This book is getting a lot of attention! It’s about a mom with ADHD surviving life with two sons (one with ADHD (and ODD). A memoir, the author Katherine Ellison (a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist) shares honest and often hilarious experiences when ADD is in the family mix. I just received my copy and can’t wait to read it.
The San Francisco Chronicle recently discussed the book at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/10/11/DDT41FKEFH.DTL
Get your copy of “Buzz” today HERE.
Conquering the Patterns of Procrastination to Create Progress and Possibilities
Join ADDClasses.com as they welcome David Giwerc, MCC – Founder and President of ADD Coach Academy. This free teleseminar will provide you with a greater understanding of your own sources of procrastination. He will also present successful coaching strategies that have empowered adults with ADHD to conquer their procrastination and create more consistent progress & success in their lives.
When: Tuesday, Oct 12 at 9pm EST
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For the first time, evidence has emerged of genetic mutations linked to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But how strong is the link, and how far does the finding undermine claims that children with the condition are simply naughty kids, victims of bad parenting or driven to hyperactivity by dietary additives?
Read more HERE
US News and World Report posted their article, “Can Your Relationship Survive ADHD?”, which includes quotes from me and colleague Melissa Orlov.
Special Alert: ADD Classes.com is offering a free Teleseminar at http://tinyurl.com/2ag58j5 !
What: The ADHD Effect on Marriage
Date: Tuesday – September 28, 2010
Time: 9:00 pm EDT (New York Time)*
Instructor: Melissa Orlov
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This is a very exciting event I want to share with all of you.
Discover the latest advances, strategies and alternative treatments from the world’s leading authorities, experts, and organizations as the ADD /ADHD Community comes together for the first ever ADHD Awareness Expo. Best of all- it’s FREE. September 12-18. Online.
Announcing the first ever Moms with ADD CONTEST!
I am offering two prizes to two lucky winners. Here’s how it works:
On or before September 14, I will randomly draw one name from my Moms with ADD newsletter subscriber list and post the winner’s name in the next issue of Moms with ADD.
On October 1, I will draw one name from only the subscribers who have joined my newsletter mailing list in the month of September. That winner will be announced in an October issue of Moms with ADD.
Prizes: Each winner will receive a book on ADHD, handpicked by yours truly.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO WIN:
If you already are a subscriber to my Moms with ADD newsletter, you don’t need to do a thing. Lucky you!
If you are NOT a subscriber, simply subscribe to my mailing list on my homepage at www.MomsWithADD.com (on the far right).
Can’t get much more simple than that!
Good luck to all!
Rules and blah blah: Must be 18 or over. USA/Canada only. Winners give Terry Matlen/MomsWithADD permission to use their full names/location in future publications.
Today’s guest blog/article is written by my colleague and friend, Kevin Roberts. Kevin has just published a book, “Cyber Junkie: Escape the Gaming and Internet Trap.” If you or someone you love has ADD, chances are, you can totally relate to the title of that book, alone. More about that later-
I’ve known Kevin for years and let me tell you- this man is brilliant. He is bilingual x 3 or 4 which I believe means he is polyglot (check Wikipedia). He’s an educator. He’s a coach. He’s a musician. He’s also probably the funniest person I’ve ever met. And the list goes on.
Underneath all of these incredible talents, is a man who really “gets” ADD and he has made it his mission to help people, especially students, succeed in spite of it. His humor, paired with intuition, understanding and humor, has taken many many young people forward in ways they never thought possible.
I’m excited to see that Kevin has published this book. It’s so new; my own copy has only just arrived at the doorstep, so watch for a review here soon.
In the meantime, Kevin has graciously written this article for my site and what a great time to post it- just as kids are returning to school! You, as moms, know how difficult it can be to get your child to turn off the computer, Wii, Game Boy, etc.
This article will give you some specific tools to help your own “cyber junkie.” And now…
The Cyber World: Mother’s Motivational Ally
By Kevin Roberts
I am not a mother, but I might as well be. I run study groups out of my home for ADHD kids and I am an adult with ADHD as well. I see 30-40 kids per week; most come over for 3-4 hours at a time. I have five computers available and video game consoles for break time. While these electronic amusements are powerful motivational carrots, they are also ripe ground for abuse.
I assess each child’s homework load upon arrival to my study groups, and, since almost all of them are cyber-oriented, we come up with a reasonable amount of work that must be completed before they can have a game or computer break, which is usually limited to 15-20 minutes. I use game and computer management tools to eliminate the need for monitoring. These tools are quite sophisticated nowadays. When the time’s up, the game shuts down! Like most ADHDers, I can easily fall into negativity; I take great pains with my ADHD students to make sure that I am not one more hyper-critical and nagging adult in their lives. Computer and game management devices help me a great deal in this pursuit. I recommend that all mothers (and fathers) make use of these tools. I have seen them transform families!
Given the enormous power of the cyber world, I also strongly suggest that mothers with cyber-oriented children come up with a behavioral modification plan. Link “screen time” with other behaviors you’d like to see. You need to come up with a system that links desired outcomes with the privilege of playing video games, or simply watching TV! You can use a spreadsheet, poster, or simply a piece of paper with desired behaviors on one side and rewards on the other. It is useful to make copies so you can have a new sheet at the beginning of each week. If you’re anything like me, it would also be good to get the support of a friend, preferably one who is high in follow-through. I find that I am great at starting innovative projects, but struggle to keep them going. Find a friend who is willing to check in with you a few times a week to see how things are going. DO NOT TRY TO CREATE CHANGE WITHOUT SUPPORT.
Read the rest of Kevin’s article HERE
Kevin Roberts is a recovering video game addict who runs support groups to help others struggling with cyber addiction get their lives back on track. He is a nationally recognized expert on video gaming addiction and a regular conference speaker. Roberts has a background in education and is the developer of a sixteen-module curriculum designed to give those with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), often a driving factor of video game and internet addiction, the skills they need to succeed. Cyber Junkie is his first book.
Over the last few years, I’ve gotten to know a remarkable man- a practicing child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist named Dr. Charles Parker- who runs the sites www.CorePsych.com and www.CorePsychBlog.com.
Dr. Parker and I have had a number of discussions about medications and the general misunderstanding many physicians have in prescribing meds for their ADHD patients. I’ve been following his blog and always come away learning something new or seeing things in a new perspective that I hadn’t understood before.
Dr. Parker has just released a very important Ebook that I think everyone needs to look at. It’s called “ADHD Medication Rules: Paying Attention To The Meds For Paying Attention” and it can be downloaded from his site as an eBook HERE .
He covers unique and interesting topics, including the various things folks with ADHD tend to avoid; whether it’s intimate relationships or starting/finishing projects.
But the part I really find fascinating is his approach to understanding one’s biology and how that affects the way medications work- or don’t work. Particularly interesting is his fabulous explanation of the therapeutic window.
Do yourself a favor. Download Dr. Parker’s eBook. It just might help to point you in the right direction for getting the proper help, especially when the treatment you’ve gotten in the past simply is not working for you- or your child.
Download his book here:
“This book will surely become a classic. If you are an adult with ADHD, Dr. Barkley can help you make sense of your lifelong struggles and develop a clear roadmap for overcoming them. Stories and examples from others facing the same challenges bring Dr. Barkley’s ideas to life. I will certainly recommend this easy-to-read yet scientifically based book to everyone who comes through our adult ADHD clinic.”–J. Russell Ramsay, PhD,
Order your copy HERE
When you just can’t seem to get something done; when you keep putting it off and putting it off, you spend a lot of mental energy feeling bad about it.
What feels better? Ruminating over something you need to check off your to-do list? Or taking action and getting it done? You choose.
Finding Your Self with ADHD
Sari will be offering a free video broadcast tomorrow, July 30 from 12 noon- 12:30pm EST.
Write in LIVE or send your questions in advance to email@example.com, and she will choose several to address during the broadcast.
This program is open to all visitors and members and will be saved and accessible from her site at www.ADDJourneys.com – NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED!
Sorry it’s so last minute-
Sari Solden will be on CNN today at 10am EST talking about ADHD Marriages with Kyra Phillips. Taking questions now at http://bit.ly/pSxrd
Don’t miss it!
I know, I know. You’ve tried everything to tame your papers. Well, a dear reader contacted me recently about this product- the FreedomFiler. She told me that it really works for her and hoped I’d pass this along. So that’s what I’m doing. I checked out their site and I have to say…I’m impressed!
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I read an interesting article in the Detroit Free Press that quoted a psychologist friend/colleague of mine, Dr. Arthur Robin. Dr. Robin is a respected expert on ADHD. Though the article is not specific to ADHD, I thought you might find it helpful.
Read it HERE