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Dr. Hallowell Newsletter          February 2014  

In this newsletter you will find information on coaching, a mainstay in ADHD treatment.

A coach can help you make friends with structure--which most of us resist, as if it were going to rob us of our freedom--as well as help you create the specific structures you need most.
A coach is like an external ego, a human reminder system, a person to brainstorm with, and a person with whom to build structures that will enhance performance....     Read More
Watch Dr. Edward Hallowell with Marie Forleo:
Why Smart People Under-Perform
and What to do About It!

"I don't treat disabilities; I unwrap gifts." - Dr. Hallowell
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Education First,
Medication Last!

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happier life through our balanced treatment approaches that integrate the latest in brain, body and heart research!
Develop Life Skills With
Executive Function Coaching:
  • Organization
  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Focusing
  • Problem Solving
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Dr. Hallowell LIVE

February 13    
SFO, Hamlin School
Finding Fulfillment

February 14   
SFO, Learning and The Brain
2 talks: "Understanding Your Child's Brain: A Guide to Enhance Happiness, Mastery and Confidence" & "Coping in a Distracted, Disconnected World: ADHD, Multitasking and Technology"

March 5     
NJ, Morris Educational Foundation Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness.

March 20    
NY, My Fast Brain Finding the buried treasure in ADHD.

April 24   
NYC, 11th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference A Strength based approach to ADHD: Dr. Hallowell's Special Sauce.

July 14 - 18   
MI, Leelanau Summer Camp
ADHD Summer camp for children and parents.  10% discount before 3/1/13.

August 11 - 15    
MA, Cape Cod Institute
Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to ADHD Across the Life Span
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Driven to Distraction
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This Month's Feature:

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Q: Morning routines are so hard! My daughter and I both have ADHD. How do you recommend that we stay on schedule while remaining pleasant?

A: One of the challenges - and GIFTS - of ADHD is that emotions can be so easily manipulated by external influences. Learn to control external influences and use your ADHD GIFT to your advantage! How?

Start by asking yourself a couple questions:
1. How long do I need to get ready in the morning? 45 Minutes? 60 minutes?
2. How much time do I need for each morning task? (wake-up, meds, shower, tooth and hair brushing, makeup, get dressed... )

Based on your answers, make a playlist for your morning, using each song to get yourself geared up and as a TIMER for your tasks.

Here are a few of my favorites to help get you started:   - Supertramp: Dreamer (3:30)
- Macklemore: Can't Hold us (5:00)
- Daft Punk: Get Lucky + Lose Yourself to Dance (9:00)
- Black Eyed Peas: Pump It / Outkast: Hey Ya (8:00)
- Sara Bareilles: Brave :4:30)
- Madonna: Die Another Day (4:30)
- The Ting Tings: That's Not My Name (5:00)
- Don Broco: Beautiful Morning (4:00)
- Prince: Raspberry Beret (3:30)
- Beyoncé: Get Me Bodied (6:15)

Have fun with it! Make a different one for each week, or each month. Have a friend or your spouse make one for you. Sit down with your kids and do it together on Sunday night. Make it about Vitamin C - Connection!, about fun, and something to look forward to (instead of the drudgery of the snooze button and ticking clock)!
Is ADHD Coaching Right for You or Your Child?

ADHD is a complex, multifaceted condition that we are still learning about through science, research and experience. We know that it is not a lack intelligence that creates the challenge, rather the ability to harness the mind to direct it to perform when, where, and how the individual would like it to.

Coaching, when you allow it, is a safe way to expose yourself to receiving observations and feedback about yourself in action. A coach can observe you and help you methodically reflect on how you are doing - what is working and what is not.

Coaches provide you a mirror, and help you put the picture in focus. The play back what you say and help you clarify the meaning so it matches your heart. They help you learn how to think, and to trust in your thoughts. They don't tell you what to do; yet they help you see what you want to do.

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In Praise of Making More Mistakes

The trick to doing most anything well is doing it badly first.


"The ceramics teacher announced that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its
quality. His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would weigh the work of the "quantity" group: fifty pound of pots rated an "A", forty pounds a "B", and so on. Those being graded on "quality", however, needed to produce only one pot - albeit a perfect one - to get an "A". At grading time, a curious fact emerged: the works of highestquality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the "quantity" group was busily churning out piles of work - and learning from their mistakes - the "quality" group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay." - Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland


If the strategy for doing most anything well is DOING the thing in the first place, then the hurdle lies in moving from contemplation into action. That's where most of us find ourselves frozen, thinking about something, but challenged to take action on it.


The best method over the hurdle is practice....   Read More  

Executive Function Training or Tutoring for Your Child?
How to decide where to invest in your child's school success!


To get the most out of a parent's tutoring dollars, a student FIRST needs strong executive functioning skills to be able to attend to, retain and follow through with schoolwork, independent of a parent or tutor. Once a student is primed to study, learn and follow through, a tutor may not be needed after all, or the student will be able to derive greater benefit from tutoring.


Executive Function Training (EFT) not only gives the student tools to succeed in academics, but teaches them basic leadership skills. Executive function training helps students:


-  improve attention and concentration
-  be organized

-  be able to self regulate stress and frustration 

-  plan work
-  study in more effective and creative ways
-  manage time
-  remember what he/she was told or read,
-  take notes and how to use the notes for study
-  get ideas down on paper
-  advocate for themselves & communicate needs. 



Executive Function Training is available at our Hallowell Centers. Call for a free 15 minute consultation.  

Dr. Hallowell in the News
Another Book on ADHD has Garnered the Media's Attention - Dr. Hallowell explains that simple, unsupported articles and books on ADHD can cause more harm then good. ADHD has a proven biological basis and requires a complex solution to this complex issue. Read more at ADDitude Magazine

Families with ADHD Often Wrestle with "The Big Struggle" - It is very common for families with one or more children with ADHD to wrestle with what Dr. Hallowell calls "The Big Struggle". The child with ADHD fails to complete their homework, chores, etc and the parent begins to "reel" the child in, thus creating defiance and power struggles. Recognizing that the child has a neurological condition is critical. Read the recommendations on how to involve the whole family in creating solutions in this ADDitude Magazine article.  
Dr. Hallowell's ADHD Camp - Dr. Hallowell will be offering youth and parents ADHD advice and support at the Leelanau ADHD Camp July 14-18, 2014.  Learn more at 10% discount before 3/1/14.   
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