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Richard Austin, Ph.D

Specialties

Forensic Psychology

Clinical Psychology

About Dr. Austin


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Dr. Austin’s work with ADD/ADHD

ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderMission Statement for ADD Treatment
To assist each person (or child) gain control of their life, develop their unique potential, and establish a foundation of self-esteem without being limited by Attention Deficit Disorder.

Practice Philosophy

Research indicates that ADD children and adults need more than medication to fulfill their potential. They need to change behaviors related to ADHD. Our treatment plan targets specific behaviors where progress can be observed. Concentration training serves to give the person more control of the attention mechanism, which is central to the disorder. We seek tangible, observed results showing up in actual behavior.

Diagnosis

This involves specifics about ADD and an assessment of any learning difficulties (or disabilities) associated with ADHD. It is also important to identify any emotional problems and address self-esteem issues.

Current Involvement

1. Professional Advisory Committee to Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) Southern Region
2. Contributor to ADD Monthly Journal
3. Frequent Presenter to ADD Professional Conferences giving Board Approved CE Credits
4. Frequent speaker, by requests, at local ADD chapters on ADD topics
5. Taped presentations at ADD conferences available on request
ADD and Adolescence – Feb., 1997
Communication Skills for Better Adult Relationships – Feb., 1999
Keeping Control of Your Life In the Face of ADHD – Feb, 2001

Background
Dr. Austin has been a pioneer in the field of ADHD and learning disabilities, starting with a service for children in the 1960s, Corpus Christi, Texas, which included a branch with psychologists in Houston and San Antonio. This involved educational specialists and speech therapists on his staff, and coordination with pediatricians, for a team approach to ADHD.

By the 1980s adults had began to be treated for ADHD. Dr. Austin received advanced training in adult ADHD by consulting with known experts, researching basic references, and staying abreast of the field.
Professional Activities

Dr. Austin has published numerous short articles on adult ADHD, and has presented professional workshops for Continuing Education Credit.
Dr. Austin coaches adult ADD clients. Some clients are out of state. He also coaches parents of ADHD children with workbook print outs to help the process. Some of his articles are available on this site.

ADD Treatment Approaches

ADD Coaching
Besides ADD coaching in his office, Dr. Austin coaches clients by telephone. This coaching includes specific goals to change the behaviors and strategies to reach those goals – ADD expert agree that behavioral change is important with those diagnosed ADD, in addition to medication.

ADD Therapy
Observational improvement with an ADD child or adult is expected. Feedback from parents or adults is necessary to assure that progress is being made. Parents are trained to do the major work with ADD children as they are available each day. After diagnosis and initiation of the treatment plan, a minor child is monitored on a short-term therapy basis.

Because of frequent intimacy impairment with ADD adults, there are several articles which may be downloaded on the site to address those issues.

Practice Strategy

1. Stress Reduction Skill Training
Stress reduction skill training will include specific information based on science and practice over 35 years to reduce one’s stress load and build better stress coping skills with special reference to ADHD induced stresses. You can expect to experience results. The techniques taught can be put into practice at once. Time will be allotted to coach with specific problems. Example: Techniques to quiet the mind are essential to better concentration and functioning.

2. Communication Skills for Better Adult Relationships
Communication skills for better adult relationships will provide training to remove communication barriers created by ADHD patterns, and equip the participant to build new bridges to renew and revitalize family relationships. Specific examples will be given based on long term work with adult ADD communication and relationship issues.

3. Measured Modification of ADHD Behavior
Specific behavioral goals are set to modify the evaluation based ADHD behaviors. Progress is measured by behavior changes, usually confirmed by a person designated to monitor the client, so there is no guess work about improvement.

Note: Motivation increases as success is experienced, and success also builds self-esteem.

Dr. Austin’s Articles on ADD/ADHD

10 Successful Relationship Habits of ADD Adults
Fourteen Guiding Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD
Viewing ADD as an Asset
Solving ADD Intimacy Issues

Facts about Adolescent ADHD

Resources:

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association www.add.org