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                           Dr. Hallowell Newsletter     April 2013
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Rates of diagnosis for ADHD in children continue to rise.  This month Dr. Hallowell shares his views on whether or not ADHD is overdiagnosed.  He also talks about the relationship between electronics and ADHD-like symptoms.

The Hallowells (and Orlovs) live in the Boston area.  It has been a time of reflection here as we think about the senseless violence committed at the Boston Marathon.  Dr. Hallowell shares his thoughts.

Finally, we are VERY excited to announce that a new Hallowell Center will be opening in the San Francisco Bay area.  The center is now taking appointments that will commence May 1.

We wish you all the best this month as Spring finally unfolds.

Melissa Orlov, editor

Fox News
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Are Children Being Given Medication Unnecessarily?

Launching May 1st 2013:
Hallowell Center San Francisco
San Francisco
Market Street Suite 2200 San Francisco, CA 94105

The Hallowell Team is delighted to share our strength-based philosophy on the West Coast!  We are now scheduling appointments and we would be overjoyed to help you.

Please visit www.HallowellSFO.com or call 415 967-0061
learn more and to book an appointment today.

Read more from Dr. Hallowell here.
Hallowell Centers Strength-Based Philosophy:
First we search for what is good, strong and healthy in a person, then what is in need of remediation. 

The Hallowell Centers integrate the latest research on brain, body and heart. We help people with emotional issues and learning disabilities lead happier, more productive lives through a positive, balanced treatment approach.

Coaching via SKYPE is available at each Center

Want to Learn More? Simply place a call to one of our new patient specialists:

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Sudbury, MA:
  978 287-0810    

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Upcoming Events

June 21 & 22

"Creating a Connected Life" Institute of Lifestyle Medicine @ Harvard Medical School

July 15-19 
Dr. Hallowell's  ADHD Summer Enrichment Camp at Leelanau School
Students entering grades 5 thru 12 and parents.
August 12-16
Cape Cod Institute
Presentation: Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to ADHD Across the Life Span.
Click here to Learn about Dr. Hallowell's Speaking Services. 

Relationship Rx -
If marriage counseling isn't working, come to a 3 session workshop to manage relationship stress using state of-the-art brain training and biofeedback methods. May 7, 9, and 14, 6:30-8:00pm. Register at 978 287 0810 x117  $250/couple, $200/single  Instructor: Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC

Mindfulness Skills for Adults with ADHD - Learn ADHD friendly mindfulness meditation techniques to calm yourself, listen more carefully, and concentrate more effectively in this 8 session group workshop. Begins May 1, 6:30-8:00pm.  $480  Sarah Reiff-Hekking, Ph.D. Register at 978.287.0810 x 117.

Alternative Programs
Cogmed Working Memory Training
Heartmath biofeedback
Executive Function training
Pir HEG ( passive infrared hemoencephalography)
LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System)
Call 978 255 1817 or email RebeccaShafir@att.net

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Social Skills for Children  Apr 22 - Jun 17 - ages 8-12, 8 week program to provide the skills to improve self-regulation and social competence. Learn more here.

Teen Coaching Webinar, May 14, June 18, July 16 & Aug 27 - coaches help teens asses their abilities, improve skills, and strategize to prepare for high level performance. Learn more here.
ADHD & Marriage

ADHD and Sex, May 13  - This live and interactive webinar addresses the sexual issues related to ADHD, what the top sexual 'complaints' are, and what you can do about them. Learn more here.
Dr. Hallowell Store

The Dr. Hallowell Store has books, videos, products, iphone apps, etc on ADHD and other topics. New items are added regularly, so keep checking back!

Product of the Month: 

The Learning Breakthrough Program™
  Learning BreakThrough

Dr. Hallowell describes a helpful therapy he used on his son in his book Driven to Distraction, that targeted the cerebella. This therapy has been revised to be easy to use at home. The Learning Breakthrough Program™ is a suite of daily exercises and equipment that, while game like and fun to use, helps better organize the way the brain processes information and speeds up brain reaction time. Daily use can help with ADHD, Dyslexia and other learning difficulties. Any purchase during the next 30 days will receive a free copy of the e-book "A Life in Balance, Discovery of a Learning Breakthrough" which includes a preface by Dr. Hallowell. Learn more Here
Dr. Hallowell Speakers Bureau


Dr. Hallowell, a seasoned and passionate speaker, is pleased to offer his customized, entertaining, and research-driven talks to your audience. He has expertise on a wide range of topics relevant to parents, couples, children, educators, doctors, managers and people with ADHD. Click here to book Dr. Hallowell

Presenter Topic of the Month: 

Human Moments - 
Life is just a series of mostly forgettable events unless we love ...  and love in as many different ways as we can, from loving a person, to a book, to spirit, to a place, to an idea, to a dog - to almost anything. With love, we endow certain moments with a special power and significance. With love, and its cousin, imagination, we conjure up the richness and power that lies beneath the surface of even the most trivial second in our lives. Read more here.
Dr. Hallowell Professional Programs:

A Note from Ned 
How to Make Sense of the Boston Marathon Tragedy? 
"Regarding the recent senseless and horrific tragedy..."  How many times have we read those words since Columbine?  Columbine wasn't the first, of course, but it did seem to mark the beginning of a string of terrors the like of which our world was not accustomed to before then but, sadly, has become all too accustomed to since.
How do we make sense of the latest terrible event, the one in my home state, in Boston, on the day of one of our most cherished, joyful, and glorious holidays?  And the running of our most celebrated athletic event, the Boston Marathon?
Not knowing who committed the terrible act, or why, I am unable to make sense of any sort out of what little I know.  I am, however, able to feel an avalanche of emotion, as I'm sure most everybody is.  I feel anger, sorrow, fear, and bewilderment.  I feel deep frustration that this kind of terror keeps on happening, like a dread drumbeat while the world lurches toward chaos and confusion.  Read More Here.
Q: (Excerpted from Family Circle Magazine, March 2013) My 13 year old son is an extremely bright kid who scores A's on his tests, but loses his homework assignments. I've tried everything to get him organized- nothing works. He was on ADD medication for a couple of years, but it was effective only for a while. How can he develop better skills?

A:  This question is complicated because you have the everyday challenges of helping a teen get his act together combined with a possible medical issue. So I called my colleague Patty manning, director of the Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, for some guidance. We both agree kids need a method for staying organized that they can implement at home as well as at school, like a checklist system or a chart. But she also points out that it's not uncommon for medication to appear to stop working when kids outgrow their dosage or develop a different problem that impacts their performance. Please go back to the doctor to review your son's prescription. You might also consider putting additional organizational tools in place. A great resource for new ideas is Edward Hallowell's book Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child. - Rosalind Wiseman
Dr. Hallowell in The New York Times: ADHD Diagnosis is Handed out too Freely
Dr. Hallowell in the NY Times article on ADHD maintains that while he still thinks that many children with A.D.H.D. continue to go unrecognized and untreated, he said the high rates demonstrate how the diagnosis is being handed out too freely. Learn More

Need a Fresh Perspective? Sit in a Different Chair
Sarah Reiff-Hekking, Ph.D.
Comfy Chair Do you usually always sit in the same living room or kitchen chair?

How about sitting in a different chair than the one you usually sit in?  I did this the other day in my living room.  Instead of my usual tried and true spot on the couch, I sat in the chair in the corner.   And I saw a whole different view... Read More
ADHD and Children, Teens and Young Adults
 ADHD Summer Camp for Children and Parents with Dr. Hallowell - 
Designed for children in grades 5 - 12 and their parents, this camp helps families build stronger bonds in a beautiful setting. July 15-19, 2013.  Watch the video and learn more here. What are the benefits to attending an ADHD Camp? This ADDitude article spells out some reasons why camp may be beneficial to your child.

ADHD Youth Leadership Summit- June 22-23, 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania. Adults and Youth will find important programs on empowerment, self-esteem and the latest research on ADHD. Find out more at ADHDSummit.

ADHD or overexposure to electronics?   Dr. Hallowell on Laura Ingraham Show - Dr. Hallowell explains that our children are exhibiting signs of ADHD due to over connection to technology.  Is your child receiving enough Vitamin C (human connection)?  Read more on the Laura Ingraham blog.

Nearly One in Five Boys in the US will be Diagnosed with ADHD - Dr. Hallowell Weighs In - According to new numbers from the CDC, nearly one in five boys and 11% of American children have received a diagnosis for ADHD. What's behind these shocking numbers?  Watch Huffpost Live for more information.

Personalized Education Solutions - Dr. Hallowell supports bluBeryl educational design. They collaborate with families, educators, and clinicians to create personalized education solutions. Their strengths-based approach helps families transform school-related challenges into opportunities for success, connection, and self-discovery. Just as each student is unique, the collaborative solutions are tailor-made, ranging from a handful of fresh strategies to a comprehensive new approach. Learn more at bluBeryl.com.    
ADHD and Adults
Educators and Parents - Help Students with ADHD Succeed in School
Dr. Hallowell will again share his unique approach on how to view this most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder of childhood at the Cape Cod Institute August 12-16th. Read his thoughts on ADHD here and find out more about Cape.org here

Dr. Hallowell on the Dr. Oz ShareCare -
Q&A videos filmed in Dr. Oz's studio greenroom are now live on Sharecare. Watch the 4 new video Q&As here.  Additionally, Dr. Hallowell is featured in the Expert Support Center.

Is the Magic Gone From Your ADHD Relationship? - "My partner and I have a much better relationship since she started treating her ADHD, but after years of struggle, the magic seems gone. Can we rekindle the romance?" Read Melissa Orlov's response in ADDitude Magazine
Free recording of Dr. Hallowell's "Understanding Your ADHD" Webinar - Listen to this detailed webinar including information on discovering the positive aspects of ADHD, dealing with a late ADHD diagnosis, ways to stay focused and organized with ADHD, treating ADHD's comorbid conditions and how to develop strategies to meet your goals. Plus, receive access to the slides accompanying Dr. Hallowell's Webinar, the Webinar transcript file, and links to his top articles here.

Dr. Hallowell: Social Media Addiction? - Is constant social media use cooling what could be a rewarding romance? Read more in Medical Daily.
CrazyBusy Tips
Does your child have a fast paced life?

CrazyBusy Top 50 It's a common concern for parents around the country who want to balance new activities and interests with the downtime that children need to thrive. 

This informative video, # 3 out of the 4 in this series from our friends at the Avenues School in NYC, features Dr. Hallowell discussing the steps you should take to ensure a happy and successful child.
Avenues School
Watch Dr. Hallowell in this CrazyBusy video

CrazyBusy Tips are available in book, CD, MP3 format
and as an iPhone App
Click here to learn more

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Quote of the Month:

"I think it's important to remember that the best thing to do when you're feeling very anxious and worried is never worry alone. In other words, talk to somebody, anybody."

- Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., after 9/11. Read more at NPR.


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