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When a student has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) or executive function difficulties, life can get pretty complicated. Often, the student struggles in school. It's difficult to establish routines at home. And parents become frustrated with the downward spiral of distraction, disorganization, and lack of motivation that always seem to get in the way of academic and personal success.
Student Coaching is more than academics! Attention Deficit Disorder and executive function challenges are disruptive for students of all ages.
If you're the parent of a struggling teen, you may be concerned about your teen's successful progression from junior high to high school and or on to college, as maintaining success becomes increasingly more challenging. And, if your teen is attending college he may be struggling to juggle adult responsibilities in addition to his studies.
How to address a student's unique challenges? I have found that struggling students are overwhelmed by so much more than academics. There's a lot happening under the surface—from social issues to a lack of self-awareness to low motivation to emotional issues, such as anxiety and depression.
My goal is help students get on track both academically and personally as they recognize their abilities and start to gain confidence in themselves. I do this through a combination of educating them about their unique brain structure, then co-creating helpful strategies for them that we test out together.
I am their partner through this process by checking in regularly with them about their actions and goals, and supporting them as their successes build upon each other over time.
This approach also helps address issues at home between the student and the rest of the family. It allows parents to begin pulling away some of the scaffolding and hands-on management so the student can do more on his own.
I work with parents and their teens to create positive, forward-moving plans that encourage students to take charge of their own success, both academically and personally. Parents discover effective ways to support their teen through the process. This approach helps parents become more proactive and less reactive. Both parent and teen feel more in control as they experience the positive results of their work together. This changes everything.
Possible plans we might create for your teen include...
The Strategy and Planning Session is a time when parent, student and I identify the goals we'll work on first. We'll decide on the frequency of our meetings. We'll talk about student successes and struggles as well as strengths and the barriers that prevent success.
We'll also discuss possible rewards and incentives, which are especially important to motivate students with ADHD and Executive Functioning challenges. Once we have identified some incentives, we can start to put accountability measures in place to support your teen's new strategies and routines.
My coaching approach does require parental involvement in a supportive and collaborative role with their teen, so I have built in regular parent check-in meetings into my coaching program. You'll be involved in your child's life for a long time, so you will need knowledge and understanding to support their development.
Since teens are ready to start experiencing more independence, I primarily work one-on-one with them. Parents receive a complimentary Orientation Session and regular meetings with me where I share general information about Attention Deficit Disorder and Executive Function skills. I also provide examples of the tools and activities I'll be using with their student.
Parents are kept up-to-date each week with an email or phone call to discuss what's going on with their student as we progress.
Because coaching is an action-oriented process, it takes some time to create new beliefs and follow new habits. Based on the process, I strongly recommend committing to coaching for a minimum of six months.
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