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Any Teachers/Speakers Using Backchannels Effectively?
Questions about Risk Assessment from Yesterday's Workshop in Philly
Update on my new year's resolution about Gmail
Maintain Your Focus, Maintain Your (Emotional) Appetite
Problematic Parenting Styles for Students with ADHD

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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

Questions about Risk Assessment from Yesterday's Workshop in Philly

Yesterday I had the chance to spend time with the staff ofPHMCin Philadelphia - our topic wassuicide risk assessmentand our objectives were identifying best practices for identifying and managing clinical risk and documenting those decisions well.

Lots of good discussion and clarification - and a couple of questions in particular I thought I'd present here and hear your perspective:

  • How best to manage a client's resistance when the clinician has determined he needs to be seen by EMH or other crisis assessment setting?

Update on my new year's resolution about Gmail

I got a Gmail account back in 2004 or 2005 when the beta was released but was so accustomed to my Yahoo mail that I never really switched over and did anything with the Gmail account.  

So after a bit of frustration with security and spam filters with my old email provider, and with all the cool kidsswearing bytheir Gmail, I made a resolution back on January 1.  I'd make the switch and I'd give it a few months.

And now, six months in, I'd call it a huge success.  It's saved me time, and I haven't seen spam going out from my account (which was a fairly regular occurrence with my previous email).

Maintain Your Focus, Maintain Your (Emotional) Appetite

It has always seemed to be that at the heart of time- and distraction-management lie central spiritual issues.  What matters?  What's important? Who am I at my deepest levels?  And what am I here for?

And I was reminded of this last Sunday on reading anOp-Ed pieceby David Brooks:

The information universe tempts you with mildly pleasant but ultimately numbing diversions. The only way to stay fully alive is to dive down to your obsessions six fathoms deep. Down there it’s possible to make progress toward fulfilling your terrifying longing, which is the experience that produces the joy.

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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