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Keeping Things Simple and Being Open to Change with Lysa Miller, Business Owner and Mom with ADHD

Keeping Things Simple and Being Open to Change with Lysa Miller, Business Owner and Mom with ADHD

October 18, 2019

Today, we’re talking to my friend, Lysa Miller.  Lysa is amazing.  She’s a single mom with ADHD of kids with ADHD.  She has started and runs multiple businesses, including 3 Media Web, the company responsible for my website, and a women’s networking group in Central Massachusetts. Oh, and she’s also a client.

In today’s episode, Lysa opens up about her life with ADHD, and shares the lessons she’s leanred along the way.  We discuss the importance of having a good morning, useful tech tools for managing our lives, teaching our kids by giving them jobs we struggle with, the struggles of supporting our kids when we have ADHD, too, and the power of looking for help.

 

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BONUS EPISODE:  A Slice of Life, with Nathan and Gavin Mahan, sons of a father with ADHD

BONUS EPISODE: A Slice of Life, with Nathan and Gavin Mahan, sons of a father with ADHD

October 15, 2019

When I told my sons that I was going to be posting two bonus episodes during the month of October, the get really excited and told me they wanted to be interviewed for one of them.  So, in today's episode, we're talking to my kids, Nathan and Gavin.

The boys and I talk about their thoughts on school, hobbies, adventures, and being a Mahan.  I hope you enjoy this window into our family.

 

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Excuse My ADHD, with Jeanette G. ADHD Mom and Podcaster

Excuse My ADHD, with Jeanette G. ADHD Mom and Podcaster

October 11, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Jeanette G. of “Excuse My ADHD”.  Jeanette is a mom who is harnessing the power of podcasting to chronicle her journey with ADHD.

In today’s episode, Jeanette’s shares a bit about her life as an ADHD mom.  We discuss navigating parental guilt, her interview of a member of Scottish Parliament, the bias toward childhood ADHD, the connections between ADHD and compassion, and what it takes to follow through on our goals.

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Reading is a Complicated Process, with Beth Dinelli and Alex Fortuna, Reading Specialists

Reading is a Complicated Process, with Beth Dinelli and Alex Fortuna, Reading Specialists

October 4, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Beth Dinelli and Alex Fortuna of the Commonwealth Learning Center.  The Commonwealth Learning Center supports kids with learning disabilities through specialized, one-to-one instruction.  Beth is the director of Commonwealth Learning Center in Danvers, MA, and Alex is the director of Commonwealth Learning Center in Needham, MA.

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In today’s episode, we’re talking about the intersection of reading and ADHD.   Alex, Beth and I look at the various elements that going into reading, from very basic foundational elements, to more sophisticated ones.  We also discuss multiple reading disorders, dyslexia among them, and ways parents can help their kids read better, and more.

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SPECIAL NOTE:  The audio on this one is a little static-y and click-y.  I apologize in advance.  We did what we could to clean it up, but some of it is still there. 

BONUS SPECIAL NOTE:  In order to celebrate ADHD Awareness month, and to get to 100 episodes before the upcoming ADHD Conference November 7ththrough the 10th, I will be posting two bonus episodes during the month of October.  So keep your eye out for them.

 

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Pumpkin Spice ADHD, with Brendan Mahan your Autumnal Auteur

Pumpkin Spice ADHD, with Brendan Mahan your Autumnal Auteur

September 27, 2019

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are turning, acorns litter the ground, the air is becoming chilly.  It’s the season of pumpkin spice!  It’s been around for years now, but it seems like people are still out of their minds about it.  

Why?  Why is pumpkin spice so exciting for so many people? Because it’s a special event. It adds an interesting twist to ordinary, commonplace things - like coffee, pancakes and muffins.  And, it’s only available for a little while. 

What does this have to do with ADHD?

The ADHD brain loves unique experiences and reward.  Pumpkin spice, because of it’s limited timeframe, is a unique experience. And for some, the unique flavor it adds to their food is a reward. People with ADHD need a little “pumpkin spice” every now and then to help motivate them. It adds an interesting twist to an activity that has become boring and uninteresting.  

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How to Use “Pumpkin Spice”

  • Best used to manage unique challenges or when the ADHD person is stuck
  • Make sure it is a positive reward.
  • Make sure it is unique.
  • Make sure it has a limited in time frame.
  • Communicate clearly that it will not happen again soon.

The pumpkin spice approach to motivation works best when unique challenges arise.  It can be very helpful when people with ADHD go through a period of increased difficulty with motivation or productivity.

Just like coffee shops and bakeries keep coming up with new uses for Autumn’s favorite flavoring, there are no limits to how pumpkin spice approach to motivation can be used.  I’ve shared a few examples.  Please let me know how you apply it.  I’d love to hear from you.

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Event Planning Motherhood with Danielle Frisby of Unboxing Change, Event Planner & Mother of a Son with ADHD

Event Planning Motherhood with Danielle Frisby of Unboxing Change, Event Planner & Mother of a Son with ADHD

September 19, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Danielle Frisby.  Danielle is the mother of a son with ADHD, and a Social Impact Event Coordinator.   Her company,  “UnBoxing Change” provides a voice to communities through membership driven engagement activity and involvement.

In today’s episode, Danielle shares with us how being an event planner has informed the way she approaches motherhood, including - why we should look at meals as events, the importance of dates, times and locations, finding the good no matter what, and figuring out ways to help our kids feel safe so they can have hard conversations with us.  And, she shares her son Jordan’s Ending Essentials to conclude the show.

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  • Learn more about Danielle and her work with UnBoxing Change on

  • UnBoxing Change Mission:

    UnBoxing Change believes that​ ​Community​ i​ s the secret.

    UnBoxing Change was created to tackle the most pressing problems people face on the planet. We believe that​ ​“Community”​ ​is the key to solving these problems and that we, as members of this mission, are the agents of change that we all seek.

    UnBoxing Change understands that we are all responsible for our piece of the mission. From the Homeless to the Hungry; To the Left behind and the Forgotten-UnBoxing Change provides a voice to communities through membership-driven engagement activity and involvement.

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IEP Meetings, The Family Medical Leave Act, and Advocating for Our Kids, with Aelan Mosden, Parent of Children with Special Needs

IEP Meetings, The Family Medical Leave Act, and Advocating for Our Kids, with Aelan Mosden, Parent of Children with Special Needs

September 13, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Alan Mosden.  Alan is the father of several children with special needs, who wrote a comment letter that addresses how the Family Medical Leave Act applies to IEP Meetings.

In today’s episode, we discuss what a comment let is, and how FLMA applies to school care meetings, petitioning the government to get things done, and advocating for our kids.

 

Special Note: Nether Alan nor I are lawyers. So, although we talk about legal matters in this episode, do not take any of it as legal advice.  Consult your legal representative before implementing anything discussed in this episode.

 

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  • The Comment Letter (FMLA2019-2-A) discussed in this episode, in which the DOL concluded that FMLA covers an employee’s attendance at a school meeting where their child's IEP will be discussed.

 

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Free to Choose Your Own Path: ADHD, Counseling, and Dungeons & Dragons with Matt Fahy, LMHC, and Heroic Group Counselor

Free to Choose Your Own Path: ADHD, Counseling, and Dungeons & Dragons with Matt Fahy, LMHC, and Heroic Group Counselor

September 6, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Matt Fahy, LMHC.  Matt is a licensed mental health counselor based in Florida.  He began his quest to better understand the human condition as an Anthropologist, spending a number of years exploring and working on archeological sites.  Eight years ago, he shifted his focus to mental health counseling.  And now, he has married the two and uses his Anthropology knowledge and counseling skills to run therapeutic games of Dungeons and Dragons for his clients.

 

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In today’s episode, we talk about what Dungeons and Dragons is, how Matt uses it as a therapeutic tool  to help the kids he works with develop social skills,  problem-solving skills, and greater insight into themselves, the roots of this approach in classic psychological approaches, and Matt shares with us the tale of the clients in one of his groups helped Boogers the Goblin learn coping strategies to better manage his anxiety.

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ADHD, Vaping, and Substance Use with Amy Leone, LMHC Addiction Expert and Owner of Community Impact, Inc.

ADHD, Vaping, and Substance Use with Amy Leone, LMHC Addiction Expert and Owner of Community Impact, Inc.

August 30, 2019

Today, we’re talking to Amy Leone.  Amy is a mental health clinician who specializes in adolescent and youngadults with dual diagnoses, including substance abuse, and behavioral or trauma related symptoms.  I first met Amy when I joined her Juvenile Advocacy Group, a group she created to address the effects of the opioid epidemic in Milford, MA, which has become a model for many other towns throughout Massachusetts, as well as the state as a whole.  She is one of the most caring and driven people I know, and it an honor to call her my friend.

In today’s episode, Amy talks to us about vaping. What it is, why it’s so hard to catch, its connection to marijuana use, step we can take to keep our kids from doing it, and the fact that it might be a signal of the need for stress reduction and mental health supports for both kids and parents.

A quick disclaimer:  

This week’s episode is about vaping.  It touches on addiction, and the kinds of behaviors that might signal addiction.  I don’t want to panic anyone.  If your kid engages in one or two of the behaviors mentioned, that doesn’t mean they’re vaping or engaging in addictive behaviors. Sometimes our kids becoming more secretive is a perfectly healthy, developmentally appropriate way of seeking independence and setting boundaries. 

That said, the more of these behaviors you see, the more concerned you may need to be.  You can learn more about addiction and what to do if your kid might be  vaping, or using drugs or similar substances athttps://www.drugabuse.gov, and https://drugfree.org

 

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Update:

During the course of this discussion, Amy mentions that vaping doesn't necessarily leave a smell.  She also later talks about there being a smell of marijuana from  dabbing.  This is not a contradiction, things just weren't made clear enough.  Some vaping methods leave no smell, others do.  Sometimes the smell is connected to the flavor, say strawberry.  When dabbing the smell of marijuana will typically be present, unless there are steps are taken to cover it up.

 

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Back To School Thoughts, with Brendan Mahan, your Accessible Academic Advisor

Back To School Thoughts, with Brendan Mahan, your Accessible Academic Advisor

August 23, 2019

Today, I share a handful of back to school tips and ideas.  Depending on the age of your kid and your individual situation, some of these might need a little tweaking, but I’m sure you’ll find things in here that are useful.

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