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September 2012 Newsletter
September 18, 2012
This is a busy time of year, but please take FIVE minutes to read this newsletter.  Due to our break over the summer, it is CHOCK FULL (!) of information, free resources, interesting new research, links to videos, information about talks you might attend...you get the idea.

If you are a parent or teacher, there is a great deal of information that will help you support the children you love.  Of particular interest are Dr. Hallowell's thoughts on the transition to college.

We hope you are all moving into a productive and happy fall.  Please send us your ideas and comments about this newsletter - specifically, we would love to hear from you about whether you think this one is too long, or "just right."

Melissa Orlov

Quote of the Month:

"The best way to change a life of frustration into a life of mastery is by developing talents and strengths not just shoring up weaknesses."

- Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. and John J. Ratey, M.D
September is
ADHD Awareness Month.
Ty Pennington and I both have ADHD and share what it is like in this informative, and humorous segment on ABC's The Revolution Show

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Q:  I am a health care professional and I struggle to finish my notes, especially at 4 or 5pm when my Adderal dose starts to tank. Do you have any resources or ideas for those of us in healthcare?   

A: From your description, you say the worst time is around 4 or 5 pm when your Adderall is "tanking."  Simple solution is to take a dose of short acting Adderall around 3:30.  For kids, I call this the "homework pill."  Maybe for adults we could call it the "paperwork pill," or the "get along at home" pill. :) 
Hope this works  -  Dr. Hallowell
Q: My mother-in-law insists that ADHD isn't real, claiming that everyone is too busy and that my husband just needs to "try harder."  What do I do?
A:  Your husband probably doesn't feel good about his mother's criticism.  Perhaps he might appreciate it if you armed him with some facts...or even talked directly with his mother yourself (ask him how he prefers to approach her).  In addition to suggesting she read about ADHD further (Delivered from Distraction by Dr. Hallowell is one good choice) you can gently educate her.  According to researcher, Dr. Russell Barkley, ADHD adults (unlike non-ADHD adults) report they struggle a great deal in many areas of their lives.  Just a few of the figures for those diagnosed with ADHD vs. those not diagnosed with it:
  • Difficulty sustaining attention (97% ADHD / 3% non-ADHD)
  • Difficulty organizing tasks (81% / 5%)
  • Forgetful in daily activities (78% / 4%)
  • Fails to pay close attention to details (74% / 3%)

In other words, having ADHD is not at all like not having ADHD!  And it has nothing to do with just "trying harder." 

 It's Hard to Let Go of The Child with ADHD
Going to college is a rite of passage, but if you're the parent, so many instincts protest against letting go. The world is often a cruel and dangerous place, and you are all too aware of your child's newness - their youth and fragility. However, if you are the child, it's blissful to dream of a new life that is entirely yours.

If your child has ADHD or LD, you may feel even more acutely the urge to hold tight.  Your child may be impulsive, emotionally unprepared for the challenges ahead, and may have only a vague understanding of the sometimes tedious and always disciplined work required at college. You may be particularly aware of all the "behind the scenes" efforts that went into getting your child this far - the homework assistance, the teacher meetings, the evaluations and treatments, and the countless hours of "extra help" along the way.

We never really outgrow these competing urges, but we must learn to balance them.  In order to do this, you need to stay connected, but how?
- Hold on to What's Important:
Every new college student will have his or her own list or what is important, but I hope most lists will include these headlines:
  •   Your parents love you, and will continue to love you no matter what;
  •   You have a home to return to, where you are welcome;
  •   You have friends who care about you;
  •   You have specific strengths and abilities you carry with you;
  •   You have learned many essential skills for coping with your ADHD or LD, and college is a tremendous opportunity to learn and use many more.
Here's an idea for both the parent and child: devote some time to making a detailed, truthful, loving, and relentlessly supportive list of what your child will "carry" to college, and offer it to your child as a gift.  For the college student: make your own list of what you will carry with you, as a personal, intimate reminder of what is strong and sustaining in your life.  Each list is a testament to the connections that will endure and sustain.    
- Stay Flexible:
In nature, the best connections - the strongest and most sustaining - are flexible. Connections that are rigid tend to snap and crack apart under strain. Flexibility allows us to grow and flourish. Don't attach too much rigidly to any one marker of "success." Think "trial and error"; think "a different drummer"; think "two steps forward, one and a half steps back."

People with ADHD do not always follow the pack.  We may act impulsively, or "forget" to act at all. These behaviors can lead to difficulty and risk; and they can also lead to creativity and discovery.

Parents: if you tie your happiness to your child marching through in four years with a high grade point average, then you may well be disappointed, or unhappy, or angry, or dismissive. As a result, the connection between you and your child, and between your child and his or her positive self-understanding, may snap and crack apart. Cut each other slack, practice forgiveness, and keep your sense of humor.

Expect surprises. Life is a dress rehearsal, and people flub their lines. People with ADHD or LD may play a love scene when we expected tragedy, or start tap-dancing during the soliloquy.  There's nothing to be gained by throwing them off the stage.  Rather, re-write your script.  Stay flexible!

- Grow New Connections
Many adolescents with ADHD or LD may be sick of help, but one of the most important lessons college has to teach is how to find and use help. Think of preparing for college as preparing to find and use help: from teachers, from tutors, from other students, from administrators, from friends and family. This is not the same thing as offering excuses - it is growing new connections. College is a community of learners.  The vast majority of human beings learn best in community. A student who has something to prove by "going it alone" is mistaking a lack of connections for maturity.

A useful book is The K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disablities.  This guide helps map out new, essential connections: with colleges and universities who understand your needs; with appropriate support services on campus; with departments and faculty members who will understand, challenge and respect you.  Remember, stay connected, and stay flexible!

Bon voyage! Climbing to the top of your own mountain may be challenging and the air thin at times, but the people who love and respect you will not stand on the summit with you - that is yours alone. They will help you along the paths you choose (and the paths that choose you) by remaining connected with you, assisting in helpful ways, and sharing in the wonder and excitement of your discoveries.  

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.,



Better Brain Better Sleep  


You've heard it before, but it bears repeating: we all need a good night's sleep to perform our best at work and school. Aside from consolidating what we learned from the day and repairing the body, sleep is basic to cognitive functioning. When I interview patients for neurofeedback training or executive function training, I'll always take stock of their sleep habits. At least 75% of my patients describe sleep problems. Think of sleep as part of the infrastructure of brain functioning. Like diet and exercise, if one's sleep is poor we cannot expect other kinds of therapies, including prescription medications, to work optimally.

One of the main complaints is the inability to fall asleep. Before you launch into taking sleep medications (which have an array of side effects) consider some natural, gentler approaches:
1) set aside 10-20 minutes for worry during the day, but never before you go to bed.
2) avoid eating too late or eating/drinking foods and liquids that have caffeine like chocolate, certain herbal teas, and of course, coffee.
3) wind down your activities 30 minutes or more before going to bed and darken your room. The better illuminated your waking hours - the more soundly you'll sleep when you start to dim the lights around bedtime.
4) turn off electronics at least 2 hours before bed; cover brightly lit alarm clocks with a cloth.  
4) Use sleep aids like "Sleepytime tea," Valerian Root tea or a light dose of melatonin.

Melatonin is a natural substance, a hormone, in your body that helps you sleep. It is also an antioxidant found in raspberries, almonds and sunflower seeds. An effective dose for sleep, according to Dr. Richard Wurtman from MIT, is .3 mg to be taken a few hours before darkness falls. Too great of a dose can make you groggy or have no effect at all. Unlike sleeping pills, which induce sleep, melatonin helps initiate the sleep cycle. If you have any questions as to whether melatonin or other kinds of sleep aids are right for you, consult your doctor.

Sleep problems are often not just "habits" for people with ADHD, so should be treated as symptoms.  Talk with your doctor about sleep issues to determine if you have sleep apnea or other issues that can be treated or whether ADHD medications (such as stimulants taken late in the day) might be adding to sleeplessness.  Sometimes, optimizing patient treatment in general can improve sleep, particularly if depression or anxiety is a factor.

Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC  (Clinician at the Hallowell Center) can be reached at the Sudbury Hallowell Center or at 978-287-0810 x117

Pencil, Backpacks and ADHD? -
Going back to school can be a difficult transition, but if a child has been diagnosed with ADHD, it can be even more problematic. Chiropractors offer natural ADHD help through drug-free programs that help people with ADHD learn how to manage their distractibility, impulsivity and hyperactivity. Dr. Hallowell has trained chiropractors in the revolutionary SHINE For Doctors program to help your child gain focus and manage impulses by applying safe and painless adjustments to naturally release tension and stimulate greater neural control, and creating a wellness plan that includes exercise, nutrition and lifestyle strategies. Find a SHINE For Doctors Chiropractor near you here.   
Free Teleseminar for Chiropractors - Most people with ADHD prefer to explore non drug, alternative approaches to symptom relief. Dr. Hallowell contributes his ADHD expertise to empower the chiropractor with the tools and resources they need to help ADHD patients. If you are a chiropractor, learn more by joining us on September 18th at 4:00PM EST. Register at www.shinefordoctors.com

FREE SMART LEARNING Audio Download - The New York Hallowell Center teleseminar, Help Your Child With ADHD Say "I Can!" is available now. Download this Free informative audio file from the NYC Hallowell Center website here and find out how to help your child focus better and increase their self-esteem

Mindfulness Skills for Adults with ADHD - Many adults with ADHD find they are able to calm themselves, listen more carefully, and concentrate more effectively after practicing mindfulness for even a short time. In this group workshop you will learn ADHD-friendly mindfulness meditation techniques which will help you focus on the present moment, increase your perception, curiosity and non-judgmental acceptance, and recognize your disruptive patterns and manage impulses. Dates: 8 Tuesdays, (9/25-11/13) Time: 6:00 p.m. for 1.5 hours Fee: $480 (Due at registration). Lead by: Sarah Reiff-Hekking, Ph.D. and David Keevil, Psy.D. To Learn more and register, visit: The Hallowell Sudbury Center, call 978.287.0810 or email Sarah@TrueFocusCoaching.com.

Ty Pennington Speaks Out About ADHD -  
"ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Awareness week is approaching next month, and I have to say, it's important because it hits close to home... really close. Since I wasn't diagnosed with ADHD until I was 17, I didn't know the impact it was having on my life. I just thought I was one of those class clowns that couldn't settle down - mostly because that's what everyone kept telling me! I'm not going to lie, having people tell me that I was unable to focus on a single task was a little discouraging and hurt my confidence." Read more on his blog.

September is ADHD Awareness Month - The timing is planned to coincide with the start of the school year. Find lots of helpful resources on the Drhallowell website. ADHD is real!

October 14 - 20 is ADHD Awareness Week -
Both Hallowell Centers have offerings in the month of October.  See our Upcoming Events Calendar below and visit The Hallowell Centers. To learn more about the "many faces of ADHD" theme and video contest this year, visit adhdawarnessweek.org.

Dr. Hallowell's FREE CrazyBusy iPhone App
- Dr. Hallowell's CrazyBusy Tips iphone App, based on his best selling book CrazyBusy, will help you determine how you spend your time and how you value each activity. Do you really spend your time doing what you want, or are you caught in the trap of busyness? It's FREE! Download it today here, and let us know what you think.  

CrazyBusy App Review - "The free version is easy to use with a quick "worth it" assessment that lets you enter how you spend your time and how you value the types of activities you do. You then get customized recommendations for two complementary categories that appear out of balance, like work, leisure, exercise, and more. You can also get a weekly electronic newsletter and suggestions to stay calm and cool."  Read more at Motherhood Moment.

Free Webinar on Nutrition and ADHD -
Would a cave man recognize your dinner? Download this informative 30 minute FREE Webinar and learn how making smart dietary choices can have a beneficial impact on people with ADHD! Watch it now! In addition, we would like to invite the first 100 people to participate in a FREE 15 minute phone consultation with either Dr. Steven Geanopulos or Jillian Burne so that your questions can get answered. To schedule your consultation, please call (212) 799-777 or click here.

On-Task, On-Time For Kids - This portable time management system guides children through the daily transition periods of sleep to school, school to home and from family time to bed. Removing the parent from the task-master role, the On-Task On-Time unit provides the visual cues to help a child overcome the challenge of focusing on his or her routine. The Hallowell Connections newsletter readers can receive a special 20% discount. Visit Timely Matters, Inc. and use coupon discount code "Hallowell".


Helping Students Find Focus in a World of Distraction -
At the Berkshire Community College Staff Training event, Dr. Hallowell explained that you must engage someone in order to help them focus, and that we must all meet students "where they are" and guide them to set personal goals. Read more here.  

Teachers, Help Students with ADHD Achieve Greatness! - The more teachers understand about ADHD, the better equipped they become to help students achieve greatness, rather than drift into a life of marginal existence. If you work in the school system, please check out the Mining Magnificent Minds program.     


Couples ADHD Effect Self-Study Course Available
Based on Melissa Orlov's popular phone seminar, this downloadable self-study course includes 7 recorded lectures with accompanying lecture notes; readings from The ADHD Effect on Marriage; worksheets and homework ideas; and written Q&As from couples who have already gone through the work. The course costs $249 and is available at www.adhdmarriage.com. BONUS! Purchase before October 1, 2012 and tune into the live Q&A with Melissa on October 17th.  


Interact with Dr. Hallowell and Other ADHD Experts -Getting Past Anger in ADHD-Impacted Relationships - Are you in an ADHD relationship and feel as if there is no clear path out of your anger? Join the virtual ADHDConference program on October 2 from 2:00-3:00pm  as Melissa Orlov helps you understand the underpinnings of that anger and how to calm your relationship. Register at ADHDConference.  Wondering what the difference is between normal and ADHD anger? The answer is to be found at the intersection of  ADHD symptoms and chronic or explosive anger. Read more at adhdmarriage.com

Dr. Hallowell will participate in the 5th ADHD Virtual Conference on Monday, October 1, 2012 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  This is a unique opportunity to get your questions answered by the leading ADHD Experts, connect with the ADHD Community, and get the latest information on living with ADHD. For more information and to register go to:  www.adhdconference.com   


MentorCoach -
 This Informative dialog with Ben Dean of MentorCoach is a veritable "Readers Digest" of everything you wanted to know about Dr. Hallowell and ADHD including such hot topics such as the benefits of mindfulness meditation, his own ADHD relationship and his wife Sue, medication, how managers can get the best out of their employees, his goals for the next five years, and so much more. Listen to it at www.mentorcoaching.com.

Focus on the Positive - Dr. Hallowell explained to a classroom of educators, parents and mental health professionals at the summer long Cape Cod Institute that they should not convey an ADHD diagnosis as a disorder, but rather emphasize the positive, upbeat traits. People with ADHD are only too familiar with their short-comings and often anticipate the "moral diagnosis" that they are too lazy or stupid. Read more here.  


Michael Phelps, His Mom, ADHD and 22 Medals 
Debbie Phelps, a school principal and mother of the Olympian Michael Phelps, offers advice on helping your children with ADHD succeed both in and out of the classroom. Read the article here.

IEP and Accommodation Strategies For School - The start of school holds challenges for students with ADHD. Read the ADDitude Magazine tips designed to help you navigate your way here. 
In the News


Montessori ScoopDr. Hallowell is in the Summer Edition of the Montessori Magazine SCOOP - 

Dr. Hallowell believes that teachers wield enormous power to change lives for the better. Mining Magnificent Minds, an online tutorial product, helps teachers develop the skills necessary to expand the skills, talents and interest of their students with ADHD. The Institute of Montessori Education now offers the training to their teachers. Dr. Hallowell will also be the Afternoon Keynote Speaker on October 20 at the Montessori Conference and Expo in Houston, TX. He is also offering a workshop at 3:00 - 4:15PM on Crazybusy: Overbooked, Overworked and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD.    


Dr. Hallowell at the CHADD Conference -  

Dr. Hallowell will be giving two presentations at the conference: 
11/8/12 1:30-4:30pm  The Human Experience of ADHD: A Strength Based Approach 
11/9/12 1:30-3:00pm Dr. Hallowell will co-present with Ron Minson: A Neuroplasticity-Based Approach to ADHD. Also be sure to stop by Booth #305 to Visit the NYC Hallowell Center! The early-bird conference registration deadline for the CHADD conference in San Francisco has been extended to September 18. Click here for more information and to register. 


The Long Term Consequences for Girls with ADHD are Profound - In this UC Berkley study that tracked the largest sample of girls with ADHD to date for ten years, the results point to a high rate of self-injury and suicide attempts in young adult females with ADHD. The internal struggles and feelings of failure combined with impulse control problems appear to be the main culprits. Read more here.    

Standardized Testing Results Correlated to Medication
Research points to the improved performance in standardized testing for students who began taking medication for ADHD at an early age. Children who began taking medication in the fourth grade had the smallest decline in performance. Read more at PsychCentral.com

Empty Nest? It's What We've Worked for, To Have Our Kids Succeed, But it's So Hard -
Are the swings empty, the playhouse gone, the bedrooms vacant? Although we are proud of our children's success, it can be hard to let go. Dr. Hallowell's advice: Allow yourself to feel sad, but at the same time, take advantage of the freedom. Read more at Boston.com.

Spanx for Teenagers? - Are we going too far for a flat stomach? Are we worrying about our appearance at too early an age? "I worry that teens are doing themselves an injustice by obsessing over their looks. Eating disorders and never being happy with their bodies is the risk." Dr. Hallowell weighs in on Good Morning America.

Hire a Consultant to Get Into a Sorority? - Does a Young Girl Need to Hire a Consultant to Get into a Sorority? Dr. Hallowell is interviewed in this September segment on Good Morning America to provide his professional opinion. He believes it sends the message that they are not good enough. Others feel it is comparable to hiring a math tutor. What do you think? See the video here.

Can ADHD Be Screened by Evaluating Eye Movement? - Researchers at USC point to the possibility of identifying ADHD by evaluating how patients move their eyes while watching television. Read more at USC 

Oppositional Behavior in Children can Lead to Addiction - Mothers rated their children's behavior in this study that included 1,803 children between the ages of 6 and 12. Based on the results, the study points to a correlation of addiction to cannabis and other substances for children with defiance or oppositional behavior, and nicotine addiction to children with inattention characteristics. There was no correlation to dependence or addiction for only hyperactivity characteristics. Read more here  

Use of Long Term ADHD Medication Appears Safe - In a study with 16 non-human primates, it appears that the brains of the 8 primates who were given ADHD medication for one year, the equivalent of four years for a human child, did not exhibit any differences as compared to the brain images of the control group. Read more at PsychCentral.
Coach's Corner
7 Tips for Starting out the School Year Right

Here are tips are just that - tips. Every child is different, and each family must work together to create a plan and set goals together.
  1. Evaluate what went well last school year - gains, improvements in certain courses and sports, and what needs to change. These could include study habits, managing tech time, being more organized, etc.
  2. Get a wall calendar - write down all major long-term assignments, school commitments, sporting events, and out-of-school activities. Use different colors to paint a holistic picture so both parent and child can see priorities and how all activities interact.
  3. Set up homework start time - select a mutually agreed upon time to relax and time to get started on homework i.e. 2:15-4:00p.m. free time, 4:00 homework time.
  4. Have a technology use schedule - computers, video games and internet use should be supervised by a parent. Put the PC in a common place to help monitor its use.
  5. Set up a reward system - agree upon a reward system that will work for the both of you. Spell out how it will be executed - who will check homework or is the honor system sufficient? Make sure the terms are clear and specific.
  6. Organize a study space - a distraction free zone where your child can do his/her work best and where they'll have all the tools to do their work.
  7. Set up organizational systems - what do you need? An ADD friendly folder system or back pack with compartments sized for study tools? Pick a system and stick with it. If it doesn't work, figure out another system and stick with it. 
If you feel that your child could benefit from additional supports, coaching may help. Contact the Hallowell Centers to learn more.
Social Media Highlights  

Our Facebook Community is Alive and Well!

Dr. Hallowell posted this comment recently, "I love this comment from Tara: "This quote reminds me of something my son and I discussed when he asked me "Mom, will I grow out of ADHD?" And I told him if he's anything like his dad and me, he'll grow INTO it!" ..... what's ADHD like for you?" 

We received 17 comments, most positive, but some describing the struggles and hurdles they have faced with ADHD. Comments included:

"It's the way I am and if others can't or won't accept that, then it's THEIR PROBLEM!!!"

"I feel like I am finally starting to grow into my ADHD and it's awesome!"

"Double-edged sword. It has hurt me on some occasions with hyperactivity and focus loss, but has helped me on other occasions with energy and insight.

Have you LIKED Dr. Hallowell's Facebook Page yet? Our Facebook community has been busy sharing and interacting on all kinds of topics. Be sure to join in and LIKE Dr. Hallowell at www.facebook.com/drhallowell

While you're at it, be sure also LIKE the NYC Hallowell Center and the Sudbury Hallowell Center too!

Book Highlight of the Month   

Pride and Joy by Ken Barish

Dr. Hallowell calls this a superb book--brilliant, wise, timely and fun to read.

"We all have fears as we raise our children, and we try so hard to get it right, though we're never quite certain if we are where we should be. Ken Barish, who has been there as a parent and has seen almost everything kids can get into during his years of practice, provides the information you seek and helps you get your bearings. If you are a parent, you will reach for this book like it's the hand of a dear and knowing friend reaching out to offer help. It is heartfelt and full of treasures every parent will store up and use." - Dr Edward Hallowell. More information on this book can be found here.

Upcoming Events

Every Wednesday, Parenting the Challenging Child, New York Hallowell Center. 1:15 - 2:00 pm, A Drop-in Parent Support Group, Gain positive, constructive support from parents who understand the challenges of raising a child with ADHD. Brainstorm helpful solutions to difficult parenting issues. Share resources and receive feedback and targeted advice to improve your parenting skills and help your child gain confidence and success. Facilitated by Cindy Goldrich, Ed.M.; Parent Coach Specializing in ADHD. For more information contact Denise Boline at 212 799 7777 ext 100 email  denise@adhdnewyork.com.

September 19, FREE Top 10 Tips for ADHD Parenting 6:30-8:00 PM EST, also available via Video Conference. Learn more here. Registration required. Contact Denise Boline at 212-799-7777 ext 100 or email  denise@adhdnewyork.com.

September 24 & 25, Imagine Excelling with ADHD, Hathaway Brown School  and at the Attention Center.  


September 25 - November 13, Mindfulness Skills for Adults with ADHD, Sudbury Hallowell Center, 6-7:30pm, Develop mindfulness skills and explore how they are helpful for adults with ADD. You will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation through ADHD-friendly activities. To register contact Sarah Reiff-Hekking at 978 287 0810 or Sarah@TrueFocusCoaching.com  

October 1, 5th ADHD Virtual Conference, 7:00 to 8:00 pm. This is a unique opportunity to interact with not only Dr. Hallowell, but other ADHD Experts to get your questions answered, connect with the ADHD Community and get the latest information on living with ADHD. Visit adhdconference.com for more information and to register.     


Oct 2, Nutrition For Transformation, NYC Hallowell Center,

live 12 Week-Workshop series that begins on October 2nd. Learn More here.
To register, contact Denise Boline at 212 799-7777 ext 100.   

Oct 2, Getting Past Your Anger, Virtual ADHD Conference, 2-3pm, with Melissa Orlov. Get more info here.   


Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov 7, 14, Calm and Connected: Parenting Your Child with ADHD, NYC Hallowell Center,  10 - 11:30am or 7-8:30 pm EDT. Develop the tools to establish a calm, consistent and connected home life with your children. To register, contact Denise Boline at 212 799-7777 ext 100. 


October 3 - 5, The Entrepreneurial Mind, I Love Marketing 2 Event, Phoenix, AZ,   To watch YouTube video about event, click here. For Information and Registration click here

October 14 - 20, ADHD Awareness Week, The NYC Hallowell Center, free and low-cost community events. If you would like to receive up-to-date announcements about these, and other exciting educational offerings at the Hallowell Center NYC please click here.   
October 14, CADDAC Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Melissa Orlov will present "Relationship Trouble?" during the Adult ADHD session, Learn more here.  
October 15, Promoting Learning and Lifelong Joy in this CrazyBusy World, Dexter School,  Brookline, MA
1:30pm - 3:30pm Hosted by Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE). The Event is Open to Members and Non-Members.  Anyone interested can download the form from their web site or register on-line from here 
October 20, Dr. Hallowell will be the Keynote Speaker at The Institute of Montessori Education's 5th Conference in Houston, Texas  1:30-2:45pm on Mining Magnificent Minds and his Workshop is at: 3:00 - 4:15PM on Crazybusy: Overbooked, Overworked and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD. Click here for details and to register.

October 23, Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness: Five Steps to Help Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy followed by Q&A,
Meadowbrook School, Weston, MA, 6:30p Parent Cocktails. 7:00-8:00 pm Location: Dining Room, MacDowell Center, Meadowbrook School, 10 Farm Road, Weston, MA. The Event is OPEN to the Public. For additional information and to register, please click here.

October 24, ADDA Teleconference, Rebuilding Intimacy in ADHD Relationships, More info here.

November 5, ADHD and Your Marriage, New York CHADD, with Melissa Orlov, more information will be forthcoming.


November 8-10, 2012, CHADD Conference San Francisco,

Dr. Hallowell is giving 2 presentations at the conference: 
11/8/12 1:30-4:30pm  The Human Experience of ADHD: A Strength Based Approach
11/9/12 1:30-3:00pm Dr. Hallowell will co-present with Ron Minson:  A Neuroplasticity-Based Approach to ADHD.  NYC Hallowell Center will be at booth #305. To register and learn more, click here.

November 14, Getting Past Mad, Sad, Afraid, or Confused: How to Help Children Find Their Groove, Stevenson, MD, 7:00pm. The Odyssey School. Learn more here   


November 27, Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston,  7:30 - 9:00 pm Location: Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA. The Event is Open to the Public. To register, please call 617-558-6414.  


December 6, Getting Past Mad, Sad, Afraid, or Confused: How to Help Children Find Their Groove, Hackensack, NJ, 1:30 - 4:00pm, 
Hosted by: Community School, Inc.: Lieben Lecture Series    Location:  Fairleigh Dickinson University, Wilson Auditorium in Dickinson Hall, Hackensack, NJ Open to the Public.    More info @: www.communityschoolnj.org



Hallowell Centers' Unique Philosophy:


At The Hallowell Centers, we offer a variety of diagnostic and assessment tools to help us evaluate and understand your specific needs. Based on what we learn, we then suggest a customized treatment plan, drawing from a cross-section of treatment modalities that may be used individually, or in conjunction with one another. This strengths-based plan is designed to leverage each individual's unique gifts to help overcome their cognitive and emotional problems.

Getting started is easy. Simply place a call to one of our new patient specialists:
         New York:  212-799-7777               Sudbury: 978 287 0810

The Hallowell Centers first search for what is good, strong and healthy in a person, then secondarily what is in need of remediation.

On-Going Support Groups: 

Free ADHD Adult Support Group
, First Tuesday of the Month,
7 - 8:30 pm. No registration necessary.  


Mindfulness Skills for Adults with ADHD, Develop mindfulness skills and explore how they are helpful for adults with ADHD. You will learn the basics of mindfulness meditation through ADHD friendly activities. Sarah Reiff-Hekking at 978 287 0810 or Sarah@TrueFocusCoaching.com


Business Goals Group, Connect with like-minded business people and: Establish a business baseline, clarify the business of your dreams, create goals for the next year and create a process to achieve those goals. Sarah Reiff-Hekking at 978 287 0810 or Sarah@TrueFocusCoaching.com.  


Parenting Your Child with ADHD, This 6 week education and support group offers positive, constructive support for parents who have children with ADHD. Shelley MacLeod 978 287 0810 x119  



New York City, NY:


For all classes, contact Denise Boline at 212-799-7777 or email denise@adhdnewyork.com.   


Parenting the Challenging Child, a Drop-in Parent Support Group, Gain positive, constructive support from parents who understand the challenges of raising a child with ADHD.  Brainstorm helpful solutions to difficult parenting issues.  Share resources and receive feedback and targeted advice to improve your parenting skills and help your child gain confidence and success.   


Calm and Connected: Parenting your Child with ADHD, This highly acclaimed 6-Session workshop is an excellent program for parents of children who are newly diagnosed as well as parents who are struggling in parenting their challenging children. Using a combination of education and coaching, specific strategies are developed to help you reduce chaos, establish rules, improve your child's self-esteem and bring back the joy and connection with your child.

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