Thanks to the clinicians and teachers (and parents!) who attended the ADHD/Processing Disorders in Colorado. Andthanks
for the great hiking tips - I spent Saturday on trails just outside Colorado Springs, maybe the sweetest scenery I've seen this year.
At Thursday's workshop, ADHD coach Kay Axtell joined us and offered a brief overview of the training and practice of a life coach who specializes in the challenges of ADD/ADHD. Good stuff.
Among Friday's workshop attendees was an audiologist who offered great perspective to the rest of us about his take on central auditory processing.
It was a great pleasure to meet with a group of 9-10 Boston-areaADHD coaches
yesterday (on Day 2 ofADHD Awareness Week!
) , exchange ideas, and think about future coordination.
One of my goals in the meeting was to gather information to share with readers over at myPsychologyToday blog
on the theme of ADHD Coaching. So, I'm pulling those thoughts together over the next 2-3 days. And I came away with a couple of things I'd like to share right away with my readers who are interested in ADHD-related topics.
Atthe ADHD workshopI ask participants to perform two different memory tasks. First, I ask them to remember that at 4 PM we will need to clear the room because Lady Gaga will be performing right there in that room after we leave. I also ask participants to remember four words: peppermint, wheelbarrow, pathetic, and sparrow.
A couple of hours later, I ask volunteers to remind me who will be performing in that room after we're done for the day. Almost nobody has trouble remembering that I've promised them a Lady Gaga appearance.
I have to tell you I am surprised at the results that are rolling in as I'm gathering data on myBig Five Self-Assessment
First some background: I often recommendfive regular practices for anyone with features of ADD/ADHD. Regardless of what they decide about medication or other interventions,I recommend that my clients take thesefive practicesseriously.
Daily Focus Time: For young children, Daily Focus Time might be a refrigerator calendar. Every morning, before the day is off and running, we review variances and expectations.
So I tweeted yesterday about this New York Timesop-ed piece
reviewing brain research which suggests smartphone users' response to their beloved devices is less like "addiction" and more like "love." Martin Lindstrom, author ofBrandwashed
, makes this observation largely due to 16 subjects' fMRI-evidentinsular cortex
Then today I findthis response
at Wired, by writer David Dobbs, who links tothis blog posting
describing the NY Times piece as "pure crap" and a Univerisity of Colorado at Boulder psychology and neuroscience postdoctoral fellow who suggests that Lindstrom had "