This morning I had a chance to speak with the fantastic staff
Special Needs Horseback Riding Program in Lincoln,
Mass. Also met a couple of beautiful horses
and two very cool dogs.
We discussed the challenges of being sure that we’ve identified
treatment goals which are developmentally appropriate and reasonable and
attainable for a specific client. And we agreed that the ways in which we and
our clients’ families conceptualize behavioral strengths and weaknesses is
crucial in developing supports and managing our own stress in these unique
Re-reading a book I'd half-finished and stuffed in a box -The Other 90%
by Robert Cooper. Super quote about passion (whichof course
makes me think of dopamine, executive functioning, etc etc).
One of the simplest ways to increase passion is by noticing where it's hiding in the midst of your busy life. What do you love enough to do for free? What gives you so much enjoyment that you yearn to do more of it? What were your childhood dreams? What do you get the biggest kick out of doing – even if you're not great at doing it?
Join me this Friday (12/5/2014) for aworkshop at Assumption College in Worcester Mass.
Executive Function: Effective Strategies and Interventionswill offer a quick overview of the neuroanatomy of executive functioning (EF) and then we'll zip through a couple of current models of EF for clinical and classroom application.
We'll spend most of our time, though, on practical hands-on strategies for managing executive dysfunction in home, clinic, and school settings.
One of the key take-away skills will be an easy and compassionate (and fun) meta-cognition support tool called Strategic Behavioral Inquiry.
- folks with ADD and ADHD are more likely to have broken sleep
architecture, referring to those nice 90 minute cycles of deeper sleep
punctuated by lighter sleep and dreaming?
- students with ADD are more likely to
have night wakings, delayed sleep onset, even nightmares and sleep walking. And
on top of that, what’s more interesting at 10pm than getting to bed? Answer:
- and on top of that, folks with ADHD are often using stimulant medication
which, for some, may delay sleep onset.
Hooray for exercise
Did you know that
- adults report better mood and perform
better on measures of cognitive functioning after a period of physical activity
and the benefits last for hours?
- exercise actually has an
- for older adults, exercise has protective properties for
brain functions. (Physical activity, typically three times a week about half an
hour, increases brain derived neurotrophic factor which helps protect the hippocampus
which is so important for laying down new memories.
So this morning I offered a training on Personality Disorders, including an overview of the DSM-5 alternative model. Our focus was on the impact of these disorders on the disability review process.
Click through the slides and leave your comments or questions or observations in the comments below. If you think a similar training would be a good match for your team, contact me
And P.S. - hope to see you at an
Hey kids - I was doing a websearch this afternoon for resources on this topic, and thought I'd share a couple of good ones with you guys. Also (pretty) please (with sugar) pass on to me any good stuff you've got on the ADHD and HR theme.
"...looking back, I see that I performed very differently for different kinds of bosses. The ADD friendly bosses all had similar profiles and so did I when I worked for them.
Listen, you don't have to have ADHD to love
Evernote, but a lot of ADHD coaches, and a lot of adults and students are big
So in this post I'll provide a quick overview for how Evernote might
help you in terms of organizing yourself, your time and your goals.
3 basic functions
all Evernote essentially has 3 functions, you can writenotes, or takepicturesor recordsound. Now the most obvious Evernote feature is
the note taking and note saving function, Shopping lists for example are a
great way to use Evernote, and packing lists and the ever popular bucket list.
Free 1-Hour Programs at Local Libraries
is the first in a series of talks I'm offering at local libraries for parents of children and adolescents with ADD/ADHD. The next one is in November inNorthborough
The one-hour interactive and high-energy program offers a practical introduction to ADHD, and an overview of what current brain research tells us about medication as well as non-medication interventions.
continues to be a fount of awesome advice, hacks, tips, and ideas. AuthorMihir Patkar
offers a brief overview, and the graphic below, of an approach to weekly activity scheduling called "The Rule of 3."
This looks a lot like the "weekly overview" and "morning review" we review at the ADHDworkshop
. The "Monday Vision" activity is a quick once-weekly preview of the week in which a "Rule of 3" practitioner identifies 3 top outcomes for the week.