Monthly Archives: July 2013

Ready, Set, … Go? Activation and ADHD

“Even if I know what I need to get done, I have such trouble getting started!”

“I can sit in the library, right in front of my computer, and still not start working.”

“I can make a to-do list. But, I can also easily avoid it!

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Posted in activation, ADD, ADHD, getting started, motivation, procrastination

“Unraveling ADHD” – a Book Review

Many thanks to Academic and Career Coach Dorothy Bisbee* for sharing this thoughtful review of: 

Joyce Kubik’s Unraveling ADHD:  How I Turned My Greatest Deficit into My Greatest Asset (2013)

Anyone who either has ADHD, knows someone who has it, or doesn’t know much about it (in other words,

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Posted in ADD, ADHD

Tips and Resources for Family Vacations with ADHD


Have you heard the saying: “There is family, and there is vacation, but there’s no such thing as a family vacation!”

Yes, planning a vacation to meet the needs of all family members can be tricky. At the same time, the “family vacation” is an annual tradition for many,

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Posted in ADD, ADHD, family, summer, vacation

Vacation Planning with ADHD

Planning a vacation this summer? Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing, right? But, that doesn’t always happen. In fact, half of Americans polled about vacations said that they felt more fatigued after a vacation than before the trip!

If you or a family member have ADHD,

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Posted in ADD, ADHD, packing, planning, transitions, trip, vacation

“Unexplained Underachievement”

Does the term “unexplained underachievement” seem to fit you?

  • When you look back at your school years, did teachers say you weren’t working to your potential? 
  • Have you been told that you were lazy or just not working hard enough?
  • Have you struggled with employment –

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Posted in ADD, ADHD, adult

Part Two: Encouraging Your Child’s Positive Behavior

“Tina, stop that! Calm down! It’s not responsible to act that way!”

“Greg, put that down. You are not cooperating! You are supposed to be brushing your teeth.”

“Louise  – What are you doing on the computer?! You should be doing your homework!”

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Posted in ADD, ADHD, child, parent, parenting, student

Parenting Teens with ADHD

Parenting teens is tricky business in any circumstance. Parenting a teen with ADHD can be even more challenging due to a number of ADD-related characteristics, such as: 

  • distraction 
  • forgetfulness
  • procrastination
  • disorganization
  • emotional reactivity

These characteristics can contribute to school issues as well as friction at home around chores and other responsibilities.

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Posted in ADD, ADHD, family, high school, parent, teen

Neuroplasticity: Brain Growth and Development at Any Age!

We used to think that the brain grew until early adulthood and then stopped. We also used to think that we each had a fixed, unchanging, amount of intelligence. And, sadly, that cognitive decline was invariably associated with aging.

Over the past several decades, neuro-scientists have discovered otherwise!

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Posted in ADD, ADHD, brain