FAQs Overview

Here’s where to get all of your questions about Edge Coaching answered.

  • Getting to know Edge Private Coaching
  • How to sign up for Edge Coaching
  • Who do Edge Coaches work with?

Getting to know Edge Private Coaching

What is Edge Coaching?

Everyone knows a coach when they see one. There are football coaches, tennis coaches, dance coaches, voice coaches and executive coaches. And for the daily challenge of life itself there are life coaches. Put simply, a life coach helps people meet the challenges and opportunities life presents. An Edge Coach is a life coach who is specialized in (1) helping young people, who (2) have  unique executive functioning challenges that can come from ADHD, adverse childhood experiences and normal developmental issues.  Edge Coaching works the same way as an athletic coach, only the game is life.

Your Edge Coach will work with you on the skills you may be missing or need to develop more fully.  Over time you will get better at all the things that are hard for you right now — things like planning, prioritizing, time management, and organization. Your Edge Coach will also help you apply these new skills to achieving the things you want most. Check out some of our testimonials below to understand how Edge Coaching has helped real students achieve their goals. People all over the world are recognizing the benefits of life coaching in their pursuit of career and life goals. Many CEOs and top business executives find that executive coaches can give them the edge necessary to manage successfully and effectively when the stakes are very high. At the Edge Foundation we believe that if a coach is good enough for CEOs, then it is good enough for our young people.

  • –Jordan T.
    "My coach really helped me focus on what I needed to do. When I break down what I need to do each week, it makes it easier to think about each task and get it done quicker.”
  • "I will be the only person in my family on track to graduate. My siblings and parents all had trouble graduating. Coaching and the support I get from it is what gives me confidence I can make it through."
    Rachel
    "My coach made me ask questions and get my own answers. I loved the support and direction coaching gives me.
  • Alicia B.
    "My coach made me ask questions and get my own answers. I loved the support and direction coaching gives me."
  • “My coach helped me organize my academic schedule, gain confidence and become a better student who works harder and is more focused than before."
    Rozzland K.
  • “The coaching our son received changed his life! The coaching techniques taught him to structure his activities and get them done. He now has a successful career. We found that the coaching component was an absolutely essential element."
    Parents of a student with ADD

How does an Edge Coach help?

Coaching is particularly well-suited to helping people with Executive Functioning impairments, that come from ADHD and adverse childhood experiences, live better with the challenges of this disorder. Many of the strategies Edge Coaches offer are precisely the ones that are needed most. When self management, time management, and organization don’t come naturally, an Edge Coach can help you develop these skills. In addition, the focused and personalized one-on-one approach of coaching works really well for young people.  For those diagnosed with the Executive Functioning challenge of ADHD, adverse childhood experiences and normal developmental issues, Edge Coaching is not a substitute for traditional treatment such as medication. But at the Edge Foundation we believe Edge Coaching, regardless of whether the young person is on medication or not, is a critical and highly effective support and strategy for young people to learn to deal well with the Executive Functioning challenges they face.

There are seven major Executive Functioning challenge areas that most Edge Coaches work on with their clients:

  • Scheduling,
  • Goal setting,
  • Confidence building,
  • Organizing,
  • Focusing,
  • Prioritizing, and
  • Persisting at tasks.

Who are our Edge Coaches?

The Edge Foundation has recruited and trained a select group of coaches. Your Edge Coach is an experienced coach who has a real interest in coaching young people.  Our Edge Coaches have been specially trained in working with children, teens and young adults who have Executive Functioning challenges.

What happens in an Edge coaching session?

Getting started:

The Edge Coaching Program starts with a get-to-know you chat. In this call, we’ll answer your questions, get a sense of whether or not you’ll benefit from Edge Coaching and make sure you understand the general terms and conditions of working with an Edge Coach. Once you and your coach have decided to proceed, you sign a contract and begin. These chats are free and take about 30 minutes.

Intake session:

The first session is a lengthy one and is sometimes called the intake session. During this discussion that usually lasts about two hours, you and your coach talk about what’s working and what’s not, what’s frustrating, and where you’d like to see progress. If you are under 18 years of age, your parents will participate in some of it. By the end of this session you and your coach will know what you are going to be working on and how you are going to work on it.

Weekly coaching sessions and check-ins:

After you’ve completed the intake session, you begin your weekly 30-minute coaching sessions.  In addition you will have additional check-ins during the week. Check-ins can be by text, phone, or email.

How to sign up for Edge Coaching

How do I get started?

Learn more

If you want more information or just want to talk it through, either complete the Get More Information Form or call us at 1-888-718-8886.  If we don’t pick up the phone immediately, we will be back in touch with you as soon as possible, and, no case later than the next day.

Involve your parents (or not)

If you are under 18 years of age, your parent will participate in all phases of the application process but you make the final decision when selecting an Edge Coach.  For individuals 18 years and older, it is expected that you take the initiative for selecting your own coach and your parents take a supportive but secondary role.

Apply for a coach match

When you’re ready to get your own Edge Coach, these are the steps to take:

Step 1: Contact our Edge Coach Match Maker

Denise von Pressentin
888-718-8886
206-632-9497
dvonpressentin@edgefoundation.org

Or contact us by submitting the form.

Step 2: Set up a call between the student/individual to be coached and Denise

Denise, our Edge Coach Match Maker, based upon the discussion she has with the person to be coached, will identify the Edge Coach best suited to work with you and your particular situation.  And don’t worry, you’ll have a chance to get to know the coach and have all your questions answered before you start coaching or make any financial commitment. The application form below should have been submitted by now.

Step 3: Meet your Edge Coach

After you’ve completed the application, and had your conversations (parent and student) with Denise, our Edge Coach Match Maker, will provide you with a bio for your potential Edge Coach. Your Edge Coach will contact you to set up a time for an interview to determine if it is a good match, a good connection between the Edge Coach and you.  If, after speaking with the proposed Edge Coach, you want to speak with another coach, no problem.  Just contact Denise and she will suggest another Edge Coach.  The process will be repeated until a good match is made for you — one that you and the Edge Coach are excited about and comfortable with.

Begin Edge Coaching

Once an Edge Coach has been selected, you (and your parent if you are under 18) and your coach will sign a month-to-month contract, and coaching commences.

Payment for coaching services is pre-paid monthly to the Edge Foundation..

At any time if there are questions or concerns, Denise, our Coach Match Maker and the coach are available to help you.

What do I need to know to select an Edge Coach?

Coaching is a partnership in which you and your coach define your goals and plan how to achieve those goals. You provide the goals — the coach provides structure, support and accountability. When selecting an Edge Coach look for someone who:

  • Understands the unique challenges you face in your school environment and in your life.
  • Is flexible and one you feel comfortable with (this is not a decision for your parents to make – the coach is working with you!).
  • Offers the option of working by phone/online video interface or in person if necessary.
  • Is comfortable working, as needed, in coordination with your therapist, tutor, faculty advisor or other professionals for your best interests.

A good Edge Coach will help you identify and gravitate towards your strengths, while navigating around your weaknesses. Working with the right coach you soon find you’re stronger at advocating for yourself and your stress is dramatically reduced because you are on track and following a plan.

How much does Edge Coaching cost?

By now it’s probably clear that working with an Edge Coach is unlike anything else you’ve ever tried. Because of the additional check-ins in between sessions, working with your Edge Coach isn’t just a once-a-week thing: the interactions support you all week long.

Fees for an Edge Coach are $125* per week which includes the one on one coaching session which typically lasts 30 minutes and also includes text, email and phone follow ups during the week.

* Prior to the first week of coaching there is a one-time fee of $400 for an Intake Session of two hours.  It is the foundation session where in the student fleshes out to the coach who he/she is, where he’s/she’s been, what are his/her long term and short term goals, his/her strengths and weaknesses and what he/she wants to start working on.  The coach and the student create a plan and set up the weekly coaching sessions and the scheduled check-ins. .

Coaching progress happens over time, so consider this a month to month process toward success. It’s less than $15/day to get you back on track and give you the tools you need to succeed long term. Compare the above to some common (costly) things that definitely won’t help you succeed:

  • A daily Starbucks habit (sugar and caffeine are not the best way to stay alert–your Edge Coach can help you develop healthier habits);
  • A few bounced checks or credit card problems (your coach can help you manage your money and avoid these problems);
  • A speeding ticket or parking ticket or fender bender, and the increased insurance premiums that will result (your coach can help educate you about the issues  teens face when driving and encourage safe driving habits); and
  • Failing a class (there goes that tuition if you are in college! Your coach can help you stay on track so you won’t fail — you’ll do well.

How does the coach matchmaking process work?

An Edge Coach suited to your needs and situation

After Denise has gathered all of the available information about what you are looking for, she’ll make a Coach match.  She’ll send you background information about an Edge Coach picked specially for you. You’ll also be provided her contact information.  Before you agree to working with an Edge Coach, you’ll have an opportunity to interview with him.  You’ll have a chance to get to know the person a bit and see if he feels comfortable.  If you think the match is a good fit, you’re done.  If you want to interview other coaches, Denise will help you with that.

We want to make it as painless as possible

Denise knows each one of our coaches well and strives to make it easy for you by making a good match for you the first time. Some people are overwhelmed by the idea of interviewing coaches and ask us to pick someone for them. We can do that.  Other people want to interview several coaches to get a better feel for the differences between them.  We can do that too. We have dozens of talented, well-trained, and experienced coaches for you to work with.  We are committed to finding an Edge Coach suited to your need and confident that you’ll find a good match at Edge.

How long do I need an Edge Coach?

If you are a student, the Edge program is typically designed to last for up to 36 weeks: one 30-minute session for every week of a nine month academic school year. Although the coaching contracts are month-to-month, we strongly encourage you to stay with coaching for two full school terms. The first term, you’re just learning the skills. The second term you’re learning how to apply them on your own with the support of your Edge Coach. By the end of the second term, most students have internalized what they’ve learned and are ready to graduate from coaching! If you want to keep coaching, however, your coach will be happy to work something out with you.

Most students choose to suspend Edge Coaching during exams and holidays, but we strongly encourage you not to go more than two weeks without a session or at least a check-in.

Why do Edge Coaches work by phone or online video interface?

Although there is no prohibition against meeting in person, all of Edge Coaches are trained to work on the phone. We do this for several reasons:

Using the phone takes transportation issues right out of the equation. You can get to your appointment just by picking up the phone – it’s a lot easier to be on time for your appointments!

By working on the phone, you have access to the Edge Coach who is just right for you regardless of where you live or where the coach resides.   And, you can “take your coach with you” where ever you go.

A 30-minute appointment takes exactly 30 minutes. No commuting to and from the appointment, or waiting in the waiting room. Coaching appointments are therefore easy to fit into a busy schedule.

You and your Edge Coach can stay in much closer touch through the phone, text and email than you can if you’re only connected in an office. It is this extra contact that very often makes the difference in being able to stay on task and follow through.

You can also meet with your Edge Coach via on online video interface!

How long does the coaching last?

It varies with you and your needs.  Some last the full school year.  Some last for 6 months.  Some stop after 4 months.  Some continue on and off with their coach for several years, and even into their work-a-day world.   One of the great things about Edge Coaching is that you can turn it on when you need it and turn it off when you don’t. Even though we encourage a nine-month commitment for optimal results, you can just try it for a month and see if coaching works for you.

Does Edge Coaching happen during school exams and vacations?

It is your choice. Coaching may be suspended over exam periods, but oftentimes coaching support is most valuable during these busy, high stress times.  Most students suspend Edge Coaching during school vacations and holiday, but we strongly encourage you not to go more than two weeks without a session or at least a check-in. If you start coaching in the middle of the year, you may take the summer off and complete your second semester of coaching in the fall.

What is the difference between an organizational coach and an Edge Coach?

One of the questions recently raised on Facebook was what is the difference between organizational and Edge Coaching. Organizational and Edge Coaches do have a lot in common. Coaching is coaching, but not all organizing challenges come from ADHD, adverse childhood experiences and normal developmental issues, and not all such challenges are organizing. Yes, organizational issues are a hallmark of ADHD, adverse childhood experiences and normal developmental issues, however, there are many other executive functions that an Edge Coach also can help a person address including:

  • Scheduling
  • Goal Setting
  • Focusing
  • Prioritizing
  • Sticking with it when it gets tough (a.k.a. persistence)
  • Impulsiveness

An Edge Coach helps people with Executive Functioning challenges that stem from ADHD, adverse childhood experiences and normal developmental issues build strategies to work with their strengths to counter their weaknesses. You can’t organize yourself into focusing or being less impulsive. But most people with these challenges do need help getting organized.

Who do Edge Coaches work with?

How old do you need to be to get an Edge Coach?

Coaching readiness is not based solely on chronological age.  However, most children under the age of 11 are not emotionally ready to take on the responsibility and accountability required in a coaching relationship.

Children in middle school and some in high school need to be coached in person.  Mature high school students and college students can be effectively coached by phone or online video interface. For children under the age of 11, the most effective use of an Edge Coach is for the parents to get an Edge Coach. (See next question)

If you aren’t sure that your child is ready for an Edge Coach, you can take this short coaching readiness quiz to get a better idea of what’s required.

Does Edge work with parents?

Yes! Parents of kids with Executive Functioning challenges often face the same challenges their kids face.  An Edge Coach can help parents understand their children better, learn the benefits of using non directive questioning techniques in dealing with their children, establish structures, rules and boundaries to support their children who have Executive Functioning challenges.

Does Edge work with graduate students?

Yes!  While our primary focus is providing help to younger students so that they complete their education, the reality is that for those of us who have Executive Functioning challenges there is no age limit to learning to minimize the weaknesses that come with ADHD, adverse childhood experiences and other Executive Function impairments.

What if I’m not in school, will you still work with me?

Absolutely. You don’t have to be a student to use a coach. CEOs commonly use life coaches to help them be more effective at work and you can too!

Is this limited to young people?  I have a 29 year old son who could use this.

While our focus is on young people at risk of completing middle school, high school and college, there is no age limit.

Do I have to have a diagnosis of ADHD or something else to get an Edge Coach?

No. The only thing you need to work with an Edge Coach is a desire and willingness to work on Executive Functioning challenges such as prioritizing, goal setting, perseverance, time management, or impulsiveness.

What if I want to call upon my coach, who I had in middle school, when I get to college?

We encourage that.  Our dream is that you will have an Edge Coach for life.  Someone you can call upon whenever you need to reconnect with your coach for whatever reason.

What if I want to call upon my coach, who I had in college, when I get my first job?

See answer above.