Archive for Tools To Help With ADHD

ADHD Podcast

I’m please to let you know that I’ve launched an ADHD Podcast. It is available on iTunes, Zune and Blackberry. Of course, you can just go to the site and listen to the shows right there.

It is a weekly ADHD Podcast, and I aim to bring you tips, strategies and tools to help you to live better with ADHD.

You can find the show here:

1) ADHD Podcast

2) ADHD Podcast on iTunes

Please listen in – sign up to get new episodes delivered automatically, and please join the discussion by commenting on the episodes – we’d love your input!

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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Software That Helps With Learning

Often technology can help kids in school to learn effectively. This technology can be helpful for kids, teens or adults with ADD/ADHD – and it is particularly helpful when there is a co-existing learning disability – like dyslexia or any other LD.

Listed below are a few software programs which may assist you. This is a list of a few programs that I have heard about from colleagues. Please note that I don’t have direct personal experience to strongly endorse any of these outright – rather I provide this list as a place for you to get started and to do your own research from here. Hopefully, the power of this community will help you – because people can share their experiences with these programs in the comments below.

  1. Dragon Naturally Speaking: This software is probably the best voice to text software. I have used this one, and I find that the newer version is much more accurate than previous versions. I will say that one of the biggest drawbacks if if someone has a particular accent, or a speech articulation problem, it can be quite frustrating.
  2. Kurzweil 3000 Kurzweil is described on their site as: “Kurzweil 3000™ is a comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are Enlish Language Learners.”
  3. Smart has a whole set of resources that help teachers be more interactive with students and use the technology to help with this.
  4. Word Q is a software program which helps with editing, by suggesting possible words and it also includes some aspects of speaking the words back to you.
  5. Text to Speech Software: This software helps to read text out loud to assist with learning.

Have you tried any of these software programs to help with learning (for ADHD or Dyslexia/Learning Disabilities)?

Have you used any other software programs which you would recommend?

Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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ADHD in Families

When one member of a family has ADD or ADHD, it can have a big impact on ALL members of the family.
And, we know that ADHD is about 80% genetic, so often when one person has ADHD, one or more of the other family members actually have ADHD.

While ADD/ADHD can be a gift, it can also produce its fair share of challenges. It can lead to overwhelm – for the person with ADD/ADHD, as well as the whole family.

Unless you have the right tools and strategies.

Dr. Rory Stern is hosting an event to help to give you the strategies you need to help your family to thrive with ADHD. He is hosting many experts and doing teleseminars for you to learn from your home. The event starts on May 4th, and runs for 6 weeks. You can attend for free, and then you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase the recordings.

I interviewed Dr. Stern, when I was in Boston for an ADHD conference in March 2009. We were standing on the streets of Boston (actually, you can see Copley Square behind us…), talking about how ADHD can affect families, and we discussed this upcoming event. You can watch the video here: ADHD Family Summit Video.

I hope you’ll take advantage of the great opportunity in the ADHD Family Summit. I know that I will be sharing the best information that I can on the session I’ll be doing on Medications.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

p.s. you can register for your FREE spot on the ADHD family summit here.

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ADHD Family Summit

I’m pleased to let you know about a great opportunity to learn more about ADHD and specific strategies that can help you with ADHD in your family.

Introducing the ADHD Family Summit. This is a Teleseminar (teleclass) series that will be starting on May 4, 2009, and going every Monday night and Wednesday night for several weeks. It is being hosted by Rory Stern, PsyD. He has a number of top notch experts in ADHD and issues that affect your family who have agreed to share their expertise with you – for FREE.

Dr. Stern has pulled together these experts, and you can get access at no cost (during this economy – that’s great news for you!). You’ll be able to listen to the calls live, and I believe there will be a replay line for 24 hours if you miss the live call. If you decide that you want to get copies of these interviews to review in the future, then you’ll have an opportunity to purchase the recordings and PDF transcripts for a very fair price (i.e. less than one session with a Psychiatrist or Psychologist).

I will be speaking in this event – to discuss Medications for ADHD. I will provide you with all that you need to know to take medications safely and effectively. The title of my session: ADHD Medication Mastery – What You Really Need To Know About Safe And Effective Medication Management.

The other experts in this free series include:

  • Theresa Cerulli, M.D.
    Topic: Understanding The ADHD Brain And The Impact Of Co-existing Conditions
  • David Giwerc, MCC
    Topic: Beyond Signs & Symptoms – Is ADHD Who You Are Or What You Have?
  • James T. Webb, PhD
    Topic: But My Child Is Really Bright… The Potential Overlap For Misdiagnosis And Overdiagnosis Of ADHD
  • Keath Low, MA
    Topic: When Worlds Collide – Navigating The Turbulent Waters Within A Family
  • Robert Myers, PhD
    Topic: Mastering Total Focus To Help Support Your Loved Ones When They Need It The Most
  • Alex Doman
    Topic: The Ear-Brain Connection – The Role Of Auditory Processing In Attention
  • Cal Sumner, MD
    Topic: Everyday ADHD – Understanding Where The Science Leaves Off And Real Life Picks Up
  • Torkel Klingberg, MD, PhD
    Topic: Understanding Working Memory’s Role In Attention, Focus, And The Distracted Mind (And How Training Can Help)
  • Jennifer Koretsky
    Topic: Put On Your Oxygen Mask First – Self-care Strategies For ADHD Adults And Parents
  • Tara McGillicuddy
    Topic: Breaking The Stereotypes Of Modern-Day ADHD To Support Girls And Grown Women
  • Alexis Martin Neely
    Topic: Just The Facts! What You Simply Need To Know To Protect Your Family In Case The Unexpected Happens

I’m excited to be taking part in such a leading edge series. I know you’ll agree that the topics covered in this series are unique – and will give you great perspective on how to handle ADHD in whichever way it affects your family.

Spots are limited – please go and sign up today for the ADHD Family Summit.

Please invest your time into this series – I believe it will pay you dividends in your quality of life and improve functioning for your family.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

p.s. why not visit the site right now, while you’re thinking about it?
Just click here now, for the ADHD Family Summit

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Free Virtual Assistant

One of the things that can help you to thrive with ADD or ADHD is to find the right tools which help you to function well.

A friend just turned me on to I want Sandy.

‘Sandy’ is a virtual assistant. She can email you with reminders and to dos. Or, she can even send you a text message to your phone. If you have a phone with email capabilities – i.e. like the iphone or blackberry – you can email Sandy with a request – like ‘remind me to put money in the parking meter in 3 hours’. In approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, Sandy will send you an email (or text message if you set that up) to remind you of exactly what you wrote.

This is a free service. You’ll have to invest some time into learning the interface, but it is pretty easy to use.

This ‘just in time’ reminder service may just be the right tool to help you to keep up with your schedule, your to do list, or other reminders.

If you check it out, please come back and let us know how it works for you.

Best,

Dr. Kenny