Succeed In College with ADHD
Coaching for Non-College Students
Dr. England is also available for coaching high school and middle school students, as well as adults that are not in school. See below for more information.
Coaching for high school students is similar to coaching college students in terms of helping with time management, study skills and focusing techniques. In fact, high school is a great place to start coaching. Research shows that college freshman with ADHD have many more adjustment problems than their non-ADHD counterparts. One way to decrease these problems is to better prepare students with ADHD before they get to college. College can take a downward turn so quickly that before you know it, it's too late to turn things around before the semester ends. One way to avoid this is to do some preventative coaching. By better preparing high school students for this transition, coaching can make a real difference in improving academic success.
From freshman to seniors, coaching is always an option for teaching high school students with ADHD how to balance their academics, extra-curricular activities and social time. Coaching can help students develop good study skills and can help them to understand how their ADHD impacts their academic success. Often, students think that having ADHD simply means they get bored easily, can't sit still or have a short attention span. While coaching will address these issues, it also helps them understand more about the executive functioning deficits inherent in people with ADHD. Executive functioning refers to abilities such as organization, planning, problem-solving and seeing the big picture. If students begin to understand their unique experience with ADHD at a younger age, they have a better chance of long term success.
Middle School: The First Big Transition
It is very common for students with ADHD to get diagnosed in middle school. Many students find that elementary school was manageable. But, middle school brings with it class changes, more responsibility for keeping up with assignments and bigger projects. Grades begin to plummet and students (and parents) can't figure out why. Usually, problems include losing assignments, forgetting to write down assignments, doing assigments wrong or incompletely, feeling overwhelmed by the amount of homework, not doing homework and other similar situations. These issues are often solved by parents becoming very involved in their child's academic world. This works well but does not actually teach the child how to handle these situations independently. Parental accountability is important with or without coaching. However, when parents are the main source of accountability, conflict inevitably arises. The strain on the parent-child relationship is often more than the parent or the child wants to endure. The good news is that coaching can help manage all of these issues better. The coach can become an accountability system and less pressure falls on the parents. This leads to happier parents and happier children. Also, coaching means that students are learning skills to become more independently successful. These skills will serve them well throughout their academic career.
Help for Adults Managing Their Daily Lives
When the child with ADHD grows up, he/she often no longer has the same support from parents as they got when they were younger. In many cases, the change in support is due simply to geographical changes. Most adults live separately from their parents and the distance from this once-guaranteed support system varies from simply living in different houses to living in different time zones. Who can help the adult with ADD that still struggles with time management, task completion, organization, and other common ADHD problems? The answer is an ADHD Coach. It is never too late to take control of your life.