College Success with ADHD Coaching

College Success with ADHD Coaching

The transition from high school to college is a big step for everyone.  When you have ADHD, however, going to college can feel like stepping off a cliff without a safety net.  An article by Susan Kunzle (10/25/08) chronicled one family’s journey to assuring that their son, who has ADHD, will continue building a successful life after leaving the support of home.

The family in the article was thinking ahead — their son hadn’t left for college yet — but they were anticipating some of the challenges he’d face.  College is a big step towards adulthood.  This new independence, combined with the academic demands of college life, is tough for most students.  But for students with ADHD, these challenges can feel overwhelming.

For the first time, students are completely responsible for how they use their time.  They are expected to attend classes and study each day without a teacher or parent to help them stay on track.  They organize their own schedules, choose friends and social activities, and figure out when, how much, and even how to study.

Many parents fear that without being able to keep a close eye on their student, they won’t know when a problem has arisen until after he or she has started failing classes.  At that point it can be difficult to turn things around.

Here at the Edge Foundation, we applaud families who proactively support their children to ensure their success.  We are often asked to recommend ADHD-friendly colleges.  What we can tell you is that any school can be ADHD friendly when a student has the support of a coach.

Sign up here to learn more about finding a coach for your child.

A coach provides steady guidance during a time when a young person’s job is to break away from their parents’ support and forge out on their own.  The same young adult that won’t listen to their parents’ advice, may be able to hear what they need to do from an ADHD coach. And an ADHD coach can provide feedback and support to build effective skills in the following areas:

  • scheduling
  • goal setting
  • confidence building
  • organizing
  • focusing
  • prioritizing
  • persisting at tasks

Coaching strategies tailored to individual needs make the most of a student’s strengths.  A coach is not a doctor or teacher but rather an advocate who works with you to help you manage life to the fullest.

  • Students and their coaches talk regularly and check in about academic and personal pursuits.
  • Coaches can help identify strategies to stay organized, utilize your time well, and stay on track in your classes.
  • A coach can help remind you to make good choices and take care of yourself emotionally and physically.
  • A coach also can help you improve the relationships in your life with friends, peers, professors, and family members.
  • Your coach is there to talk to, strategize with, and advocate for you as long as you need.

Are you ready to find out more about how an Edge Coach can help you be your best?  Click here for more information.

If you search the web, you’ll find several schools out there have designed their programs around serving children with ADHD.  There are also colleges and universities that have incorporate academic coaching into their program.  Duke University, Landmark College, and the University of North Carolina, for example, offer on-campus coaching to students.

In the end, we believe that children with ADHD can be successful at any school and do any profession that they are inspired to pursue.  An ADHD coach can make the journey a lot easier.

To find out more about ADHD coaching please complete our information request form and one of our staff will contact you with the answers to your questions.

ADHD Depression Busting Tool Kit

ADHD and Depression is Serious Business

It’s important to start this post by saying that depression can be a serious, life-threatening condition. If you are feeling hopeless, worthless, irritated, chronically exhausted or have lost interest in things you once loved, you shouldstart by talking to your physician or a therapist. Look for someone who has experience in diagnosing ADHD and working with the co-occurring conditions that can come along with ADHD. (The last thing you need to do is see someone who doesn’t understand or even believe in ADHD!)

A professional can help you determine what the appropriate course of action  to help you break free of your depression. You don’t have to suffer depression alone. Get some help for yourself, right away.  Talk to your parents, friends or even a crisis hotline.  Don’t suffer alone!

What to Do About ADHD and Depression Starting NOW!

Sure calling a doctor or therapist is a great idea, but you may be wondering what you can do for depression right now. After all, depression is something that can be hard to overcome.   (And it doesn’t take holidays!)   You can use all the help you can get to breaking through to the other side of depression! Why not try what Gayle Wilson, ADHD coach, shares with her clients. She calls it her “Depression Busting Toolkit” or “12 Mental Lifesavers.”

ADHD Depression Busting Toolkit: 12 Mental Lifesavers

  1. Talk about it.  Pour out your soul to a sympathetic ear.
  2. Go to the dogs (play with your pets).
  3. Run away (literally). Do something physical. (Yes, we keep saying this over and over. Exercise is critical to healthy living with ADHD!)
  4. Laugh your head off. Watch a funny TV show, ask someone to tickle you, Google “funny” or “hilarious,” check out the comedy channel on, or watch an old Road Runner cartoon, etc.
  5. Get to work. Lose yourself in work.
  6. Compartmentalize. Focus on what you can do right now. The old adage, one day at a time, has stood the test of time because it works! Sometimes getting off the couch and doing something, anything, can make a big difference to feeling better.
  7. Write. Right now. Paying attention to what you are thinking. Write it down. Be sure to turn off the critical inner voice and just let your thoughts go.
  8. Identify something you care about more than yourself.  Is that a friend? A charity? Your grandparents?  Now do something, anything about it.
  9. Bring beauty into your life. Buy some flowers, take some pictures, make a painting, clean your room.
  10. Learn the lesson. Explore what there is to learn in what you are experiencing.
  11. Be well read. Let fiction carry you away.
  12. Have faith. Turn to your spiritual practice
  13. Curb self-defeating and negative thoughts with an ANT.

Daniel G. Amen, M.D., author of Healing ADD and Change Your Brain, Change Your life, coined the acronym A.N.T.’s — or automatic negative thoughts. Turns out there is a connection between what we say to ourselves and how we feel. If we control what we think, we can control how we feel.

Gayle Wilson gives each of her clients a little plastic ant and a poem. Print out the poem and put it on your desk. Read it when you need to turn your thoughts away from the dark side. Sure it’s a little dorky, and Gayle’s no poet, but these simple words have helped many other people. So there’s no harm in trying it, huh? You can control what you think and change how you feel about yourself.

11-26-2009-11-41-35-amA.N.T.s: AUTOMATIC NEGATIVE THOUGHTS

Gayla Wilson 12/07

Place this little Ant on your desk, in your pocket or your purse.
Let it remind you, your thoughts can be adverse.
Listen to what your brain tells you
The next time you get into a jam
and you hear “I’m stupid”; “I always mess up”
“Why can’t I ever just push through?”
Write it down, tell it to scram.

Is this thought a fact?
Or, is it the same old you?
If it’s true…change it.
If it’s a lie, answer back.

These are your thoughts
You write the script
Be they pleasant and pleasing
Or harmful…
They’re your thoughts,
You can answer back

The damage CAN be reversed.
It is up to you
Their weight and importance
Are set by you. You take control.
Kill the ANT!

Do you have tricks that help you beat the blues? Please share them!

Living with ADHD

Robert Tudisco Former Executive Director of the Edge Foundation Speaks about Living with ADHD.



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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?