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The month of October is ADHD Awareness Month.  It also marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Driven to Distraction.
How far we've come since 1994 in our nation's collective awareness of ADHD.  But how far we have yet to go!
I think it's deserved for us all to pat ourselves on the back a bit for joining together to educate the public about ADHD.  But the timing is also propitious to sound the alert as to how much more there is to be done.
Stigma still retards progress.  Factions still prevent the unified efforts that would bring greatest success.  Children still suffer in schools unnecessarily, and millions of adults who have ADHD still don't know they have it.  New non-medication treatments are emerging, but we need more research to validate them and develop new ones.

Tomorrow - Don't Miss It! Celebrating 20 Years of ADHDcoaching with Dr. Hallowell
Dr. Hallowell Kicks off ADHD Dream Team

Dr. Hallowell Joins Master Certified Coach
David Giwerc October 1, 2014 at 8pm
Attention Talk Radio

Work Smart! Train Your Attention!
Dr. Hallowell's Latest Book

Dr. Hallowell identifies the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work, and how they can learn to take greater control, while becoming happier, healthier, and more productive in the process.

Pre-Order here.

Available for the Holidays!
Official Release Date January 6, 2015
Hallowell Centers
Hallowell Center named as top ADHD Special Needs provider!
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Start the School Year Strong:
  • Organization
  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Focusing
  • Problem Solving
"Dr. Hallowell convinced my son ADHD is an ASSET not a liability." Bob M.
Dr. Hallowell LIVE
October 1
Dr. Hallowell Online - Free Broadcast on ADHD

September 29-October 3
London, UK ADDSpark Workshops Dr. Hallowell's workshop features his Strength based approached.

October 9
- For parents, caregivers and professionals.

October 25
- Dr. Hallowell to give Keynote.

October 29

Chatham, NJ, Montessori Children's Academy - More info soon.

November 3 & 4
- Dr. Hallowell will speak to educators and parents on the evening of Nov 3rd and officially "kick off" the Center on Nov. 4th from 5:00-8:00. Hallowell Todaro Center, 5502 34th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105 206-420-7345. Open for Business Effective September 8th!

November 19
Duxbury, MA, The Parent Connection
Connection in the Digital Age

December 4
Waldorf School of Garden City - Garden City, New York
CrazyBusy: Overbooked, Overworked and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone ADD

January 30, 2015
Lynn University - Florida
Mining Magnificent Minds

April 15, 2015
Northshore Education Consortium, Wakefield MA - The Management of ADHD at School: A Strength-based Approach. Dr. Hallowell will speak at the Third Annual Behavioral Health Conference
ADHD & Marriage
Upcoming Seminars and Events

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October Only - Dr. Hallowell ADHD iPhone App Reduced! 

To celebrate ADHD Awareness Month, Dr. Hallowell is offering his ADHD Quiz iPhone app for only $0.99. ($1.99 for Android)


Dr. Hallowell's ADHD Quiz app helps you understand whether you or someone you love might have ADHD. The app also has a wealth of ADHD information, resources, news and next steps.

It has recently been updated with even more helpful ADHD info and for iOS8. Download here

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Driven to Distraction
Dr. Hallowell Speakers Bureau


"Ned was great! His stories were so filled with meaning and humor. What a likeable person, and with such important information to share. I think everyone could relate to him, find a piece of their own lives and experiences in his own and feel accepting of all."  Marcy


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Dr. Hallowell is a seasoned and passionate speaker. He offers customized, entertaining, and research-driven talks on a wide range of topics including ADHD, parenting, relationships, education, and business. 
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Are You ADD - A new film about ADHD by Director Wes Gray is currently in production. The documentary will be focused on the personal stories of several individuals who have ADHD (or ADD) some not knowing until they were adults.The damage ADHD can cause when it is not diagnosed will be explored as well as the oftentimes amazing turnaround that treatment can bring. You can play a role in helping make this film a success! Can we count on you? We want to change the way people think about ADHD. Click here for more:
Q: I have concerns about a child in my classroom. Do you have a list of characteristics that someone with ADHD may exhibit? I would like to share that with his parents.
A: Diagnosing ADHD can only be accomplished by a trained medical professional, however, in Driven to Distraction, Dr. Ratey and I list twenty common symptoms in a person with ADD or ADHD.

20 Suggested Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD:
  1. A sense of underachievement, of not meeting one's goals (regardless of how much one has accomplished)
  2. Difficulty getting organized
  3. Chronic procrastination or trouble getting started
  4. Many projects going simultaneously; trouble with follow-through
  5. Read More
Celebrating 20 Years of Delivered from Distraction
Driven to Distraction  
much has changed, but much still the same ...

We asked our Facebook Family what ADHD means to them. Here are some of the responses:

"To consider what it would feel like to have no leg and people are telling you that you don't have something wrong and just to walk."

"My husband and daughter have ADHD....A room can go from zero to 110%....In 2 seconds flat...just by walking through the doorway"

"Everyone should be so lucky to be born thinking outside of the box!"

"It means I can do a lot of things at once. ( yes I know it doesn't mean I will finish them all, but I try my best.) It means I am different and unique... I am special. I wouldn't change a thing about me. I am a better ADHD person because of you, and your books which helped me to do this all naturally, I try my best to pay attention, make list,and do things right.( the Adhd way)"

"It means I have the most awesome 10 year old granddaughter who is amazing and very very creative!"
"It's a double-edged sword - a curse & a blessing. But it's in school that it seems to be the worst - perhaps because it's the least flexible/accommodating environment."

Many more on Facebook!  
The ADDvantage in Resolving Conflicts
Rebecca Shafir, M.A., C.C.C.
consoling-mom.jpg Unresolved conflict can be destructive. It polarizes thinking and leads to morale problems, secrecy, reduced flow of information, wasted time and money and decision-making paralysis.

The longer we wait to resolve the issues, the more destructive it becomes. Conflict is just plain uncomfortable and when it comes to disputes and arguments with family, friends and co-workers, we tend to procrastinate and stuff the bad feelings.

We have four basic needs, that when violated, spark conflict:
  • to feel valued and recognized for our contributions
  • to be in control
  • to have self-esteem
  • to be consistent and save face
Those of us with ADHD have distinct advantages when it comes to resolving disputes? From our point of view:

1) Conflict and differences of opinion are interesting and keeps one's attention.
2) There are many creative ways to re-frame adversity - it is a learning experience, a way to build bridges, etc.
3) It's an opportunity to use one's intuitive gift to go beyond the words to a level of better understanding of the others needs.
4) Whether the conflict can be resolved or not, it makes possible the chance to open the eyes and ears of others to understand you.

Take action. Start with yourself. How do you manage conflict?  Do you...  Read More

Rebecca Shafir, Speech/language pathologist, and the Coordinator of Alternative and Complementary Services at the Hallowell Center, can be reached for consultation at the Boston Hallowell Center 978 287 0810.  
Hallowell Enrichment Programs
Dr. Hallowell in London
- From Sept 29th to Oct 3rd 2014, Dr Hallowell is hosting a series of workshops in London for parents, ADD adults, educators and health professionals.  The theme of the workshops is "Mastering ADHD for Lifelong Success" and focuses on Dr Hallowell's positive, practical and proven approach to help master the power of ADD/ADHD while avoiding its pitfalls. For more information, please visit ADDSpark.  
Dr. Hallowell In the News
Drugs Over Dinner
Dr. Hallowell's joins such heavy hitters as Arianna Huffington, Ricki Lake, Dr. Gabor Maté, and Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (Washington state) to choose dinner and connection over drugs and alcohol. Learn more at and the Huffington Post.

Mindfulness for Children with ADHD  - Mindfulness, and other alternative treatment options, can be effective management techniques for children with ADHD. Check out Dr. Hallowell's interview with SheKnows.

ADHD or Attention Addiction? - Attention Addiction, the inability to disconnect from technology, is a serious problem. Dr. Hallowell describe the dangers in Entrepreneur Magazine.

5 Step Plan for Parents with ADHD Children - Dr. Hallowell's recommendations include connect, play, practice, mastery, and recognition in EverydayHealth.
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A few months ago I sent you an email about Focus@Will an internet based audio service, which improves focus and attention substantially. Since that first email, I'm happy to report that many of my patients have begun using Focus@Will with great success and I, myself, have remained a devoted customer.

The science behind the service is simple. Using specially designed audio streams, Focus@Will triggers a more relaxed brain state, and the result is greater focus for extended periods of time. Needless to say, for those with ADD or ADHD, this is a potential "game changer". I've had several patients integrate the service into their lives, and it has had tangible, meaningful benefits. Here are a few testimonials from some Focus@Will customers:

"There are a very few services that I can claim have changed my life. Focus@Will is one of them. Hyper-focus, extreme productivity. A++."

"I am a computer programmer with a serious ADHD based focus problem and I really dislike meds, thank you guys for what you are doing, it works."

I believe in Focus@Will so much that I've agreed to advise the company and help them market the product for which I am compensated.

Now the really good news. Focus@Will is free. Well, free for 30 days at least. To sign up for your 30 Day Free Trial, please click here. There is really no downside. If it works (and it does for most), you've changed your life or the life of your loved ones for the better.

I hope you'll try Focus@Will and please send me success stories, if you have them.
Ned Hallowell

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"Without intervention, children with undiagnosed can fail in school and go on to suffer depression, low self-esteem and anger." - Edward M. Hallowell


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