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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

“After the holidays…” Seriously?

Attention: Self-starters! Yes, you with projects on the table − this “after the holidays” excuse ranks Number One on the Procrastination leader board. It’s getting old, and it’s obsolete. It worked well before online shopping, when writing Christmas cards took two full evenings to complete, and when you felt compelled to write those long-winded, egocentric letters telling people about your fabulous year. Come on. You’re going to hold off doing anything productive until “after the holidays?” It’s almost laughable.

Friends, the holidays are a great time to hunker down away from distraction and get work done. You can still have family time and take a few days to hit the Mall, the slopes or the beach, but to postpone your personal and business progress because of the holidays is slacker-speak!

Two more reasons I cringe when I hear this refrain (my older clients know not to utter that phrase in my presence)  is that the holiday excuse gives people license to fudge on the habits or disciplines they’ve cultivated over the last couple months. Those nascent circuits (more productive behaviors and habits) trying to get a foothold in your brain start to break down. After a week or so of letting your efforts slide, you’ll have to start from square one again!  The other problem with this excuse is that after the holidays it takes days, and for some weeks, to get back into the swing of things.

Here’s how I follow my own advice: I’m 100% family on Christmas Day and the first night of Hanukah. Then I take a holiday week and go ski. I ski from 8:00a.m to 3:00p.m., followed by an hour of après-ski until 4:00. By 4:30 I’m back in my room writing, researching, responding to emails and checking in with my clients. Other family members have a separate room so my husband and I can work distraction free. Come 7:00 it’s dinner− quality,guilt-free time to focus on my family.

So, go ahead and carve out some hours of fun and relaxation with your family, but figure out how you can keep honing those new skills and routines you’ve started. After that first week in January, you’ll emerge on schedule and ahead of the game compared to others who are just getting over the holidays.

If you want to get started building your core skills and routines before or during the holidays – don’t delay. Contact the Hallowell Center in Sudbury 978 287 0810 or visit www.MindfulCommunication.com. Write me at Rebecca@mindfulcommunication.com and we’ll get going!

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)  
















Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Parenting Your Child with ADHD

Parenting Your Child with ADHD – 

The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest

Group for Education and Support

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 with other parents of children with ADHD aged 6-12.

Starting October 20, 2017Fridays 10:30-12pm, 8 weeks, and we will skip the Friday after Thanksgiving.   

$400 ($50 per weekly session) Contact: Shelley MacLeod, LICSW to register 978-287-0810 x119              shelley.macleod@gmail.com



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, April 25th, 2017

Book Group for The Compound Effect

Book Group – The Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest – 

7 week workshop with group support and discussion.

When: May 23, 7-8:30p.m.

Cost: $65/session in-person; Webinar $50/session

Who: For folks with or without ADHD or executive dysfunction

Contact: Rebecca Shafir, M.A.CCC- 978 287-0810 Ext 117 

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Timing and the Coaching Process

Have you thought about ADHD coaching for you, your teenager or college student?  If so, I urge you to continue reading.  Since I began this journey as a coach over 10 years ago after a long corporate career and a new Master’s Degree in Education, I have seen the difference between clients who come to me in crisis and those who are not.

Whether diagnosed as a child or an adult, living with ADHD symptoms is not easy.  Struggling daily with time management, holding down a job, getting through college, making a career change or  life transition can seem unbearable.  My observation over the years is that many of my clients with ADHD “tolerate” excessive burdens and seem to go on carrying the weight of the world convinced that this will be their reality forever. They arrive from home or school exhausted every day. Some have problems with finances or getting meals together for their family.   As you are reading this, you may be saying to yourself, “Wow, that is me!” The idea of this article is not to spiral anyone towards doomsday but rather to deliver a strong message of hope!

When clients approach me in crisis, i.e. just terminated from their employer, failed a class, in terrible financial stress, coaching can be very effective but handled, as you would imagine, in a different dynamic.  My message today is simple.  When coaching is started in a more proactive way in a state of non-crisis, the coaching process will and can be more enriching without a heightened state of stress and worry that will not cloud the process. Clients can see their lives through a different lens and will weigh decisions better, prioritize and attack long term problem areas without the pressure of trying to fix or get control of one specific crisis area.  I realize that procrastination can be a big factor and the thought of investing in this process is a decision not be taken lightly.  It is an investment that many of my clients have found to be well worth it.  An entrepreneur, for example, who receives objective coaching on work/life balance, is often invaluable and life altering.  These changes can save/enhance marriages as well as careers. For a college student, a weekly coaching call can be grounding to keep on track with the week’s activities and for strategizing around obstacles before they become roadblocks.  Sometimes this can mean the difference between success or “just getting by.”

My coaching style focuses on improving the quality of each client’s life while keeping in mind the creative and inspiring gifts that accompany ADHD. As the saying goes, “timing is everything”.  Is now the time for you to begin the journey?

For a complimentary phone consultation, please call Christine L. Robinson, M.Ed. Certified ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant and Speaker at 617-842-0634 or Christine@HallowellCenter.org Skype or Facetime sessions are also available worldwide

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