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For parents of children with ADHD and adults seeking to understand this condition better, there's a wealth of knowledge in Ned Hallowell and John Ratey's "ADHD 2.0." As part of my ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP) program, I've taken a course called "Rethinking ADHD: A New Treatment Approach." The course is from these authors and is based on their book. Their insights into ADHD could be transformative for you or your child. Here's a  summary of what I have learned. 

Understanding ADHD and VAST:

"ADHD 2.0" introduces the concept of VAST (Variable Attention Stimulus Trait), a redefinition of ADHD that focuses on its variability and potential. This perspective is crucial for understanding the diverse experiences of those with ADHD.

Empowering Perspectives:

The course and book emphasize seeing ADHD not just as a challenge but as a set of unique traits that, when understood and harnessed, can be incredibly empowering. This view is essential for both parents and adults with ADHD.

Challenges and Misconceptions:

Common misconceptions about ADHD contribute to its stigmatization. It's essential to understand that ADHD involves a distinct brain structure and function, leading to both challenges and strengths.

The Potential in ADHD:

ADHD can be a source of creativity, energy, and exceptional problem-solving skills. The"ADHD 2.0" shows how these traits, when effectively managed, can become powerful assets.

Practical Strategies for Management:

"ADHD 2.0" offers practical strategies to help harness the full potential of an ADHD brain. These strategies are adaptable for both adults and children, focusing on creating supportive environments and leveraging unique brain functions.

Why Read "ADHD 2.0"?

For parents and adults with ADHD, "ADHD 2.0" is an invaluable resource. It provides updated science, strategies for thriving with ADHD, and a more nuanced understanding of this condition.


Understanding ADHD is a journey of empowerment and discovery. I encourage you to read "ADHD 2.0" for its comprehensive insights and to explore courses and resources that deepen your understanding of ADHD.

Additional Resources:

  • Link to "ADHD 2.0" on Amazon.
    • Disclaimer for Affiliate Link: Please note that the provided link to the book on Amazon is an affiliate link. This means that if you make a purchase through this link, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. This commission helps support our services and allows us to continue providing valuable resources. Your support in this way is greatly appreciated.

  • About the Source Material: This blog draws upon key concepts from "ADHD 2.0" by Drs. Edward Hallowell and John Ratey, which offers new science and strategies for individuals with ADHD. The insights are also supplemented by the online course "Rethinking ADHD: A New Treatment Approach," a component of the ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider program. These sources provide a comprehensive and modern understanding of ADHD, aiming to challenge misconceptions and empower individuals with ADHD and their families.

    • The primary source for information on the book "ADHD 2.0" was this article on Paminy.com.
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