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I was diagnosed (finally) with the age of 38. I always knew there was something not connecting in my brain, but little was known about ADD and ADHD when I was growing up. I know how hard it is to explain to others about your "brain patterns", idiosyncrasies and why you do and don't do what you do. I know how hard it is to keep things in order and to find those "IMPORTANT" papers you know you just had in your hands and now they are missing--right into thin air. I've been there and am still sometimes there!

Experience in the area

I studied, attended seminars with the experts, worked with psychologists and doctors to become the "go to person" in our school district.I worked with teachers and parents to help them understand mind patterning,the options of medication or no medication and behavioral patterning.
I also have worked with adults with restructuring their lives to assist in the development of routine and organization (I must admit that I am a lot better with others than myself!!)
I am "pro" medication in most cases. For adults there are a variety of meds that can be used and combinations that work well.


"Cooperative Learning" (johnson and Johnson Method) in Exceptional Children in early 80's.
Did research on "Hooked-On-Phonics" before "they" had done any themselves!


"Cooperative Learning" (johnson and Johnson Method) in Exceptional Children in early 80's.
Did research on "hooked-On-Phonics" before "they" had any themselves!


I have a Bachelors in Speech Path and Audiology
A Masters in Educational Psychology and Counseling.
I taught for 27 years-regular ed., spec. ed., administration, teaching consultant and advocate for children and adults with ADD.

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I am still optimistic that one day I WILL BE TOTALLY ORGANIZED!!

What do you like about this subject?

I like the controversy surrounding the diagnosis. adults. There are situations that medication is appropriate and others that coping and organizational coaching would be a better choice.

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2016-04-12 Scared to death to work again...:

The first thing you have to have is CONFIDENCE! Even if it's just in baby steps-you have to believe in yourself.  Nest you need to see a doctor.  Before you go, write down the things you have trouble doing

2014-06-15 Parents Refuse to Test Me For A.D.D:

You didn't say how old you are, it could make a difference.  What do your teachers say, your counselor?  They are able to refer you also.  It doesn't hurt if your referred you, so your parents have nothing

2009-06-22 Does my son have ADD/ADHD:

In my opinion, your son is exhibiting typical behavior for his age.  He is only 4 and a half years old.  I question if he is even ready for school.  Boys your son's age many times are slower to develop

2009-06-04 anymore options?:

Dear Cindy,    I was also diagnosed at age 37 and it changed my life.  Are you on medication?  I found that when I took generic Ritalin, it did not work well at all!  I went back to the brand Ritalin and

2009-02-16 Please help me with my daughter:

Hi Jessica,    How was your daughter treated for ADHD?  Did you use medication?  Did you use generic or "brand name" medication?  What other treatment did she have.  Was she in school?     You are not


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