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February 3, 2014   

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Did you disclose your ADHD at work? Either way, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Workplace Issues Committee would like to know. They'd like you to take a survey as they are compiling data related to ADHD in the workplace for the benefit of the ADHD community. The survey consists of 17 questions. Participants must complete between 10 and 17 questions depending on their answers. Most questions are multiple choice so the survey can be completed quickly and easily. Here is the link to the survey: Please complete the survey yourself and share with others to help ADDA and the ADHD community.

null What is the "Parenting Manifesto" that ADD coach DeShawn Wert uses as a touchstone when life gets a little hard? Learn how she uses those guidelines to help herself be the mother she wants to be to help her son grow into a man who knows his own worthiness. She calls it a real gift in her article, titled "Finding a Way to Be Connected and Courageous."      


In our section on Attention Talk Radio news, get the details of our recent shows and be sure to listen. In our interview with Kacy Paide, "ADHD: Ugly Organizational System," we find that ugly organizational systems might be ugly but then, if they work, they work.  In our interview with Ann Dolin, "ADHD: How to Learn How You Learn," we understand that some of us learn exclusively from one modality... or could learning really be multisensory? And in our interview with Jeff Gignac, "ADHD: Brainwaves Made Simple," we learn that we might even get excited about the idea of doing exercises to stimulate our brains and strengthen the brain like a muscle. We also hear Jeff Copper and Kirsten Milliken talking about "ADHD Procrastination: Point/Counterpoint" as they argue opposing viewpoints on strategies that work for ADHD.    


If you have ADHD and want to understand why you do what you do, be sure to catch our show coming up on February 12 on Attention Talk Radio, titled "Dopamine: The Reward Neurotransmitter and Its Role in ADHD." Dr. Kenneth Blum will talk about what happens when there is a lack of dopamine and the behaviors it can lead to.    


On Attention Talk Video, check out our recent videos. Dr. Ari Tuckman talks about "ADHD Memory: Remember There are Three Key Types of Memory"; Dr. Charles Parker discusses "ADHD: Parent Denial, a Very Real Obstacle"; and Peter Resch talks about "ADHD Obvious Solutions: Walking and Reading."
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Finding a Way to Be Connected and Courageous

by DeShawn Wert, BS, MEd, ADD Coach


Article initially appeared on and is reproduced with permission. 


OK, I'm nulla total TED Head. What exactly does that mean? Well, I've subscribed to the TED channel and get a weekly dose in my inbox. I spend at least one evening, usually Friday, perusing the various topics that help me to make connections to brain research, better coaching techniques, working with students, and "making a difference" in life as a neighbor, mother, and human being. These 15-20 minute video clips inspire me in many ways.   


One of my all time favorites that I revisit often is called "The Power of Vulnerability." Researcher Brené Brown studies connection, belonging, courage, and shame and how they lead us to "wholehearted living." Her research has found that to have any connection or belonging we have to be able to be vulnerable. It is Brené's contention that, "Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change." Without vulnerability, we cannot be our true selves, and that is very important when raising our children.  


Based on her groundbreaking work, she has created a "Parenting Manifesto." (Click the highlighted link to choose your own downloadable 8x10 poster for FREE.) This manifesto is not a "how to" guide but something parents should aspire to as we raise our children to the best of our ability. Parenting is hard... the criticism of other parents and family and the culture of shame that fosters embarrassment of our children to name a few. It's rough out there!  


But what about being a kid in this perfectionist world? Try to imagine how hard it is for ADHD children to reveal themselves when much of the time they are labeled as "wrong" or "different." Or maybe they reveal too much of themselves and it is seen as inappropriate. Think of the judgment heaped there! Many of our children suffer needlessly from poor self perception, depression, and other conditions because of the brain wiring they were born with and the culture they were born into. So today I share the "Parenting Manifesto" to give you a touchstone when life gets a little hard. This is what comes to mind when I read it...  


  • I'm reminded to love my child as he is now, and not for what I want him to be.
  • It reminds me to be myself in my imperfection and allow my son the same opportunity.  
  • It gives me permission to show myself compassion, so my child will learn to be compassionate for his own short comings.  
  • My child can see I am accountable when I make mistakes and I own up to them.  
  • It reminds me that I model genuine joy, respect and gratitude in my home.  
  • I remember to demonstrate for my family "how" to face life in the difficult times.  
  • And finally... I am responsible for showing up as "my authentic self" with this one life I have been given by "daring greatly" to be me!


By reminding myself I am worthy, I can be the mother I want to be and help my child to accept himself for who he really is, imperfection and all. By allowing him this opportunity to be himself now, he will grow into a man who knows his own worthiness and not look to others for it. I think that is a real gift.




Reprinted with permission. Originally published on 
Copyright DeShawn Wert, B.S., M.Ed., ADD Coach


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 Recent Shows to Listen to in Our Archives

In this episode, Jeff Copper interviews Ann Dolin ( around how to figure out how you naturally learn. After all, if you are in school or are trying to learn something at work, why make learning harder than it needs to be? If you want to learn in the easiest, most efficient way, you won't want to miss this show.

In this episode Kacy Paide, professional office organizer of The Inspired Office (, talks about ugly organizational systems that work. If you struggle to get organized or find yourself paying attention to pretty systems as opposed to ugly systems, this is a show you won't want to miss. Kacy clearly delineates the difference between the two to help you understand which is more effective to pay attention to... ugly organization styles or pretty ones. This show promises to be very insightful. @theinspiredoffice

ADHD: Brainwaves Made Simple
The human brain is a low-voltage electrical system. Electrical impulses travel in different wave ranges. These wave ranges can be associated with various states of mind. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview Jeff Gignac on the anatomy of brainwaves and talk about how those waves might be a child using electrical external stimulation. For many with ADHD, such exercises have produced a relief in symptoms. While not documented, there is hope that such exercises over an extended period of time might adjust the makeup of the brain, which we understand is possible through the concept of neuroplasticity. If you have ADHD, if you're interested in brainwaves, or if you are looking for relief from symptoms, this is a show you won't want to miss.

ADHD Procrastination: Point/Counterpoint
Know your resources, chunk it down, plaster your goals all over the place. Do these strategies really work for those with ADHD? Or are they just temporary? Find out what host Jeff Copper and co-host Kirsten Milliken think as they argue opposing views in this edition of Attention Talk Radio.


Dopamine: The Reward Neurotransmitter and Its Role in ADHD
Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 8 pm ET
Attention coach Jeff Copper interviews Dr. Kenneth Blum on the subject of dopamine and its role in ADHD. Dopamine is a reward neurotransmitter and has an impact on almost all of our behaviors. In the interview, Jeff and Dr. Blum talk about what happens when there is a lack of dopamine and the behaviors that can lead to. They also discuss coaching techniques used to help manage this condition. If you have ADHD and want to understand why you do what you do, this is a show you won't want to miss.

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Long-term, working, and prospective memory... what are they? How are they different?  Why do we need to know the difference? Watch our video interview with Dr. Ari Tuckman, clinical psychologist ( and learn about these three key types of memory. We'll use a computer as a metaphor to put them in perspective and talk about how to manage each, which is key for anyone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

In this media sensationalized world we live in, we are conditioned to focus on the problem, and there are problems in the ADHD world. This preoccupation creates a form of attentional blindness, and many are in a state of denial and thus do not seek the necessary information to make an informed decision. This can be tragic in many situations. In this interview with Dr. Charles Parker (, we attempt to illuminate things in the hope that parents will seek information outside what mainstream media is feeding the public. As a place to start, consider Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). CHADD is the largest nonprofit organization advocating for those with ADHD (

3.  ADHD Obvious Solutions: Walking and Reading
Many of those with ADHD have difficulty focusing. Few would believe that movement would help. In this interview, listen as Peter Resch shares how he learned he can focus, making it easier to read. It's an obvious solution for him that might not be obvious to you, but it's another example of how focusing on yourself and what works is a way to find solutions.
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