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October 8, 2012


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October hosts ADHD Awareness Week from the 15th-19th in the United States, as well as Dyslexia Awareness Week from the 8th-14th in the UK. No matter what continent you live on, helping to create awareness in all communities is important to assuring that all people have access to identification and treatment if their learning differences are negatively impacting their lives.


One challenge facing individuals with both ADHD and dyslexia is poor working memory. While short-term memory is the ability to hold information in memory for short periods of time (such as remembering a phone number long enough to dial it), working memory involves being able to hold information in memory long enough to do something with it (to add a group of numbers or put words together to make a clear sentence). Poor working memory is common in those with ADHD and dyslexia. Treatment designed to improve working memory may help those with either disorder.


It's no coincidence that Attention Talk Radio will be presenting a show on the topic of ADHD and dyslexia on Wednesday, October 10. Look below for a link to the show. For more information about ADHD Awareness Week, click here.   


We welcome Brain Train ADHD to the Attention Talk Radio family. They will be supporting us over the next three months. We encourage you, our loyal listeners, to support Brain Train ADHD. Visit them on Facebook. 


Recent Shows to Listen to in Our Archives


ADHD: Experiencing Time to Manage It   time is now

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 8:00 pm

For many with ADHD, there are two kinds of time, now and not now. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken interview Leslie Josel, a professional organizer, on the topic of time. In the interview, the trio discuss the tools Leslie uses to help those with ADHD to experience time so that they could get a better feel for it. Listen in as they talk about the tactical tools Leslie uses on a daily basis to help those with ADHD. Leslie is beyond generous with our listeners as she shares many tips and products to help those with ADHD to move forward. She loves Time Timer!!! If you struggle with time or are impacted by somebody who struggles with time, this show is a MUST for you.


When Your IEP and Sec 504 Plans Aren't Working

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 8:00 pm

Treating kids as unique individuals rather than as a cookie-cutter diagnostic profile when it comes to creating their IEP is not a new idea, but it's rarely done. Dr. Katz engages in an open and frank discussion about the nature of schools, the value of an independent educational evaluation (IEE), and his personal strategy to help parents manage schools for the practical outcome they seek.  Co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken give Dr. Katz an open forum to educate and empower you and give you a sense of what to expect. After the interview, stay tuned for some unplugged excerpts from our pre-interview with Dr. Katz.


Set Reminders for These Upcoming Shows 


Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 8:00 pm
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one thing, but what about having ADHD and dyslexia? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken interview Judith Stern, co-author of The Dyslexia Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers
about the extra challenges facing those with ADHD and dyslexia.  They talk about how hard it is for those with dyslexia to read, especially when they get distracted and forget what they read. Their conversation includes practical strategies to help these individuals, while Jeff Copper shares tips and compensatory strategies he has used to deal with his own dyslexia and learning disabilities, like what to do when asked to read out loud without warning. If you have ADHD, dyslexia, or a learning disability individually, collectively, or in groups, you don't want to miss this show.  


Join us for ADHD Awareness Week: October 15-19


Many Faces of ADHD, but Only One Ink Spot That Stands Out  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 8:00 pm

This week we celebrate ADHD Awareness Week with a very special show.  Our guest is Evelyn Polk Green who is impacted by ADHD and is an ADHD leader. She is also a woman of color. At her first CHADD conference, her friend, a Caucasian, whispered in her ear: "You must feel like an ink spot." Indeed, Evelyn is the ink spot in the ADHD community and among leaders of the ADHD community. Why is that? ADHD doesn't discriminate by color. The question is why are there spot so few individuals of color involved in the ADHD community? Our plan is to find out in this episode when co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken talk with Evelyn on the topic. We'll also be celebrating all Evelyn has done as a leader at different times for CHADD and ADDA. If you are impacted by ADHD, we encourage you to listen to this show no matter the color of your skin.


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Videos in the News   


In addition to October 15-19 being ADHD Awareness Week,
October 8-14 is Dyslexia Awareness Week in the UK.  

Dyslexia video   

In this video, Dyslexia for a Day, the Dyslexia Training Institute shares some of the awareness exercises they use.  For more information, visit 


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Guest Contributor

Bartering Practical Support

David Nowell, Ph.D.


Many of my adolescent and adult clients with ADHD will at some point seek the services of an ADHD coach. A coach is a professional trained in strategies for blasting through obstacles at work or school. A coach can be a great addition to my clients' support systems. But what are other ways of getting the support you need now?


For example, one of the best things an adult with ADHD can do is to take in the very best possible nutrition. Frequent small meals of whole food, minimally processed, emphasizing protein... but who's got the time or organizational skills to make all of that happen on top of an already busy schedule; right? But do you know someone who is good at this and has fun doing it? Someone who could support your nutritional program? Someone who could go shopping with you on Sunday afternoon, picking out the very best food for your brain and body, bring it back to your place and cook up enough to stick in the freezer for the week? And what could you offer him/her in return for that support? What do you do well? What comes easy to you? What could you barter in exchange for a buddy supporting your nutrition?


Or what about that basement or that craft room that you've been meaning to straighten up for months now? If this were easy, you'd have already done it. It's not done because it's really, really hard. For you, anyway. But who do you know who could knock that out in a few hours and never stop smiling the whole time? Again, could you barter some of your talents -- dog sitting, weeding a garden, gift wrapping -- in exchange for a few hours of support with your important home organization tasks? Exchange


What about it?  What support do you need?  And what support can you offer in exchange?

Attention Teaser

farmer brain

A farmer challenges an engineer, a physicist, and a  mathematician to fence off the largest amount of area using the least amount of fence. 
The engineer made his fence in a circle and said it was the most efficient. 
The physicist made a long line and said that the length was infinite. Then he said that fencing half of the Earth was the best. 
The mathematician laughed at the others and, with his design, beat the others. What did he do?


Answer at bottom of page  



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 Upcoming Shows

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 8:00 pm ET
The Impact of Dyslexia on ADHD

Guest: Judith Stern, co-author of The Dyslexia Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 8:00 pm ET
Many Faces of ADHD, but Only One Ink Spot That Stands Out
Guest:  Evelyn Polk Green, an ADHD leader impacted by ADHD. She is also a woman of color.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 8:00 pm ET
ADHD: Remembering to Remember & How to Remember
Guest:  Dr. Ari Tuckman
Teaser Answer:  The mathematician made a small fence around himself and declared himself to be on the outside.

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Editor's Note

Kirsten Milliken, Editor


My intention is to share images, information, videos, and content that captures your interest and perhaps inspires you to pay attention to something differently. Enjoy! 
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