How Big is Your Problem?

No matter what our age, we are all faced with problems on a daily basis.  Our problems come in a variety of shapes and sizes: big, small, immediate, not immediate, and so on.  Most of the time these problems come and go and we adjust to meet the situation.  However, depending on the day, sometimes these smaller problems can be blown completely out of proportion and derail us for several … Read More

I Have ADHD; Now What Do I Do?

Congratulations, you have a tribe! You are among the 4.4% of the adult population or 11% of the child population, ages 4-17, who have been diagnosed with ADHD. An ADHD diagnosis can be a shock for some people, but for many individuals it comes as a relief. ADHD is an explanation for why certain things happen, both the good and the challenging. Now that you have a diagnosis, what should you … Read More

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! (Or is it?)

  We are in the midst of the holiday season!  It is a time associated with joy, reflection and connection.  However, with all the cheer and joy, music and lights, sights and smells can come the unpleasant feeling of overwhelm. Overwhelm, or “clutter of the mind,” occurs when we are faced with “too many….,” “too much….,” “not enough,” “should,” or any other words and feelings that fill your mind. Do … Read More

ADHD Or ADD: Which One Is It?

October is ADHD Awareness Month. In honor of that fact, I feel that it is important for people to have access to accurate information. One question I frequently get asked is, “Do I, or my child, have ADD or ADHD? ADD and ADHD are commonly used interchangeably by many people when talking about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  So, what is the difference between ADD and ADHD and which one should … Read More

School, Work and Organization: Is it all possible?

Whether you are transitioning back to school or getting back into a non-summer work routine, there are several organizational techniques you can create to ensure a smooth morning departure and a productive homework or work routine. Launch Pad A family launch pad is a great way to ensure the start of a successful school/work day. “Getting out of the house” in the morning on a positive note can set the … Read More

What do you Need to Recharge?

The need to recharge has been a common theme for many of my clients recently. What does it mean to “need to recharge” and how does one go about successfully recharging? You could even go a step further and ask yourself, “What will it cost me if I don’t take the time to recharge?” I like to think of recharging as adding more fuel back into the fuel tank. To … Read More

Coming Out of Hibernation to Discover What is Right About You

Each winter finds us bundled under many layers of warm clothes, especially if you live in the northern parts of the Midwest. Sometimes it is hard to see ourselves and others through all those protective layers. But then the spring thaw comes, not always like clockwork, and we seem to awaken in the warmth of the sunshine. In my most recent blog, I wrote about “turning ADHD on its head” … Read More

Turning ADHD on its Head: Mining for Buried Treasures

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you turned ADHD on its head? Dr. Edward Hallowell coined the term “turning ADHD on its head” as a way for us to reframe weaknesses into areas of strengths. Instead of seeing the deficits and disorder that we so often associate with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, we are able to see and focus on the strengths. We might possibly rename ADHD to … Read More

Where there is Knowledge, There is Empowerment: Enjoying a Moment of Thanksgiving

Our ever changing world has brought us an abundance of information. Advances in science and technology now allow us to study the brain and other systems of the body in ways only dreamed of several decades before. A facet of this research has led to an increased understanding around neurodiversity. Simply stated, neurodiversity refers to neurological brain differences found throughout society. Where these differences were once viewed negatively, we are … Read More

Re-framing How You See ADHD

Strengths over challenges By Kristine Shiverick – published in Queen of the Castle Magazine Sept. 2015 Twelve years ago, ADHD came into our life, when our son was diagnosed in first grade. ADHD? How? Here was a kid who sat quietly in class and followed the rules. Despite those unanswered questions, and desperate to do what I could to support my son, I was immediately launched into several complex, interrelated … Read More

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