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January 23, 2013 


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In This Issue . . . 


Can a rock in your pocket be an effective structure for those with ADHD? Elaine Taylor-Klaus of Impact ADHD thinks so. Learn more in her article "Using Structures" in the Guest Writer section of this newsletter.


What advice does Master Certified Coach David Giwerc have for those with ADHD? Pause and Take 24! Learn more about the power of the pause from David in the Guest Writer section of this newsletter.


Also in this issue, check out our interview with Dr. Melinda McNeal and how we think Hey, You! ADHD is bringing the fundamentals of School House Rock to those with ADHD in a useful way.  Also featured is Dr. Roberto Olivardia in our radio interview on OCD and our video interview around his personal story of writing his doctoral dissertation at Harvard. His study environment isn't what one might expect, proving how your obvious solution might not be so obvious to others.


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ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Are obsessions intrusive like an unwanted brother, copy-catting a teenager? What's the difference between obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and needing to clean your room before you study (being a neat freak)? Is it superstition or boredom, needing to clean the room to focus, or obsessive compulsive disorder? Understand the difference in our interview with Dr. Roberto Olivardia dated January 16, 2013, entitled "ADHD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder."


ADHD Version of Schoolhouse Rock to Build Routines for Kids 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013  

"It's time to rise... so open your eyes... It's time to awaken and get the body shaking." Will this ring in the heads of ADHD kids in 30 years like "Conjunction Junction, What's Your Function" (School House Rock reference) does in Jeff's and Kirsten's heads? Find out in our interview with Dr. Melinda McNeal, titled, "ADHD Version of Schoolhouse Rock to Build Routines for Kids," found in our archives dated January 9, 2013.



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Defiant ADHD Teens: Tips from the Trenches - Part 2

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 8:00 pm 

In Part 1 of "Defiant ADHD Teens," we learned the four factors in a family dynamic that result in coercive interchange. Three of the factors are what they are. But parenting styles can have a big influence in outcomes. In this edition of Attention Talk Radio, co-hosts Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken, pick up with Dr. Arthur Robin where they left off and get into the nitty-gritty of what parents can do to manage defiant teens. If you have a teen, you don't want to miss this show.    


A Criminal Law & Education Attorney: An ADHD Community Asset

Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 8:00 pm 

Rob Tudisco has ADHD and a depth of experience as an attorney specializing in education and criminal law. Now, he is the executive director of the Edge Foundation and one of the greatest ADHD community assets. In this edition of Attention Talk Radio, host Jeff Copper and co-host Kirsten Milliken take the opportunity to showcase Rob as he reveals how he manages his own ADHD and uses what he does to raise money for the Edge Foundation. Learn why he was cast in the perfect job as a district attorney, then how he miscast himself as he went into private practice. More importantly, we see why his experience as a criminal law and educational attorney gives him insight into the juvenile justice system from an ADHD perspective, which he uses to benefit the ADHD community. This show is a must for those interested in our series on ADHD and the law.  



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Not Everyone Can Study in Silence . . .  

What does writing a Harvard doctoral dissertation look like?  A lone student on a computer in the back of some library?  Not!  Watch, "Using Punk Rock to Write a Dissertation to Overcome ADHD: How it Looks for Real!" as we interview wicked smart ADDer Dr. Roberto Olivardia around how he wrote his dissertation at Harvard on a deadline. 


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Using Punk Rock to Write a Dissertation to Overcome ADHD: How It Looks for Real!
Using Punk Rock to Write a Dissertation to Overcome ADHD: How It Looks for Real!
Guest Writer


Don't React -- Pause and Take 24 

by David Giwerc, MCC,
Founder and President, ADD Coach Academy 


  There are very few situations that require anyone to make a decision on the spot.  Because of the impulsive nature of ADHD, it's important for us to pause and reflect on the choices we have in any given situation.


We live in a world that demands quick feedback and even quicker decisions from us.  It's almost a game show mentality: We have to give the "correct" answer on the spot or we lose. This type of "rapid reaction mentality" exacerbates the impulsive nature of ADHD. Quick responses to important questions, when our brains may be racing like Ferrari engines at high speed, do not serve us well.


Instead, we need to find ways to slow the velocity of our brains when they're attempting to process a myriad of ideas and thoughts. This sense of our brains feeling bombarded only increases when we're asked to respond to multiple requests in a variety of situations.


It's rarely necessary to provide instantaneous answers to requests, although we often feel that we have to.


We DON'T.   


Instead, think of this the next time you're asked to make a major decision:


Whenever possible, take at least 24 hours to make
a decision about something important.


Instead of reacting to a request or questions, pause and ponder it. You can even ask the person to repeat the question. It will give you time to process what you are being asked.  You can also ask yourself, "How will my answer or response serve my best interests?"


Mull this question for 24 hours; give yourself permission to "respond" rather than "react." You'll thank yourself for remembering you have the right to think before you respond to any request. You can simply TAKE 24.


There's another technique you can use if the decision or response you need to make is less consequential. Because the ADHD mind is usually jumping from here to there, we often feel compelled to express our thoughts quickly before we forget what we want to say. As a result, we tend to interrupt people before they've finished saying what they want to say.


To avoid cutting a speaker short while retaining your own thoughts, try this: Carry a small rubber ball with you and squeeze it while another person is talking to slow your mind and occupy your energy. Then jot down a key word or words to remind you of what you want to say when it's your turn to speak.


Squeezing the rubber ball gives you time to "pause and process." It allows you to absorb the meaning of what others are saying and stops you from impulsively interrupting them.


In order to think clearly, the ADHD mind needs time to settle itself down. Don't feel pressured by others to decide things quickly. If you want to make practical, thoughtful decisions, then be sure to "Take 24." It will remove the pressure of feeling you have to immediately respond and will make a huge, positive difference in the decisions you eventually choose to pursue.


Despite all of that, I also know that people with ADHD are born this way. It's not gifted to them later in life, causing them to have to adjust and become wildly aware of all the challenges they did not face before. With support, self-awareness, accommodations, and compassion, people with ADHD are capable of living successful, fulfilling, and productive lives. Some are even capable of living spectacular, exciting, awesome lives! So, it may not be the gift I would want if I was not born with it, but it's not one I want to give back now that I already have it.   


Guest Writer


Using Structures

by Elaine Taylor-Klaus of Impact ADHD  


Assisting my father-in-law in the hospital, I noticed him looking down at his wedding ring. It was tight, for sure, and I asked if he wanted me to take it off for him. He looked up at me and smiled -- a rare treat these days. "No," he said, "I was just making sure it was still there."


A wedding ring is what a coach would call a "structure," an external reminder of something that is important for us to remember. A simple structure might be a message on the fridge, a to-do list or a reminder at the table to feed the dog. But sometimes, when we want to remember something that is more thoughtful -- more about intention than task -- an external structure can be really powerful. A rock in the pocket, a note in a child's lunchbox, or -- my favorite -- a piece of jewelry, can make us mindful, and serve as a reminder or connection.


Got something you want to remember -- like taking 3 breaths so you don't lose your cool? Try a structure as a physical and visual reminder, and see how it works for you.


Article originally appeared on and is reproduced with permission of ImpactADHD™.

Attention Teaser 

Selective Attention Test 

Quick! Count the number of times that the letter "F" appears in the following sentence:

"Finished files are the result of years of scientific
study combined with the experience of years."



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answerTeaser Answer:

How many did you find?  Three?  Wrong.  There are six!  It's no joke. Read it again.





Almost everyone guesses three.Why? It seems that the brain cannot correctly process the word "of." The letter "F" usually makes the "F" sound, like in "fox." However, in the word "of," it makes a "V" sound. Somehow, your brain overlooks the word "of" as it scans for the sound of "F."   



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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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