How the ADHD Brain Works Differently and Why That's Not Always a Bad Thing

How the ADHD Brain Works Differently and Why That’s Not Always a Bad Thing

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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

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  • Avatar Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • Avatar Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • Avatar Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • Avatar Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • Avatar T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • Avatar Chris duke Fields ★★★★★ a month ago
    The company is great with outstanding customer service. They keep my horses protected. I have recommended them to other horses trainers as well that are going to get service early next year. Very professional an honest too. Respectfully … More submitted Christopher
  • Avatar Jackie Vasquez ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Excellent services, caring therapists.
  • Avatar Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • Avatar Nikhil Jaisinghani ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Ron and Ken did a fantastic job with our security system today. Installed everything very quick. Both of them were very polite and asked us throughout if the installation met our needs. Simply fantastic!
  • Avatar Linda Parsley ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I called Cornerstone Protection to get a Security system at a relatives out of state property, within a week it was installed! The installers worked with the client to help understand her new system and she was happy! Our relative said … More they were courteous, professional and patient! I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection for all of your security needs!
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    Had blink cameras; Car was broken into multiple times so I called CornerStone & they were able to install multiple cameras very quickly & for a reasonable price. I am so happy with the app & getting alerts that are not superfluous, … More like they were with Blink. Highly recommend CornerStone & the tech Ronnie.
  • Avatar Pete Peters ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Ron and Ken are great guys to work with.
    Both were very knowledgeable and got our system back up and running.
    Thanks to both for a job well done...
  • Avatar Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • Avatar Larry Barton ★★★★★ a year ago
    Amazing assistance provided by Shannon today on my security system. I’m so grateful for your prompt, efficient, professional, and courteous service. Put me down as a customer for life!
  • Avatar Megan Haller ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    One of the most painless experiences I've had. They came on time and was over the moon professional with still keeping a level of personability to it. The gentleman also went out of his way to say that my husband and Mines business … More was appreciated. Which is actually rare to be appreciated by such a great company. So thank you and we look forward to continuing services with this company.
  • Avatar Megan Magsam ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I am so happy we decided to go with cornerstone. They were quick and efficient. Shannon and the installer we very friendly. We got a lot of equipment and it was still within our budget. 10/10 would definitely recommend! Thank you
  • Avatar Collins Youngblood ★★★★★ a year ago
    Love the customer service and Shanon and his team go above and beyond for my restaurant. Couldn't of asked for a better security system and level of service that his team provides.
  • Avatar kanu patel ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I have been using Cornerstone Protection service for over 5 years and I'm really happy with the service and state-of-the-art equipments and it's futures are so much in advance and friendly, I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection … More Service any and all business that need a security protection days and nights specially after business hours(Cornerstone Protection is perfect solution for your business). Owner of Cornerstone Protection is proactive with their customers and their equipments. Good experienced with Cornerstone Protection!!!
    Kanu Patel
  • Avatar Liz Jones ★★★★ 2 years ago
    We had a very positive experience with Alissa as a tutor for our pod of 5th grade boys from January - June 2020. She cared a lot about the boys and worked hard to create meaningful activities for them. The pod experience was invaluable … More for all of our families during a difficult year and we were so grateful to have found this partnership! We also want to appreciate Craig for helping to match us with a tutor on very short notice after we had cycled through a few folks who were not able to see the commitment through. Thanks for sticking with us!
  • Avatar S CL ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Dusty was the exact person we needed to help our child finish out the school year. So grateful to him for the way he steadily encouraged her and helped her stay on track and organized. He is flexible, responsive to our needs/schedule as … More a family, and a delight to be with. We are also thankful that Craig at Themba Tutors really "gets it" and partnered us with such a wonderful tutor who was a great fit for our girl.
  • Avatar Nicole May ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My child worked with Gillian D virtually for math enrichment. She is an excellent teacher. She took time to understand my child's specific learning style and provided tools that would be engaging. She was kind and empathetic- really … More made it her goal to connect with my child and build trust and rapport. My child started the school year with confidence and without the typically "brain-drain" that occurs over the summer, thanks to Gillian.
  • Avatar Gillian Davidoff ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I am going into my second year as a Themba tutor. I have met so many great individuals while working for this company. Craig and the rest of the Themba team do such an excellent job picking and choosing Themba tutors that suit each client's … More individual needs! I look forward to meeting new tutors and clients in the 2021-2022 school year!
  • Avatar carolina luttmann ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Our son started in a new high school, 100% remote, and was really struggling with Latin and Physics. I found Themba Tudors online and had an initial call with Craig, who was very knowledgeable, responsive, and found 2 amazing tutors for … More us. Both the Latin and the physics tutors were fantastic, connected with my son really well and helped him go from 'failing' grade to 'honors'! I will for sure continue using (and recommending!) Themba Tutors. Thank you, C, K, and W!
  • Avatar Eric Fingerman ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Brian is a fantastic executive functioning coach. Super helpful, flexible with hours, and tailored the experience to our needs.
  • Avatar Susan Wong ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Giulia Mercuri is a great Italian tutor! She was very responsive and accessible. Giulia put a ton of effort into preparing for each session and really helped our son with test preparation and projects. We are grateful that she was able … More to help, especially since our son did not receive any live teaching during COVID. We are happy that she was referred to us!
  • Avatar Christine Gennetti ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    As an adult student diagnosed with a learning disability during grad school, I knew I needed help dealing with my Master's program's demanding workload. I was seriously considering dropping out when I was referred to Themba Tutors. … More I was paired up with a wonderful tutor, Julie, who was a total lifesaver. I learned many techniques that I can utilize in the future as I embark on the next phase of my career.
    I can wholeheartedly say after working with Themba for two years that I would not have finished my program without this organization. And I am so thankful I selected them.
  • Avatar Fabiola FITZPATRICK ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were introduced to a wonderful tutor: Mcedwyn. He and our son, a freshman in college, worked well together. As a result, our son’s grades significantly improved. The tutor taught our son subject content and various methods to effectively … More study for quizzes and exams. Our son was also taught time management and organization. My son’s experience with the tutor made the first year of college a less intimidating experience.
  • Avatar Jude Eugene ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We have been with our tutor, Cailin Schiller, for two years, from 5th - 7th grade. She started as an executive functioning tutor with my daughter. From the start, she demonstrated a depth of expertise and a selective use of techniques skillfully … More adapted to my daughter’s ADHD and Math disability. Cailin made Math accessible and understandable to her in a way that even her teachers had not been able to do. She differentiated reading, writing and math tasks and assignments to tailor them to my daughter’s unique learning differences. Not only did it have an effect on her grades and her work efficiency, but she finally could do her work with less anxiety. Even my daughter’s teachers used Cailin’s guidance to modify their work with her. But most importantly, she became my daughter’s favorite resource. I can’t say how invaluable Cailin has been to my daughter’s progress and well-being. I’d recommend her a million times over. She is a gem.
  • Avatar Janice Eidus ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Victoria is a superb tutor. She helped my high school age daughter with her writing. Victoria's skills as a tutor, as well as her sense of humor and her engaging personality went a long way with my daughter.
  • A Google User ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Fara Jones ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Themba Tutors provided a leaning specialist that was a perfect fit for my daughter. I told them what we were looking for and they delivered. Our tutor is responsive and flexible and makes it easy for my daughter to reach out to her own … More her own, which gives her an added sense of responsibility over her learning. As a therapist myself, I now regularly recommend Themba to my patients. A much needed and well provided service to the community!!
  • Avatar Frances Simpson ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Mary Jean Babic ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Nina Herman ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We had a wonderful experience with our tutor Micaela. She helped our son not only academically but at every level. We will be forever grateful to have her in our lives.
  • Avatar Frances ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Michael Birnbaum ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Paul Smith at Themba has been an exceptional tutor for my son, both in terms of teaching the subject matter and teaching how best to approach the process of learning math and executing assignments. We feel very fortunate to be working with … More Paul.
  • Avatar Monica Alzate ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    We were very lucky to have found Edwouine Swift, my son's therapist through Themba Tutors. Thomas is 12 years old, and it is extremely difficult to get him to write. Edwouine just works her magic with him, he adores her and is so … More eager to follow her guidance. I have no doubt she will be a positive driving force in his academic future.

THE ADHD BRAIN:

How It Works Differently and Why That’s Not Always a Bad Thing

How the ADHD Brain Works Differently

How the ADHD Brain Works Differently and Why That’s Not Always a Bad Thing

Living with ADHD can be tough for anyone. But did you know an ADHD brain works differently than a typical brain? As awareness around ADHD has grown, research into how it operates has too. Let’s dive into how fascinating the ADHD brain is! We’ll explore the traits that make it unique and show how attitudes about this neurological disorder change. 

Understanding the ADHD Brain: Neurological Differences

Did you know that the ADHD brain is completely unlike a typical brain? Understanding these differences is crucial in grasping why attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder affects individuals differently. Although researchers have not uncovered the reason behind ADHD in certain people, they have identified several neurological distinctions between the two types of brains. One of the biggest dissimilarities is the prefrontal cortex, which our brain uses for executive functions like planning, impulse control, and problem-solving. Research also shows that the brains of those with ADHD process sensory information slower, resulting in problems with concentration, focus, and attention.

These neurological differences are just one part of the puzzle regarding understanding ADHD. Despite these issues, many people with ADHD find that their unique neurological differences also give them valuable skills—like creativity, energy, and higher risk-taking abilities—that can lead to great success in life!

How the ADHD Brain Processes Information Differently

When it comes to the ADHD brain, neuroscientists have discovered that it works differently from the average brain. It is vital to note that this doesn’t mean that folks with ADHD have a “broken” brain or anything like that—it just means it processes information differently.

So, how does the ADHD brain work? Generally speaking, the prefrontal cortex—the part of the brain in charge of focus and executive functioning—works differently in those with ADHD. We know that this brain area helps us plan actions, make decisions, and manage our attention span and impulsiveness. When ADHD impairs this area, your actions become more impulsive, making it harder to focus on tasks for long periods.

More specifically, research has found that people with ADHD usually have an impaired ability to use certain neurotransmitters like dopamine more effectively. This means they need more external stimulation and feedback than people without ADHD to feel rewarded or motivated for a task, making day-to-day activities feel more difficult or uninteresting.

Though these differences may seem challenging at first glance, they also often bring about strengths like creativity and flexibility in problem-solving!

How the ADHD Brain Works Differently

Strengths of the ADHD Brain: Creativity and Hyperfocus

It’s not all doom and gloom regarding the ADHD brain. There are several real positive aspects to the way it works. 

➡ Creativity

Individuals with ADHD often show greater creative thinking skills, a trait particularly beneficial for those in design-related fields. They can draw on “divergent thinking,” which is the capacity to produce various responses to questions or situations.

Studies have proven that those with ADHD are better problem solvers than their more neurotypical peers and more successful entrepreneurs and inventors. In fact, 16 percent of entrepreneurs listed by the Harvard Business Review have been identified as having ADHD because of their propensity to develop creative solutions and take risks.

➡ Hyperfocus

Unlike ordinary folks who tend to get bored easily and lack motivation, once those with ADHD find something that interests them, they can focus on it for extended periods, a phenomenon known as hyperfocus. This allows those with ADHD to dig deep into stimulating and engaging activities, leading to great things like scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs. A 2006 study conducted by Stanford University concluded that individuals with the disorder “had high levels of creativity in visual arts and music-related activities” due mostly to the heightened ability to avoid distractions generated by such tasks.

Harnessing the ADHD Brain’s Strengths: Tapping Into Creativity

What many people don’t realize is that there are definite advantages to the ADHD brain. For example, an active ADHD brain can be highly creative. With focused effort and the right skills, those with an ADHD brain can use that creativity to their advantage.

It’s worth noting that creativity is not limited only to those with an ADHD brain; in fact, research shows that many excel in areas like art and science without being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, it is true that individuals with ADHD have been known to possess a heightened level of creativity due to their unique way of thinking and focus on abstract ideas.

So how exactly can you harness your ADHD brain’s creativity?

➡ Focus on Tasks You Enjoy

One way of the best way to tap into your creativity is to focus on tasks that you enjoy and that bring you joy. Enjoying tasks will help you get in the flow state, which allows for improved productivity and creativity. By engaging in something that brings you passion, your brain will have less chance of being distracted and wandering off on tangents, which can hinder productivity.

➡ Practice Mindful Meditation

Another great way of tapping into your creativity is practicing mindful meditation. This type of meditation helps calm your mind. It allows creative ideas and information from different sources to enter your thought processes—essential for anyone looking for innovative solutions or projects.

Harnessing the strengths of an ADHD brain takes practice, but once mastered, the results can be amazing! So why not give it a try?

How the ADHD Brain Works Differently

➡ Leveraging Your ADHD Brain’s Differences for Success

It is no secret that ADHD brains work differently than most—but that doesn’t mean success is out of reach. Some research over the years suggests that ADHD brains can be leveraged uniquely to drive success.

➡ Impulse Control and Risk-Taking

You’ve probably heard people say that those with ADHD often have trouble with impulse control—while this is true, it is also important to note that impulsivity can sometimes work in your favor. Proper channeling can drive risk-taking behaviors that could benefit you professionally. A 2018 study found that those with ADHD were more likely to take on risky projects, cope better with frustration, and have greater mental flexibility than their non-ADHD counterparts.

➡ Outside-the-box Thinking & Reducing Risk

ADHD brains are often known for their unique perspective and creative approaches to problem-solving. So if you are looking for a new perspective, tapping into your ADHD brain could be key. It could help reduce risk in business decisions and open up many opportunities for innovation and creative solutions—thanks to the fine details only you can provide.

By investing in tools like medication or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), you can better understand how your brain functions and how to use your differences to your advantage. With the right tools, it is possible to achieve success and thrive—regardless of your diagnosis.

Conclusion

In conclusion, understanding how the ADHD brain works differently is essential for effectively managing the condition. It can be challenging for those with ADHD to live with their neurological differences, but it is important to recognize and harness the positive aspects of the ADHD brain and use them to one’s advantage. With the right strategies, those with ADHD can learn to take hold and control of their own lives and utilize their gifts to create success.

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Meet Craig Selinger, the passionate owner behind Themba Tutors, a renowned practice specializing in executive function coaching and tutoring. Together with his team of multidisciplinary professionals, they bring their extensive knowledge to numerous locations: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as offering remote services. As a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of NY, executive functioning coach, and educational specialist with an impressive track record spanning over two decades, Craig has professionally assisted thousands of families. Craig's proficiency encompasses a wide spectrum of areas, including language-related learning challenges such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. He is also well-versed in executive functioning, ADHD/ADD, and various learning disabilities. What truly distinguishes Craig and his team is their unwavering commitment to delivering comprehensive support. By actively collaborating with the most esteemed professionals within the NYC metropolitan region – from neuropsychologists to mental health therapists and allied health experts – they create a network of expertise.
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