ADHD Essentials
68: You’re Not a Troublemaker, You’re Just Having Trouble. with Gerry Goyette, Middle School Principal

68: You’re Not a Troublemaker, You’re Just Having Trouble. with Gerry Goyette, Middle School Principal

April 19, 2019

One of my favorite things about doing this podcast is the way it has helped me reconnect with people.  Today’s episode is an excellent example of that.  I recently invited my old principal, Gerry. Goyette, to come on the show to talk ADHD from the administrative side of school, and he was nice enough to agree.  It was an absolute pleasure to talk ADHD and education with him. He’s just as smart as I remembered. 

 In today’s episode, we get an inside look at a principal’s approach to leading a school through the lens of ADHD.  We discuss the Intersection of Anxiety and Standardized Testing, the ebb and flow of stress in the school year for ADHD kids, the importance of consistency,  and the value of trust.

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT (part 1):

Calmer Con, a sensory friendly comics & pop culture event, is taking place on Saturday, April 27that Becker College in Leicester, MA.  Get tickets here.  Listen to our episode about it here.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT (part 2):

My "Wall of Awful" model was recently featured on Jessica McCabe's How to ADHDchannel on YouTube.  I'd love it if you'd go check out other her channel, and my episode.  She does great work!

Here's the link.

67: Helping Our Kids (and Ourselves) to Protect Personal (and Financial) Information While Online, with Tim M., Financial Expert & ADHD Parent

67: Helping Our Kids (and Ourselves) to Protect Personal (and Financial) Information While Online, with Tim M., Financial Expert & ADHD Parent

April 12, 2019

The other day, my friend Tim, an ADHD dad himself, was telling me about his job.  It turns out that one of his responsibilities is helping kids (and adults) understand the importance of protecting their identity when online.  I thought that might be useful information for you all to have, so I invited him on the pod!  

In today’s episode, we talk about ways to keep identity safe, what to do if it’s not, and how to behave so that we don’t need to worry about our identity being stolen any more than we worry about getting hit by a car.  We also discuss managing the contents of our phones, teaching our kids about social media, and how to create a password you’ll remember.

 

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66: Guarding Our Time While Meeting the Demands of Our Kids, Our Parents, and Our Careers, with David Greenwood

66: Guarding Our Time While Meeting the Demands of Our Kids, Our Parents, and Our Careers, with David Greenwood

April 5, 2019

Today, we’re talking to David Greenwood.  David and I first connected when he interviewed me for his book on ADHD & productivity, Overcoming Distractions.  He is a father with ADHD who has a son with autism.  I really enjoyed our talk.  I hope you do too. 

In today’s episode, David tells his tale of finding his way with ADHD.  We talk about the value of experiential learning, the challenge of balancing the demands of a career, children with special needs, and aging parents, ikigai, and guarding our time.

 

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

My "Wall of Awful"model was recently featured on Jessica McCabe's How to ADHD channel on YouTube.  I'd love it if you'd go check out other her channel, and my episode.  She does great work!

Here's the link.

Guest Links:

Visit David's Website!

Buy Overcoming Distraction on Amazon!

 

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65: Teaching the Kid vs. Teaching the Subject with Ms. Sally, a High School Special Education Teacher

65: Teaching the Kid vs. Teaching the Subject with Ms. Sally, a High School Special Education Teacher

March 29, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Ms. Sally.  Sally is a high school special education teacher who has ADHD.  Which means she gets them on a level not all teachers can. 

In today’s episode, we talk about Sally’s journey to becoming an educator, why teachers have to depersonalize their student’s understanding, how having ADHD has affected her teaching practice, and why her mission statement as a teachers is to help her kids redefine who they are as students and learners.  

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

My "Wall of Awful" model was recently featured on Jessica McCabe's How to ADHD channel on YouTube.  I'd love it if you'd go check out other her channel, and my episode.  She does great work!

Here's the link.

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64: Emotional Intelligence with Dawn Marie DesRoche

64: Emotional Intelligence with Dawn Marie DesRoche

March 22, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Dawn Marie DesRoche of EQ Solutions: You 2.0 about Emotional Intelligence.  Dawn Marie helps people learn to recognize their reactions to people and situations, and teaches them how to respond to those same people and situations with more productive thoughts, feelings, and actions.

In today’s episode, we talk about balancing societal expectations against the needs of ourselves and our kids, experiencing a terrible moment without becoming the terrible moment, losing parents, and how adjectives are like stones in a basket.

 

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63:  Thoughts on Clear Expectations with Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S.

63: Thoughts on Clear Expectations with Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S.

March 15, 2019

Today's episode is a quick and actionable one on setting clear expectations.  I hope you find it useful.

 

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62:  Finding Success in the Face of ADHD, OCD, and Tourette’s with Isaac, high school senior

62: Finding Success in the Face of ADHD, OCD, and Tourette’s with Isaac, high school senior

March 8, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Isaac.  Isaac has ADHD, OCD, and Tourette’s.  And, as a senior in high school, Issac is the first person below the age of 18 that have been featured on the pod.  (Don’t worry, I got permission from his mom.) 

 As you’ll hear, he’s an incredible young man, who has overcome his varied challenges though hard work, resilience, ingenious strategies, and the support of his family and friends.  I greatly enjoyed talking to him.

 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • Goal Setting
  • The blending of impulsivity and compulsivity 
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Overcoming stigma
  • Isaac's college planning
  • The value of social support 
  • Being driven
  • Isaac's use of running to manage his symptoms 
  • The power of Self-Acceptance 

 

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61: Parental Self-Care with Louise Clarke

61: Parental Self-Care with Louise Clarke

March 1, 2019

I really enjoyed talking to Louise Clarke of "Your Parenting Partner".  Lousie has a child with ADHD, and is also a parenting coach.  So, the conversation was an interesting one.

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • The power of parent coaching
  • Controlling our reactivity through self-care
  • Losing touch with our own needs because we're focused on everyone else
  • Role modeling self-care
  • Scheduling self-care
  • Busy weeks make it harder to show up for our kids
  • The frustration of parenting ADHD
  • The isolation of parenting ADHD
  • Louise's Son's ADHD project
  • Always be curious
  • Look for the unmet need in poor behavior
  • An expectation is a prediction of the future
  • Expect the process, not the outcome 

 

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60:  Getting Help for a Child in Crisis, and Being UnNormal with Kimberly Berry

60: Getting Help for a Child in Crisis, and Being UnNormal with Kimberly Berry

February 22, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Kimberly Berry of Being UnNormal.

This episode has some hard parts.  I’m not going to lie to you. 

Kimberly Berry tells the tale of her struggles to get her daughter the help she needed after her ADHD and other mental health challenges led to a child in crisis.  Although it ends well, part of Kimberly’s story includes her 10 year-old daughter’s suicide attempts.  Luckily, medication, parental skill building, and good mental health care, as you’ll hear, have made a world of difference for them both.

I should note, that while Kimberly focuses on her daughter’s ADHD, her daughter also has a mood disorder diagnosis, and that certainly played a role in the crises they faced as well. 

 

Collection of Links to Resources for Kids in Crisis In The States, and Worldwide
http://www.safekids.com/resources-for-youth-in-crisis/

 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • Being UnNormal's origin
  • ADHD misconceptions due to media simplification
  • If it was easy, don't you think I would have don it?
  • Learning to accept differences
  • Visual cues don't work if there' a visual processing disorder.
  • Challenges with getting help for a child in crisis
  • Handling childhood meltdowns with grace
  • The mission of Being UnNormal

 

Guest Links:

Find Kimberly Berry at https://www.beingunnormal.com

 

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59: Planning for College with Linda Katz

59: Planning for College with Linda Katz

February 15, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Linda Katz or Right Fit College Coaching.

Linda specializes in providing students with ADHD and similar learning disabilities with comprehensive college planning.  She helps them find the colleges that will best suit their interests and needs, and then helps them through the application process.

In today’s episode, we talk about the college application process, how important it is for our kids to try out the career they’re looking at before committing four years of study to it,  how to find just such an internship in high school, and how college is different from high school.

 

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Podcast Support:

  • Today’s Episode was edited by Jeffrey Gordon of Ideal Video Strategies.  Go to www.idealvideostrategies.com to learn more about their work.

 

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