Are You Ready For College?

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ADHD 
and
 college: a
 challenge
 you
 can
 handle

Do 
you
 get
 an
 anxious 
feeling
 when
 you
 think
 about 
school? Going
 to
 college is
 an
adjustment
 for 
anyone,
 but
 when
 you
 have 
ADHD,
 the
 challenges 
are
 that
 much
 greater.
However, 
college
 is
 a
 challenge
 you
 can 
handle
 if
 you
 go
 armed 
with
 the
 knowledge 
of 
a 
few 
extra 
things you 
can
 do to 
make 
sure
 your
 college
 experience 
is
 everything
 you
 hope
 it
will
 be.

Do
 you
 have
 the
 4
 student
 qualities
 for
 success?

Successful
 students
 usually
 have
 four
 qualities
 that 
help
 them
 achieve
 their
 goals:

1. Sticking 
with
 things even
 when
 the
 going 
gets
 tough
 ( a.k.a.
 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.

Are
 you
 feeling
 discouraged
 already? No
 surprise. These
 particular skills
 don’t
 come
 easily
to
 students with 
ADHD. Organizational
 problems, 
impulsivity
 and
 time
 management
 issues 
are
 actually
 the
 hallmarks 
of 
living 
with 
ADHD. You
 think,
 “If 
I 
just
 get
 this
 special
 planner,
 I’ll 
never 
forget 
anything
 again.” Or 
you 
promise
 yourself,
 “Next 
time
 I’m
 going
to
 start 
working
 on
 my
 class
 reading
 at
 the
 beginning
 of
 the 
term
 instead
 of 
cramming
right
 before
 finals.” It’s
so
 easy
 to
 think,
“If
 I 
just 
make
 myself
 do
 this…
it’ll
 be
 fine.” 
But
what 
if
  we 
told
 you
 that 
making
 yourself 
do
 it 
is 
the 
totally  wrong 
approach?

Read more at: Your guide for college success

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Why is Checking-In an Important Part of ADHD/EF Coaching?

Source: Why is Checking-In an Important Part of ADHD/EF Coaching?

Are you looking for a supportive college environment for a student with ADHD?

Only 22% of high school students with ADHD go on to attend college. For most parents of students with ADHD it’s been a long journey getting here and you probably don’t feel out of the woods yet.

  • Are you looking for a supportive college environment for a student with ADHD?
  • Are you worried what will happen when your child leaves the structure and accountability of high school and home?
  • Perhaps you’re concerned they’ll be swept up by the freewheeling life of college – and you know that having access to a tutoring center or getting extended time on their tests won’t be enough to help your student succeed on his or her own.

Read on!  You aren’t alone.

Every parent faces the joys and worries that come with pushing their young adult child out of the nest. But for the parent of a student with ADHD, the fear lies in knowing their child is totally in charge of making all of their own decisions in college – and is sometimes a recipe for disaster.

In fact, research has shown that as few as 5% of ADHD students who enter college end up graduating. The Edge Foundation knows how to help ADHD students be successful and we have facilitated a two year scientific study to prove* that our model works.

Find out today how Edge Foundation can help your son or daughter succeed in college.

ADHD Students are “At Risk” Students

Students with ADHD are vulnerable because ADHD impacts the higher portion of the brain that regulates executive functioning. ADHD students usually have executive function deficits in attention, planning and organization, prioritization, impulse control, memory, time management, and higher-order conceptual thinking.

Executive functioning levels are well known by researchers to be a 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.

If your student has weaknesses in at least one of these areas, they may be at risk to struggle with their ADHD in college.

ADHD students don’t have to be “at risk” students.  An Edge Coach can help teach the very skills your student needs to be successful in school.

Broaden Your Options

When your student works with an Edge Coach, the options of where to go to school broaden. You no longer have to find a school that caters to ADHD because your student can bring their support system with them!

An Edge Coach can help your student

  • Get better organized,
  • Achieve personal goals,
  • Effectively manage time, and
  • Stick with things when the going gets rough.

Call us (1-888-718-8886) or sign up today to find out more about how Edge Foundation’s proven model can help your ADHD student succeed in school.

Get Started Early

Students with ADHD shouldn’t have to fail before they get support.  Students and their families should think about getting started with a coach even before college begins. Many students find they have a first rough term. But for students with ADHD, it is surprisingly easy to fall behind and poor, or even failing, first-term grades can be a devastating blow to self-esteem and confidence.

Or perhaps your college student has already experienced these challenges. It’s not too late to have an Edge coach help them get back on track. 

Our recently completed research* shows students who receive coaching have substantial gains in their overall approaches to learning — in other words, they become more effective students!

Would you like to learn more about the techniques the research proves helps students succeed? There’s no obligation if you call us (1-888-718-8886) or sign up today to find out more about how ADHD coaching can make the difference between success and failure in school.

Choose Your School Carefully

If you still feel like you want to look into schools that are focused towards learning disabilities and ADHD, here are two references that can help you choose a school that will fit your needs. But remember, very few colleges and universities will offer personal coaching. The skills your student needs won’t be taught in the tutoring center or helped with extended time taking tests.

Coaching Helps Students Succeed

Edge Foundation’s research study offers hope for students with ADHD because it definitively links coaching to improved Executive Functioning. And improved Executive Functioning means more success in school.

ADHD students who participated in Edge coaching sessions demonstrated statistically significant, higher Executive Functioning than ADHD students who did not receive coaching. *

Coaching has long been used by the corporate world to improve performance of CEOs and executives, but little study had been done until now on the impact this particular kind of intervention has on those living with ADHD.

While medication can improve academic productivity (better note-taking, scores on quizzes and worksheets, and homework completion), medication alone is not associated with skills like better organization, time management, or the ability to apply knowledge, all of which are critical in a successful post secondary education.  Coaching will!

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not your student needs an Edge coach, today is the day to take the first step.  If you need a little more convincing before you sign up, why not download our free guide to college success?

Download our free guide to college success

Get Our College Guide

Included in the guide are 60 practical solutions for typical ADHD challenges including:

  • Using creative ways, like music, to keep yourself on schedule,
  • Working with your urge to procrastinate, not against it,
  • How to study smarter, not harder,
  • How to use fidgeting to stay focused, and
  • 4 student qualities for success.

Sign up today to receive your copy. It’s free, jam-packed with tips and ideas you can start using today, and you are under no obligation to buy anything . What have you got to loseGet Our College Guide

 

*The Edge Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students reach their academic, professional, and social potential through the support of personal coaching.

Filling out the FASFA and wondering if your student is ready for college?

ADHD College Readiness Quiz: Quick test can help you decide if your child needs an ADHD coach.

Is your child heading off to college next year? ADHD students need life skills to be successful  in college.  Edge Coaching has been proven to build the life skills crucial to academic success. Students receiving Edge coaching improve their approach towards learning and their ability to regulate thier mental and emotional responses.  As a result of coaching, students are better at setting and achieving   realistic goals, managing time and sticking to difficult tasks.  Can your high school student answer “yes” to all of these questions?  If not, it’s a pretty good sign that they may benefit from an ADHD coach:

  1. I get myself up on time every day.
  2. I do my own laundry.
  3. I eat healthy meals daily.
  4. I exercise regularly.
  5. I manage my money well.
  6. I make good decisions about balancing time between fun, chores and schoolwork.
  7. I manage my stress well.
  8. I set up my own study schedules.
  9. I stay on top of my schoolwork without reminders.
  10. I organize ideas, write and edit my own papers.
  11. I can motivate myself to do projects and assignments that I don’t really enjoy.
  12. I know what my strengths and weaknesses are and can explain them to other people.
  13. I take my medication without being reminded.
  14. My room and backpack are organized.
  15. I seek out and find resources on my own when I need help figuring something out.
  16. I admit it when I don’t understand something.
  17. I am comfortable asking for help.

Download this checklist as a pdf.

Just one year of coaching can turn a disorganized student into a successful person who is able to achieve whatever they set out to accomplish. Now is the time to find a coach who can help get your student ready to head off to college in the fall.  For more information call 1-888-718-8886 or sign up. https://edgefoundation.org/parents/get-more-information/

(Source: Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Your Teen With ADHD or LD for College, Dr. Patricia Quinn and Theresa Maitland, Ph.D)