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A Strengths-Finding Approach with Ilyse Greenberg

A Strengths-Finding Approach with Ilyse Greenberg

May 1, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Ilyse Greenberg. 

Ilyse is a strengths-based coach and expert in the use of the Clifton/Gallup Strengths-Finder Program.

In this episode, Ilyse talks to us about the power and importance of focusing on strengths.  She discusses the Clifton/Gallup Strengths-Finder Program, the importance of playing to our strengths and our kids’ strengths, identifying what our kids are good at and not letting what they aren’t good at get in the way, how to use a strengths approach to parenting to improve our family roles, why the overuse of our strengths might hold us up, and how discovering the Clifton/Gallup Strengths-Finder Program has changed her. 

 

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On Transitions and Video Games with Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S.Your Transitional Troubadour

On Transitions and Video Games with Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S.Your Transitional Troubadour

April 24, 2021

Today, it's your host, Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S.

We're talking about transitions, as well as how video games can make them harder.  Specifically we look at transitions through two lenses - the physical/mental/emotional lens, and the into/out of lens.  I'm sure you'll find this episode useful!

 

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OCD Co-Morbid Friend of ADHD with Jeff Szymanski, PhD.

OCD Co-Morbid Friend of ADHD with Jeff Szymanski, PhD.

April 17, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Jeff Szymanski, Ph.D.

Jeff is the executive director of the International OCD Foundation, and author of The Perfectionist's Handbook. 

In this episode, Jeff tells us about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a disorder that is com-morbid with ADHD.  Jeff talks about what OCD is and isn’t, what it’s like to live with the disorder, and methods of treatment - many of which are just great anxiety management and self-improvement strategies in general, including self-compassion, why facing adversity and confronting our fears is so important for all of us, and the power of doing hard things.

A brief disclaimer.  OCD can sometimes be accompanied by pretty grim thoughts that are diametrically opposed to the values of the person who has it.  We do spend a few minutes discussing what that might look like, so this episode is a bit darker than our norm.   I know some of you listen to the show as a family.  Please preview this one before listening to it with your kids.

 

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The Life Changing Effects of and ADHD Diagnosis with Hilary Stern, M.Ed., CALC of ADHD Advance.

The Life Changing Effects of and ADHD Diagnosis with Hilary Stern, M.Ed., CALC of ADHD Advance.

April 10, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Hilary Stern, M.Ed., CALC.

Hilary is an ADHD mom, and an ADHD coach at ADHD Advance.

In this episode, Hilary talks to us about her work in education, how her son’s ADHD diagnosis changed things for her, seeing ADHD as an explanation rather than an excuse, the difference between intelligence and executive function, how her son’s ADHD diagnosis helped him understand himself better, and navigating big emotions.

 

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Falling Through the Cracks of a Disruptive and Disrupted Childhood with Palo, Dad with ADHD and Dyslexia

Falling Through the Cracks of a Disruptive and Disrupted Childhood with Palo, Dad with ADHD and Dyslexia

April 3, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Palo.

Palo is a dad with ADHD and dyslexia who basically grew up in a Mark Twain novel. 

In this episode, Palo shares his experiences growing up with ADHD.  He tells stories of being raised by hippies, living an unfettered childhood, getting kicked out of every school he attended, (including kindergarten for not pledging allegiance!), his love of history, frustration with English, how his past challenges affected him when his child started to struggle, and backtracking his wandering thoughts.    (Fair warning, there’s lots of tangents along the way!)

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Procrastination and the Nuanced Skills of Success with Leslie Josel of Order Out of Chaos

Procrastination and the Nuanced Skills of Success with Leslie Josel of Order Out of Chaos

March 27, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Leslie Josel, of Order Out of Chaos. 

In addition to being an academic/life coach for teens and college students, Leslie is the creator of the award-winning  Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management®, writes the weekly Dear ADHD Family Coach® column for ADDitude Magazine, and is the author of several books.

In this week’s episode, Leslie talks to us about her new book, and shares her thoughts on procrastination.  We discuss, the role skills deficits play in procrastination, the importance of choice and control, the trouble with “oh, by the ways” and “don’t forgets”, and why it’s important to allow space for forgiveness.

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The Wall of Awful with Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S., your Considerate and Compassionate Climbing Instructor

The Wall of Awful with Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S., your Considerate and Compassionate Climbing Instructor

March 20, 2021

Today, it's your host, Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S.

Brendan finally shares his "Wall of Awful"model!  He discusses an overview of the model, and ways to get past it.

 

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Translating ADHD and Time with Shelly Collins, ADHD Coach & Co-Host of the Translating ADHD podcast

Translating ADHD and Time with Shelly Collins, ADHD Coach & Co-Host of the Translating ADHD podcast

March 13, 2021

Today, we’re talking to Shelly Collins! 

Shelly is an ADHD coach, and, along with friend-of-the-show Cameron Gott, hosts of the Translating ADHD podcast.

In this week’s episode, Shelly talks about the relationship between ADHD and time.  She discusses why ADHDers don’t really procrastinate, the difference between big brain mode and fast brain mode, the time horizon, the importance of understanding the ADHD causes of our challenges, and ways to solve email drama.

 

 

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The Three Cs of Self-Talk with Brendan Mahan, Your Compassionate and Considerate Coach

The Three Cs of Self-Talk with Brendan Mahan, Your Compassionate and Considerate Coach

March 6, 2021

Today, it's just your host, Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., M.S.

In this week's quick and actionable episode, Brendan shares his thoughts on self-talk, walking us through his the Cs of self-talk model.

 

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ADHD Diversified with MJ!

ADHD Diversified with MJ!

February 27, 2021

It’s the 175th episode of ADHD Essentials! 

And to celebrate, I’m turning the show over to my friend MJ.  MJ was on two episodes back, and talked about her then upcoming show, ADHD Diversified. Well, ADHD Diversified is here, and I am honored to share her first episode with you.  It’s fantastic! 

In her premier episode,  MJ talks about why she started the podcast, the expectations and cultural norms that come with being visibly Asian, how those expectations don’t always allow for talking about weakness or struggles, and what it has meant for her to navigate undiagnosed ADHD while being grouped into a stereotype. 

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