Volunteering at the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon

 

Philadelphians are known as diehard sports fans and that includes supporting our runners. On Saturday, November 17, a group of Leahy Learners volunteered to staff the Main Street/Ridge Avenue water stop during the Philadelphia Marathon.

The stop is at the 18 (going out)/ 22 (coming back) mile mark. This far into the marathon, the runners truly appreciated not just the Gatorade or water we passed out, but our support. Overall we had a terrific turnout and it was a rewarding experience for all of us. If you’re looking for a fun volunteer experience, come out and join us next year!

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385716_279574492120457_116916958386212_596858_1666309111_nOne of the things I strive for in my work is to discover and share incredible resources, and to have fun doing it.

Through this blog, I hope to provide links and information about people I find helpful, the things I find useful, the places I enjoy and some other delightful goodies I discover during my travels.

Feel free to let us know what you think and to share your own favorites and experiences!

New Location

As many of you may be aware, leahylearning will be leaving our Ardmore location for fancy new digs in the Wynnewood Shopping Center on September 1, 2012.

Our new physical address will be:
50 E. Wynnewood Road
Suite 209
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Our mailing address will be:
PO Box 232
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Our phone number will remain the same.

The new spot is just a few minutes down the road. Feel free to give us a call (484-222-0272) if you have any questions or need directions.

And if you happen to be in the neighborhood, stop by, we would love to see you!

Exciting News: An AD/HD Textbook

I’m thrilled to announce that I was recently approached by my colleague, Dr. Roberta Waite, Ed D, APRN, CNS-BC, FAAN about writing a textbook.

After much discussion and planning, it appears that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Throughout the Lifespan is fully underway at this point!

The textbook will contain valuable information regarding how AD/HD presents itself at various life stages and the role of the medical professional in planning strategies for effectively managing this lifelong disorder.

I’m looking forward to disseminating the research and information I garner on this project with all of my clients and readers. Feel free to share your questions or your own stories regarding AD/HD in the comments section or in a private email.

In the meantime, I will keep you posted on the publication date! Our first three chapters are due mid-August for review.

Summer Reading HAHA

Just a small public service reminder from Leahy Learning as we enter summer reading season. From those of us who have been the target of a “Kindle Intervention” to my students who abhor reading, a wide array of literary consumption will take place this summer, under myriad conditions.

Tell us what you are reading, why you are reading it and what you think about it. If you’re feeling particularly inspired, send us a picture and we’ll post it!

Could The Internet Really Replace College?

“Let’s put it this way: if you can build a $100 billion company by using the Internet to replace the college yearbook–imagine what you can do if you use the Internet to replace college.”  — Robert Tracinski

For some time now, I have been talking about the “education bubble” and how it is wobbling about, struggling mid-air, threatening to burst, much like the tech and housing bubbles before it. The news is full of stories about graduates who have difficulty finding jobs and students bogged down by excessive loans.

Then, during my weekend reading, I stumbled across this amazing article by Robert Tracinski, and suddenly, I saw a glimpse of a hopeful future. My mind began racing as I considered all the possibilities Tracinski discusses.

He makes a number of excellent points and while some of it certainly could be labeled conjecture, it makes good sense. It appears that it is time for all of us to reframe our perspective on education. The world is changing more rapidly than ever and it certainly is easy to get caught up in the chaos, or hide in the background, idly surfing the content of the internet as an observer, rather than actively shaping it. If Tracinski is correct, then the change in education will also spur a change in hiring processes and as a result, change in preparation for the workforce:

“Most profoundly, an educational revolution that puts less importance on a “piece of paper” from an established institution will cause employers to re-evaluate how they hire people, and many of them will realize that the best way to find out who will be a good employee is not to take the word of a bunch of bearded, tweed-clad college professors, but rather to see how young people actually work.”

With colleges like MIT and companies like Coursera working to make these ideas reality, there is hope that instead of investing energy in complaints and demands for loan forgiveness, students, teachers and universities will begin to recognize the new frontier that lies before all of us and become active participants in the internet age.

Be Awesome

Sometimes we all need a little reminder.

The Joy of Books

Spectacular video. Worth taking a minute to watch.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

For those of you who are not aware of it, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is a great organization with which I am involved.

As the world’s leading adult ADHD organization, ADDA works diligently in advancing awareness, education and advocacy in the field of ADHD. They provide information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with ADHD lead better lives.

For the last year or so, I have been working with ADDA’s College Committee. It has been a wonderful experience, collaborating with an amazing group of professionals  “to promote success by bridging the gap and facilitating the transition to college and providing resources to the community”. I was also given the opportunity to present two webinars, Transition 101:High School to College – An Overview and Bridging the Gap – A Campus Survival Guide. Both are available on the ADDA website, free of charge, to all ADDA members.

This past weekend, I had the honor of being elected to their Board of Directors, which is terrifically exciting. I am looking forward to another thrilling year of ADHD events. If you are interested in finding out more about ADHD or ADDA, drop me an email or give me a call. In the meantime, please take a minute to “like” the ADDA facebook page and check out the latest news.

Community Mental Health Conference

On Saturday, November 19 in Wilmington, Delaware, I will be presenting a workshop on ADHD and College at the Community Mental Health Conference.

Sponsored by The Mental Health Association in Delaware, the tenth annual Community Mental Health Conference will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Wilmington. This year’s conference theme is “Communities Coming Together, United through Mind, Body and Spirit.”

Mayor James Baker of the City of Wilmington is slated to kick off the conference. A keynote panel will feature family members living, uniting, and coping with the challenges of ADHD. Dr. Bertice Berry, a native of Wilmington, Delaware is the keynote speaker. Dr. Berry is a sociologist, educator, author, lecturer, entertainer and comedian.

Other workshops will include suicide intervention, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia; re-entry; preventing trauma in children, adolescents and young adults; and engaging fathers for safe and stable families.

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