Val and Beth at ICD2013Today I delivered a keynote address to 150 professional organizers who work with the chronically disorganized at the annual convention of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, held at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado.  My topic was “Celebrating Inattention:  ADHD,  Neurodiversity, and Multiple Intelligences.”

I was delighted to hear from attendees after the talk who told me that as I spoke, they thought of clients they work with who could benefit from the strategies that I shared, which included everything from martial arts and mindfulness meditation to personal organizer apps and squeeze balls.  Many participants also said that they enjoyed the positive approach to ADHD, saying that too much focus was being placed on the deficits of individuals diagnosed with ADHD and that much more emphasis needed to be placed on their strengths.

For participants who attended the talk, as well as for others who are interested, here are the handouts for my presentation, including a full-sized edition of my multiple intelligences checklist that they have my permission to freely use with their clients.

I want to thank ICD President Valentina Sgro and Executive Director Beth Quick-Andrews(pictured with me above), as well as Jim Andrews and Robin Blinder who were very helpful to me in preparing for the conference.  Professional organizing for the chronically disorganized is a valuable and much-needed service in this multi-tasking chaotic stress-producing culture of ours.  It was my honor and pleasure to have the opportunity to share my ideas about neurodiversity, ADHD, and multiple intelligences with this fascinating group.

If you’re interested in purchasing my books on neurodiversity, ADHD, and/or multiple intelligences, click here.

About the author

I am the author of 16 books including my latest: The Myth of the ADHD Child: 101 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion (Tarcher-Perigee).

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