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Attention Deficit Disorder Seminars
Adult ADHD Radio Show Book: Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD
Book: Helping Adolescents with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities
Book: Performance Breakthroughs for Adolescents with ADD and/or Learning Disabilities

Some General Information

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder. In general, persons with attention difficulties exhibit problems in focus and maintenance of attention, distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. How many of these common symptoms do you experience?

  • Failing to pay close attention to details and making foolish mistakes
  • Losing things necessary for daily living such as keys, phone, or glasses
  • Suffering from chronic disorganization
  • Being easily distracted or having a short attention span
  • Lacking follow through for self or others
  • Procrastinating when trying to move from intention to action

Geri specializes in helping individuals who have been recently diagnosed with ADD and/or learning disabilities to develop compensatory strategies.

If you, or someone you know, needs to take action, contact today for a free 30 minute telephone consultation and/or purchase an hour of coaching as a gift. Sometimes, relatively few on-site or telephone sessions foster spectacular results.

Seminars are available for national or local chapter meetings of professional organizations and for web-based or tele seminars.

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Success Stories

Manager Uses Strategies to Avoid IRS Penalties

Leila earned a promotion but she's always short of cash and never gets the IRS refund she needs. In fact, she's always late and pays penalties - not only to the IRS, but to the credit card companies, as well. Through coaching with Geri, she develops ways to organize her checks, credit card receipts, and expenses. Geri helps her make a plan to start early, schedule brief work sessions,, and check off the completion of one section of the tax form at a time. Leila no longer feels overwhelmed; she stops procrastinating, and for the first time in her life, files early and gets her refund.

College Student Learns to Manage ADD-Related Academic Problems

Although Brian is a thoughtful and creative college student, he procrastinates completing his assignments. Several incompletes lead to his being placed on probation. Through coaching, Brian learns to create mental images of the topic, uses diagrams and charts to develop ideas, and answers questions to manage the writing tasks. Given tools and strategies, he has less stress and frustration and begins to excel with his coursework. (read the whitepaper)

Attention Deficit Disorder Seminars

  • Defeating the Demons of Distraction for Adults with ADD.
    Provides tools and tips to enhance the effectiveness of work/life performance. The constant distractions experienced by many adults with ADD can lead to feeling overwhelmed, irritable, and ineffective. Better control of distraction increases productivity and creativity while decreasing stress. The eight demons of distraction include technology overload, interruptions by others, multitasking, noisy settings, stress, fatigue, illness, and unruly mind. In this highly interactive and practical seminar, adults with ADD (and/or learning disabilities) learn how to identify personal distracters, apply strategies in work and life, reduce stress, and ensure follow-through.
  • Finding Your Focus: 6 Tools for Dealing with Chronic Disorganization and Distractibility. Shows how one small improvement in focusing one's attention or organizing one's life can begin a powerful process of greater self-management and productivity. Adults with ADD and/or learning disabilities need insight about how their symptoms can be managed and how strategies can be applied in work/life situations. Participants learn research-based strategies such as visualization and positive self-talk, as well as the usefulness of rules, routines, and checklists. Based on the book: Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD.
  • Managing Your Mind: Enhancing Attention, Memory, and Organization at Work, Home, or School Provides specific strategies to move from feeling overwhelmed or out of control to feeling competent and confident. Participants learn to understand their profiles, create workable checklists, create structure, improve their lives, and reduce stress.
  • Not Lazy, Crazy or Dumb: About Hidden Disabilities Such as ADHD and Dyslexia Describes ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities and tells the stories about many who made significant contributions to the world in spite of, or because of, characteristics of these disorders.
  • Breakthroughs for Adolescents with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities Identifies strategies for teamwork between home and school and provides tools and techniques to improve self-management and academic skills needed for school success in high school and college.
  • The College “Getting In” Game for Students with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities Helps students understand and complete the various steps required for admission to college. Participants discuss college admission tests, applications, necessary support services, personal essays, and college visits.
  • Preventing Crises: 10 Tips for College Students with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities. Designed for parents, college or high school counselors, orientation coordinators, and students transitioning from secondary to college programs. Participants discuss ways to recognize trouble spots, apply strategies to prevent crises, and reach out to deal with frustration and/or failure.
  • Other topics include: Assertive Training for Parents of Children with ADHD and Learning Disabilities, Handling Medication Issues, and Going Back to School: Self-Management Strategies.

Adult ADHD Radio Show

Dr. Markel appeared on the radio show "Windsor Now" to talk about adult ADHD disorder. You can listen to the show here.


Finding Your Focus: Practical Strategies for the Everyday Challenges Facing Adults with ADD
This compassionate guide offers research-based techniques to help adults with ADD:

  • Meet deadlines
  • Keep appointments
  • Overcome procrastination
  • Bring order to a chaotic life
  • Stop ADD from interfering with personal relationships

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Helping Adolescents with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities
This problem-solving guide gives teachers and other professionals the information and materials they need to improve the academic and social skills of teens with ADHD and/or learning disabilities by developing appropriate educational programs for them. A practical checklist format makes it easy to locate essential information, and hot topics such as self-management, motivation, homework completion, medication, and assistive technology are covered in detail. The book includes interesting student case histories throughout, over 100 reproducible graphic organizers, and specific recommendations for involving parents. A special appendix at the end of the book identifies 20 common classroom problems, from excessive movement, procrastination and defiant behavior to poor test-taking skills, and lists strategies to help students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities.

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Performance Breakthroughs for Adolescents with ADD and/or Learning Disabilities
This practical book is recommended for teachers, special educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and school administrators. Because it is so readable, it should also prove helpful to adults and college students with ADD and/or LD as well as for parents of children with learning and attention problems.

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