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Thanet ADDers Newsletter


Volume 5, Number 1, September 2002

Important, Please Note

This is a copy of our local group's paper newsletter sent out to members of Thanet ADDers. For our main online homepage click here for adders.org. Much will have happened since this newsletter was sent out, so check adders.org for up to date information.

TALK by Dianne Zaccheo

Monday 25th November 2002

St George's School

ADD/ADHD

Cause and Effect, Help and Strategies for Success for Children and Adults


Dianne is the founder of "The Coaching Centre" and is a Therapist and a Coach. She also offers training for coaches and can provide details for a number of Coaches in the UK.

Full Information and Booking Forms enclosed, please talk to your school or any others about this event.

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Again the past few months have been fairly busy.

In May Caroline and Pauline attended a Conference in Walthamstow where Caroline had been asked to talk about Adults with ADHD. This was very well received and highlighted the need for understanding that ADHD can continue into adulthood and that for those who have children with the condition who feel that they have similar problems there can be help available. However difficult it can be to get.

Please feel free to contact Caroline if you would like more information about Adult assessment procedures. Caroline also attended another Training Day organised by the Learning Support Team. This was for Learning Support Assistants and SENCOs.

"I was very pleased to attend this again as it was a privilege to think that they wanted to ask me back after the last time. Maybe I am not as bad at speaking as I thought I was!!

This time I tried to speak more from personal experiences, the aim being to give people an insight as to how those of us with ADHD see things and I hope that through this people gain more understanding of some of the problems our children face in the classroom setting.

I also took along a CD, which is called ADHD Simulation, this is an audio CD which you listen to and are given a worksheet to fill in as you go. Instructions are given with distracting noises in the background and you have to see if you can get through the 15 instructions to get the correct result. Much fun and it really does give an insight to how easy it is for our children to miss parts of instructions which makes for major problems for them."

Simon also produced a CD-Rom, which was a video simulation, which I also took along. This gave a text for people to read from a screen but it had distractions going on throughout including fading in and out. Questions are then asked about the text, which has been read. Again this shows how difficult it is for our children to filter out external stimulus.

We are hoping to produce a programme for both video and audio so that we can use it to demonstrate how hard it is for those with ADHD to filter external stimulus which can be used by schools and other professionals.

Keep an eye out for when this is available and if you are interested get in touch so you can get a copy to see for yourself. The Visual Programme is now finished.

Grey Olltwit on CD

Some of you may be aware from our website at www.adders.org that Simon produces PC Software under the name of Grey Olltwit.

There are now over 100 programmes, which range from Screen Savers to Games. There are also a large number of Educational Games which are currently being downloaded all over the world and used in many schools.

The Educational Programmes include:

Everlasting Maths Worksheet Subtraction, Everlasting Maths Worksheet Addition, Times Tables, Flash Cards, Tell The Time, Hangman, Wordsearch Maker

We have now produced a CD Rom with all the software programmes, games, educational games, screen savers etc. written by Grey Olltwit which can be ordered direct from us here at Thanet ADDers. All we ask for is a donation to cover the cost of producing this CD Rom; (this includes the CD Rom, padded envelope, postage and printing costs) which is 5. However if you wish to donate any amount above this as a donation to help with the costs of running the Support Group that would be appreciated.

So if you have a PC and are interested in getting a copy please get in touch.

Fifth International ADDISS Conference

ADHD: The First Century of Understanding.

4th, 5th & 6th November 2002

Venue: Royal National Hotel, London

Professor Eric Taylor will give the:

George Still Memorial Lecture

From Moral Control to ADHD: How far have we come in 100 years

Other Speakers include:

Professor Eric Taylor, Professor Christopher Gillberg, Professor Thomas Brown, C.Keith Connors PhD, Dr John Ratey, Nancy Ratey, Dr Geoffrey Kewley, Thomas W Phelan PhD (1 2 3 Magic), Thom Hartmann, Dr Patricia Quinn

For further information contact:

Andrea Bilbow at

ADDISS, 10 Station Road, Mill Hill, London NW7 2JU

Tel:020 890 69068

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If you are connected to the Internet and would be happy to receive future Newsletter via email, please send us an email at support@adders.org letting us know. Also check out adders.org as this is constantly being updated and we try to keep as much of the latest news about ADD/ADHD as possible.

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