About LOL

Cartoon of Felix the Cat laughing (HA HA actually written above his head at clock position 11:30 and 1:30Laughing Out Loud . . .

you know you’re ADD when . . .

This little ditty began in the early 1990s on the AOL ADD forum, at a time when America on Line was one of the few places with a vital and rapidly growing community of ADDers. JIMAMS, the official leader of the ADD on-line group, was like the Energizer Bunny in his dedication to AOL’s leadership in the ADD online community.

Remembrances of Things Past

Along with an army of dedicated forum leaders including (way back then) Annie12345, MaryDeee, Debette, and EricNJB (among many others), JIMAMS put together bulletin boards and live chat-room support groups on any conceivable topic that might affect the ADD community — Newcomers, Parents & Partners, ADDults, Teens, Children, Medications, Alternative Solutions, and ADD in the Workplace are just a few of the areas that were supported, with live chat sessions that were well attended.

Susan Setley, fearless leader of The ADD Schoolhouse community, subsequently published one of the best practical “How To’s” I’ve ever read, explaining exactly what to do to reach and teach all kinds of minds: Taming the Dragons – real help for real school problems.  For some reason I will NEVER understand, this book has never gotten the support it deserves from publishers or press, so it can be really tough to locate a copy.  BUY IT if you see it, if only as a gift for another ADDer.

But I digress . . .

Back to talking about the feature that I think was everybody’s favorite: LOL, you know your’re ADD when . . .

I think we loved it best  because it gave us a chance to poke gentle fun at ourselves and laugh together about ADD challenges.  It provided a welcomed relief from the tears of frustration we also shared.

I had permission to repost some of my favorites in the early editions of The Optimal Functioning Newsletter, and the collection in the LOL posts that follow contains a smattering of those oldies but still goodies.

Scroll through the LOL posts, starting by clicking the link to Spring ’96  below —

 (Anybody from the old gang, ID yourselves proudly – let me know what you’re up to!)

Click for more —->>>> LOL-The Optimal Functioning Newsletter, Spring ’96 –

About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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