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Dr. Hallowell Newsletter            April 2014  

We desperately need to reframe how we look at what's called ADHD, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Currently we see ADHD through a medical model. To be sure, the medical model is far superior to the moral model, which held sway for most of human history, condemning these children as "bad," "lazy," "willful," "incorrigible," or even "possessed," and inflicting frequent harsh and cruel punishments upon them, which only made their situation worse. Read More
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Finding the Buried Treasures in ADHD: Cogmed and a Strength-based Approach

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Q: I want to have a good relationship, but I'm constantly frustrated with my ADHD partner. How can I get him/her to see my frustration and just change already?

A: PEOPLE FUNDAMENTALLY DO NOT CHANGE WHO THEY ARE. We are who we are. A disorganized person is not going to magically become super organized. An energetic, impulsive person is not going to instantly become cool, calm, and collected; nor is someone who needs order in life ever going to be comfortable existing in chaos. For a couple to be happy, each person must accept (and dare I say, like) who their partner fundamentally is. This is not to say there cannot be change in the relationship; there can! Within the context of who they are, people can learn strategies to manage aspects of their behavior that do not work either for themselves or in the context of the relationship they are in. They can choose to work towards better understanding the needs of their partner and to developing strategies that better meet those needs. However, it is important to understand the work goes both ways.

WE ASSUME OUR PARTNER THINKS, FEELS, AND PERCEIVES THE WORLD LIKE WE DO. We all come to a relationship with our own unique temperament, neurology, and psychological baggage. When we assess our partner's behavior we see it through our own lens. This leads us to make assumptions about their behavior and especially, their intent. If I could convey only one fundamental point to each individual I see, it would be this: Be curious about the other person: their thoughts, feelings and behavior .....  Read More

Sue Hallowell, LICSW, has been a social worker for 30 years and is currently the Clinical Director for the Hallowell Center NYC. She co-authored Married to Distraction, is the mother of three children and married to (the infamous and illustrious) Dr. Edward Hallowell.
5 Early Career Planning Tips for Teens with ADHD
Robin Roman Wright
BCC, Career & ADHD Coach


Teens with ADHD are hindered by a propensity to procrastinate, "get stuck," get bored and/or argue with those in authority. For these teens, guidance can make a huge difference.


Many teens with ADHD are bright and creative, however ADHD high school students are often frustrated and less successful than they would like to be. Missing deadlines, leaving boring tasks half done or experiencing difficulty getting along with authority figures get in the way of academic success. What's more, when these same teens go on to higher education, they are likely to encounter these same issues.


While learning strategies to deal with these tendencies is an important part of being successful, it is just as important to ignite a desire within teens to shoot for a goal that is challenging, interesting and attainable.  Read More 

Paula Santa-Donato, LCSW
Professional & Personal Coach Specializing in ADHD 
My Clients are often professional and successful individuals who have 'compensated' - sometimes for a very long time.

I see them usually when they are either being threatened with the possibility of losing a job, realizing they can no longer function 'this way', and/or are now willing and open to embrace change, receive the support and challenge of working with a coach, and be held accountable for their progress.


While working with my clients, I first help them realize and acknowledge their strengths (we build on these) and begin to accept their weaknesses (we work our way around these).  And a common 'weaknesses' or challenges, as I like to call them, might be what Russell Barkley calls 'time blindness'.  It affects current planning and future planning.   

....  Read More  
Dr. Hallowell Enrichment Programs
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"This camp was amazing & I recommend it with my whole heart!!! My son and I benefited greatly. Plus, it was fun!" - C.J. Designed for children in grades 5 - 12 and their parents, this camp helps families build stronger bonds in a beautiful setting. July 14-18, 2014.  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. Learn more at

Educators & Parents: Help Students with ADHD Succeed in School 
Dr. Hallowell will again share his unique approach on how to manage this most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder of childhood at the Cape Cod Institute August 11-15th. Read his thoughts on ADHD here and find out more about here.  
Dr. Hallowell In the News
Dr. Hallowell Offers Strategies to Help Children with ADHD Manage Anger -
Anger in kids with ADHD often leads to trouble. Dr. Hallowell helps you manage your child's anger in this ADDitude article.  

Dr. Hallowell Highlighted for Strength Based Approach - Jeff Emmerson, in his ADHDAdultBlog, writes how Dr. Hallowell helped him through some of the tough battles he faced because of his ADHD. 

Dr. Hallowell responds to "The Drugging of the American Boy" - It is time to replace the deficit-based medical model with a more accurate and all-encompassing strength-based model, a model that recognizes not just what goes wrong with a person, but also what goes right. Read more at
Dr. Hallowell Explains that to worry alone can be toxic
- Dr. Hallowell shares his insight on how worry can become toxic in this article in  Women's World Magazine.  
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5 Steps for Raising Good Kids - Dr. Hallowell presents to a packed room of parents and professionals at the Dexter Smith School in Brookline, MA.

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"'You are bad. Now go get a doctor and get on medication so you'll be good.' That's a real perversion of what ought to happen" - Edward M. Hallowell


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