Saudi Arabia ADHD Support Group

I’m very pleased to share with you that in a few days I’ll be in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to present a five-day seminar on ADHD and Coaching.

I have been working with Jeremy Varnham, Manager, and Dr. Suad al Yamani, Director of the Saudi ADHD Support Group for several months to prepare five days of lectures to present to parents, teachers, and other professionals. I am very pleased with the course material, and am looking forward to presenting it. I am also looking forward to meeting my hosts and seminar attendees.

At this articular moment I’m rather worn out with the preparations, which include taking care of all my holiday preparations before I leave. But I’m very much looking forward to the trip. I expect I’ll have more to talk about soon.

Should you actually be in that part of the world, the English version of the website lists the dates incorrectly. The seminar will run from December 11-15. If you can come, please introduce yourself to me! I look forward to meeting you.

Virtual ADHD Conference, October 4-6, 2010

It’s coming up again! This time it’s the 3rd annual Virtual ADHD Conference, October 4-6, on a phone near you!

The Virtual ADHD Conference offers you all the benefits of attending a physical conference, with none of the hassles. This is your opportunity to interact with the experts, get your questions answered, connect with the community, and get the tools and resources you need to succeed… Without ever leaving home!

I’ll be presenting at 10:15 am Pacific Time on Tuesday, October 5 on the special needs of ADHD teens and what you can do to help you both survive those years. You can read more here or listen to my interview about my presentation.

And here’s where to sign up! This is a chance for you to listen live to well know and popular presenters like Dr. Edward Hallowell and Dr. Patricia Quinn, and get useful current information on topics such as medication, mindfulness training, bullying, anxiety, how to deal with your stuff, and much more.

So, I do hope you’ll sign up, and I also hope I’ll “see” you there!
All my best,
Sarah

In San Diego on 9/13/10 – The Special Needs of ADD/ADHD Clients (for organizers)

Professional organizers are wonderful people. If your stuff is holding you hostage, call an organizer! Remember those old westerns where the cavalry rides in and saves the day? An organizer can ride in and be your rescuer, helping with everything from paperwork disasters to garages, kitchens, and closets to help with moving out and in to organizing estate sales.

This coming Monday at 7:00pm I’ll be helping the National Association of Professional Organizer of San Diego better understanding their ADD/ADHD Clients. Here are the details:

From the NAPO San Diego event calendar:

September 13th Chapter Meeting (Speaker: Sarah D. Wright, M.S.)
6:15 pm to 8:30 pm (optional open networking until 9 pm)
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center

Sponsor: NAPO-San Diego
Topic: Understanding the ADD/ADHD Client
Speaker: Sarah D. Wright, M.S., A.C.T.

Learn what the latest research tells us about ADHD and how you can apply this to successful strategies for helping clients.

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Hope to see you there!
Sarah

In San Diego on 9/9/10: Teens Need Help Too!

WHAT:     The special needs of teens with ADHD
WHO:       Roxanne Fouché, Roya Kravetz, and Sarah D. Wright
WHEN:     Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 6pm
WHERE:   Learning Development Services, 3754 Clairemont Dr., San Diego CA 92117

Roxanne Fouché, current president of San Diego LDA, Roya Kravetz, former director of TASK, a comprehensive ADHD clinic in Carmel Valley, and Sarah D. Wright, immediate past president of the ADHD Coaches Organization and former chapter coordinator of San Diego County CHADD, and all parents of ADHD sons, will present on the special needs of teens with ADHD. Come prepared for a lively and useful presentation and discussion on how you can help your teens and yourselves negotiate these years with more ease.

This is event is no charge and open to the public.

Hope to see you there!
Sarah

It's Been a Long Time

That’s the way it is with ADHD sometimes. You’re working on something. Then something distracts you and it takes you a long time to get back to what you were doing. If you get back to it at all.

In my case, it’s taken two years to get back to this blog. I spent most of the interim time working as Executive Director of the Edge Foundation. While there, I collaborated on posts for the Edge Foundation blog. You can also find many posts of mine in the newsletter of the ADHD Coaches Organization where I was President for several years, and now serve as Immediate-Past President. And, from time-to-time, I still post on the Fidget to Focus blog. I will soon be blogging on my new company’s blog at FocusForEffectiveness.com. It’s not up yet, so you’ll just have to visit it later.

In the mean time, I have been spending more and more of my time presenting about ADHD and Coaching in local, national, and international venues. I’ll be posting about those next, so if you are around and available you might want to check them out. I’d love to meet you.

All my best, Sarah

It’s Been a Long Time

That’s the way it is with ADHD sometimes. You’re working on something. Then something distracts you and it takes you a long time to get back to what you were doing. If you get back to it at all.

In my case, it’s taken two years to get back to this blog. I spent most of the interim time working as Executive Director of the Edge Foundation. While there, I collaborated on posts for the Edge Foundation blog. You can also find many posts of mine in the newsletter of the ADHD Coaches Organization where I was President for several years, and now serve as Immediate-Past President. And, from time-to-time, I still post on the Fidget to Focus blog. I will soon be blogging on my new company’s blog at FocusForEffectiveness.com. It’s not up yet, so you’ll just have to visit it later.

In the mean time, I have been spending more and more of my time presenting about ADHD and Coaching in local, national, and international venues. I’ll be posting about those next, so if you are around and available you might want to check them out. I’d love to meet you.

All my best, Sarah

Gramma's Garden Interview

Pam Glidden is a much loved long time volunteer and activist in the world of ADHD. She lives and works near Seattle, WA. She hosts a Blog Talk Radio Show called Gramma’s Garden, with the following wonderful welcoming message:

Welcome to Gramma’s Garden Party, Where Nobody Is Ever Told To Sit Down, Shut Up, and Pay Attention

On March 4, 2010, she interviewed me for her listeners on the topic of ADHD Coaching. We talk about ADHD, fidgeting, what coaches do, whether a coach might be helpful for you or someone you love, and how to find one. You can listen to the interview here. The actual interview starts about 8 minutes in.

Last day to sign up for Virtual ADHD Conference!

Today is the last day to sign up for the Virtual ADHD Conference. It’s a great deal and not to be missed. All you do to participate in a session is pick up the phone or sit down at your computer. Once you’ve signed up you’ll get an email with great instructions on the program and all the details. There’s also a forum to chat with other participants about the various sessions.

My presentation on “Living with ADHD: ‘A’ is for Anxiety” will be Wednesday at 3:00 pm eastern time. Other presentations you won’t want to miss include hearing Drs. Hallowell, Sari Solden, Daniel Amen and others live.

I’d hate for you to miss this extraordinary opportunity. Going to a live conference can cost $2,500 including registration, air fare, hotel, etc. This will cost you just under $250 to attend all sessions, or just under $350 if you’d like to receive transcripts and recordings of the sessions at the close of the conference. Disclaimer: I do get a small commission if you sign up, but that’s not why I’m so enthusiastic about this conference. I love going to conferences because I get to talk to the experts. But going to conferences is expensive. That’s why this conference is so great. The same opportunity to speak with the best known and respected experts on ADHD at a fraction of the cost and from the comfort of your own home or office.

Click HERE to sign up NOW. Remember, the conference starts tomorrow and this is your last chance to sign up.I hope to “see you” there!

Joining the Celebration!

I am, like so many, celebrating Michael Phelps and his extraordinary accomplishments at the Olympics. Even Google is in on the act!

Michael is being rightfully celebrated for his stunning personal and athletic accomplishments. He is also being celebrated by our ADD/ADHD community as an outstanding ambassador for what life with ADHD can be like when we are supported and encouraged to develop what we are good at (rather than fix what we’re not). He stands now at the pinnacle of the sporting world. He is also a world class champion when he and his mom stand up and let the world know he is ADHD and proud of it!

In 2007 ADDitude magazine published this article on How to Raise an ADHD Superstar. Michael’s mother, Debbie Phelps was interviewed for this article, along with Dr. Yvonne Pennington (mother of Ty Pennington, star of the hit TV series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), and Karen Fisher (mother of Danielle Fisher, the youngest person to scale all seven of the world’s tallest mountains).

You can also watch the wonderful interview with Bob Costas. The first half of the interview is with Michael and his coaches. The interview with his mother starts at the 14:58 mark. Their mutual love, respect, admiration, and support are a joy to watch. They also talk about his ADHD and how swimming plus ADHD became such a winning combination.

Go Michael!

Attend the First Ever Virtual ADHD Conference

If you haven’t had a chance to attend an ADHD conference, whether because they were too far away or too expensive, here’s your chance to hear all the latest and greatest from the best know people in the profession without leaving home.

September 22-24, you can participate in the world’s first international Virtual ADHD Conference. The top ADHD experts in the world will all be gathered “virtually” for you to access the latest information on research, treatment, strategies and more…all via telephone in the comfort of your home or office. You will be able to participate at your own pace and enjoy numerous “perks” as a registered attendee.

Speakers include: Ned Hallowell, Sari Solden, Dan Amen, John Ratey, Pat Quinn, Michele Novotni, Wilma Fellman, Kate Kelly, Linda Anderson, Wendy Richardson, and many more (including me!)

Topics include: Finding the Buried Treasure in ADHD (Hallowell), Successfully Navigating the Journey of Adult ADHD (Solden), Healing ADHD Using Brain SPECT Imaging (Amen), Eating Disorders in Women and Girls with ADHD (Quinn), Living with ADHD: ‘A’ is for Anxiety (Wright), and much more.

There will be a virtual conference site also set up where people can chat with one another, download material/handouts before each session, and even have access to the experts. There will be virtual goodie bags given to all attendees, and there’s lots more surprises we’ll be sharing in the near future.

Read more and sign up here.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who might be interested.

Thanks, and hope to “see” you there!