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Coaching to Help Student Veterans Make the Transition to College

Coaching to Help Student Veterans Make the Transition to College | ADHD | Scoop.it
Returning veterans who are attending college face many challenges and stresses that most students do not. Evidence is beginning to mount that the level of
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An Important Parent Webinar | Edge Foundation

"Behind the Wheel With ADHD" is a PARENT WEBINAR, presented in 3 modules, for parents of teens with ADHD and other executive functioning challenges,
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Behind the Wheel With ADHD - An Online Webinar This webinar for parents of teens with ADHD and other executive functioning challenges learning to drive! This webinar offers you peace of mind. Gayle Sweeney and Ann Shanahan, creators of the “Behind the Wheel With ADHD” professional training program for driving instructors, have brought their research and experience on this topic to the Edge Foundation as a new webinar just for parents! This webinar will help you keep your teen with ADHD safe behind the wheel. Now available in recorded form for convenient listening anytime. See the write-up in US News & World Report. http://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2017-07-19/executive-functioning-and-adhd-what-parents-should-know
 
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ADHD and Sound Stimulation: A Good Noise, Bad Noise Story

Individuals with ADHD often report being very sensitive to all sorts of stimuli in the environment, especially noise. They can experience large swings of over
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ADHD and Sound Stimulation: A Good Noise, Bad Noise Story Individuals with ADHD often report being very sensitive to all sorts of stimuli in the environment, especially noise. They can experience large swings of over-stimulation followed by periods of emotional and physical depletion. Research is now beginning to uncover the source of this phenomenon and suggest how it can be controlled and harnessed for positive effect. READ MORE
 
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Strategies for Building a Stronger Relationship When You Have ADHD

Strategies for Building a Stronger Relationship When You Have ADHD | ADHD | Scoop.it
The divorce rate is nearly twice as high for people with ADHD, (which affects roughly 4 percent of adults), as it is for other couples. The symptoms of the ADHD
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Strategies for Building a Stronger Relationship When You Have ADHD The divorce rate is nearly twice as high for people with ADHD, (which affects roughly 4 percent of adults), as it is for other couples. The symptoms of the ADHD partner can result in misunderstandings that, left unresolved, can lead to trouble in a marriage. There are some basic strategies you can take to strengthen your relationship when ADHD is making it difficult
 
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Calming the ADHD Mind with Mindfulness Meditation

Recent research studies have begun to show the usefulness of mindfulness meditation in treating the symptoms of ADHD, especially in adults. A daily practice of
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The Gap-Year Edge | Edge Coaching

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Malia Obama's decision to choose a gap year is a decision many with ADHD should consider.
Malia Obama's decision to choose a gap year is a decision many with ADHD should consider.
 
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What If? – I have ADHD but I don’t let it stand in my way | Edge Coaching

What If? – I have ADHD but I don’t let it stand in my way | Edge Coaching | ADHD | Scoop.it
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Is your Student Lacking Emotional Intelligence? | Edge Coaching

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Research suggests that by making a person aware of the skills that they are lacking and practicing the proper responses, one can develop the skills needed to improve their emotional intelligence. For a student, this can mean better friendships, better relationships with professors or improved interactions. For students with ADHD, developing emotional intelligence can ease the mid-semester rush and equip students with the tools needed to finish the semester as smoothly as they began.
Research suggests that by making a person aware of the skills that they are lacking and practicing the proper responses, one can develop the skills needed to improve their emotional intelligence. For a student, this can mean better friendships, better relationships with professors or improved interactions. For students with ADHD, developing emotional intelligence can ease the mid-semester rush and equip students with the tools needed to finish the semester as smoothly as they began.
 
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Why is Checking-In an Important Part of ADHD/EF Coaching? | Edge Coaching

Checking-in is one of the most important parts of the ADHD/Executive Functioning-coaching models. It is one of the primary differences that separate life coaching from ADHD coaching.

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Research shows link between lead exposure and ADHD symptoms in children with HFE C282Y gene mutation

Research shows link between lead exposure and ADHD symptoms in children with HFE C282Y gene mutation | ADHD | Scoop.it

Exposure to small amounts of lead may contribute to ADHD symptoms in children who have a particular gene mutation, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.


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Shire Announces Sixth Annual Scholarship for Individuals With ADHD | Edge Coaching

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Shire announces it's 2016 Scholarship for coaching services. Fifty nationally based scholarships and five employee-related scholarships will be awarded in June 2016. The deadline to apply is March 9, 2016. Learn more at https://edgefoundation.org/blog/2016/01/10/shire-announces-sixth-annual-scholarship-for-individuals-with-adhd/

ADHD Scholarship by Shire awards each recipient $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. Fifty nationally based scholarships and five employee-related scholarships will be awarded in June 2016. The deadline to apply is March 9, 2016.

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What is Coaching All About? | Edge Coaching

What is Coaching All About? | Edge Coaching | ADHD | Scoop.it
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How does it work? What do you need to do?

Coaching young adults with executive-function challenges is about allowing the brain and the body’s nervous system to work together to for best results.

There are several ways of looking at coaching. One is coaching for compliance and the other is coaching for growth. Coaching for compliance is what happens when overt expectations are established so that someone must comply. Coaching for compliance is also about following rules and doing what is expected in a given situation. When we mention compliance or growth, we are actually thinking about how the autonomic nervous system is being activated.

Moreover, when people want others to follow rules, expectations or orders then this is what is called coaching for compliance, or, being told what to do and how to do it.   

continue reading https://edgefoundation.org/blog/2015/12/17/what-is-coaching-all-about/

The autonomic nervous system is composed of two parts, the parasympathetic and sympathetic systems. The parasympathetic nervous system generates neurotransmitters that help us relax, improve blood flow, lower blood pressure and think more clearly. In addition, activating the parasympathetic nervous system helps us feel calmer and it helps us make better decisions as well as allows us to learn.  Therefore the goal of coaching is to help the client activate his or her parasympathetic nervous system through a process of asking questions. This helps the client discover, dream, and envision a better life actually allowing the nervous system to think.https://edgefoundation.org/blog/2015/12/17/what-is-coaching-all-about/https://edgefoundation.org/blog/2015/12/17/what-is-coaching-all-about/

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A Gap Year – The Right Choice for an ADHD Teen?

A Gap Year – The Right Choice for an ADHD Teen? | ADHD | Scoop.it
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
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ADHD: You Can't Go Off to School with Them But We Can

ADHD: You Can't Go Off to School with Them But We Can | ADHD | Scoop.it
College is a huge investment. It is the biggest life transition for any student and even bigger for an ADHD student. Join us for this edition of Attention Talk Radio as we talk about how to protect your college investment. We'll be interviewing Robert Tudisco, head of the Edge Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing resources among other things to college students. We'll also have an excerpt of a prerecorded interview with Dr. Eileen Henry of Muskingum University around its programs that also protect students. If you have an ADHD student and are starting to think about college, you don't want to miss this show. Attention Talk Radio is the leading site for self-help Internet radio shows focusing on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD), including managing symptoms of attention deficit disorder, adults with ADD, or adults who have children with ADHD. Attention Talk Radio, hosted by attention coach Jeff Copper, is designed to help adults and children (particularly those diagnosed with or impacted by attention deficit disorder or its symptoms) in life or business who are stuck, overwhelmed, or frustrated. It will help adults and children get unstuck and moving forward by helping to open their minds and pay attention to what works.
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ADHD: You Can't Go Off to School with Them But We Can College is a huge investment. It is the biggest life transition for any student and even bigger for an ADHD student. Join us for this archive edition of Attention Talk Radio as we talk about how to protect your college investment. We’ll be interviewing Robert Tudisco, disability attorney, ADHD motivational speaker and non-profit consultant. We’ll also have an excerpt of a prerecorded interview with Dr. Eileen Henry of Muskingum University around its programs that also protect students. If you have an ADHD student and are starting to think about college, you don’t want to miss this show. CLICK TO LISTEN
 
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ADHD Budgeting Made Easy! (a.k.a. Get your spending under control)

ADHD Budgeting Made Easy! (a.k.a. Get your spending under control) | ADHD | Scoop.it
Do you always seem to be running out of money? Are you one of the reasons banks can afford to give away free checking? Do you often leave the house with great
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ADHD Budgeting Made Easy! Do you always seem to be running out of money? Are you one of the reasons banks can afford to give away free checking? Do you often leave the house with great intentions, but get swept away in the moment and spend more than you had planned? A budget helps you think about what you want to spend when you are in the space to use your best judgment. Here are simple ways to make a budget that you can stick to.
 
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When Attention Wanders, Fidget Toys to the Rescue

Kids (and adults) with ADHD often need something to help them feel settled so they can sustain their attention and focus. So-called fidget toys are a way to
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Click here to support Learning Edge 2017 Give the Gift of Coaching to At Risk Students by Edge Foundation

Click here to support Learning Edge 2017 Give the Gift of Coaching to At Risk Students by Edge Foundation | ADHD | Scoop.it
Children in low income families who may have been the victims of physical and emotional abuse, addiction and violence often have learning and attention challenges which puts them at risk for falling behind, failing and dropping out of school, particularly those who have been diagnosed with ADHD. While they are all brilliant in their own special ways, these students may lack the ability to plan, prioritize, focus, and follow through. The Edge Foundation, through its cadre of specially trained Edge Coaches, helps students realize their potential and pursue their passion. Edge Coaching provides the tools that a young person needs to develop resilience, perseverance, and grit. Our proven techniques have helped hundreds of students overcome their learning challenges and succeed in school and in life. We need your help to extend Edge coaching to as many students as possible whose families may not be able to afford coaching services. Each Learning Edge student will receive a $2,500 grant for Edge Coaching. Coaches work one-on- one with the student to help them develop the skills they need to succeed in school. Some of our most successful entrepreneurs, political leaders, athletes and artists have ADHD. Your donation will help give these students the chance to be one too!
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Who believed in you when you struggled with ADHD? Join us in helping at-risk youth stay in school with the gift of coaching. Donate today. 
 
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The Creative Gifts of ADHD

The Creative Gifts of ADHD | ADHD | Scoop.it
“Just because a diagnosis [of ADHD] can be made does not take away from the great traits we love about Calvin and his imaginary tiger friend, Hobbes.

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Figuring Out How We Learn Best: Don’t Change the Peg, Change the Hole! | Edge Coaching

There is an old saying that “a square peg won’t fit in a round hole.” Yet much of education, especially for those of us with learning disabilities, seems to consist of trying to force this square peg into [...]...

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Coaches Get the Career Piece for Your Practice

Coaches Get the Career Piece for Your Practice | ADHD | Scoop.it
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For maximum effectiveness, coaching must be a collaborative effort that utilizes sound practices and methods, targeted at the entire person.  Often in the coaching profession, we work with clients on a host of priorities, always including the multi-faced puzzle-pieces that make up our complicated species.  Often too, when we reach the place along the coaching path that deals with the “Career Piece,” we are forced to stop our process, and hand the client off to a career professional to address that.What we especially find with the ADHD population is that this “handing off” process can be disruptive of the coaching relationship we have established, and can further lead to losing the client, due to loss of follow-through on their part, or lack of collaboration with the career professional.In order to be more inclusive in your services, it is now possible for you to gain the valuable tools and skills needed to be able to address the “Career Piece” within your coaching practice, and therebyretain more clients through to completion.What are the Career Advantages to completing this course? Upon successful completion of the CSS Training, ADHD Coaches will receive a certificate indicating that they have taken the course, and indicating that they may use the credentials “CSS” following other professional credentials, in order to indicate that they are an ADHD Coach who now has the competencies, tools, understanding and expertise needed to assist clients in the “career piece” of the coaching process.

What is Career & Life Planning Services Specialty Training?

Career & Life Planning Services Specialty Training is a 6-week distance training class designed to give ADHD Coaches the competencies, tools and expertise needed to assist clients in the “career piece” of the coaching process.  Participants may choose to receive either 13 CCEU’s from International Coach Federation (ICF) or 13 CCEU’s from Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) after completion of the training.    Participants will gain specific knowledge, tools and expertise needed to work with individuals with ADHD on career issues, both initial, long-term decisions and evolving issues in mature adults

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What is Coaching All About? | Edge Coaching

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What is coaching for ADHD all about? How does it work? Coaching young adults with executive-function challenges is about allowing the brain and the body’s nervous system to work together to for best results. There are several ways of looking at coaching. One is coaching for compliance and the other is coaching for growth. Coaching for compliance is what happens when overt expectations are established so that someone must comply. Coaching for compliance is also about following rules and doing what is expected in a given situation. When we mention compliance or growth, we are actually thinking about how the autonomic nervous system is being activated.  Continue reading at https://edgefoundation.org/blog/2015/12/17/what-is-coaching-all-about/

How does it work? What do you need to do?

Coaching young adults with executive-function challenges is about allowing the brain and the body’s nervous system to work together to for best results.

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The Gap-Year Edge | Edge Coaching

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Have you considered a gap-year? The benefits are numerous. Read more about how a gap year can benefit those with ADHD or Executive Function challenges here: https://edgefoundation.org/blog/2016/01/05/the-gap-year-edge/

Gap-year options can span a weekend, one-to-three months, or as much as a full year. Costs range widely with some placements providing housing and food in exchange for student labor while others involve fees or paid tuition.

The benefits of taking gap time are varied and numerous:

* Choosing, creating, and owning one’s life at an early age

* Relating classroom learning to the world

* Resting/rejuvenating outside the onerous aspects of schooling (the gap year is particularly effective for students with learning differences who often thrive outside a formal classroom setting)

* Exploring a personal interest in a particular field before pursuing it as a college major or career

* Increasing clarity and focus in college resulting in saving time and money (the average span in college is 5-6 years, not 4; gap-year students finish in fewer school terms than their non-gap year peers)

* Attaining higher GPAs, on average, than non-gap-year peers

* Building a resume and gaining practical skills before college or entering the work world

* Increasing self-confidence through handling situations away from home

* Attaining greater financial awareness through needing to focus on a budget

* Making smoother transitions into college and the work world after college

 
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Webinars | Edge Coaching

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Edge Foundation is excited to be able to bring you a new training webinar program called “Behind the Wheel With ADHD”, created and developed by Gayle Sweeney and Ann Shanahan. This program was originally designed for driver education professionals and modified for this webinar to allow parents, coaches, and other professionals working with novice teen drivers who struggle with ADHD and other executive functioning challenges to gain from their expertise and knowledge. Gayle and Ann want to bring this information to those in the Edge community who are interested in helping create an enhanced driver training experience for their teens or clients or loved ones.

What is “Behind The Wheel With ADHD”?

Have you heard the studies that show that teen drivers with ADHD are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their peers who do not struggle with executive-function impairments?

Would you appreciate some guidance from the experts on training and coaching teens with ADHD? If so then this program may be one way to help your students mitigate those risks and improve the likelihood of a successful training experience for your teens who struggle with attention deficits and learning challenges.

Human factors are considered to be the most common cause of automobile accidents with in-vehicle distraction identified as a significant contributor to traffic collisions. Any disorder that impairs attention elevates the risk for crashes and other serious incidents on the road. Automobile accidents are more common among those with ADHD and are usually associated with a higher rate of fatality. . Compared to other teens, young drivers with ADHD are two to four times more likely to have traffic accidents, three times as likely to have injuries, four times as likely to be at fault, and six to eight times more likely to have their licenses suspended. Many of the symptoms associated with ADHD are known to magnify driving risks, especially impulsivity, distractibility, inattention, excessive anger, aggression, and risky maneuvers.

What Does “Behind the Wheel with ADHD” Offer?

“Behind the Wheel with ADHD” gives you the tools necessary to coach your ADHD teens in creating effective strategies and skills to manage the risks associated with all executive functioning challenges and driving:

• Learn how to implement specific strategies to create a safer trip on the road for the teenage driver with attention deficits or other executive functioning challenges.

• Leave the training with a new set of tools to support the teen driver as he or she learns to drive and manage distractions, impulsivity, and other impediments to safe driving.

• Benefit from the research done on how drivers with ADHD and other executive functioning challenges can create a set of routines that eliminate many of the risky behaviors associated with ADHD and driving.

• Use the tools necessary to start a Graduated License Plan immediately for the new driver based on the prototype developed by Dr. Russell Barkley as well as templates for one’s own enhanced Driver Log, Parent-Teen Agreement, and information about the new app available for iPhones and Androids for the recommended Pre-Trip Inspection for drivers who struggle with executive functioning challenges.

• Learn the impact medication has on the effectiveness of a teen’s driving and some specific ways one can help him or her manage the medication protocol to mitigate risks.

When is “Behind the Wheel with ADHD” Offered?

Webinar Dates: Two Wednesdays in September:
September 23: Noon- 1:30 pm Pacific; 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern
September 30: 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm Pacific; 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern

What does “Behind the Wheel with ADHD” Cost?

Fee: US $75 for 90 minute webinar, use the button below to pay and register.


Choose a dateSeptember 23rd September 30th Enter your phone number


How to Sign up for “Behind the Wheel with ADHD” Webinar?

To Sign Up: https://edgefoundation.org/parents/webinars.
Questions: Contact Denise von Pressentin at Edge Foundation at 206.632.9497 or at dvonpressentin@edgefoundation.org.

 
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