What Is Executive Function and Why Does It Matter?

In the ADHD community, we often hear about executive function, but why is it so important that experts often talk about it?  That question is one many of us have asked, so we want to help you understand it in a clear context.

That’s why we are pleased to release our eBook titled, “ADHD, Executive Function, and Self-Regulation.” It explains the process of executive functioning in the brain as it relates to ADHD, which Dr. Russell Barkley views as largely a challenge of self-regulation. Continue reading “What Is Executive Function and Why Does It Matter?”

ADHD and Word Problems: Hate Them or Embrace Them

If you are like me, you hated doing word problems in school. Word problems are hard because there isn’t a methodical way of doing them. Solving them requires insight, trial-and-error thinking, patience, and practice.

The reason word problems were so important in school is because they require us to think more deeply, to use reasoning and deductive logic to analyze and solve problems.  In other words, they develop us as thinkers.

Word problems are a three-part process. Continue reading “ADHD and Word Problems: Hate Them or Embrace Them”

The Bold Realities of ADHD

It’s become a joy of mine to produce Attention Talk Videos to address attention issues and provide information to help those in need. One thing I enjoy the most is how articulate many people are in commenting on those videos. I’d like to share a few that really represent the realities of the ADHD plight.

One viewer commented on a video related to dopamine and how those with ADHD forage for information on it. Here’s the comment: Continue reading “The Bold Realities of ADHD”

Keeping Organized Goes Beyond a Task List

Are you one of those individuals who think it’s just too complicated to get organized or even to remember things you need to do? Planning is essential for both of these tasks, but it’s important to keep those plans as simple as possible. This theory was what motivated Dr. Carey Heller and me to co-author an article, titled “Keeping Organized Goes Beyond a Task List,” for Attention Magazine, published in the October 2020 edition. Continue reading “Keeping Organized Goes Beyond a Task List”

Things That Make You Go, “Hmm…”

Since 2012, I’ve had the honor of being on the editorial board of Attention Magazine, published by Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). At first, this might not be surprising, but once you realize I have dyslexia and a learning disability, you might understand the irony, as these have had an enormous impact in my life and have made writing one of my greatest weaknesses. You have to laugh at the idea though. Somebody who struggles to write is actually on the editorial board of a prominent magazine. Go figure.

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The Truth about ADHD and Working Independently

Work EnvironmentDr. Thomas E. Brown once said, “The more there is a need for independent work, the lower the grades and productivity of those with ADHD.”

In general, I’ve found this to be true in my experience as a coach. Although the peace and quiet of home or your office might increase productivity in some people, sadly, that is not always the case for those with ADHD. Continue reading “The Truth about ADHD and Working Independently”

ADHD, Productivity, Working from Home, and You

Our workplaces are formal, professional, and structured to accommodate business systems, interactions, frequency of direct communications, and access to human capital (or people knowledge) by being in the presence of others.

A workplace at home is more informal, more comfortable, and lacks the structure of the work environment, making it difficult for those with ADHD to self-regulate their attention. Gone are the face-to-face human interactions, the “buzz” of other busy bees getting work done with their work energy. Continue reading “ADHD, Productivity, Working from Home, and You”

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment: Art or Science?

Jeff Copper & Aha BobPeople are unique, individual, and infinitely complex. In the interest of maximizing efficiencies, our world and medical community focuses on commonalities to evaluate, label, and treat patients. This approach raises some key questions: Can something so complex be labeled? Is the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD a science or is it an art?  Let’s explore this system a bit deeper to understand how we get a diagnosis before answering these questions.

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