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October 23, 2012


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After years of Attention Talk Radio, we are branching out!  You've hopefully seen the continuing progression of Attention Talk News.  But now... hold onto your hats....This month we launched Attention Talk VIDEO!  Attention Talk Radio host Jeff Copper has been working diligently to create a news interview format that allows you to watch both him and his guest talk about the latest topics in attention and ADHD.  While there have been some syncing issues that are apparently uncontrollable (per Apple support), Attention Talk Video decided to launch with its imperfections in order to get this dynamic and informative content out to our viewers. It's not like watching a Bruce Lee dubbed movie, but the interviews are action packed! You can see the first interview with Dr. Charles Parker talking about the new medication rules. Check out Attention Talk Video in coming weeks for additional interviews with the top names in attention and ADHD.  


Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC)

In September, the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC) announced the debut of its ADHD coach certification process. This independent certification process is the second for our profession, joining the Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching (IAAC) certification as independent certifications available to all qualified members of our profession. Read more about the PAAC certification here and the IAAC certification here.


Make sure you come in from trick-or-treating on Wednesday, October 31st, by 8pm in order to catch our show on ADHD and fatigue.






Set Reminders for These Upcoming Shows  


ADHD: Remembering to Remember & How to Remember

Wed, October 24, 2012, 8:00 PM  

Remembering to do the right thing at the right time is a crucial skill, especially in the face of distractions, busy schedules, and competing priorities. Unfortunately, people with ADHD often struggle with turning their intentions reliably into actions. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken interview Dr. Ari Tuckman about memory, more specifically prospective memory, which is the ability to remember to do something at a future time. 


ADHD & Fatigue--Is There a Link? A Discussion of New Research

Wed, October 31, 2012, 8:00 PM  

In his work as a psychiatrist Dr. Joel Young noticed that many with ADHD also had symptoms of chronic fatigue and/or fibromyalgia and wondered if these were separate conditions or actually symptoms of ADHD. In this episode, co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken interview Dr. Young on his clinical study and his findings on this topic. If you have ADHD, experience fatigue and/or muscle/joint pain, this is a show not to miss!   


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The Impact of Dyslexia on ADHD 

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.  


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 Evelyn Polk Green, who is impacted by ADHD, 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   


Attention Talk Video's first video interview can be seen below. This is an interview with host Jeff Copper and guest Dr. Charles Parker talking about "New ADHD Medication Rules:  Paying Attention to the Meds for Paying Attention" ATV

The First Interview on Attention Talk Video!
 You can see more on the blog post here on Dr. Parker's site.  



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Fabulous Writing


Being Whelmed

By Kirsten Milliken, Ph.D.

Attention Talk Network Wishes You Happy Halloween

I was describing to a friend of mine some conflicts that were happening among my family members and how frustrating this was to me. His comment in response was, "That sounds overwhelming."  


Being who I am, I latched onto the word "overwhelmed" because it sounded funny to me at that moment and said back to him, "I guess, if I knew what 'whelmed' was, I could tell you if I was over-whelmed."  Hey, that sounds like a blog post!


Later that morning, I had a break and decided to look up the word "whelmed."  This is what came up:

whelm  (hwlm, wlm)

tr.v. whelmed, whelm·ing, whelms

1. To cover with water; submerge.

2. To overwhelm.


Another search added to my confusion and indicated that "whelmed" was  another word for "overwhelmed." Okay, that did not really add to my understanding of what "whelmed" means. So, I have to deduce that "whelmed" means "overwhelmed" and has to do with being submerged in water... like, in having to do with being a witch. Why not just say I'm whelmed?  Being over-whelmed makes no sense. If I'm submerged, I'm likely drowning and there is no "over" or "more" that can occur.  I'm screwed.  


Attention Talk Network Wishes You Happy Halloween If you are someone with ADHD, then you are likely familiar with that feeling of  being whelmed. Characteristics that make up some forms of ADHD can  contribute to feeling this way more often or more intensely than our typical counterparts. Difficulties with organization, prioritizing and planning can leave you with too much on your plate, being overbooked, and not getting to those critical items on your (list).  ADHD is known as the disorder of disorganization. Click here to read more of this article 


Attention Teaser


A man in a restaurant asked a waiter for a juice glass, a dinner plate, water, a match, and a lemon wedge. The man poured enough water onto the plate to cover it.

"If you can get the water on the plate into this glass without touching or moving this plate, I will give you $100," the man said. "You can use the match and lemon to do this."

A few minutes later, the waiter walked away with $100 in his pocket. How did the waiter get the water into the glass?

Answer at bottom of page  



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 Upcoming Shows

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 8:00 pm ET
ADHD: Remembering to Remember & How to Remember
Guest:  Dr. Ari Tuckman

Wed, November 7, 2012, 8:00 PM
Coaching and Training Helps Parents with ADHD Kids

Guests: Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Diane Dempster

Wed, November 14, 2012, 8:00 PM
Defiant ADHD Teens: Tips from the Trenches

Guest: Dr. Arthur Robin
Teaser Answer:  
First, the waiter stuck the match into the lemon wedge, so that it would stand straight. Then he lit the match and put it in the middle of the plate with the lemon. Next, he placed the glass upside-down over the match. As the flame used up the oxygen in the glass, it created a small vacuum, which sucked in the water through the space between the glass and the plate. Thus, the waiter got the water into the glass without touching or moving the plate.

You can try this experiment at home with appropriate supervision.

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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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