Organizing Strategies

Organizing Strategies

Everyone isn’t designed to be a “born organizer.” If you live in the Roanoke Valley, you can take advantage of a professional organizer who was born with intuitive organizing strategies.  You no longer have to allow clutter to take over your home….your focus….your energy….and your life. Do you find that concentration is more difficult in certain spaces?  If so, stand in the middle of a room and take a look around you.  Assess all the...

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ADHD Medications

ADHD Medications

ADHD medication tips Medications used to treat ADD have been around for many years.  But how do you know which medications work best for you or your child?  It’s good to have a lot of patience when working with ADD medications, especially if other medications are also involved.  Here are a few things I encourage you to consider before you begin a medication regimen. Obtain a proper assessment – Begin by talking to your primary care physician.  Make certain your...

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Steps to Improve Your Personal Accountability

Steps to Improve Your Personal Accountability

Do you struggle with accountability? Just about everyone does at times. Sometimes it may because you’re just too busy or you’re juggling too many things at once. Other times you may realize you don’t have everything you need to complete a project. But other times, you find that time is just not your friend. As you know, if you can’t trust yourself to accomplish various tasks daily, others around you won’t feel that they can trust you to accomplish them either. Think about...

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What is an Observation Log?

What is an Observation Log?

Whenever I talk to a person who is experiencing ADHD themselves or they have an ADHD partner or child, one of my first questions is, “Do you keep a log of what’s happening and what’s not”?  The answer I usually get is no.  Now, after you read this blog post I want you to take away two important facts: ADHD people are “consistently inconsistent” whether they want to be or not, and No one, no matter how hard you try, can keep everything in your head!  It’s exhausting, it...

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The Power of Observation

The Power of Observation

Developing the Power of observation Do you recall in the stories of Sherlock Holmes and how he always seemed to have the ability to quickly read a situation and come up with a theory, that to everyone else, seemed impossible?  How was he able to do that?  He took great pride in observing people, places and situations.  Anyone can become a good observer but it can be a really valuable tool when you have a child who is challenged ADHD characteristics.  As we continue our...

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Be Present in the Moment

Be Present in the Moment

How often do you drive while talking on a cell phone and miss your exit, or walk into a room and forget what you were going after.  Remember when you’ve worried about a future event and forgot to pick up something after work, or you ate dinner as you were thinking about something, then forgot what you ate?  How often does your mind drift while you’re conversing with someone, then realize somewhere in the middle that you didn’t hear a word they said?  Is this ADHD?  Probably...

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Helping the ADHD Parent: The gift of Awareness

What does it mean to be aware?  It involves a conscious effort to be focused, and to pay attention to the smallest of details.  Being aware, or mindful, means that we become aware of every nuance of thought, feeling, sensation, reaction and experience.   It’s can be a very powerful place to be, but most of us don’t allow ourselves to drink in the essence and simplicity of simply being in the moment.  This is because we have to make a conscious effort and choice to stop...

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Five A’s to Creating Change

Five A’s to Creating Change

What does change mean to you?  Change seems to be such an easy concept to grasp—in our minds.  But when life hits you alongside the head and places demands on you, you aren’t ready for it.  So, what’s the first thing you do?  You react.  Instead of taking time to stop, think and problem solve, most of us react without thinking. Imagine you’re a parent of a child who has had inconsistent academic and behavioral problems in school for the past two years....

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Laurie Mrva, Daleville, VA

Laurie Mrva, Daleville, VA

I hired Cathy to redesign my office space to enhance the functionality and create a space that I want to work in. Change in any form is never easy, but Cathy listens to your needs and makes recommendations in a gentle and supportive manner. Her focus is to understand how you need your space to function, so that the outcome is both aesthetically pleasing and feels natural based on how you personally process information. Thank you Cathy!

Robin Anderson, Rock Mount, VA

Robin Anderson, Rock Mount, VA

When we were first referred to Mrs. Cathy Dick at One Degree Forward, my first question was, “Is she a doctor?”  If the answer had been yes I think I would have refused.  Instead the answer was like a breath of fresh air.

Velly Chowder, South Africa

Velly Chowder, South Africa

Mostly I’m thankful to Cathy Dick, for helping me a lot with previous decision making and daily planning. She has helped me put into practice a mind-set to be something that I wish to accomplish by the end of each day to the end of the year– focus on that, and make sure I do things in terms of preparing myself mentally and physically before I start.  She has a lot of great resources that she shares freely too.  You can trust her to do what she says she’ll do.