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February 1, 2015    

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Our daily routines sometimes call for quick decisions, and for those with ADHD, these situations can be a challenge. In our feature article, David Giwerc, Master Certified Coach, founder and president of the ADD Coach Academy, talks about how this "rapid reaction mentality" actually intensifies the impulsive nature of ADHD. Learn more from his article, "Don't React -- Pause and Take 24," in this issue.

An amazing variety of guests appeared on Attention Talk Radio in last month, and we hope you're enjoying the great insight they provided. If you haven't already, start with 15-year-old Jeff Rasmussen, who says ADHD teens can write their own behavioral plan for school. In fact, he did it for himself at age 14. Can your teen do the same? The show is titled "Who Gets ADHD? 15-Year-Old Jeff Rasmussen."

ADD CrusherTM Alan Brown says forming habits is about immersing yourself into the experience. Have you learned a new habit with little energy or focus? Get Alan's insight in our show, titled "ADHD Point/Counterpoint: Executing for Real Change with Alan Brown."

Does your ego bully you into putting conditions on your love? In our show, titled "ADHD Dads Parenting ADHD Kids -- a Lived Experience," Dr. Terry Dickson says the answer to parenting ADHD kids is unconditional love. Easy to say, hard to do.

Coming out of the closet is one thing, but those with ADD come out from a messy closet. Isn't Linda Roggli's metaphor great! Check out our recent interview with Linda:  "ADHD: Coming Out."

Gregg Krech and Jeff Copper believe the biggest obstacle to action is too much focus on outcome. The proof is in the key things in your life that you are not activating. Learn more as they talk about this in the interview, titled "ADHD: The Art of Taking Action."

Our featured videos for this edition include the following interviews:

Are you a female in your mid forties? Suspect you have ADHD, or is it just age or menopause? Or could it be all three? ADDiva Linda Roggli explains it could be. Get answers in our video titled "Is It ADD, AGE, or Menopause?"

Is ADHD an explanation, a reason, or is it an excuse? In our video titled "ADHD Tip: Using ADHD as an Excuse vs. Explanation," Dr. Ari Tuckman talks about the big difference between the two. Have you ever thought about it?

Most people don't understand ADHD prescription meds, but ADHD coach and nurse practitioner Laurie Dupar thinks most people don't understand herbal supplement cocktails. Are we fooling ourselves, taking such supplements and calling them natural? You may be surprised at what you hear in our video, titled "ADHD Natural Treatments: Do They Come in a Bottle or a Screen?"

Learning needs to be relevant for everyone but especially those with ADHD. John Willson says experiential learning can be the key for those with executive functioning challenges. What do you think? Get more insight in our video, "ADHD, Executive Functioning, and Experiential Education."

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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Don't React -- Pause and Take 24
by David Giwerc, MCC, Founder & President of 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.


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 question, 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.

Reprinted with permission. Copyright 2014 David Giwerc,
ADD Coach Academy. All rights reserved.


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ADHD Kids Rock is a Website built by ADHD kids about ADHD kids for ADHD kids! All attention coach Jeff Copper can say is thank God; it's about time. You see, nobody gets what it's like to be an ADHD kid in the 21st century except, well... an ADHD kid. That, plus being fed up with being bullied by other adults and teachers is what motivated 15-year-old Jeff Rasmussen ( to file for a grant and build a robust ADHD kids' site. If you are an adult, parent, teacher, or mental health professional and want to "get" ADHD kids, you prove your ignorance by not listening to this interview. If you have an ADHD kid, listen to this interview to learn more. Find your pride and take a stand -- fight against ADHD bullying.

ADHD Point/Counterpoint: Executing for Real Change! With Alan Brown
ADD Crusher™ Alan Brown's pet peeve is people who are self-satisfied with reading books, articles, listening to podcasts (This one excluded, of course), and attending webinars but NOT putting what they learned into ACTION! In this episode the always opinionated host, ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper, does a point/counterpoint interview with Alan Brown ( on different processes to execute all the knowledge uselessly documented that you are struggling to put into action. If you are about outcomes, listen to the interview on different processes that will get you in action!
ADHD Dads Parenting ADHD Kids - A Lived Experience
Parenting isn't easy to begin with, much less for an ADHD dad parenting an ADHD kid. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview physician, ADHD coach, and ADHD dad Dr. Terry Dickson ( on parenting and his lived experience as a professional doc and amateur dad.
ADHD: Coming Out
We've interviewed several experts around the topic of
disclosing your ADHD. Is it a good thing? A bad thing? What is its impact, and when might it be considered? In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview ADDiva and ADHD coach Linda Roggli ( around tips, thoughts, and ideas relating to whether you choose to disclose. If you feel the urge to come out after your ADHD, if you are thinking through it, or if someone you know is processing the idea, you won't want to miss this interview.   
At Attention Talk Radio we are all about paying attention to attention. In this episode we interview Gregg Krech (, author of The Art of Taking Action by directing our attention to action, the role it takes in our lives, and its nuances, with a focus on how to take action! If you're stuck, not activating, or know you are capable of more, don't miss this insightful show!

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ADD/ADHD Simulator
What's it like having ADHD?  We've got a simulation that will help you understand the experience.  Watch this video and, at the beginning, follow along by paying attention to the words.  There is a quiz!
ADD/ADHD Simulator

Is It ADD, AGE, or Menopause?
ADHD, age, and menopause can impact attention. This trifecta comes together for many high functioning ADHD women in their mature years. Watch our interview with ADDiva Linda Roggli ( to gain insight and help manage the stakes of life.
Is it ADD, AGE, or Menopause?

ADHD Tip: Using ADHD as an Excuse vs. Explanation

Attention deficit disorder can be used as an excuse or an explanation.  Is there a difference?  Dr. Ari Tuckman says yes.  Watch our interview with Dr. Tuckman ( to learn more about the value of understanding the difference.

ADHD Tip: Using ADHD as an Excuse vs. Explanation 

ADHD Natural Treatments: Do They Come in a Bottle or a Screen?  

What is a natural ADHD treatment?  Do natural treatments come from a screen or a bottle? ADHD coach and nurse practitioner Laurie Dupar ( doesn't think so. Watch our interview with Laurie to get her perspective on this! 

ADHD, Executive Functioning, and Experiential Education
Experiential learning can be powerful for those with attention deficit disorder or executive functioning challenges! In this show we interview John Willson of SOAR ( on experiential learning and how helpful it can be for those with ADHD or executive functioning issues. 
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