Editor’s Note:Our last blog talked about how ADHD has impacted Jesse in school.This one explores how coaching has made a difference in his life.For more information about how an Edge ADHD Coach can help you visit Edge Foundation’s Coaching Page.]
Written by guest blogger: Shaina Humphries, University of Illinios
Aside from his medication and special accommodations, Jesse makes use of an academic “coach”. Coaches are commonly used in ADHD treatment, and are the main focus of Neil Peterson’s EDGE Foundation.
Peterson founded the EDGE Foundation, so he could help other kids suffering from ADHD, in the same way he was able to help his own two children, who have ADHD and Dyslexia.
“Medications do not work for everybody. They are not ‘the’ answer,” said Peterson. “Medications do not teach skills, but coaches do.”
Coaches like Jesse’s and those from Edge work by helping a person with ADHD to organize their life on their own, rather than telling them what to do. The coach meets with a student once or twice per week, and helps him or her with prioritizing, focusing, confidence, etc.
For example, Peterson’s daughter calls her coach for 30 minutes every Monday. She and her coach talk about how everything in her life is going.
“Then she’ll tell him she’s got a big paper due next week, and later she’ll tell him how her friends are coming to visit her that weekend,” Peterson said. “He’ll ask if that will affect her paper. Then she’ll say ‘I should probably write the first part of that paper this week before they visit.’”
What’s important about coaching, Peterson stresses, is that the person with ADHD is doing the thinking, coming to the conclusions on their own, and that’s how they learn the skills needed in life.
Treatment plans for ADHD that include medication, special accommodations and coaching, can be very beneficial to a student with ADHD, and can help the student function normally in and out of college.
Regardless, ADHD is a difficult disorder to deal with, especially in college, and certainly when a student with ADHD has not been diagnosed with the disorder. But, according to Jesse, with the right treatment, being a college student with ADHD is manageable.
“Since I was diagnosed, I’m always learning more ways to deal with it,” said Jesse “I have no doubt that I’ll graduate and have a “normal” job afterwards as an engineer.”
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