Edge Foundation’s study offers hope for students with learning challenges due to ADHD, dyslexia and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) because it definitively links coaching to improved executive functioning. And improved executive functioning means more success in school.

2-yr Research Study Shows Success with Coaching

Edge Foundation’s research demonstrated that these students significantly benefit from receiving coaching using the Edge model. Students with learning challenges due to ADHD, dyslexia and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) who participated in Edge coaching sessions demonstrated statistically significant, higher executive functioning than students with similar challenges who did not receive coaching.

  • Students who received Edge coaching showed substantial gains in their overall approach to learning.
  • The study showed that students, who received Edge coaching services showed significant improvement in their ability to organize, direct and manage cognitive activities, emotional responses and overt behaviors.
  • They were able to formulate goals more realistically and consistently work toward achieving them, manage their time more effectively, and stick with tasks even when they found them challenging.
  • It also enhanced their sense of well being and resulted in more positive emotional states, which have been linked by research to more effective learning.

Download the research report executive summary.

“This study demonstrated that the Edge coaching model was highly effective in helping students improve executive functioning and related skills as measured by the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory. The magnitude of the effect size for self-regulation was more than double the typical educational intervention, and executive functioning was quadruple. Findings with effect sizes that large are rare.”