ADHD and More Newsletter                                 July 2015
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This month's Note from Ned is not from Ned, but from my dear friend Rick Fiery, who is a pioneer in helping young people with ADHD, whom he names "Inventives."  I'd like to see ADHD renamed Inventive, wouldn't you?
His institute, which he describes, is heaven on earth for people who can't do college but who have lots of talent and ambition.  I urge you to check it out, Inventive Labs.  I also urge you to go to their Kickstarter page and view the projects Rick's amazing Inventives are developing.

Necessary Brilliance


Society is at a crossroads. College is becoming more expensive and more selective every year, while the pool of applicants continues to grow. Test scores required to get into respected colleges have skyrocketed, as have the requirements to demonstrate an effort to save the world by the time you are 17. And, if you struggle with reading, writing or mathematical skills because of ADHD and/or dyslexia, making it through college is even harder. Our society has become hyper-focused on attaining a college degree, leaving many people who learn differently on the outside looking in.


Now, let's talk about the workplace....
"The need for InventiveLabs is tremendous. The number of gifted, talented people who are simply not finding a place for themselves is staggering. It is a huge, huge waste."
Screen Time Telesummit, July 20-24
FREE Screen Telesummit for Parents
The weather is gorgeous and where are the kids? Playing video games? Parents, join Dr. Hallowell and 9 other experts for this FREE telesummit, and learn how to create kids that are less dependent on screens and more dependent on themselves.
Dr. Hallowell at the
Cape Cod Institute
Educators, Parents, Adults with ADHD:
ADHD Across the Life Span August 10-14  

Dr. Hallowell will share his unique approach on how to manage this most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder at the Cape Cod Institute August 11-15 Read his thoughts on ADHD here.  
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Dr. Hallowell LIVE
July 20-24, 2015
FREE Screen Time Telesummit
Advice for parents on how to manage children's screen time.

August 10-14
Cape Cod, MA, Cape Cod Institute, Unwrapping the Gifts: A Strength-Based Approach to ADHD Across the Life Span

October 14-15
 Seattle, WA, Hallowell Todaro Center, In collaboration with ParentMap. More info to follow. See Huffington Post article on Lesley Todaro here.
International News
September 28-October 3
Dr. Hallowell London workshops for parents, educators and ADHD adults: Mastering ADHD for Life Long Success. Register at ADDSpark.
ADHD & Marriage
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Customized, entertaining, and research-driven talks on a wide range of topics including ADHD, parenting, relationships, education, and business. 

"As you started talking, my 16 year old son was messing around with his phone but put it away and started listening intently as your talk progressed. As we walked out he said "that's the first doctor that gets the fact that there is nothing wrong with my brain." Thank you for making a very important message audible to him." 
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Couple's Guide to Thriving with ADHD explores the emotional "Hot Spots" that couples impacted by ADHD commonly face and what to do about them.
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Neuropsychological Testing: What Is It and Why Do It? 
by Sarah Green
People often talk about "testing" or "neuropsychological assessment."  What is this assessment - why do people have it done, and what does it entail?

If your answer to any of the following questions is "yes," you may wish to read further.

For parents:
  • Do you have a child who struggles in school?
  • Are there gaps in your child's performance in different areas?
  • Are you or your child's school interested in understanding how your child learns best?
  • What are their strengths and what are their challenges?
  • Do you have questions about whether your child is struggling simply due to ADHD or whether there are underlying learning disabilities?
  • Do you think that your child might need accommodations to give them the best shot at reaching their learning potential?
  • For older children, are you concerned that your child may need accommodations to do their best on standardized testing?
  • Do you or your child's school need strategies to best help them learn and achieve?

For adults:
  • Have you ever wondered about your ADHD diagnosis, and wished to have more concrete signs that you have it? 
  • Did you ever just wonder how your brain works?
  • Curious about your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Concerned about why you're not able to do certain things as easily as your peers, and wondering if it's just ADHD or if something else is going on too?

What is neuropsychological assessment and why is it important?
Neuropsychological assessment consists of a series of tests, completed over somewhere between one day and a handful of days, evaluating one's intellectual abilities, academic processes and achievement, memory, language skills, visual-motor coordination, reasoning abilities, executive functioning skills, and attention. Testing can also look at whether there are underlying psychological issues that are impacting learning or day-to-day functioning. Clinicians select a series of tests that makes the most sense for each individual, based on the concerns you, your child, or your child's school may have.
College Coaching and ADHD 
by Christine Robinson
The pace of life and expectations placed on today's college student often exacerbates ADHD symptoms.

The pace of life and expectations placed on today's college student often exacerbates ADHD symptoms.  College represents a transition to an autonomy that they may not be prepared for as soon as they move onto campus.  Just as the adverse effects of "helicoptering" during early years has adverse effects on children, recent research shows similar negative effects of helicoptering during the college years, namely depressive symptoms and lowered self-esteem.  My experience as an ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant has validated one simple variable: college students who have a history of struggling with academics, and particularly time management and organizational skills, can benefit from a coach or "cheerleader" at their side, making that journey with them as they seek autonomy and independence. 
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For a complimentary phone consultation, please call Christine L. Robinson, M.Ed. Certified ADHD Coach/Educational Consultant at 617-842-0634,  Skype or Facetime sessions are also available.

Summer Programs at The Hallowell Centers  

Academic Testing
We test and document student academic performance to generate teaching/learning program suggestions, to recommend adjustments in IEP/school services, and to determine where your child is lagging academically so we can generate teaching/learning programs to implement over the summer.

We provide testing at all Hallowell Centers. To make an appointment, please call the Sudbury, Mass office at 978-287-0810; the NY-Manhattan at 212-799-7777; San Francisco at [415-967-0061] or Seattle at [206-420-7345]

Congratulations on surviving The College Process! The first year of college is full of new experiences and challenges. This workshop is an opportunity to prepare for the academic and personal adventures ahead. Topics covered will include: sustaining effort over time, managing test anxiety, balancing activities and courses, the benefits and challenges of increased independence, and taking care of your overall wellbeing. Dr. Nichols, psychologist and coach at Hallowell Center, will join the workshop to discuss taking care of your mental health away from home. Expert presenters: Christina Young and  


You've spent years helping your child navigate The College Process. Launching a successful college career requires a whole new set of skills and strategies. Learn how you can help your child soar through the transition to college. This workshop is an opportunity to prepare for upcoming changes in your parent-child relationship, identify areas of concern and create a support plan, and learn how to use a coach approach to help your child grow into a confident and independent college student. Dr. Gilbert, psychiatrist at Hallowell Center, will join the workshop to discuss medication management at college and helping young adults take responsibility for their mental health needs away from home. Expert presenters: Christina Young and Dr. Andrew Gilbert.

Launching into College: Nuts and Bolts for Students
Thurs, Aug 13, 3-4:30pm 
You've worked hard to get into your college. Now is the time to review the basics and make a plan to get a great start to the semester. This workshop will review the skills and strategies that will help you manage your time and course work effectively, build strong relationships with professors, access support on campus, and create a schedule that supports study, play, and overall well-being. Dr. Nichols, psychologist and coach at Hallowell Center, will join the workshop to discuss how and when working with a coach can keep you on track when you're away from home. Expert Presenters: Christina Young and Christina Nichols


For middle and high school special and general education teachers. All adolescents need support to develop strong executive functions and to work independently, cope with personal and academic challenges in healthy ways, and work to their full potential. In this interactive workshop, teachers will create and share strategies to help students strengthen executive functions and improve their competency and contribution in class. Read testimonials and learn more at
Emergency Academic Recovery System (EARS)  
Middle school to college age students: Let's work on improving your grades next year - Our first meeting, an in-person visit, allows us to learn the student's helpful traits and past successes, study recent testing and teacher reports, identify areas of concern and set a course for action. Often the problems center around executive functioning - planning, organizing, initiating, emotional regulation, working memory, inhibition and the ability to shift between tasks and emotional states. Regular follow-up sessions can be in person, by phone or Skype. Contact Rebecca for a free inquiry at 978 287 0810. Learn more at
Working Memory - the ability to keep information in your mind for several seconds, manipulate it, and use it in your thinking - is the engine of learning. Reading Comprehension, problem solving, organization and mental math are just some of the working memory tasks we employ every day. Working memory weaknesses are common in persons with ADHD, executive dysfunction and head injury. Cogmed training is for children and adults who wish to improve their ability to concentrate, reduce impulsivity and resist distraction. It can also benefit anyone who seeks an extra edge in optimizing their academic and professional potential and can help stave off deteriorating effects of brain aging. Training is done at the user's home with weekly or as needed coaching sessions by phone or Skype. Learn more at or call Rebecca Shafir at 978 287 0810.

Looking for students ages 13-17 not on ADHD or allergy medication: Complete 90 minute game session while we record your brain waves. $50 compensation. Call the Hallowell Center in Sudbury (978 287 0810) and ask for the Atentiv Home Study.

Body Image and Teens: Fighting the Negative and Finding the Positive! -  

July 27-28, 10:30am - 12:30pm This two-day workshop focuses on learning about body image and the impacts of it on our self-esteem, emotions, and actions. Explore how beauty and appearance has been viewed in our society and the media, and the impact it has left on each of us. Learn to deconstruct negative body image messages, and explore new and more positive ways of seeing yourself.

Learning about ADHD Medications 
August 3, 7-8:30pm. Presentation on common questions people have about ADHD medications including side effects, what they do in our bodies, what medications there are, are they dangerous, and more. This presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. 

Navigate the Uncertainties of Middle School
August 17-21, 9:30am - 1pm. Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Learn organization, time management, notebook strategies, planner efficiencies, and more.

Writing College Essays for Juniors and Seniors 
August 24 & 25, 10:30-12:30pm - In this workshop you will get a head start on your personal essay, gain tools and strategies for writing essays and short answer essays for college applications, and get help editing and tweaking your essay so it is ready to send off! In addition to this two-day workshop, there will be a follow up workshop for students during crunch time when applications and essays are due!

Dyslexia & Learning Difficulties: Home & School Strategies 
August 25, 6:00-8:00pm. Learn about learning differences such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, and how they affect school performance and success. Includes homework and study strategies and 504 accommodations and Individual Education Plans (IEP's) and help parents and students learn how to best advocate for themselves.

Brain Rules for The Student - Study Strategies That Work  
August 26, 6:00-8:00pm - for Students entering 5th - 12th grade. This workshop is geared toward both parents and students. We will discuss research backed strategies, learn effective study strategies and why they work, why certain strategies work better than others, effective accommodations for the classroom and how to effectively self advocate.  

Learn more about these programs at HallowellTodaroCenter or call 206-420-7345.