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ADD Consults: ADDitional News

Volume 2 Issue 1

January 2003
A free monthly newsletter from ADD Consults at ADD Consults


There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.

- Victor Hugo

In This Issue:

· New Contest: 101 Ways To Use a Palm Pilot. Enter Now!
· NEW! Sari Solden joins our Expert Team
· Upcoming Events: Conferences and Workshops
· Alert the Presses! Researchers Find Link Between Improved Memory and the use of Neurofeedback
· Updates on ADD: CDC Funds Three Research Institutions To Conduct Population-Based Research On AD/HD In Children
· ADD Poetry: Focus on Robert Tudisco
· Organizing Tip of the Month, by Paul O'Connor
· SOS Recipes of the Month
· Great Resource: The National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD
· ADD Boot Camp: Study Techniques For ADDers
· ADDers Say The Darndest Things
· Book Review:
· "The Parent Coach: A New Approach to Parenting in Today's Society", by Dr.Steven Richfield and
Carol Borchert


A Word from Terry Matlen, ACSW, Director:

Dear Readers,

Happy Winter! And welcome to ADD Consults: ADDitional News, a free monthly newsletter provided by ADD Consults at ADD Consults

I hope you all survived the holidays and kept your sanity and sense of humor! I know that for me, it was a real challenge this year. As my family grows, life at holiday time just seems to get more chaotic. My kitchen (yes, I actually have a kitchen) became Grand Central Station and I recall how at one point, the dazzling array of big and little people coming in and out of the room, made my head spin faster than Linda Blair's, ala The Exorcist. I also broke my solemn ADD "promise" of delegating, accommodating and taking on the challenge of entertaining 16 people and cooking/preparing most of the meal myself. Tsk tsk on me! Never again. Next year, it'll be take- out. Who says you can't order Chinese Food for Christmas or Chanukah dinner?

This month's issue is chock full of great articles and resources. I've included a special poem, written by an ADD adult, Robert Tudisco. Rob is an attorney and one of the newer ADDA board members. I chose to share his poem in this issue as a way to remind all of you that each of us has a story to tell about our ADD. And that story is a powerful one.

I would like to invite you to share yours in our Creative Gallery at
Creative Focus


ADD Poetry

The Wonderfulness of Me
by Robert Tudisco

If you took all of the things that were special about me,
you could put them all together and call it AD/HD.
No better, no worse, just different that's me,
I'm really not crazy, please try and see.
Like a talented wizard in a world full of "Muggles",
its no wonder all you see is frustration and struggles.

As I daydream and drift, you think no one's there,
but nothing could be further from the truth, believe me, I swear.
I see your impatience as my mind starts to wander
But, you don.t know the depth of the thoughts that I ponder.
For creative thinkers, get lost in deep thought,
which leads to the illusion that they cannot be taught.

I know trying to reach me can give you the blues,
but I wish for just once, you could walk in my shoes.
To see things through my eyes, you would be amazed,
at the speed and sheer volume my thoughts seem to blaze.

I'm not lazy or stupid, if only you knew,
how truly difficult it is to limit myself and think like you do.
But, I can see things that you'll never see,
its like second nature, because I am me.
With lightning fast reflexes, I can switch gears,
to be firm and inflexible is the worst of my fears.
I'm calm in a crisis and know just what to do,
For I'm in great company, Mozart , Edison and Churchill to name just a few.

So show me some patience, as I'm patient with you.
Just a little tolerance, it's long overdue.
Please try and understand me, along with my AD/HD,
It's a very big part of the wonderfulness of me.

*"These words were written to express the frustration that I have experienced all my life and I believe that most people, if not all with AD/HD feel. It could be a child speaking to their parent or teacher or an adult speaking to their spouse or respective other.

Out of all of the things I have written, I am most proud of this poem because of the reactions that I get from parents, their children and adults with AD/HD. When you write something from your heart, finding out that it touched someone else's is the best reward you can get."
You can email Rob at

What's New at ADD Consults?

News Flash!

Sari Solden, M.S. joins our Expert Team. Do you have a personal situation that you'd like to discuss with Sari, but live too far from Ann Arbor, MI to consult with her in person? Sari can offer you feedback on your ADD related issues. Request a consultation from her here: Consult with Sari

New Contest! 101 Ways to Use Your Palm Pilot

Winning submission will receive a special ADD book, donated by ADD Warehouse
Added Bonus!
Some entries may be used in my upcoming book, so enter now!

ADD Coaches for Hire! The Coaching Network is growing fast. Need someone to help you prioritize and get you back on track? Browse through our Coaching Network, and hire an ADD Consults Coach with the click of a mouse. Full profiles are available to help you find the right coach for you. And...your first session is FREE!_______________________________________________________________________

Upcoming Events

The International AD/HD Coaching Conference
March 28- 30 Philadelphia, PA

This conference will focus on the comprehensive team approaches to AD/HD coaching and the various traditional and non-traditional methods that are employed to effectively manage the challenges of AD/HD

Featured Keynote Speakers:

Daniel Amen, MD renowned for Brain SPECT Imaging I Psychiatry; Author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Healing A.D.D.

Edward Hallowell, MD child and adult psychiatrist; Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, and Five Steps to Help Kids Create and Sustain Lifelong Joy, and Co-author of Driven to Distraction,

David Giwerc, MCC, AD/HD Coach Academy Founder

More information at:
The International AD/HD Coaching Conference


March 13-14, 2003
St. Louis, Missouri
ADHD in Children and Adolescents: Theory, Diagnosis, and Management
Featuring Russell Barkley, Ph.D.

Details at Dr.Russell Barkley Conference


ADDA Conference to be held May 1-5 in Portsmouth, VA

Check the ADDA website for details soon: ADDA

Have an ADD related event you'd like to share? Email me at Events
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Upcoming Events


Coaches: Enjoy referrals from all over the world! Check out our new Coaching Network at Coach Network
To be a part of our new Coaching Team , sign up here: Coaching Team
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Alert The Presses!

Researchers Find Link Between Improved Memory and the Use of Neurofeedback

The results announced in the International Journal of Psychophysiology this month show a link between neurofeedback training and improved memory in a 40 person trial.
Dr David Vernon, from Imperial College London at the Charing Cross hospital says: "Previous research has indicated that neurofeedback can be used to help treat a number of conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, epilepsy and alcoholism by training particular aspects of brain activity, but this is the first time we have shown a link between the use of neurofeedback, and improvements in memory."

Read more here: Neurofeedback and Memory.

What -IS- ADD Consults?

ADD Consults is the world's first and only online ADD eClinic. We offer private e-mail/phone consultations with some of the top ADD experts in the world: Dr. Ned Hallowell, Dr. John Ratey, Sari Solden, Wendy Richardson, Matt Cohen and more; a directory of ADD experts in your area; the latest updates on research, meds, treatment; a bookstore, and lots more. We're updating the site all the time, so please visit often at ADD Consults

Updates on AD/HD

CDC Funds Three Research Institutions To Conduct Population-Based Research On AD/HD In Children

Recognizing that many uncertainties remain concerning prevalence, etiology and treatment patterns of ADHD, this research will shed light on: (1) the prevalence and treated prevalence of ADHD in children, (2) the existence of comorbid and secondary conditions in children with ADHD, (3) the types and rates of health risk behaviors in children with ADHD, and (4) current and previous treatment patterns of children with ADHD.


Professional of the Month

Melinda White, LMFT

Melinda White, MFT, specializes in treating both adults and children with ADHD. She served as the Educational Coordinator for the U.C. Berkeley site of the NIMH treatment study of ADHD. In her private practice in Berkeley, CA, she works with adults, children, and adolescents.
Find out more about Melinda by clicking here: Melinda White
(Scroll down to California listings).

Therapists! Coaches!
See your practice listed here! Write for sponsorship details: Newsletter

Organizing/Coaching Tip of the Month

From Paul O'Connor

Orient your life around what you love. Make sure what you need to do, but don`t love, still gets attended to. Above all, do what it takes to stay focused on your dreams.

Paul is a member of our Coaches Network and availalable for hire. Read more about his coaching services: Paul O'Connor


Coaches: Would you like to share a coaching or organizing tip? Submit your favorite to me at Organizing Tips
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Submitters will have their name and coaching info listed here.


SOS Recipes of the Month

1. Ham and Broccoli Bake


12 slices bread, crusts removed
1 1/2 cup diced ham, cooked
2 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
5 eggs, lightly beaten
2 1/4 cups milk
3/4 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp onion salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
3 cups shredded Swiss cheese


Place 6 slices of bread in a greased 9" x 13" square dish. Sprinkle ham and broccoli over the bread and top with the remaining bread. Combine eggs and next 4 ingredients, stir well, and pour over the bread. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika. Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve immediately. Serves 6.

2. Sweet Potato Bake


4 to 5 sweet potatoes
3/4 to 1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp margarine
deep baking dish


Boil sweet potatoes unitl tender, drain and peel. Then slice in rounds, like coins.
Place in deep baking dish.

While sweet potatoes are cooling, boil together sugar and margarine and enough water to make a syrup. Then cover your sweet potatoes and bake in oven for 40 min or until browned a bit. Bake at 350.

Great Resources!

The National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD
Advocacy Group for Women and Girls with ADHD

Improved knowledge and a better understanding of girls and women with ADHD have the potential to improve many lives and relieve countless women of the shame with which they have grown up. To date, the medical community, as well as the general population, remains ignorant of the unique impact of ADHD on females. Current diagnostic criteria that continue to emphasize traits common to boys leave the majority of girls and women with ADHD to remain undiagnosed and misunderstood. To address this problem, the National Center for Gender Issues in ADHD has been founded by Drs Patricia Quinn and Kathleen Nadeau.

The principal aims of the National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD are to raise awareness of the impact of ADHD on girls and women and to disseminate information about ADHD in females to a broad spectrum of the population including: families, medicals and mental health professionals, educators, the media, and women of all ages.

The National Center for Gender Issues in ADHD
Promoting awareness, advocacy, and research on AD/HD in women and girls.

Join now:

ADD Bootcamp: Nuts and Bolts of Living with ADD

Study Techniques For ADDers

By Jeannie Scarber

About two years ago I went to a seminar given by Robert Gurnee that covered study techniques for people with ADD. Here are the ones that helped me as an adult in my college classes.

There are fewer distraction if you sit close to where the lecture
is being given.

It may seem obvious, but we ADDers have a tendency to do what is easiest or something else that seems more interesting at the time.
Resist the temptation.

Put up a large calendar for all the months of th semester in an obvious place where it will be seen frequently. Use different color markers for different classes. Write down when assignments are due so you can give yourself some perspective.

PARTICIPATE IN LECTURES: Ask questions, request clarification if you are not clear on a concept, participate in discussions. You will learn more when you are an active participant.

Use the acronym "B.R.O.I.L.V to help you take notes in class:

B- BOARD-anything a teacher writes on the board,
remember that it takes effort to write things down
and teachers making an effort should perk your

R- REPEAT, anything a teacher says twice or more.

O- ON THE TEST use arrows or some way of noting
that a teacher says "this will be on the test."

I-IMPORTANT If you hear them indicate something is
important, significant, or noteworthy in some way,
write it down.

L- LISTS any information in list form whether it
is written down or verbal.

V- VOCABULARY-New words, items, terms, places,
dates or people.

INDEX CARD (Pay close attention to this one, it is the best advice I have ever had on how to study.)

This works for lecture notes, handouts, and textbooks. Textbook example: Because we tune out so quickly when the ADD kicks in we don't process what we read.

We can read several pages and won't remember what it was about only a few moments later. SO, you read one paragraph at a time, figure out what the main point or points are and write it down in question form on one side of the index card with the answer on the back.

After one chapter you may have anywhere from fifty to a hundred cards made out.

Go through the cards, read the question. If you don't know the answer put an X on the top, if you do know the answer put a check. Once you have a card with 5 checks on it, put it in a "review" pack with a rubber band around it.

This way you are only studying the things you don't know and you don't waste your time studying what has been internalized. You can review all the cards before a test.

If possible get others in the class and form a study group. You can copy each others cards and learn what you might have missed.

I went from a stressed out student to being a whiz student. Everyone in the American History class thought I had a photographic memory. If they only knew how I struggle to concentrate! My attention span can handle the material by isolating each idea and then going over questions and small bits of info.

I hope this helps anyone who is taking college classes.

You can contact Jeannie at


ADDers Say The Darndest Things

From our own ADD Consults' Coach, Kris Paige:

Here's a quote from my husband, the "calm" one--<YEAH, right>":
ADDers go jogging on pogo sticks!"

Have a funny ADD quote to share? Email me!
ADD Funnies


Book Review

"The Parent Coach: A New Approach to Parenting in Today's Society"
by Dr.Steven Richfield and Carol Borchert B.A.

This resource is built around the accompanying Parent Coaching Cards, tools already proven effective in teaching children the social and emotional skills important to their everyday lives. Step-by-step instructions for using the cards make it easy for parents, teachers, and mental health professionals to "partner" with children to achieve targeted goals. This innovative product, praised for its commonsense approach, is simple to use, portable, and effective. You can expect reduced parent-child conflict, better communication among family members, and improved academic and social success. With a chapter devoted to each of the 20 eye-catching cards, users will have all the guidance they need to create positive relationships with children and happier homes.

You can order the book here:
The Parent Coach

You can also read Dr. Richfield's helpful Parent Coaching articles right here at ADD Consults: Parent Coach


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Warm regards,

Terry Matlen, ACSW
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