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"The Rule of 3" approach to daily/weekly planning
Q: How similar are ADD and Asperger Syndrome and are they treated differently?
Q: What exactly was the physical activity in that #ADHD study you mentioned?
Q; How can I get past that perverse joy I take in getting good grades while barely working?
Finally! A "foolproof" test for ADHD!

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"The Rule of 3" approach to daily/weekly planning

Lifehacker 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.

Q: How similar are ADD and Asperger Syndrome and are they treated differently?

Q:  Dr. Nowell, I'm 21 and in high school my SLD instructor told my mother and I that I may have Asperger's Syndrome and not ADD, but we didn't follow this lead. How similar are ADD and Asperger's and are they treated differently? 
 
A: There is some overlap among the two disorders but they are conceptualized as two very different neurocognitive conditions, with different functional impact.  

How about you - when you think about your biggest challenges:

  • Where do you see it the most?

Q: What exactly was the physical activity in that #ADHD study you mentioned?


In response to a comment in mynewslettertoday, reader Jill Lack asks:

Q: I just got your email newsletter and was interested to know more about the ADHD study and exercise. Is there anyway you can tell me what 'before school exercise' was provided in the study that helped decrease the ADHD symptoms? Thanks so much!  Jill Lack,Building Blocks Occupational Therapy 

A:  Good question! So I reached out to one of the study's authors,Dr. Betsy Hozaof the University of Vermont, and she replies:

Q; How can I get past that perverse joy I take in getting good grades while barely working?

Q: My biggest struggle with ADHD right now is my tendency to just do the bare minimum. I'm in law school and I know I should be working harder, but I don't. I do way less than I should, get B+'s and call it a day. I want A's but can't find the strength to sit down and work for hours or even one hour. I want to be able to do it, but every time I try, I seem to fail.

I spend most of my time participating in hobbies, with not much to show for it. I want to find a way to perform better, but I take such pride in barely working and still doing pretty well.

Finally! A "foolproof" test for ADHD!

Okay, not really.  Or at least I'm not holding my breath.  Because ADHD is a) a clinical diagnosis requiring some time and skill; and b) not a constellation of bizarre symptoms but is rather a more-severe-than-is-developmentally-expected variability of motivation, focus, and sustained effort, there is constant pursuit to find more objective criteria for the condition.  

Most clinicians familiar with ADHD are aware of the neuroanatomical correlates and even "minor physical anomalies" which are statistically associated with the condition.

I occasionally go on "kicks."

Q: Hi Dr. Nowell,

I was recently (as in yesterday) diagnosed with ADHD. I occasionally go on "kicks." I don't really have a better term for it, but every few months, I get really interested in something, and read or watch as much about it as possible, to the point of spending days on end reading and thinking about whatever it is. A few days or maybe even a week later, I get bored and go back to my normal self. Is this just me, or is this a trait common to many people with ADHD? 

Q: I keep misplacing things! Any ideas?

Q:  Dr. Nowell, do you have a strategy for helping in the day to day circumstance of recovering what I was thinking or trying to do, or where I put the object I just put down before something interrupted my thought process.  I often find that I'm SOOOOO in the moment - or maybe it's because I'm running on autopilot(?) -  that I'm not paying attention to all of the details of my current situation.  Like not paying attention when  I'm putting something down, so I'm not laying down the memory to recall when I'm ready to go back to what I was doing.

Q: What Do You Do When Doctors Cannot Agree on Whether You Have ADHD?

Q:  I've been to a psychologist (who said I was negative), and two psychiatrists (who both said I was positive).  I don't know who to believe. I feel like I might be a fraud and taking medication and getting school accommodations and such non-legitimately.  I'm hoping to get another, hopefully final diagnosis, but I don't know what to look for in a psychologist/psychiatrist.
 
A:  This is an interesting but frustrating scenario – 2 clinicians suggest you DO meet criteria for ADHD and one determines that you do not.

Y'know How Men Are Always Chiming in on Women's Health Issues?

Hey you know how men are always chiming in on women's health issues? Sounds fun! So I thought that I would join in as well, but in a good way.

In myclinical workthere's very little which is more satisfying to me than this: After the feedback session which follows neuropsychological evalaution, the client will frequently do his or her own research.  They ask questions of others, or experiment with tips and strategies on their own.  

And then, having lived with the feedback and personal research and exploring for a few weeks, my client and I will meet later for what I call a "post feedback follow up session.

Any Teachers/Speakers Using Backchannels Effectively?

I had a great experience a couple of weeks ago with teachers at theCollaborative Learning Summitin Warren, Ohio.   And I was introduced to a cool app calledTodaysMeet.  A simple web-based way to create a backchannel for lectures or trainings.  Some suggestions for applying TodaysMeet in the classroomhere andhere, and a similar post about usingSocrativehere.  And a comparison of 5 popular backchannel toolshere with classroom benefits of backchannelshere.



I liked the experience of reading other attendees postings during the Summit I attended, and have thought of using backchannels in my own