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Doctor looks for hidden gifts

GREATER SPRINGFIELD Dr. Edward M. Hallowell, child and adult psychiatrist and best-selling author of 15 books, will be at the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton on Feb. 23. He will give a presentation titled "Looking for the Hidden Gifts in Our Children and Giving Them the Tools They Need to Succeed!" This public event is intended for parents, educators and interested adults. The discussion will cover a broad range of issues, including reframing ADD/ADHD as a gift that is sometimes difficult to unwrap; helping pre-teens and teens handle the daily pressures in their lives; the anxiety-provoking process of applying to college; and the tools necessary to lead a happy life. The presentation will take place on Feb. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Phillips Stevens Chapel on Park Street. It will be followed by a book signing. General admission tickets are $10 if purchased by Feb. 22 and $12 at the door (free for Williston parents and employees). The event is sponsored by Williston's Community Life Program. On Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. Hallowell will address Williston students at an all-school assembly. The topic will be "Forgiveness What It Is, Why It's Important and How to Do It." A graduate of Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist and the founder of the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury. Considered one of the foremost experts on ADD, he is the co-author, with Dr. John Ratey, of "Driven to Distraction." Hallowell has long argued that ADD is too often misunderstood, mistreated and mislabeled as a "disability." In addition to his renown in the world of ADD, Hallowell is an expert in parenting, managing anxiety and understanding the importance of connection and forgiveness. Contact Director of Community Life Programs Susanna White for more information at 529-3088 or swhite@williston.com.

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