247: Adult ADHD Assessments – Part 2: The Solutions with Laurie Peterson M. Ed, MA, LPC

This Week’s Episode:

This episode contains the second part of my discussion with Laurie Peterson.  Laurie is the owner and director of Diagnostic Learning Services in Plano, Texas.  Laurie and her group assess and diagnose students and adults with ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities.  Laurie was diagnosed with ADHD in her late 20s. 

In this conversation, Laurie and I discuss the steps following the diagnostic assessments she administers.  Medication plays a considerable role, but Laurie also shares how to work to improve skills in areas with lower scores. 

Connect with Laurie Peterson:

Website – http://Diagnostic-Learning.com 

You’ll Learn:

  • [05:08] – Once we have the information from the testing, what do we do with the information? The first step is medication, but it is not the entire solution.
  • [06:20] – Laurie explains how to improve vocabulary skills by reading.
  • [07:57] – Laurie shares how to build your perceptual reasoning skills, problem-solving skills, and visual processing skills.
  • [11:53] – I share how an instructor used color overlays to help a student read.
  • [14:33] – Improving your problem-solving skills can be done by playing games.
  • [18:08] – Working memory can be improved, but there is a lot of technology to help.
  • [20:22] – Laurie explains how she uses Alexa to put together her shopping list.
  • [24:20] – I talk about a few of the benefits of the ADHD reWired Coaching and Accountability Group, including shame-free accountability.
  • [26:18] – Environmental modification is a large piece of ADHD management.
  • [28:34] – We discuss interactive metronome therapy, diet, and exercise.
  • [30:48] – Laurie shares information for those that believe they may have ADHD, but have not yet been diagnosed.
  • [33:19] – Laurie talks about the cost of this type of testing.

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