Don't miss the FOCUS Distinguised Speaker Series Wednesday, September 15th

Join FOCUS for this special talk with Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, child and adult psychiatrist, expert on ADHD, Harvard faculty member of 21 years, international speaker, and New York Times best-selling author, to explore the complex and often contradictory tendencies common to those with ADHD.

Drawing upon the latest science, and 40+ years of professional and personal experience, Dr. Hallowell will discuss the risks and opportunities that come with having an “overabundance of attention.”  Talking points will include:

  • ADHD along the lifespan and the unique challenges for adults
  • Why ADHDers are more prone to negativity, need creativity, make good entrepreneurs, struggle socially, and HATE boredom
  • How today’s fast-paced world is creating ADHD-like symptoms 
  • The cerebellum connection and the possible link between balance and attention 
  • The strengths-based approach - finding your “right difficult”

Ample time is reserved for discussion, so don’t miss this opportunity to pose your questions to one of the world's leading experts in the field of ADHD. 

The talk will focus primarily on the less frequently discussed experiences of adolescents and adults with ADHD, but will be valuable for parents of younger children as well.

Date:     Sept 15, 2021 (Wednesday)
Time:     8:30 - 10:00 AM (HKST)
Format:  Live Virtual (Zoom)
Cost:      FOCUS Members (free); Non-member (HK$250)


Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D. is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist and world authority on ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, and was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years. He is the Founder of The Hallowell ADHD Centers in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Seattle.

Dr Hallowell is a New York Times bestselling author and has written 20 books on multiple psychological topics. The groundbreaking Distraction series, which began with Driven to Distraction, co-authored with Dr John Ratey in 1994, sparked a revolution in understanding of ADHD.

Dr Hallowell has been featured on 20/20, 60 Minutes, Oprah, PBS, CNN, The Today Show, Dateline, Good Morning America, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and many more. He is a regular columnist for ADDitude Magazine.


Executive Function Coaching for Adolescents
Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021 
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM (HKST)

Featuring Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC, pioneer of the ADHD student coaching movement and founder of JST Coaching & Training


We seek HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE STUDENTS, and especially WORKING PROFESSIONALS to share their experience living with learning differences.

Participation is simple - just self-record your responses to a short series of questions and we'll do the rest!  Click the image to the sample video created by student leader Ethan Chung.


FOCUS is a Hong Kong-based non-profit whose members include parents, educators, counsellors and medical professionals.  We are a volunteer-led organization whose “FOCUS” is to positively influence the quality of education and support available to students with ADHD and specific learning difficulties (SpLD), and to improve understanding of how these mainstream learning differences impact youth both emotionally and academically.

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