There are two new resources that I want to make you aware of. One is a new book by Nancy Ratey that provides a really interesting and useful approach to finally changing the ADHD behaviors that have seem so entrenched. The other is an upcoming conference about ADHD, sponsored by ADDA.
Nancy Ratey is both an educator and a coach, and has been a leader in the development of ADHD coaching standards. Her new book, The Disorganized Mind: Coaching your ADHD Brain to Take Control of Your Time, Tasks, and Talents provides some real insight into what has worked for her and for her clients. She acknowledges that many ADHD behaviors seem intractable, and then shows the reader why they aren't. No messing around - her method takes lots of work - but she tells you how to set up a structure to support long-term engagement and to get enough immediate results so that you will be inspired to continue. She feels you are ready to use her book effectively if you can answer "yes" to many of the following questions:
- Am I willing to let go of old patterns and habits in order to replace them with new ones?
- Am I able to identify at least one or two things I would like to change?
- Am I flexible enough to try new approaches to old ways of doing things?
- Am I willing to put the time and energy into the self-coaching process to get the results I want?
- Am I willing to be honest with myself in terms of what my effort level really is, rather than what I wish it would be at any given point?
- Do I have the courage to ask help from others?
A second resource is an upcoming ADDA conference in Minneapolis from July 10-13. Keynote speakers include Ned Hallowell, John Ratey and Sari Solden. Sari Solden has an interesting topic for her speech "A Whole New View of Success - Aiming for Wholeness Instead of Perfection" and Nancy Ratey will be talking about the information in her new book mentionned above. To see the full program, go to this link.