Tile - Bluetooth tracker helps you keep track of keys, wallet and just about anything that is frequently misplaced.
Head Phones - Noise canceling head phones minimize noise distractions while studying or sleeping. Listen to focus music which is designed to work with the binaural beats in the brain.
Alarm - Students that have difficulty getting up in the morning need more than the alarm on the phone. Sonic Alert is a combination sound and vibration alarm. Place the alarm under your pillow and turn off the sound if you have a roommate. Available in a variety of colors.
Lockbox to store medication - Unfortunately, ADHD medication is highly valued and in great demand due to the growing abuse of stimulant drugs on college campuses.
Pill case - Comes in handy if you take several medications daily.
Planner System - Essential for the college student’s busy schedule. Most students prefer the calendar app that’s on the phone or Google Calendar. Paper planners are great too! Just look for one with a...
Music - Studies show that listening to music can greatly help with focus and concentration. Create a 30-60 minute playlist of upbeat, instrumental music. Check out the “Deep Focus” playlist on Spotify. The important thing is to choose music that is dedicated solely for homework/study time. There’s an added bonus to listening to a repeated playlist while studying. If the student can recall the study playlist music, often they will also be able to recall the material they studied while listening to the playlist.
Fidgets - You’ve probably heard of fidget spinners but fidgets can also be a piece of jewelry or a stress ball. Chewing gum can actually help with focus and so can sitting on an exercise ball. How do these help with focus? The part of the brain that would normally get distracted is occupied with the mindless activity of chewing gum, balancing on the exercise ball or handling a fidget item. Therefore, the other part of the brain is able to focus on the task at hand. Additionally,...
I attended my son’s college freshman orientation this summer. During one of the presentations, student mentors gave advice to the incoming students regarding how to have a successful freshman year. One mentor had an especially powerful message. I would like to share a few of his key points:
**If you oversleep and miss class because you stayed up too late partying….that’s your fault!
**If you are struggling in a class because you haven’t reached out to your professor……that’s your fault!
**If you’re feeling disconnected and lonely because you haven’t become a part of a campus organization or activity…… that’s your fault!
**Your parents won’t be there to call the school and excuse your absence. Your parents won’t be there to wake you up if you oversleep. Your parents won’t be there to do your laundry or prepare your food.
To sum it up, the student mentor’s message to the incoming freshman was that it’s time to take responsibility. Students are responsible for the grades they get, the activit...
What is coaching?
Coaching is a collaborative relationship that offers clients strategies for positive change in a nonjudgemental, supportive environment. Together, coach and client create new behaviors to successfully manage the ADHD and Executive Function challenges. Coaching provides support, skills and strategies for clients struggling with time management, organization, planning, motivation and prioritizing.
Why is it beneficial?
Clients often have a good vision of their goals but they have difficulty achieving success. Coaching helps break goals into manageable steps and also provides the necessary accountability to keep clients moving forward. Coaches help clients maintain focus on their goals in addition to identifying their strengths.
People with Executive Function and Attention challenges benefit from ADD/ADHD coaching. To be clear, it is not required or necessary to have a professional diagnosis prior to coaching. If you are struggling with time management, pla...
February is the season for love so I recently asked some of my clients what they LOVE about having ADHD/ADD. ADHD is often thought of with negative connotations but I was pleasantly surprised when most were able to answer my question immediately. It's fantastic that they see the advantages of what some people think is a disability. Take a look at their answers.
“I rarely get bored. It’s easy to entertain myself with my thoughts.”
“I like to make people laugh with my random thoughts.”
“I can think outside the box."
“ADHD is a gift, a strength. I am an encouragement to others to create.”
“I can see a vision of where something is going. I see the big picture.”
“I love that I can multi-task.”
“I have a ton of energy.”
“I can go with the flow…spontaneous.”
“Hyper-focus…I can tune distractions out and get a lot of work done.”
Want to be part of changing the way the world looks at women with ADHD? You can! My colleague, Linda Roggli, has developed a ground-breaking online event and you are invited!
The Third Annual ADHD Women’s Palooza begins February 5th, and runs through February 10, 2018. It will be an extraordinary week of insight and answers exclusively for women with ADHD, presented by 32 ADHD Legends and Luminaries including: Dr. Ned Hallowell, Sari Solden, Dr. Thomas E. Brown, Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, and many more…
1. Head phones - Perfect for students and adults! Noise canceling head phones help minimize noise distractions while trying to work. Listen to focus music to boost focus. Listen to audiobooks or podcasts to keep your brain engaged when performing monotonous tasks.
2. Focus music - A Spotify subscription or music designed to work with binaural beats in the brain.
1) Journal - Use a traditional paper journal or an app on your phone.
2) Volunteer - Nothing makes a person more appreciative and grateful than volunteering for those in need.
3) Gratitude Jar - Keep slips of paper nearby and place in an area accessible to all family members. Reading through these regularly will brighten your mood.
4) Dinner Time - Ask each person one thing they are grateful for.
5) Go for a walk - Make a game of it! Think of five things to be thankful for before your get to the next intersection.
6) Say thank you to others as often as you can.
7) Download an app - There are a multitude of gratitude journal apps for your devices so you can be grateful on the go!
This is a great time of year to implement some of these gratitude strategies into your life but don't end this challenge with the Thanksgiving holiday. Practice gratitude all year round and see how it changes your life!
How has gratitude enhanced your life? Please leave your comments below.
Those lazy days of summer are almost here! Although it's nice to have a break from the structure of the school year, schedule and routine are very important for kids with ADHD and Executive Function Disorder. Summer is a great time to learn new habits and work on lagging executive function skills.
Studies show when kids don't exercise their brains during the summer, they can lose up to two months of valuable knowledge they've worked so hard to learn. Students may also lose executive function skills used to manage their ADHD if not practiced during the summer. Take a look at the tips below for ideas on how to incorporate fun, skill-building activities into your summer routine.
- Teach your kids life skills such as doing their own laundry or cooking simple meals.
- Have your child plan an activity such as organize a trip to the museum including drive time, directions and admission cost. Remember that no set of plans goes perfectly. Make the best of the things that went...
When we think of the stereotypical person with ADHD, we often think of a hyperactive boy. That is the description of one segment of the ADHD population but did you know that ADHD affects males and females at equal ratios? I ran across some interesting statistics that show the ratio of boys to girls with ADHD is 3:1 but the ratio of adult men to women with ADHD is 1:1. The boys are not "outgrowing" their ADHD. It's just that males are diagnosed in childhood at a much higher rate because their symptoms tend to be more noticeable.
The adult female clients I see in my coaching practice share many of the same feelings of shame, over-whelm, anxiety and depression. This month, I want to address the female population that struggles with ADHD/ADD.
1. Women are often initially diagnosed and treated for depression and anxiety sometimes missing the ADHD diagnosis. By the time they are diagnosed, they have been struggling for years.