A gap year is an experiential year typically taken between high school and college in order to deepen practical, professional, and personal awareness. A gap year can be especially important and beneficial for students with ADHD. Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about a gap year for your ADHD teen.
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
Financial scholarships for college students are wonderful, but they don’t ensure successful completion and graduation. That’s why we provide Edge Coaches to support scholarship recipients as a form of scholarship insurance.
The Shire Scholarship Program
Since 2011, the Edge Foundation has partnered with Shire PLC who provides scholarships for college students with ADHD. Shire U.S., Inc. funds the Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship program, which is for residents of the United States who are under the care of a licensed health care professional for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and have been accepted to or enrolled in undergraduate programs at accredited colleges, universities, trade schools, technical schools, or vocational schools located in the US.
The Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship awards recipients in the U.S. $2,000 in tuition assistance and one year of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation to assist in meeting the challenges of higher education. A similar program, operated by Shire Canada offers Canadian students $1,500 in tuition assistance and one year of ADHD coaching services provided by the Edge Foundation. In May 2016, fifty-five scholarships were awarded in the U.S. and six scholarships were awarded in Canada..
The scholarship application process for 2017 opens in December, 2016, and the application process closes in March, 2017. To learn more about the Shire Scholarship program or for help with the application process, contact:
Denise von Pressentin
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If you are an organization, institution or individual who provides financial scholarships to college students, and are interested in providing funds for Edge Coaches to support those students, please contact:
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Teachers in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been experimenting with flexible desks that allow children the option to either stand or sit at them. The New York Timesreported that researchers from the University of Minnesota have been studying the impact of these flexible desks on the academic outcomes of children using them.
Finally, a study published in the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology shows that doodling actually improves your ability to remember details, rather than indicating your mind is wandering.
Here at Edge, we know that fidgeting can be used successfully to help manage ADHD symptoms. In 2005 our Executive Director, Sarah Wright, co-authored, Fidget to Focus: Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD. Next month we’ll tell you more about this book that started it all! In the meantime, take a look at these reports – perhaps they’ll give you ideas of things to do at school or work to improve your focus. An ADHD coach can also help you discover which strategies work best for you.
Did you already know that fidgeting was a way that helped you focus? Tell us about it. We’d love hearing from you about how you keep your edge!
How an Edge Coach Can Help You
Raising a child with ADD/ADHD is tough on parents. Getting your child a coach can do more than help your child succeed, it can help you too, and even save you money over time!
- An Edge Coach can help end the homework wars. When a coach is working with your still-at-home child, you won’t have to spend so much time riding herd on the homework and making sure it gets done.
- An Edge Coach can help your student learn to be more organized so more homework will get handed in, there will be fewer things lost, and fewer frenzied last minute searches for misplaced things.
- An Edge Coach can help your student learn to manage time. Think of what life might be like without running late all the time or procrastinating until the last minute!
- An Edge Coach can help your student learn to manage money. Bounced checks are expensive mistakes.
- ADHD teen drivers are prone to parking tickets, speeding tickets, and accidents. An Edge Coach can help encourage safe driving habits and help avoid the expense, hassle, and perhaps heartache of driving mishaps.
- A failed college course is an expensive failure. An Edge Coach can help your student succeed.
- An Edge Coach is an expert in ADHD. Your child’s coach can provide you with the information and resources you and your student need, saving you time and money.
Having ADHD in the family is often a family affair. The benefits of working with an Edge Coach can benefit everyone.