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THE ADHD SKILLS LAB

Produced by Unconventional Organisation

If you want to hear practical researched-backed strategies and real-life experiences to help you navigate life with ADHD, you’ve come to the right place.

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Episodes

How Building an App led to an ADHD Diagnosis- with Eugene Yao

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How Building an App led to an ADHD Diagnosis- with Eugene Yao

From designing a productivity app to receiving an ADHD diagnosis; listen along as Eugene Yao, founder of Forget.work, visits the Skills Lab to chat about his experience and the strategies that support him.

Is ADHD a disorder? Interview with Simon Mundie

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Is ADHD a disorder? Interview with Simon Mundie

This week in the Skills Lab, we're excited to host renowned journalist and author of 'Champion Thinking,' Simon Mundie. Listen along as we challenge the “disorder” terminology and learn to harness the intrinsic joy of the “flow” state.

Not Your Neurotypical Yoga! With ADHD Academy Member Whitney Spettel

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Not Your Neurotypical Yoga! With ADHD Academy Member Whitney Spettel

Certified yoga teacher Whitney Spettel joins us to explore the research-backed benefits of the practice for those with ADHD. She also shares her experience with the ADHD Academy community and the strategies she puts in place to deal with emotional dysregulation.

ADHD expert interview: Kristen Carder on emotional intelligence, self-regulation and business ownership

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ADHD expert interview: Kristen Carder on emotional intelligence, self-regulation and business ownership

ADHD is not a buzzword to Kristen Carder. It's her life's work. She’s a top podcast host, an internationally-recognised life coach and an all-round ADHD expert.

She joins us on this week’s show to share her most successful emotional self-regulation strategies and discusses the right time to ask for support. Spoiler alert: It’s always before you think you need it.

Hit the play and dive right in!

ADHD Research Recap: Is ADHD related to trauma in childhood?

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ADHD Research Recap: Is ADHD related to trauma in childhood?

In today's research recap, we discuss the outcomes of early methylphenidate treatment on mood and emotional regulation. Then, we delve into how childhood trauma impacts ADHD symptoms into adulthood before hearing from adults with ADHD who challenge what ADHD should be called.

ADHD Insights: How to manage your thoughts and self-regulate

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ADHD Insights: How to manage your thoughts and self-regulate

This week, Sarah and Skye dig into papers on avoidant automatic thoughts and the role of genetics in ADHD and autism. They also share tips from the ADHD Academy on self-regulating in the moment.
Hit play for the latest research -- stay tuned for ADHD support strategies that stick!

ADHD Research Recap: Emotional challenges, late diagnosis, and internet addiction

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ADHD Research Recap: Emotional challenges, late diagnosis, and internet addiction

Join Skye and Sarah as they discuss how well ADHD research reflects the nuances of neurodiversity. The pair talk increased cognitive effort in emotional regulation, commonalities among late-diagnosed women and a potential link to internet addiction.

ADHD Research Insights: Dyslexia, dyscalculia and subclinical symptoms

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ADHD Research Insights: Dyslexia, dyscalculia and subclinical symptoms

Join Sarah and Skye as they explore the potential links between ADHD and dyslexia, dyscalculia and other neurodivergence. The pair also discuss the individual differences in ADHD traits and how they present across the wider population. Could ADHD symptoms be a bell curve? Tune in to find out.

ADHD Research Recap: Exploring the Genetics of ADHD

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ADHD Research Recap: Exploring the Genetics of ADHD

Join Skye and Sarah for a research recap and discussion of two research papers on ADHD and genetics. One paper investigates the role of microRNA in ADHD, while the other is a meta-analysis identifying 27 risk loci.

ADHD Research Recap: Emotional dysregulation, white matter and working from home

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ADHD Research Recap: Emotional dysregulation, white matter and working from home

This week, Sarah and Skye take a deep dive into emotional dysregulation, the impact of home working during the pandemic and the inner workings of the ADHD brain. Hit play and let’s get into it!

ADHD insights: COVID-19 pandemic, sleep patterns

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ADHD insights: COVID-19 pandemic, sleep patterns

This week, Sarah and Skye are looking at the sleep patterns and circadian rhythms of those of us with ADHD. They also look at the impact of COVID-19 on ADHD symptoms and behaviours.

ADHD Research Recap: Practical support strategies and stressed out study life

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ADHD Research Recap: Practical support strategies and stressed out study life

This week, Sarah and Skye look at what’s behind common ADHD behaviours, discuss research-backed strategies to support life with ADHD and explore how medical student stress levels impact self-reporting. Hit play and let’s get started!

ADHD Research Recap: Emotional dysregulation across genders, internet-delivered therapies, self-reporting and diagnosis

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ADHD Research Recap: Emotional dysregulation across genders, internet-delivered therapies, self-reporting and diagnosis

This week Sarah and Skye discuss gender differences in ADHD, the latest in internet-delivered ADHD therapy, and a controversial study on self-reporting symptoms and diagnosis.

ADHD Research recap: Hyperactivity, biometric changes and the benefits of ADHD coaching

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ADHD Research recap: Hyperactivity, biometric changes and the benefits of ADHD coaching

Join Sarah and Skye for another Research Recap. This week, they discuss hyperactivity, brain scans, the potential risks of undiagnosed ADHD and autism, and the benefits of ADHD coaching for all.

ADHD research recap: Motivation, procrastination and the childhood experience

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ADHD research recap: Motivation, procrastination and the childhood experience

This week, Sarah and Skye unpack a theory behind why people with ADHD procrastinate and outline the struggles behind getting an ADHD diagnosis in adulthood. They then delve into the latest research into ADHD and genetic differences and spotlight some opportunities for future ADHD diagnosis. Come for the latest research, stay for the practical strategies and shared experiences.

ADHD Research recap: Inertia, distraction and links to obesity

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ADHD Research recap: Inertia, distraction and links to obesity

Join Sarah and Skye for another Research Recap. This week, they discuss the potential for ADHD as a marker of obesity, pick over the mechanics of distraction and examine how sleep inertia can make mornings a challenge.

ADHD Research Recap: Does ADHD change over time?

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ADHD Research Recap: Does ADHD change over time?

Skye and Sarah look at the latest research on ADHD during middle childhood. They explore the connection between how ADHD is experienced at different stages of life and ask whether it can change over time.

Research Recap: ADHD motivation and the emotional experience of being undiagnosed

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Research Recap: ADHD motivation and the emotional experience of being undiagnosed

This week, Sarah and Skye examine what motivates us to achieve with ADHD before discussing a heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting paper which outlines the effects of late ADHD diagnosis in women. Come for the latest research, stay for the practical strategies and shared experiences.

ADHD Research Recap: Executive functioning, time perception and a new attention disorder

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ADHD Research Recap: Executive functioning, time perception and a new attention disorder

In today's episode of research recap, we examine the effect of mind-body interventions on symptoms of ADHD and discuss our attempts at mindfulness. We also cover the controversial link between Sluggish Cognitive Tempo and ADHD diagnosis and examine an interesting study into how people with ADHD perceive time.

ADHD Research recap: Father-child interactions and emotional dysregulation

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ADHD Research recap: Father-child interactions and emotional dysregulation

This week we're discussing the latest research on emotional dysregulation, executive function, and how they affect many of us with ADHD.

Research Recap: ADHD Combined Diagnosis and Brain Imaging

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Research Recap: ADHD Combined Diagnosis and Brain Imaging

Join Skye and Sarah for an in-depth chat about two papers in what might be called the opposite ends of the academic spectrum.

Research Recap: Perfectionism and Executive Functioning with ADHD

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Research Recap: Perfectionism and Executive Functioning with ADHD

Sarah and Skye recap the latest ADHD research, from perfectionism to executive functioning.

Coming Soon: Practical Strategies for Adult ADHD

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Coming Soon: Practical Strategies for Adult ADHD

Practical strategies, research, and real-life experiences to help you navigate life with ADHD.

Research Recap: The Nuances of Hyperfocus & AI's Diagnostic Revolution

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Research Recap: The Nuances of Hyperfocus & AI's Diagnostic Revolution

Dive into the world of ADHD research with Sarah and Skye as we explore hyperfocus and unveil how AI could revolutionize diagnostics. A must-listen for insights on the future of ADHD!

Research Recap: Achievement goals aren't the answer for ADHD and what to do instead

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Research Recap: Achievement goals aren't the answer for ADHD and what to do instead

This week, I was excited to pull a little something from our archives for a deep ADHD dive into motivation theory and completing your goals with ADHD.

ADHD Research Recap: Does masking mean ADHD looks different in adulthood?

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ADHD Research Recap: Does masking mean ADHD looks different in adulthood?

Are ADHD symptoms more severe in childhood? Does the ability to mask mean symptoms are more manageable? How do we test the link between ADHD and depression? To what extent do methodical limitations undermine ADHD research?

These are just some of the questions answered in this week’s research recap. Join us to get to the bottom of the biggest topics in the world of ADHD right now.

Learn talking strategies with an ADHD couple

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Learn talking strategies with an ADHD couple

We welcome our first couple with ADHD on this week's podcast. Shoda and Ollie host a podcast called Mindfully ADHD, where they try different strategies and dissect how well they worked.

They join us to discuss the power of radical self acceptance and share the ways they work together to live an ADHD-friendly life.

Writing with ADHD: How to get started and stay consistent with Katy Forde

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Writing with ADHD: How to get started and stay consistent with Katy Forde

Skye and Sarah are joined by Australian playwright Katy Forde for an open and honest discussion on the challenges of being a writer with ADHD. Katy explains how her daily rituals help her get started and stay consistent. She also offers practical tips and advice for anyone wishing to take on the often perilous journey of professional writing.

ADHD-friendly working and the power of asking questions with ADHD coach Karen

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ADHD-friendly working and the power of asking questions with ADHD coach Karen

Skye and Sarah are joined by Unconventional Organisation Head Coach Karen Axxx to talk diagnosis, ADHD-friendly workspaces, dopamine activities and the importance of asking questions.

Lindsay Guentzel: On ADHD, rejection sensitivity and burnout

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Lindsay Guentzel: On ADHD, rejection sensitivity and burnout

On this week’s show, Skye is joined by award-winning journalist and host of the ReFocued podcast Lindsay Guentzel. Lindsay shares her experience navigating her new normal since being diagnosed with ADHD aged 35 in 2021. The pair also discuss the challenges of rejection sensitivity, burnout and executive dysfunction and the strategies Linsay has developed to overcome them.

Eric Tivers: How to build a strategy-based life with ADHD

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Eric Tivers: How to build a strategy-based life with ADHD

This week, Skye is joined by award-winning ADHD coach, podcast host and all-round expert in neurodivergence, Eric Tivers.

The pair discuss Eric’s experiences growing up with undiagnosed ADHD. He explains how, by playing to his strengths, he’s built a strategy-based life around his ADHD -- and how you can too.

ADHD burnout, balance and realistic expectations with Rosie Turner

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ADHD burnout, balance and realistic expectations with Rosie Turner

There’s much more to ADHD than forgetting where you left your keys. This week Skye is joined by ADHD wellness coach, Rosie Turner, to discuss navigating the corporate and personal worlds while contending with chaos, RSD and burnout.

ADHD psychology, parenting and self-criticism: A conversation with Emily Kircher-Morris

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ADHD psychology, parenting and self-criticism: A conversation with Emily Kircher-Morris

Life with ADHD can be frustrating. That’s why it’s so important to silence self-criticism. Counsellor, author and host of The Neurodiversity Podcast, Emily Kircher-Morris, joins Skye to discuss this and plenty more -- from parenting and overwhelm to mental health and support strategies. Hit play to hear it!

Navigating Life with ADHD: A Conversation with Anna Frost

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Navigating Life with ADHD: A Conversation with Anna Frost

This week, Skye is joined by pole dance instructor, contortion coach, social media marketing manager and "the most organised disorganised person" Anna Frost. Anna shares her experiences with Unconventional Organisation courses -- how they’ve helped her break out of ADHD paralysis and hack her hyperfocus. Come for the surefire strategies, stay for the amusing anecdotes!

How to hack your ADHD with Will Curb: Managing your energy and avoiding burnout

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How to hack your ADHD with Will Curb: Managing your energy and avoiding burnout

Will Curb shares his most useful ADHD strategies and how managing your energy could be the key to avoiding burnout.

ADHD planning, punctuality and the power of bite-sized tasks with Conor Doyle

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ADHD planning, punctuality and the power of bite-sized tasks with Conor Doyle

Content creator, L’Oreal colour specialist and and former Unconventional Organisation client Connor Doyle joins us to discuss the power of getting back to basics.

Overcoming ADHD-induced chaos with Russ Jones: Learn how to “be cool with yourself”

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Overcoming ADHD-induced chaos with Russ Jones: Learn how to “be cool with yourself”

Join Skye on this week’s ADHD Skills Lab podcast to hear from coach, expert and host of the ADHD Big Brother podcast, Russ Jones. The pair discuss the importance of self-acceptance and explore tried and tested techniques to wrangle order from ADHD-induced chaos.

Rethinking ADHD with Peter Shankman: How growing up with a faster brain can be an asset

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Rethinking ADHD with Peter Shankman: How growing up with a faster brain can be an asset

Join Skye on this week’s ADHD Skills Lab podcast to hear from six-time best-selling author and neurodiversity oracle Peter Shankman. Find out how to channel your ADHD energy, discover tools and techniques to help you stay focused — and learn why it’s always important to be yourself.

Interview with Dietitian Aleta Storch: ADHD eating strategies, self-compassion and snacks

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Interview with Dietitian Aleta Storch: ADHD eating strategies, self-compassion and snacks

On this week’s ADHD Skills Lab podcast, Skye and Sarah are joined by anti-diet dietitian and therapist, Aleta Storch. They discuss how to set flexible rules, prioritise food and practice self-compassion when it comes to eating with ADHD.

ADHD in the workplace with Trina Haynes, a founder of My Lady ADHD

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ADHD in the workplace with Trina Haynes, a founder of My Lady ADHD

This week, Skye is joined by the founder of My Lady ADHD, Trina Haynes. The pair discuss their experiences navigating the workplace with ADHD and explore the best strategies for getting started and staying on track in the world of work.

Interview: Professional gravel racer Chelsea Bolton – staying focused with ADHD

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Interview: Professional gravel racer Chelsea Bolton – staying focused with ADHD

Skye interviews Chelsea Bolton, an off-road cyclist and runner who was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, about coping mechanisms to stay on track with ADHD.

ADHD, Autism and Neurodivergent Parenting with Danielle Sullivan

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ADHD, Autism and Neurodivergent Parenting with Danielle Sullivan

Certified life coach Danielle joins us to talk about the combined diagnosis of autism and ADHD and helping neurodiverse children with regulation. Danielle is the founder of Neurodiverging Coaching and the host of the Neurodiverging Podcast.

ADHD, Entrepreneurship and Building Repeatable Systems with David Greenwood

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ADHD, Entrepreneurship and Building Repeatable Systems with David Greenwood

David and Skye discuss entrepreneurship with ADHD. David is an author and a host of an ADHD podcast.

Katy Weber Talks Maintaining Routines with ADHD

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Katy Weber Talks Maintaining Routines with ADHD

Katy Weber and Skye discuss ADHD and routines. Katy is an author and a host of the Women and ADHD podcast.

Host

Skye Waterson

Skye was diagnosed with ADHD as a doctoral student. After a few years of research and work with Auckland University, she left her academic career to launch Unconventional Organisation. 

 

Now a worldwide ADHD support service, Unconventional Organisation has seven coaches and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs, academics and professionals work with ADHD to achieve their goals through research-backed strategies

When she’s not supporting others with ADHD, Skye likes to explore her hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, with her husband and 1-year-old son. 

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Co-host and Producer

Sarah Russell

Sarah was diagnosed with ADHD aged 30 when she began to seek new treatment options for her depression and anxiety. 

 

She is now the Coaching Director at Unconventional Organisation, where she has been working for the past two years. She has a passion for understanding how people work together in groups, which led her to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. This background has provided her the opportunity to work in various roles within the public school system and the mental health field.

 

During her free time, Sarah cycles through hobbies like gardening, gaming, and baking while also juggling life as a mother of two children.

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