I'm pleased to hear that my proposal was accepted to present a learning module at the AudiologyNow conference to be held in Boston next March. I've greatly enjoyed discussing the ADHD/CAPD distinction with audiologists at my ADHD workshops and look forward to continuing that conversation.
Title: Managing "Supramodal" Influences: Distinguishing CAPD from ADHD
Abstract: Managing "supramodal" influences is a key challenge to accurate identification of CAPD at all stages, from audiological examination to classroom management.
Just got back from Philadelphia, where the APSARD (Association Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders) annual meeting took place on Saturday.
Some of the folks pursuing really key research in the field were in attendance and presenting scientific updates. Proposed DSM5 changes in the classification and identification of ADD/ADHD were reviewed.
But the most curious story I heard was actually this (stop me if you think you've heard this one before, but it was new to me)...
It turns out that methylphenidate was first synthesized by chemist Leandro Panizzon.
I met Pat at theworkshop
in Bowie (I mispronounced it all day long), Maryland yesterday - one of the most high-energy and enthusiastic people I've met in a long while. She shared with me some of the content ofher blog
and talked about her passion for horses and her German Shepherd.
Maybe the most useful idea - for the purposes of managing ADHD symptoms - was a metaphor she shared with the group about linear and non-linear thinkers. She suggested that some students, and most educators, are Clydesdales.
Well, I have newfound optimism regarding the country's future after meeting about 50 bright young people last night at my presentation to Worcester State University'sSpeech Language Pathology
The comments and questions were sharp, and suggest that these clinicians in training are paying close attention in particular to their students with executive and attentional disorders. Questions like:
- if someone with attentional challenges has compensated and developed skillful work-arounds all her life, and has managed to achieve some success, do we say that she has ADHD?
Personally, I'm a big fan of both caffeine and naps. Now, I can't recommend these prerences to clients - my professional recommendations need to be evidence-based - but I have long noted that either a quick afternoon nap or a cup of coffee really seem to improve my mood and sharpen my thinking. Research suggests
that sleepy drivers perform better after either a quick nap or a dose of caffeine (similar findings arereported here
And before I readthis article
last week in the New York Times, I'd have told you that I'm certain the best one-two punch would be nap first and coffee second, after the nap.