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inattention or misbehavior, a teacher might have an agreed upon nonverbal cue that can be subtly telegraphed to save the student embarrassment. "Often the child who has attention issues can get a lot of negative feedback," says John Gibbons, principal of Weston Middle School. "Our teachers will try to accentuate the positive behaviors instead of highlighting the negative." Outside the classroom, the standard protocol for those struggling with ADHD is a combination of therapies that emphasize self-awareness and executive functioning skill building. According to John Nesbitt, "There is a lot of understanding of how to work with this problem. We help children or adults develop positive coping strategies so they don't internalize the negative feelings that may develop." Coaching is another positive way to approach a diagnosis. "I am not a therapist," says Marla Stone. "What coaching does is treat a person very holistically and practically." Individually tailoring an action plan is something emphasized by most professionals. "You always want to find someone's strengths and utilize them," says Stone. "Coaching is action based." Often some of life's most elemental choices can impact those with ADHD. "Sometimes finding the answer," says Dr. Hallowell. "A lot of these folks are not in the right job or in the right relationship." Exercise, meditation, and a balanced diet and sleep patterns are also crucial 151 s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e right job or the right person to marry is an

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