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February 7, 2013 


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In This Issue . . . 


Will an extra one or two minutes really make a difference? Elaine Taylor-Klaus of Impact ADHD shares her wisdom that "Slow gets faster when you're happy." Find out more about that theory in her article "Slow Down to Speed Up" below in the Guest Writer section of this newsletter.


What does loyal Attention Talk Radio listener Veronique St. Martin have to say about how ADHD manifests? In our Facebook Corner, we periodically share Veronique's comments posted on our Facebook page. In this edition, she talks about our interview with Gina Pera on November 12, 2012, titled, "ADHD: The Difference between Diagnosis and How It Manifests."    


Also in this issue, check out our interview with Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein who shares his thoughts on the importance of communications in those impacted by ADHD. Also featured is our interview with Gina Pera in which she offers answers on how and where ADHD manifests in daily life.  


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Recent Shows to Listen to in Our Archives

The Impact of ADHD on Communications  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

When it comes to couples, what's more important:  understanding or love? Is empathy crucial in a relationship? Does ADHD impact listening? There's a lot to be learned about communicating in our interview with Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein dated December 5, 2012, titled, "The Impact of ADHD on Communications." 



November 28, 2012   

Can ADHD impact singing? Does ADHD impact grocery shopping? Is the church an ADHD-free zone? Get the answers in our interview with Gina Pera on November 28, 2012, in the show titled "ADHD: The Difference between Diagnosis and How It Manifests." 



Reminder to Calendar These Upcoming Shows 


 ADHD and Juvenile Justice in Schools and on the Streets

Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 8:00 pm 

The phone rings. Your ADHD adolescent is in trouble with the law. You're now in the thick of it. But what three things could you have done to minimize the problem? Education and criminal law attorney Rob Tudisco discusses what you might need to cover with your ADHD teens before they get into trouble. This will be an insightful show.  If you want to minimize a bad situation before it happens, this is the show for you. Listen and learn three important tips to teach your teens before an incident occurs.


ADHD and Juvenile Justice: Accused but not Sentenced

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 8:00 pm 

Woops! Your ADHD teen is in trouble with the law... innocent until proven guilty, right? That might not always be the case when ADHD traits manifest in behavior, because ADHD lends the human element to sentence your teen without the facts. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, Rob Tudisco, criminal defense attorney, addresses the need to get your teen out of the line of fire and why your attorney, the prosecuting attorney, and the judge need to be educated around the reality of ADHD. Listen in with host Jeff Copper and co-host Kirsten Milliken for this illuminating discussion around why your teen's school should be involved, as well as the key role that Section 504 and IEP plans can play in averting jail in favor of alternative programs or simply a return to school with more favorable accommodations. 



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Videos in the News 

Is It Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Difference Disorder?   

Many with ADHD are stuck applying the obvious solution as if they are the same as everyone else. The bottom line is this: Those who are diagnosed with ADHD have brains that are just wired differently. Watch this episode of Attention Talk Video as we interview Dr. Kenny Handelman ( around his book, Attention Difference Disorder, and why the title is so appropriate for those with attention deficit disorder.


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Facebook Corner    

Véronique St. Martin is an Attention Talk Radio listener in Canada who has been blogging her thoughts on our Facebook page about our video and radio shows. We want to share some of her comments. (The content has been edited, as much of it is written on the fly.)   



On "ADHD: The Difference between Diagnosis and How It Manifests" (Gina Pera Interview, Nov. 28, 2012, on Attention Talk Radio)
It's so true all that you said on this show! ADHD can manifest in such different ways! In fact, I think there are so many manifestations of ADHD than there are people! In my case, for example, I can sing well in practicing it, but when I'm on stage, I lose all my means and I don't perform as well! And I think that we do well in practicing something, like baseball or another kind of sport, because we put our learning in practice. We see what we learn and the concrete results of what we learn.

But in my case, I hardly practice sports because I have difficulties remembering and following the rules. I even shoot the ball in the goal of my own team because I was inattentive! As a result, my self-esteem is bad in team sports.

It's also why we have more difficulties with theory than practice. Theory is memorization, and as we ADDers have a bad short-term memory, I have trouble with theory. Personally, I have a lot of difficulties with the musical theory, but I have really more facility with the musical practice!

And I so loved the spiritual segment of your show, because it's true that having ADHD can have an impact on it because we think that, if we have so many difficulties in our life, it's because God doesn't love us. I know it, because it's exactly what I was telling myself when I was a child. But at this moment, I didn't know that I had ADHD.

So, when we learn that the cause of our difficulties is ADHD, we stop to put the responsibility of these on God. And it's true that we are more spiritual than religious people, essentially because we don't like limits and religion has more limits than spirituality. Religion tells us what to think and the way we should do it, so that spirituality lets us the choice to practice it the way we want to.

For the sleep thing, I don't have a lot of trouble falling asleep, but I have difficulties staying asleep, because I don't sleep soundly. In fact, I often wake up because I hear the least sound in the house... so, the next day, I feel tired.


Guest Writer


Slow Down to Speed Up 

by Elaine Taylor-Klaus of Impact ADHD  


Every day, mixed in among the school notices, newsletters, and email spam, I get a note from "The Universe." Even when I don't read it, I smile, knowing that someone, somewhere, is trying to help us all manage this wild and wacky modern world with some semblance of calm and collectedness.


A recent message was perfect for all of us parents of ADD/ADHD kids: "Fast takes longer when you hurry." So true.


We all know the inevitable "slow down" that happens when we try to rush our kids. They lose what focus they've got, and then get anxious on top of it. Like the proverbial union-slow-down, the more we push them to get moving, the slower they're likely to go.


So, instead of relying on rushing to get you places on time, take a breath and slow down a bit. Maybe allow for a little extra time. (I know, easier said than done!) But try leveling your pace and see what happens. It might turn out that you'll only be 1-2 minutes later, but your (or your child's) mood will be in a place of calm. And remember this corollary my wise husband added to The Universe: "Slow gets faster when you're happy."


and is reproduced with permission of ImpactADHD™.


Attention Teaser 

Selective Attention Test 

Exercise multiple areas of your brain by trying to answer this riddle:

A blind beggar had a brother who died. What relation was the blind beggar to the brother who died?

"Brother" is not the answer.

Now... your brain's turn. What is the answer?

Tick... tick... tick... tick...

Still working on it? 



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answerTeaser Answer:

This puzzle is very simply stated and yet stumps those who have not heard it before, because the listener tends to make an implicit assumption about gender. In this case, the assumption is that a blind beggar is a man.

Answer:  The blind beggar was the sister of her brother who died.  



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Editor's Note

Kirsten Milliken, Editor


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

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