We all get distracted from time to time, but for folks with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, getting and staying organized is a major challenge.
Some of my clients have been diagnosed with Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Others have children that have been diagnosed and think they might have it, too. And in a few instances, I have had the pleasure of working with children and teens diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.
In order to further my personal education on the subject, I recently read Kevin Roberts' new book Movers, Dreamers and Risk Takers: Unlocking the Power of ADHD.
Of all of the books on ADHD that I have read, this is the most personal and entertaining account of how to maximize the benefits of a mind that functions differently.
Roberts shares many anecdotes from his own life growing up and attending 12 years of Catholic school. It is interesting to note that he was not officially diagnosed with ADHD until 1997, as an adult. Roberts is also a recovered video game addict and the author of Cyber Junkie: Escape the Gaming and Internet Trap.
In Movers, Dreamers, Roberts goes into great detail on techniques that he uses to help coaching clients and the members of the study groups he administers for students. Of the many gems, I was happy to learn that changing the venue is one of the recommended tips. When working with with ADHD clients I implement this tip by taking paper piles to an outside patio or another area of the home.
The information in this book is backed up by solid scientific research that is well documented throughout the work. Movers, Dreamers is a great reference for ADHDers, the people who love them and individuals in the helping professions.
Carolyn Anderson-Fermann is a public speaker, organizing expert and founder of Simply Organized Life. To receive a free copy of Carolyn's "Secrets of a Simply Organized Life" and a monthly subscription to the e-newsletter "Your Simply Organized Life" sign up here.