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This year is the 20-year anniversary of ADHD coaching, and we celebrate with many important events that will be significant for the ADHD community. This year also is the 10-year anniversary of ADHD Awareness Day established by the US Senate in 2004, giving national recognition to the existence of ADHD and resources to help people manage it. Learn more in our feature article submitted by ADHD coach Sarah Wright, author of ADHD Coaching Matters: The Definitive Guide, the first comprehensive review of and reference book for the ADHD coaching industry.

We have also scheduled a lineup of shows with your ADHD Dream Team in recognition of ADHD Awareness Month. Be sure to check out these shows scheduled throughout the month of October on Attention Talk Radio:

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In an interview with Dr. J. Russell Ramsay, titled "ADHD: Dopamine, Motivation, and CBT," Jeff Copper sees a Venn diagram choreographing the cognitive, behavioral, and environmental factors to find a target to work with to achieve an intended goal. What do you think?     


After witnessing a Rick Green interview, his wife, Ava, said, "My opinion does not trump your experience," in the context of Rick taking ADHD medications. Can you believe Ahas! like this happen in live interviews!  The interview is titled "ADHD Research: Interviewing ADHD Experts with Rick Green."


The gratitude prayer! It's simple but helps manage the complexities of ADHD and promotes mindfulness, says ADD Crusher™ Alan Brown. Have you experienced its power? Listen to the interview, titled "10 Things You Are Doing Every Day That Make Your ADHD Worse."


And don't miss our recent interviews on Attention Talk Video:


Self-care... can it help you manage your life? ADHD coach Terry Matlen says yes. It can be as simple as a transition stop between work and home for some "me" time. Watch our video interview with Terry, titled, "ADHD Tip: Transitions for ADHD Moms," and get more tips from Terry.

Being a case manager is a key role of parents when advocating for their kids in the educational system.  Do you think this overwhelms most? Watch our video interview with ADHD coach DeShawn Wert, titled "What Role Should a Parent Play in IEP and Section 504?"

In another recent interview with Terry Matlen, titled "ADHD Tip: Write in No Homework into an IEP," we ask the question: Which is more important? your kids, homework, or your relationship with them? Terry opts to build strong relationships but writes in her children's IEP plan that homework must be finished at school. Watch the video and learn more.

In our second interview last month with DeShawn Wert, titled "ADHD Parents: Obstacles to Advocating for Your Child," DeShawn explains how parents are experts on their kids, and educators are not, but many parents don't know any better. Where do you stand?

Are you attending to the right thing? If you haven't done it yet, download our new a-Book (the "a" is for attention), "Identify YOUR Top Five Hurdles to Managing ADD/ADHD."  It has tips Jeff has learned from doing over 300 interviews with ADHD experts. Let your friends know about it, too! They can download it here:

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October is ADHD Awareness Month!
by Sarah Wright

This year, we celebrate an important anniversary in the ADHD community. It is 20 years since Driven to Distraction, the seminal book on adult ADHD, was first published. It is still among Amazon's best sellers, consistently ranking in the top 5000 in sales. In the 20 years since it first hit the shelves, Driven to Distraction has educated millions of people about ADHD, assured them that there is hope, and informed them what can done about it. Prominent in that list of recommendations is coaching. In fact, this is where ADHD coaching was first mentioned in print and the authors dedicated a whole chapter to it.

This year we also celebrate 10 years since ADHD Awareness Day was first authorized by the US Congress. In 2004, a confluence of events culminated in the passage of a US Senate resolution that declared the third Wednesday of September to be National ADHD Awareness Day. The passage of this resolution was a huge victory for the ADHD community. It gave federal recognition and national exposure to the facts that ADHD exists, is treatable, and that there are resources available to help people manage the condition. You can listen to the whole story HERE

Driven to Distraction helped lay the groundwork for both anniversaries, and in the intervening years, both ADHD awareness and ADHD coaching have come into their own.

Sarah D. Wright is the author of ADHD Coaching Matters: The Definitive
, the first comprehensive review of and reference book for the ADHD
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The key to ADHD is to keep your machine (your physical brain) and your mind (your thoughtful mindful brain) running efficiently and in harmony to achieve your mission. There is so much information out there about what to do to help your ADHD, but are you aware of things you do every day that might be getting in the way, disrupting the mind and the brain from working in harmony? Join us for an insightful interview with ADD Crusher™ Alan Brown as he shares what he has learned not to do. If you've been focused on what to do but not making much progress, this show is one you won't want to miss..

In this episode of Attention talk Radio, Jeff interviews Totally ADD's Rick Green on the value of interviews as a research tool. Jeff and Rick share their unique education obtained interviewing ADHD experts over the years and how interviews can be used as a research tool; plus, the two will share a few unexpected insights. If you procrastinate doing research, want to gain insight on different ways to do research, or just want to learn more about ADHD, then you won't want to miss this show. 
ADHD, Dopamine, Motivation, and CBT
More and more researchers are looking at ADHD as an executive function issue.  We've done several interviews around neurotransmitters and dopamine. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview Dr. Russell Ramsay on the role dopamine plays in motivation and then deepen our discussion of it in the context of executive functions. From there, we'll talk about cognition and CBT as a useful ADHD treatment. If you're interested in learning more about motivation, ADHD, or treatments, this is a show you won't want to miss.

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ADHD Tip: Write in No Homework into an IEP

Education is important. So is your relationship with your kids. What impact does the nightly fight to get your ADHD kid's homework done have on you and on them? ADHD professional and ADD mom Terry Matlen fought to make sure her kids did their homework and school, which freed up the evening for building strong relationships. If you have ADHD kids, listen to Terry's tips.

ADHD Tip: Write in No Homework into an IEP  

ADHD Parents: Obstacles to Advocating for Your Child
Judgment can be a huge obstacle for many parents wanting to advocate for their child in the educational system. In this interview ADHD coach DeShawn Wert identifies types of judgments and what to address before you move forward.
ADHD Parents: Obstacles to Advocating for Your Child
ADHD Tip: Transitions for ADHD Moms
Transitions are not always easy for ADHD moms, especially those who work outside the home. In this edition of Attention Talk Video, we interview psychotherapist, writer, consultant, and coach Terry Matlen on a useful tip for ADHD moms who work, making the transition easier from work to home. If you're an ADHD mom, don't miss this interview.
ADHD Tip: Transitions for ADHD Moms


What Role Should a Parent Play in IEP and Section 504 Plans?
Many parents don't own their role in advocating for their child in the educational system.  In this episode we interview ADHD coach DeShawn Wert around the role that parents play, the need to own it, and how they are best positioned to be the case manager.  Watch to learn more.
What Role Should a Parent Play in IEP and Section 504 Plans?
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Jeff Copper, Editor

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