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Problematic Parenting Styles for Students with ADHD
A Personal and Practical Use of an "Action Verb" List
Supporting students with LD and ADHD in the transition to college
Screensucking, frazzing, and gemmelschmerch (and a hilarious pic)
Here's the mindfulness app I've been tweeting about

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Problematic Parenting Styles for Students with ADHD

What a treat to hear Dr Patricia Quinn's keynote last week at theTransitions Conferenceat Lynn University.  A highlight for me was her description of the unique challenges and frustrations associated with parenting older adolescents with ADHD.  

She suggests that in her practice there arethree parenting styleswhich, although well-intentioned, actually get in the way of young people "launching" into adulthood.

Dr. Quinn explored these parenting styles in her book On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens With ADHD/LD :

A Personal and Practical Use of an "Action Verb" List

If you're like me, you frequently find yourself writing "learning objectives" for workshops and trainings.  And you try to avoid using the same language over and over ("participants will be able to identify....." ).  So it's good to have an "action verb" list handy, just to spark your creativity.  I postedsuch a listrecently (check the link or see below), courtesy of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

And myFacebookfriend Judi P.

Supporting students with LD and ADHD in the transition to college


Well the weather here in Boca Raton isn't gorgeous - in fact it's raining.  But it's warmer than New England and it smells kind of tropical so I'm okay with it.  I'm here for the Transitions 2014 conference at Lynn University.  Lots of great speakers with talks directed at students themselves as well as information for parents, teachers, educational consultants, and counselors.  Dr Russ Barkleyis here to discuss Sluggish Cognitive Tempo as well as emotional regulation.

Screensucking, frazzing, and gemmelschmerch (and a hilarious pic)

While reading a great blog post at ADDCrusherthis morning,Alan Brown mentioned "screensucking."  While new to me, this term has evidently been around for 7 years or so?  How'd I miss it?  

Evidently, Dr Hallowell coined the term back in 2006 when he wroteCrazyBusy.  This New York Times article from around the same time defines "screensucking" as 

"wasting time engaging with any screen — for instance, computer, video game, television,"

Here's the mindfulness app I've been tweeting about

There is significant interest in the potential benefits of mindfulness training in bothadultsandchildrenwith ADHD.

One simple way to experiment with mindfulness yourself is the "Conscious" app forAndroidoriPhone.  Users are cued each day to choose whether to accept the specific daily mindfulness challenge and, over the course of the day, are given reminders to touch base again with that intention.  You control if and how frequently you receive notifications.  

One of my favorite "Conscious" challenges encouraged users to notice doorways throughout the day, and to consider these portals and entrances and exits.

Quick overview of dopamine and serotonin pathways

I must have seen this illustration before but I stumbled upon it this morning and *sigh* it's just such an elegant and quick overview of two important neurotransmitter systems for our purposes as clinicians and coaches and teachers. 




















We specifically explored these and a couple of other key pathwaysduring the Virtual ADHDConferencea few weeks ago.  And we'll touch on this topic as it relates to motivation at next week's workshops inSavannah, Charleston, and Columbia.






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Your continuing education resource...YouTube!

One of the participants inSeptember'steleseminar"30 Tips that Just Might Change Your Life" asks this follow-up question:

Michelle: Is it helpful to take an iPhone or Google Drive class to help with technical ineptitude?

Well that's not a bad idea - I once took a full-day workshop to use how to maximize the features of my Franklin Covey (paper!) calendar.

But there's an even quicker solution for enhancing our technical aptitude:  YouTube!

There are so many smart and passionate people out there.

Last night's teleseminar: "30 Tips that Just Might Change Your Life"

Well that was fun!
It's always a treat to collaborate withADD CoachTara McGillicuddyand last night was maybe the most fun we've had yet.  Basically we tried to squeeze in an overview 30 of the most powerful and effective tips and strategies for living successfully with adult ADHD.   I say we "tried," because we actually took an hour and 3 minutes.  

The free teleseminar will be available for another 2 weeks, so if you missed it you can check it outright here.

Your questions and comments

Free 1-Hour CE Course from NIMH

Hey guys, just wanted to share this.  PDR is offering a free 1-hour continuing ed credit forthis NIMH overview of ADHD.  

It's pretty entry-level but well-organized and a nice evidence-based overview of the major topics.  Here's the table of contents for the course materials:


  • What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
  • What are the symptoms of ADHD in children?
  • What causes ADHD? 
  • How is ADHD diagnosed?
  • How is ADHD treated?
  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • What conditions can coexist with ADHD?

Tips that Just Might Change Your Life: Determine in Advance When You'll Check Email and Facebook Tomorrow

Right now
Assuming that you're reading this in the middle of the day, there is at this moment an employee of the U.S. Postal System dropping off mail and flyers, and promotional items in your mailbox.  Is that making you crazy?  Are you feeling like you simply mustget in your car and drive to your house and see what’s in that mailbox?

Probably not. You are probably comfortable treating your mailbox as a receptacle for stuff that people have sent you, stuff to which you will attend, at some point.