Children of military families face many challenges and stresses that most students do not. For these youth, acquiring the executive functioning skills necessary for success in life and school is critical.
What is Edge Military Child Coaching?
Military children face special challenges. New schools, new bases, loss of friendships and having a parent deployed are just a few. If layered upon executive functioning challenges, like ADHD, life, family and school can seem overwhelming. Any treatment programs are often interrupted when the family moves, making consistency of care difficult.
The Edge Foundation offers a simple yet innovative way to positively affect the social and emotional state of our military children. We provide weekly, one on one sessions with expert coaches to help adapt to stressors and improve emotional well-being. The Edge Foundation’s ability to provide the same coach anywhere the family moves through our Virtual Coaching Program creates stability and regularity.
The Need is Critical
- There are currently 2 million military children of active duty members worldwide
- One third of school-age military children show psychosocial behaviors such as being anxious, worrying often, crying more frequently
- During the 2005–2006 fiscal year the number of mental and behavioral health visits increased by 11%, behavioral disorders increased by 19%, and stress disorders increased by 18% in military children when a parent deployed (Gorman et al., 2010)