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Met the staff today at Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program - here's what happened
Let's make time for what we love
Executive Function: Effective Strategies and Interventions
ADHD and Sleep
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Met the staff today at Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program - here's what happened

This morning I had a chance to speak with the fantastic staff atLovelaneSpecial 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 roles.

Let's make time for what we love

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?

Executive Function: Effective Strategies and Interventions

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.

ADHD and Sleep

Did you know 
  • 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: anything. 
  • and on top of that, folks with ADHD are often using stimulant medication which, for some, may delay sleep onset.

Exercise for Focus is Different from Exercise for Fitness

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 antidepressant property? 
  • 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.

Personality Disorders in the disability review process

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  Thanks!



























And P.S. - hope to see you at an

ADHD in the Workplace

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.

CoachNancy Snelloffersthis postatDr Hallowell'swebsite.  Nice quote from her post:

"...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.

Evernote 101: An Overview for Adults with ADHD and Everybody Else, Too


Evernote love
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 Evernote fans. 

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
First of 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.

I've scheduled a couple more local events

Free 1-Hour Programs at Local Libraries
Tonightis 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

And then in January 2015 I'm offering the program at theClintonandWest Boylstonpublic libraries.

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.

"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.