If you are a regular reader of the Edge blog, you already know that the ADHD can cause all types of challenges that get in the way of a student reaching his or her full potential. The root of many of these challenges lies in the way the executive functions of the brain work. Executive functions are the part of the brain that helps with:
- Goal Setting
- Sticking with it when it gets tough
That all sounds pretty important, doesn’t it? It’s no wonder that this week in Seattle Times interview by reporter Jerry Large, developmental molecular biologist John Medina said:
“The single greatest predictor of academic success is executive function. It even trumps IQ.”
The single greatest predictor of academic success. Wow. Did that give you pause? Are you feeling a little worried?
ADHD and Executive Function Challenges
The way ADHD affects the executive functions of the brain can be one of the most challenging parts of living with it. But before you head down a dark hallway, we want to look at this from a different angle.
Yes, executive functions are important. And, yes, people living with ADHD have struggles that others don’t have because of impaired executive functions. BUT, that does not mean that people with ADHD cannot be extremely successfully in school and in life. Why?
First off, if you are reading this blog, you already know you have ADHD. That’s a huge advantage. You can take that knowledge and put in place supports to shore up your executive function weaknesses.
ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all disability. ADHD manifests differently in each person. (Thus the alphabet soup of ADD, ADHD, AD/HD to all name the same condition.) Even those with severe ADHD usually have some activities where their executive functions work very well. It is critical to keep in mind that each person has their own, unique set of strengths and weaknesses. The key is to be introspective and understand yourself — know your strengths, your challenges, your passions, your aversions.
An ADHD Coach plays to your strengths. An ADHD coach is a way to help you give you perspective on your strenthgs and help you learn life-long skills which will allow you to compensate for your weaknesses.
ADHD Coaching for ADHD Success
Sure, the greatest predictor of academic success is executive function. But it isn’t the only thing that you need to succeed.
- Awareness that you have ADHD and acknowledging it has special challenges
- Willingness to ask for help
- Seeking out the right resource
- And finding the outside experts to help you develop a plan that works for you.
These are all important too.
Find your edge
An Edge Coach understands how to work with ADHD. They have met the rigorous standards set by the Edge Foundation and are trained to working with students and young adults with ADHD. They know how to help you discover your many strengths and talents – hidden and known – and bring them into the forefront. They are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of students and young adults with ADHD. And most of all, they are ready to help you.
What are you waiting for?
For more information:
- John Medina, Brain Rules
- Scholarly article on ADHD and executive function: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.120.5164&rep=rep1&type=pdf
- Free ADHD & College Survival Guide
- Sign up for an Edge Coach