Helping Your ADHD Child Win the Homework Battle

Getting homework assignments done can be a huge struggle for kids with ADHD. It is important as homework problems are often a reason kids with ADHD fail in school. However, with some planning, you can help make homework less of a struggle for both you and your child. .… READ MORE

Homework battles

Do You Know Your ACE Score?

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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as abuse, neglect and violence in the home can be a predictor for major health problems, difficulty in school, trouble building relationships, engaging in criminal behavior or being a victim of a crime. The ACE questionnaire is a straightforward, research-tested way to help determine the degree to which an individual might be at risk.  .… READ MORE

Two ADHD Resources you must have to survive school/college

ADHD Parent Care Package

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Our College Success Guide

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No matter where you are you can get the Edge!

Our Independent Coaching Program provides Edge Coaches via Skype or phone for students and other individuals no matter which school you are in or where you are located.

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Beyond ADHD, students and coaches

Students. ADHD. Coaches.

Students:  people just like you.

Edge coaches know that the same approach doesn’t work for everyone.  As the old saying goes, if the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t blame the foot!  Edge ADHD coaches work with people just like you, every day, and help them find solutions that work for their lives – not for their parents, neighbors or friends.  Yes, our core clients are high school and college students with ADHD, but we also work with:

  • Middle school students – we have coaches who are qualified to work with middle school-aged students.  Give our match coordinator a call (1-888- -718-8886) to help you get started.
  • Adult learners – Any student is eligible for a coach. Edge coaches work with graduate students, doctoral candidates, technical college learners, returning students, adult learners, working students  — you get the picture.
  • Non-students – sometimes a young person has decided to take a “gap year” or is considering vocational school.  Do we work with them?  Of course.  You don’t have to be going to school to benefit from coaching.   Coaching has proven to be an effective means for dealing with ADHD symptoms and can give a young person the edge necessary to achieve his or her full potential in all life pursuits.

ADHD:  And what if you don’t have ADHD?

Research has show than executive functioning is an important part of academic success. Experts agree that successful students usually have four qualities that help them achieve their goals:

  1. Sticking with things even when the going gets tough (perseverance),
  2. Ability to delay gratification and focus on the big picture,
  3. Time management and organizational skills, and
  4. Striking the right balance between fun and work.

ADHD coaches help clients learn skills that boost executive functioning. People with ADHD usually have executive function deficits in attention, planning and organization, prioritization, impulse control, memory, time management, and higher-order conceptual thinking.  But you don’t have to have ADHD to be struggling with one or more of those executive functions.

Do any of these things sound familiar?

  • Do you do your homework but forget to hand it in?
  • When finally clean out your backpack or room, do you find things you’ve “lost”?
  • Do you have trouble getting to sleep on time?
  • Are you often late and just can’t seem to get out the door on time?
  • Do have trouble staying focused on the things you know you “should” be doing?
  • Do you get bored in class?
  • Do you procrastinate then swear to yourself you won’t do it next time — only to find yourself doing it all at the last minute, again?
  • When faced with a task, do you know what to do first and what to do next?  And can you get yourself to do it?  And finish it?
  • Do you do well on one test and practically flunk the next?
  • Have your grades tanked?
  • Are you overwhelmed?  Discouraged?  Behind?

While these are all hallmarks of ADHD, not everyone who has these issues has ADHD.  Yet all of those issues are ones that Edge coaches are trained to help you with. You don’t need to have an ADHD diagnosis to start working with a coach on these issues.

Coaches:  How does an ADHD coach help?

A coach is your advocate. He or she gets to know you and finds ways to help you succeed in your life.  You and your coach talk regularly and check in about how your life is going. Your coach can help you find strategies to stay organized and remember important things. Your coach can help remind you to take care of yourself and show you ways to stay focused. Your coach can also help you improve your relationships with friends, classmates, teachers, and family members. Your coach is there to talk to, strategize with, and advocate for you as long as you want.

Have you had your friends or family say to you, “If you’re so smart, why can’t you just do x?”  Do you feel you are not living up to your potential?  An Edge coach can help you.

You challenge lies not in trying hard enough.  After all you are probably already trying pretty hard, that’s why you’re here.  And it’s not that you aren’t smart enough either!

The problem lies in having a brain that just works differently, and so needs a different approach to managing these every day responsibilities?  An Edge coach can teach you a fresh perspective.

So, are you ready to learn more? Help us fulfill our vision of all people with ADHD reaching their full potential.  Sign-up today and take the first step to getting your life under your control, and find your edge!

ADHD Study Tips Staying on top: Final Exam Study Tips for ADHD students

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Are you gearing up for finals?  Can’t wait for it all to be over?  Does this sound like you?  “I know I shouldn’t wait until the last minute and pull an all-nighter.  My work isn’t the best it could be, but it’s the only way I can get motivated.”

Getting back on track:

You can still get yourself back on track, even with a few days left.  And here’s how.

Assess your time:

  • Make a calendar.  Get some paper, open up a spread sheet, or set up a Google calendar.
  • Sketch out a calendar for the upcoming days remaining in the school year. Block out both the days and leave space for the hours of the day.  Here’s a weekly planner to give you an idea of what it might look like. (You can also download and print it.)
  • Block out on your calendar plan all your classes and other critical time commitments (ex. job, sports — things you MUST do).
  • Block out when you’ll be sleeping and eating.
  • On the second page, list all the other things you have to get done.

Prioritize:

  • Circle the items that have big consequences for not getting them done.
  • Everything else is lower priority right now. You can even let them fall off the list for now.

Break your project into smaller bits:

  • Identify all the steps you need to do to get a big project done.  For a paper, for instance, you need time to do research, brainstorm and/or write a draft, write the final draft, and hand it in.
  • Block of time on your calendar for each of those steps.
  • If it looks like you have extra hours left on your calendar plan, look to the next higher priority tasks and start scheduling them until you run out of hours in the day.
  • Don’t forget to schedule some short breaks along the way.

Stick to your plan!

  • Keep the plan with you 24/7. Put it in your agenda, or your phone.
  • Keep checking your plan.  Stick to it to the best of your ability. If it’s 1:00 pm and your plan says you should be done with lunch and working on the draft, go work on the draft.
  • Remember, it is an emergency plan to get you through a tough spot. One way or another, it will be over soon.

How an ADHD Coach can help

  • If you find yourself in a last minute study crunch so much of the time it feels like a habit, and ADHD coach can help you avoid emergency situations in the first place.
  • One of the characteristics of ADHD is a tendency to shoot from the hip, or the “ready, fire, aim” syndrome. A coach works with you over time to develop better planning and self-management skills; skills that will help you manage your time and your things so you’re on top of your work and the rest of your life and not overwhelmed and behind all the time.
  • Once you’ve met your deadline, get yourself a coach. By working with a coach, you can stay on top of your work and have fun too!