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

8 ways to combat ADHD Perfectionism

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Have you ever said, I might as well not try, I won’t be able to do it right anyway? Or how about, my work on this project really sucks, I’ll just hide it under my bed and forget about it. … READ MORE

Who do Edge Coaches work with?

How old do you need to be to get an Edge Coach?

Coaching readiness is not based solely on chronological age.  However, most children under the age of 11 are not emotionally ready to take on the responsibility and accountability required in a coaching relationship.

Children in middle school and some in high school need to be coached in person.  Mature high school students and college students can be effectively coached by phone or Skype. For children under the age of 11, the most effective use of an Edge Coach is for the parents to get an Edge Coach. (See next question)

If you aren’t sure that your child is ready for an Edge Coach, you can take this short coaching readiness quiz to get a better idea of what’s required.

Does Edge work with parents?

Yes! Parents of kids with Executive Functioning challenges often face the same challenges their kids face.  An Edge Coach can help parents understand their children better, learn the benefits of using non directive questioning techniques in dealing with their children, establish structures, rules and boundaries to support their children who have Executive Functioning challenges.

Does Edge work with graduate students?

Yes!  While our primary focus is providing help to younger students so that they complete their education, the reality is that for those of us who have Executive Functioning challenges there is no age limit to learning to minimize the weaknesses that come with ADHD and other Executive Function impairments.

What if I’m not in school, will you still work with me?

Absolutely. You don’t have to be a student to use a coach. CEOs commonly use life coaches to help them be more effective at work and you can too!

Is this limited to young people?  I have a 29 year old son who could use this.

While our focus is on young people at risk of completing middle school, high school and college, there is no age limit for who can benefit from Edge Coaching.

Do I have to have a diagnosis of ADHD or something else to get an Edge Coach?

No. The only thing you need to work with an Edge Coach is a desire and willingness to work on Executive Functioning challenges such as prioritizing, goal setting, perseverance, time management, or impulsiveness.

What if I want to call upon my coach, who I had in middle school, when I get to college?

We encourage that.  Our dream is that you will have an Edge Coach for life.  Someone you can call upon whenever you need to reconnect with your coach for whatever reason.

What if I want to call upon my coach, who I had in college, when I get my first job?

See answer above.

Don’t wait until the last minute, start preparing now for finals! Coaching tips

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!