gives you an alternative path to success to where you can get your business to the next level. The folks at InventiveLabs want to show the world the hidden potential that exists in the community and this is their way of unlocking it!

Does this describe you: “I have so many ideas, but I don’t know where to start”? This may be your golden opportunity to make that dream happen. I always say people with ADHD have a unique understanding of time. It is either “Now!” or “Not Now”. The time for you to move on this opportunity is now! The application deadline is February 4th!

For more information go to the InventiveLabs website and click through to their Pitch Competition and fill out an application – what do you have to lose? www.inventivelabs.org/pitch-competition.


Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Parenting a Child with ADD?

 Parenting a child with ADD / ADHD or another learning difference?

Dr. Hallowell talks to Dr. Sharon Saline about what it takes to help your child succeed every day with ADHD, Dyslexia and other co-existing “disabilities.” Listen to Distraction S3 Ep 15 and learn her key components to help parents to raise empowered and confident children with ADHD. This is a powerful episode with insights for the entire family.

To learn more about parenting your ADHD child, click here. 

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

ADD? How to Uncover Your Own Learning Style.

Do you have difficulty learning?  Learn how to “Uncover Your Learning Style,” with Dr. Hallowell and Jessica McCabe. In this episode, they  discuss what helped them learn.  Dr. Hallowell  used flashcards to get him through medical school. Jessica learns better when she walks around while she’s reading. Do you know how you learn best?

In this special episode sponsored by Landmark College, Dr. Hallowell and the How to ADHD creator talk about the importance of listening to yourself to discover your unique learning style, and how that knowledge can help you achieve success in high school, college and beyond.  LISTEN NOW!


Sunday, November 18th, 2018

A Visionary’s Soliloquy

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

Theresa B. from Pittsburgh, PA writes:

“My mind is a jumble of ideas, and when I have a great one I want my exec team to get to  work on it ASAP. ( I probably have ADHD or something like that.) They roll their eyes, sit back and make me feel like a child. There have been times when my ideas cost us,I’ll credit them with that. But other times the company lost out because my team wouldn’t take me seriously.  Here’s the kicker: when they come to me with an idea, it’s almost a done deal. I’m just supposed to sign off every time! So frustrating. What can I do to get them to listen to my ideas with an open mind?”

It is hard to curb your enthusiasm when you can see a promising idea so clearly in your mind. You’re struck by the potential and the long term gains. However great the idea, it’s absolutely essential that you and your partners stand back 30,000 feet and examine the proposition carefully. Your brain, Theresa, the visionary’s brain, is a mystery to those with a more linear way of thinking.  As Dr. Ned Hallowell says, “You’ve got a race car brain with bicycle brakes.”  (It’s good they are not like you, can you imagine the chaos with an exec team made up of nothing but visionaries?)

To get heard, you need to step into their world and ask yourself a series of questions before you present your idea. I suggest you have 5 or so basic questions answered before you present a new idea to your exec team. Get these 5 questions from your partners. What kind of facts do they need to consider your idea?  They may be something like: What resources do we already have to make this happen? What resources do we need?  What will it cost? Does this idea support our brand or confuse our customers? Is anyone else doing this? Chances are, your partners address these kind of questions before they ask you to sign off on their projects. That’s the difference.

You may save yourself a lot of embarrassment and frustration if you take a step back and consider these questions first. Keep them handy so when a idea strikes you’ll ensure a captive audience.

Having trouble being heard, respected or appreciated for your contribution? Perhaps it’s your presentation that needs work. Let me help. Contact me at Rebecca@MindfulCommunication.com  

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder and Relationships

People toss around the term “borderline” a lot, without knowing exactly what it means, so I am going to quote from the DSM-V the definition of Borderline Personality Disorder.

        A pervasive pattern of of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts as indicated by five or more of the following:

        1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment

        2. A pattern of unstable and intense relationships characterized by alternating extremes of idealization and devaluation

        3. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image

        4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g. spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)

        5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior

        6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood

        7. Chronic feelings of emptiness

        8. Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger

        9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

         Since the term “Borderline” is used so loosely, and is common in discussions of people who have ADHD, particularly females, I thought it would be a good idea to present a clear definition.  While there is some cross-over between people who have ADHD and borderline personality disorder, it is rare in my experience.  People who have ADHD are commonly intense, but rarely borderline.

          Sometimes psychiatric diagnosis is used as a camouflaged way of insulting a person.  This is the case with borderline, often.  When a mental health professional does not like a female patient he will often call her borderline.  When he does not like a male patient, he will often call him a sociopath or an addict or both.

            Of course, in our profession we should aim to understand, not judge.  Used properly, the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder can be a powerful tool in understanding a person and advancing treatment. 

Question:  If you are paired with someone with BPD, what are your best avenues to figuring out what to do to calm the relationship?  Are there particularly good resources?  See a therapist?

Answer:  There’s a good book called: Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder.  And yes, the BPD person REALLY needs to see a therapist for sure.  The best treatment is dialectical behavioral therapy.  And a couple therapist for sure.  It’s workable, and can make for a very intense, exciting relationship, but can also prove disastrous without the right help.

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